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Is it ok to ask questions about issues on Stack Exchange? If so, where do we draw the line?

Interpersonal Skills is not the "court of public opinion" of Stack Exchange. If you have a serious grievance with the users, moderators, or community managers on this site or any other site in the ...
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What to do with questions about "getting around" peoples' boundaries / autonomy

Write a "Don't!" answer, explaining why not. People are probably asking these kinds of questions because they've heard "Don't!", but they don't fully grasp why they shouldn't. I would say that "Don'...
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The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication - where do we draw the line?

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 ...
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What is the difference between a "convince" question and a good question?

After a wonderful chat with Tinkeringbell, Sphennings and Spiral Succulent, I've drawn the following conclusions. It seems that the largest reason that questions are viewed as "convince" ...
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Is it ok to ask questions about issues on Stack Exchange? If so, where do we draw the line?

Questions about learning and applying skills are on-topic. Questions about specific Stack Exchange grievances need to be taken to either Meta Stack Exchange, or the SE staff.
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Is it ok to ask questions about issues on Stack Exchange? If so, where do we draw the line?

The Stack Exchange's meta support site was created to deal with social issues as well as technical. While such questions may involve interpersonal concerns, I'm going to ask that we don't split these ...
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Are questions about 'how to convince another person to change their behavior?' on topic

I think there's an important distinction between Workplace.se and here that is relevant. There are a lot of constraints that are relevant to a professional environment, and the whole concept of "...
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The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication - where do we draw the line?

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 ...
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When would it be "asking too often"?

I wouldn't worry too much about frequently asking questions, provided that they're good questions. Something I used to tell my kids was: The only stupid question is the one you already know the ...
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Can I ask this theory question?

Mods are not able to lift question bans. Even if they could, they'd be unlikely to do so as the ban is there to give you some time to work on your question asking skills. You will be able to post ...
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Is asking about public speaking on topic?

Just before I start writing, I figured I'd let you know that there is a "Public Speaking" proposal lurking around on Area 51 if you'd be interested in that. It's been trying to get off the ground for ...
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I want to ask a question, but I want to protect people

First things first: as Journeyman Geek notes, if we're required by law to reveal information about the author of a post, we're gonna reveal information about the author of a post. Our privacy policy ...
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Should the same questions coming from different cultures be considered as duplicates?

In general, Question X is closed as a duplicate of Question Y if answers to Question Y would answer Question X (in the case where Question Y has answers). See, for instance, the help center: ...
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What to do with questions about "getting around" peoples' boundaries / autonomy

I see those as completely valid questions, and it is absolutely legitimate to answer them. Why should the questions and their authors be punished by being closed, downvoted, deleted, or something else?...
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Are MBTI related questions on topic?

I think this is related to Are hypothetical questions welcome? Myers-Briggs is not universally accepted and is tricky to make general statements about. Some people find it useful, but you can't really ...
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I want to ask a question, but I want to protect people

Its kinda vague - but its worth considering a few things. I'd start (and finish) by saying - focus on the victim not the crime. If you read nothing else, read this. Moderators have fairly limited ...
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Hypothetical questions rule clarification

The reason we don't generally like hypothetical questions on IPS is because it's difficult to keep them from getting too broad. The "don't ask" help page you were looking at does mention &...
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Why this question is considered off-topic?

I voted to close this as too-broad (it says off-topic because that's what the majority of votes were) because it's asking us how they could be a better salesman when we haven't got any form of ...
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What to do with questions about "getting around" peoples' boundaries / autonomy

In general, these questions are fine. Part of interpersonal skills is understanding how to communicate with the people around us. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we shouldn't do something. There'...
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What's our stance on two questions in the same question?

It depends. If the questions are polar opposites, or if they could stand on their own without being supplemented with explanations from the other they should be closed as too broad. For example How ...
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Can we ask questions that are based in a standardized environment?

It could be very likely that an answerer suggests something contrary to what the OP’s environment recommends. This is up the writer of the question: We already ask people to mention what they have ...
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Is it a good idea to have classes of relationship types for questions to create context?

Definately, without a doubt. As I've been told in both my questions now (and what no doubt I'll be reminded in questions to come) is that the devil.is indeed in the detail. We could have tags for all ...
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Are questions about 'how to convince another person to change their behavior?' on topic

I understood the question more as "How do I deal with her behaviour?" as in "What options do I have?" - and it's very well possible to give a (non-negative) answer to that; e.g. advising how to react ...
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Can't post a new question - there's a 7 day wait?

So, you've run afoul of the low quality question ban algorithm. The details are kept secret by Stack Exchange, so I have no way of knowing what exactly set it off. Obviously, downvoted posts hurt you, ...
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What to do when a new version of a closed question indirectly invalidate existing answers?

The new version presents 4 more options to solve the problem and explains why they would work That does not sound as if you're making your question clearer. It sounds like you found four possible ...
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Are the current restrictions on questions unhelpful?

I came here today to ask the question "Has moderation gone too far on IPS?". Seems this one is quite similar. It is a pain to see almost every question get closed by a few overly zealous ...
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I want to ask a question, but I want to protect people

Depending on the nature of the crime there's a really good chance that you'll receive a "seek professional help" closure. Have you considered reaching out to a victim's advocate? Some organizations ...
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Do we need to re-write "How can I get X to do Y" questions?

I think this will often depend on what the body of the question says. If the body of the question supports such a change to the title, I don't see any problem with editing the title to match; ...
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Can't post a new question - there's a 7 day wait?

You've asked 2 questions recently, some of which have not been received very well by the community. Everyone learns at their own pace, and it’s okay to make some mistakes. However, the reception your ...
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Is asking a question lacking specific details acceptable on this site?

I believe you're focussing on the wrong thing here. To me this was most obvious in the following sentence: For example, say I ask: “How can a woman compliment another woman’s makeup?” That would ...
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