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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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So, I've been sitting and reading and thinking for some time now about what everyone's written in comments and answers here. I think I'd like to reiterate, emphasize, and expand on a point Arwen Undómiel brought up in the question. Comments can't be downvoted or edited. That's important on a site like Interpersonal Skills. Answers here do more than just ...


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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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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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As a rule, I would lean towards not. While you may be a medical professional, and have all the surrounding education and experience, most users probably don't. Unfortunately there's nothing stopping users from claiming professional status, training, etc. when they don't actually have it, and we don't really have a great way to verify someone's claims. (If ...


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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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TL;DR: While we use the same standards as the rest of the network, there are two main differences in how we implement them: We are extremely strict on comments. If your comment doesn't fall under the "You should submit a comment if you want to:" header, it will be removed. Thanks to our bot and user base, we moderate comments fast. Are there secret rules ...


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Stack Exchange policy is clear. You vote to close immediately when you find a question that you think should be closed, regardless of the reason: From Meta Stack Exchange: How soon should I "vote to close"? Always vote to close immediately. I explain the rationale behind this approach in further detail here. In summary: Yes, it increases the ...


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Official guidance from Stack Exchange can be found in the help center. We're happy that you've taken the time to write an answer, but we hold our answers to a very high standard here. Your answer may have been deleted because... It was a "Do this" answer with little or no explanation for why you think this answer is the correct course of action. It doesn't ...


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Here follows a list of all the reasons why an answer might be deleted: The answer is a "try this" solution... ... without (enough) explanation on why should one try the solution. We require that answers provide some sort of explanation for why they are suggesting a solution. If an answer isn't properly backed-up, it will be deleted. The answer ...


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I think a good frame challenge answer has two key components: Thoroughly explains why the proposed action isn't a good one You need to explain to the OP why you are not going to be giving them an answer to the question they asked. If you can explain why you believe it's a bad idea to go with the requested approach, that gives credence to why you feel you ...


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Provide expertise, not an opinion. The best answers on this site don't just say 'try this' or 'I think this must work'. Explain why you think that your answer is the solution to the problem posed in the question. The best answers on a subjective StackExchange site are written to include expertise if there is no hard research data available. If you can draw ...


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Stack Exchange is a rigorous Q&A community with a mission to build up a reliable knowledge base for future readers. It's sort of like Wikipedia in that regard. To accomplish this mission we need our answers to be clearly backed up so visitors can verify our answers for themselves. Without any citation, we are just random people on the internet and our ...


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What is IPS Comment Bot? IPS Comment Bot is a bot that thesecretmaster was awesome enough to create for us. The bot's sole purpose in life is to record every comment posted and report any it thinks may be in need of moderation. It logs every comment that gets made on the site and analyzes them for things like toxicity level, whether they're made on an ...


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Vote If you disagree with a post, you can also downvote it. Comment If you have specific suggestions for an answer, leave a comment. This is not an answer to the question. That comment does not make a suggestion, it's just a statement that would have perfectly served as flag instead. Flag Comments are not meant for big arguments. If you think a post is ...


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Generally speaking, comments are for requesting improvement or clarification. So, if you think someone's answer needs work, you should probably stick to improvement suggestions. Meaning, do not debate the validity of an answer in the comments, instead leave opportunities for improvement. Since I'm not the authority of what comments are for, here is the ...


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Answer in Comments General announcement: **Please don’t write answers in comments.** It bypasses our quality measures by not having voting (both up and down) available on comments, as well as having other problems [detailed on meta](https://interpersonal.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1644/11811). Comments are for clarifying and improving the question; please ...


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Back up your answer ElizB variation: Can you tell us more about why you think this is a good idea? Answers on Interpersonal Skills SE need to be well-justified and backed up with either evidence or personal experience that shows the OP that this is a good idea. See [this meta post](https://interpersonal.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3583\) for more information. ...


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Your answer should be about the interpersonal skills needed to solve the situation. This is a site for questions and answers to be about interpersonal skills. In short, interpersonal skills are the skills you use to communicate and interact well with people. They include things like verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, negotiating, ...


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"What should I do?" question Hi and welcome to IPS! Unfortunately, we can't tell you what to do here. Once you've decided what your goal is and identified an interpersonal skill you need help with, you could edit your question to get advice on achieving that goal. In addition to the links in the off-topic text, you might also find [How do I write a good ...


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Respect the request of the person asking the question and answer the actual question. People come here with all different sorts of questions. Of course, you may have an opinion on whatever these people plan to do. Responding to "How do I $x?" with "Doing $x is inexcusable and/or evil." is inappropriate. This is a site where we're trying ...


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Make sure your answer contains something new. Questions on Interpersonal Skills get a lot of answers, especially once they hit the Hot Network Questions List. This may be due to the subject nature, but there's also often overlap in what answers are proposing as a solution. Please try to avoid writing such answers. Before you start writing an answer, please ...


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Where is the Sandbox? The sandbox is currently located at this meta post. Why should I use the Sandbox? Sometimes writing a clear and answerable question on the first try can be difficult. There is a much better chance of your question being well received if you post it in the sandbox first. Posting to the sandbox allows the community to give you feedback ...


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Let us know what you would like to achieve, what your goal is. Questions without a goal are often too broad, or too subjective even for this site, as every answer will be equally valid. Please indicate what you expect from an answer. In order to help you best, let us know what your priorities for the outcome are. This may include goals such as preserving ...


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Where exactly does NAA end and a Frame Challenge begin? A frame challenge is accepted as form of answering on this site where someone answers a question in a wholly different way the querent never asked for. The important factors here are that it still answers the question and that our site considers it an acceptable way of answering. Putting it this way ...


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Use formatting to make your question easily readable and well structured. Paragraphs, line breaks, and bolding the important bits like your actual question, limits and/or goals are always helpful. Especially for longer questions, making the important parts stand out can really help. Consider splitting your question up using headers. For example, try and ...


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Though, @Catija well-elaborated this in her answer, but I'll keep it very short and simple. I am mentioning what one of the moderators told me when I got Close Votes privileges. If you're sure that a question is completely off-topic and cannot work here or should be closed, vote to close it immediately. Though, you will have to wait for other four users (or ...


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Extended arguments in comments EmC variant: Please remember that comments are **only** for requesting clarification and suggesting improvements, *not* arguing with the answer. See [this meta post](https://interpersonal.meta.stackexchange.com/q/2499/) for more information. ... followed by flagging the comment thread (a single custom mod flag will do). ...


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