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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where InterpersonalSkills.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions they wish to post. This is useful because writing a clear and ...
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Why are so many new questions closed and are there plans to change this?

I have never posted a question on this site but I've seen it in the sidebar from time to time and from looking at some recent questions this site has, if one considers the last two dozen or so ...
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Intrapersonal problem which interferes with interpersonal relationship: on-topic?

How to overcome nervousness while welcoming English-speaking clients? The OP of this question struggles with speaking with English-speaking clients. Nervousness interferes with how we deal with ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Reworking the help/on-topic page

A while back, we discussed How to encourage questions to actually focus on the 'interacting' part of Interpersonal Skills. My answer there proposed editing the help/on-topic page to be clearer, and ...
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Should we protect questions instead of pushing them out of HNQ?

In the last few days, we had two different questions hit HNQ then receiving a bunch of answers (a lot of them not so great) before being kicked out of HNQ by mods. My question is: Was kicking those ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/a/6839/49 I don't think this answer is worth deleting. The facts in the question are reiterated in a blunt way, not rude. The inappropriate word has been ...
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Celebrating the answers of 2020

A new year is approaching and even though 2020 wasn't the year anyone expected, we can still celebrate some part of it. That's why, under this question, I am inviting all of you to post about one IPS ...
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How to encourage questions to actually focus on the 'interacting' part of Interpersonal Skills?

Arthur summarized most of the problem very well in chat: We give people plaintext area to speak about their problems, so they just fill with what matters to them and not what's a good question. I ...
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How do I discreetly give feedback about, or question, the behaviour of a moderator?

Let us suppose that I question the behaviour or ruling of a moderator. This may be something serious or a minor quibble that I think is worth addressing. I need to give examples in order to justify my ...
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Call for contributions about finding examples of great questions and answers

It has been discussed following recent challenges about the site quality that we produce a curated list of "good" questions and answers to redirect newcomers to, so they understand at a ...
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How has IPS been affected by the current pandemic?

Did the current pandemic had an impact on traffic and posting on IPS? If so, how?
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Acceptability of “How can I convince” questions

This has been previously admitted questions of the kind "How can I convince someone to X" are, for some, on topic for this site (1, 2) and we can find example on this stack such as this one ...
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Reason for question closure

I want to know what is the exact reasoning (in detail) for the closure of this question. I also want to know what can be done (in regards to editing) to reopen the question. Edit: This question was ...
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Templates for leaving comments

This thread is a list of useful comment templates for common situations on IPS. The full list of current templates can be found below. Please note that those comments are only to be used as template ...
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Checking in on dating / romantic relationship topic acceptability

With online dating becoming more popular in pandemic times, I've been doing a little myself. I have a question about communication in a specific potential relationship that has come up for me. It's ...
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Were My Posts Flagged/Reported?

I'm new to this stack exchange, and so far I've only asked 2 questions (neither being offensive). One got closed for being "off topic," and then I created a new post modifying it. (I've since learned ...
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LGBT+ tag question

By happenstance I just noticed the wording of the lgbt+ tag: The LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and sexual/gender minorities) tag may be used where issues of sexuality, gender, or lack ...
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Is there something transphobic about my comment?

This concerns: How to bring the subject of my date's transidentity, when I'm not supposed to know about it? I commented on an answer, asking if there was an implication that you don't need to ...
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Interpersonal skills site & opening rules for subjectivity questions

I recently stumbled across our interpersonal skills site and asked a question that involves some opinions. One of our helpful members of that site helped modify my question so that it fits our ...
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How many people are helping to moderate this site?

For a SE site to be successful, we need people to help moderate it. The more help, the better. So, I'm wondering, could we have some information about how many different people help moderate this ...
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Is Enforcement of Backup Requirement in Answers Consistently Enforced?

First of all, I want to say that this question is not driven by bitterness on my part, but I know it might come across that way. I had an answer deleted about 5 months ago because it wasn't supported ...
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Why was my comment flag declined? (I flagged an answer in a comment)

A moderator encouraged us to bring such issues to meta, so I'm writing this question. Background A What Should I do? question was asked and I voted to close it. Then the following happened: A user ...
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Why is a specific question down voted?

The question in question here is the following: My colleague keeps microwaving fish at work, how can I stop this It would really be nice to understand why the question gets down voted. I thought the ...
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What role (if any) do references to films or television shows play in answers on IPS?

I recently came across this answer which recommends that the OP watch a popular movie that focuses on a situation similar to the one that the question is asking about. We had a conversation in chat ...
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Understanding or clarifying the IPS scope toward a more welcoming message?

