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See here's the thing about that... It wasn't a bad answer, or a wrong answer, it was just an answer that you happened to personally disagree with. That's about it. Your disagreement doesn't make the answer a straw man, or a political rant, it's still just an answer that you happen to personally disagree with. If you really need evidence of the fact that it ...


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Don't argue in the comments on the main site. You can read more about this here. This isn't a discussion site. It is a question and answer site. The only reason the main site has comments is to improve the questions and answers. Comments are to be used to ask for clarifications or add more information. It says this in the text box before you answer a ...


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Here is what I see necessary for a good frame challenge on IPS: A clear explanation of why the author disagrees with the frame of the question. A presentation of an alternate frame An explanation of how the new frame will solve the OP's problem The best frame challenges I've seen on IPS have all been similar to this answer from ArtOfCode. The general form ...


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I'm going to be completely honest here and say that trying to have a definitive "yes or no" policy on this is probably not going to work out. The real answer is "maybe sometimes". There are plenty of situations out there where it would be appropriate to recommend violence to someone: Telling someone to carry and use mace in case they are attacked by a ...


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Comments are great for nit-picking. "You stated that nutria were released into the wild in the 1940s, but in fact this was first done in the 1930s..." - that kind of thing. When the entire answer is wrong, misleading, dangerous or not even wrong... A comment is probably insufficient to address it. Yes, you can spend all day posting more comments and arguing ...


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I disagree. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes the best thing to do is to give someone a flat "No" Part of developing interpersonal skills is realizing that you don't have to be everyone's friend in every situation. Some people don't deserve the time and consideration, and some people are plainly abusive. If someone is being abusive they're not likely to ...


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Let's have conflicting answers for extra fun, shall we? I'm going to say yes, with caveats. Take my answer to How to talk to a girl who's sitting next to me but wearing headphones? as an example. It contains no personal experience (note: "if" is not experience, it's theoretical) It lists no sources It's the second-highest-upvoted answer on the site. ...


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I think I'm agreeing with most of the answers here but I would like to add some more detail to flesh this out a bit. Personal experience is great. It's very helpful to share those experiences and note how you think it will relate to the issue the OP is dealing with, particularly as there may not be an "official" solution to these problems. ...


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It's not common to refer to an answer as "off-topic", but certainly one of the cardinal sins when answering amounts to the same thing: failing to answer the question. Heck, the most commonly-used flag, available only on answers, is intended for use when... This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should ...


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I downvoted that answer. It is not, in my opinion, a good approach, and I would feel the same even if I hadn't been the one to ask the question. In fact, I've downvoted a couple of other answers that offered a similar passive-aggressive response. However, when I saw the answer in the review queue, asking if it should be deleted, I voted to not delete it. ...


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This rule is implemented so nobody goes downvoting every answer they don't like. If you lose reputation for down-voting, you will think about it before casting it. This was also put in place so users don't abuse the system by down-voting excessively and indiscriminately. From this answer on main meta: According to what Jeff/Joel discussed on the SO ...


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People trying to understand site rules look at the material that's currently available. They don't go to meta to look up when policies changed to figure out if they should be evaluating things differently; they see "these questions are closed but those aren't", or "that answer is visible", or "those comments weren't cleaned up", and they use what they see ...


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I think there are two sides to this proposal: Asking for answers from members of Group X Asking people not in Group X to refrain from answering For the first one, I say yes! Full steam ahead. If you ask a question where it's important to have a woman's point of view, then obviously you'd want answers from women who have been in the same situation. I don't ...


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Harassment is never ok. The answer that suggests threatening the dog-feeder (as if she should fear for her safety) is very much Not Acceptable. Stuff like that should be downvoted and deleted. Violence, on the other hand, is sometimes necessary. Defensive violence, such as in the case of a question from a potential victim of violence from others, might ...


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This is an excellent question. To answer how you'd add backup for something "obvious," I'd like to walk you through my writing process when answering a question on IPS. It usually looks like: Read the question. Be struck with inspiration to give certain advice. Write the advice: "Do this!" Ask myself, why am I suggesting this advice? Why do I think that ...


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Delete them. We don't want users, especially new users, think that one-liner is tolerated here. Just like putting a question on-hold allows some time for the owner to improve their question, deleting an answer prevent the answer from gaining upvotes (and downvotes, which rarely get reversed later) and allows improvement. If you like the answer, please ...


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1. Raise the autoflag threshold to 15. We have issues on Worldbuilding with questions that get lots of answers. The HNQ effect means that many get 10 or more, and our record is at least 30 or 40, I think. However, we (the Worldbuilding mods) did there what we (the IPS mods) do here, and let the answer autoflags sit for a while. So we got the threshold raised,...


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I think the point here is that there is a clear divide in how the community thinks this situation should be approached. The fact is though; this site operates on community consensus; not what you think is right. There were a lot of comments discussing the particular answer you're talking about. Those got migrated to chat because it was quite a lot of ...


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Those answers are probably responding to "or can you suggest an alternative approach" while missing "to pass the offender the message". (When I wrote this answer, the original question was more clearly asking for help writing a note.) All questions on this site carry an implicit assumption that solutions should involve dealing with the other person. Not ...


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That notice was actually an unintended consequence of another site setting, so if IPS does this it'll need to take both. The main goal on Workplace was to make big piles of comments less prominent. Now, all comments anywhere on the page that aren't upvoted are automatically collapsed if there are at least N answers on the question. N is set to 2. (The ...


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Yes, we definitely need be. I think we even need to be a little more strict on the quality of answers in general, not only the one-liners. An answer of 4 or 5 lines can be just as bad. Take a look at these answers to 1 question: A one-liner suggesting online shopping (deleted, might be edited since I've talked with OP of this in chat. If it does, feel ...


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Personal experience is cool here. I highly doubt people will be able to cite references (references about culture could also not be accurate, since so much of this depends on the people, and can also have many biases of their own), and undoubtedly, many people can answer questions based on their experience - they may be a member of a particular culture and ...


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"No" is sometimes the right answer, if accompanied by an explanation and advice on the followup issues. Without that, it's just useless noise. A one-liner "just say no" isn't helpful on this site. A answer of some depth that explains why this is the right approach is better -- preferably supported, since otherwise it's just an opinion from an anonymous ...


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I hate to say it, but "screw them" is likely to always be a possible answer. Even when a question specifically asks for a polite answer, there's an outside chance that being polite isn't an option or isn't a great way to handle the situation. Also there's an awful lot of gray area between polite and rude. There are, of course, extremes at both ends, from ...


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As an alternative to @vylix's answer, I'd offer that education through commenting is a better teacher than a simple vote for deletion. This very thing happened to me - no comment was offered. Just a down vote and vote for deletion. Fortunately apaul linked to this meta question so I could learn. Absent constructive feedback users will not get the message ...


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Yes, this is a problem. It may be difficult to decide in exactly which cases it's "bad", but there are definitely answers without the necessary experience or knowledge to support them. (I don't think it's helpful to hunt for examples here; it feels a bit too close to name-calling.) This is completely unsurprising. Sure, it's rare for people to knowingly ...


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Here is the review task for your answer: 6 out of 6 reviewers recommended deletion. That's what the "as recommended by the community" part referred to. Post score is not an indication of well-supported, quality answers, as defined by site policy, so please don't use that as your barometer. People may be voting simply because they agree with the action ...


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UPDATE: As the problems mentioned weren't addressed by the latest edit, which changed the question substantially and the comment implied an even different question, the moderator team has decided to delete the entire question until such time where we can work with OP in the Sandbox or chat to get to the essence of their question First off: The question so ...


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That MSE answer differentiates between pile-on answers posted a few minutes later and late answers tacked onto old questions... Comments and downvotes are pretty effective for the former. For the latter... It's reasonable to expect authors arriving weeks or months after the previous answers were posted to at least skim existing answers before writing another....


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In accordance with the generic principle of making the internet a better place, Stack Exchange in general and Interpersonal.SE in particular certainly encourage constructive solutions, and also discourage negative-minded advice even if it happens to suit OP's expectations. So questions don't really need to specify any moral obligations on how answers may ...


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