This question (as the title could summarize it) arose when I saw the 2 following questions. I interacted with either the OP or the person who answered. how to deal with an infuriating ex - below are ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What do we do with questions involving the use of substances?

I'm asking about this question, where using drugs is the main goal of the OP. My opinion has already been done long time ago: drugs are bad. But this is a personal opinion, and not the point. What I ...
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Is there an IPS Blog, could we get one?

I don't think there is an IPS Blog. If there is please would you link it? I think that our site could get more traffic if we had a blog. We would have to define exactly its contents, but we could use ...
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Thanks to all of our community members!

It's the end of the year and I believe it's a good time to remember what was done during the year and thank the people who help make IPS such a great place. So please, use the answers below to thank ...
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What's the best way to deal with VLQ “answers” when you can't flag them appropriately?

This is about THIS question. If interpersonal skills are a way to deal with the issue (not even sure about that, though...), the problem lies with the "answers". How do you know an IPS question has ...
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Please, let's stop with “from my experience” answers

Recently I've been seeing more and more answers starting with "from my experience" or which contain "I've been in a similar situation before/I've been in your shoes" and then don't say more about said ...
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Add history to citation expectations meta post

In the meta post What are the citation expectations of answers on IPS SE I noticed that the post was not as friendly as I would have liked in the perspective of new users, and I wanted to improve the ...
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How could we have some more winter fun?

As you might know if you have been on SE long enough, IPS and the SE network go pretty quiet between the 21st of December and the 4th of January. As someone who spends a lot of time on IPS, seeing all ...
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Alright folks… Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

Can I tell my girlfriend that I'm too lazy to meet up? This question was just closed for being "primarily opinion based." Admittedly it could use some fleshing out, some details would have been ...
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Why were comments pointing out potential bad advice in an answer deleted?

I know I commented on this answer earlier. Part of the answer is advice that I think is not good, so I left a comment saying as much. At least one other user had a concern with the same section of the ...
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Is this anwer wrong in the terms of back up policty?

So, I was under the understanding that our answers should be based on our experience; but, since no two people have the same experiences, our suggestions should be based on similar things we did or ...
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How do I write a good answer?

The requirements for answers on IPS may be a bit different from what you're used to. We can't simply run your answer through a compiler and see if it compiles and works. But here's some stuff you can ...
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Should we add the (red) faq tag?

Today, I spend almost 20 minutes looking for the meta post "How do I write a good answer?". Spoiler alert, the post that I clearly remember upvoting doesn't exist because this post was about questions ...
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Shall we edit posts to protect privacy?

Usually, experienced users have to ask OPs to add more details to their questions, so that the community can better answer them. But sometimes, not every detail is absolutely crucial. And sometimes, ...
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What should be the minimum time frame a bad answer gets to live?

I recently answered a question for the first time on this SE. It received one comment about sharing the source of my opinion and the typical copy and paste "welcome" comment. Less than a day later, ...
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Should I answer a question that already has an answer but apparently with little backing?

So, there is a question that has 1 answer, which the user has already accepted. For me the answer is not bad. It is similar to what I would answer but has no Backing. Funny enough, it has several ...
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Why was this question deleted?

There was a question that just got deleted (~7:20 PM GMT, 2:20 PM EST) regarding a marathon runner and their using a friend's image/name for the charity that they're running for. The question involved ...
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Should question with “too many” answers be remove from HNQ?

I'm talking about questions like this one who is attracting a lot of answers (23 so far with 8 of them being deleted). We already added a "controversial post" notice after this meta question was ...
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Does the post about “offering a prayer to an atheist” need a “controversial topic notice”?

I'm talking about this question and it's a very controversial topic. Would it be a good idea for a mod or CM to add the "controversial post" notice on top of the thread? My points are the two/three ...
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Etiquette question about “common gesture” and quality of answers

I'm talking about this question: Pointing the index fingers to one another as a way to excuse oneself: is this a common gesture? At first look, I thought this was a mostly valid question, however, ...
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Is it time to increase our number of HNQ question?

As you may know, when returning to HNQ, IPS has decided to limit itself to one HNQ question at a time (source: Let's go back to HNQ!). It has been quite some time now (6 months) and I believe that ...
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Would it be possible to undelete my Answer?

So, I posted an answer that relied on a basic cultural understanding that you send flowers to people at funerals and it got deleted for "not citing an external source". I've since edited it to ...
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How has the reputation changed for top users on IPS?

There was a huge change to reputation that took place yesterday. How has this affected the top users on IPS? How has this affected the reputation league?
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

You may be aware that IPS policy regarding answers - and more specifically, what does make them valid - has changed last year. We now expect answers to provide either literature citations - i.e. proof ...

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