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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

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 ...
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Please don't write answers in comments

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 ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

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 ...
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What is the difference between not answering a question and posting a frame challenge?

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 ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

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 ...
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Should we allow answers to make potential diagnoses?

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 ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

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 ...
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Does IPS moderate comments differently from the rest of the Network?

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 ...
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Should I wait before casting a close vote?

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 ...
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Why did my answer get deleted?

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 ...
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When should one recommend deletion for a Low Quality Post in the queue?

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 ...
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How do I write a good answer?

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 ...
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What is the difference between not answering a question and posting a frame challenge?

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 ...
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What are the citation expectations of answers on IPS Stack Exchange?

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 ...
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What is the IPS Comment Bot?

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 ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

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 ...
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How do you tell an answerer that you think their answer needs work?

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 ...
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Templates for leaving comments

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 ...
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Templates for leaving comments

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 ...
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How do I write a good answer?

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 ...
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Templates for leaving comments

"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, ...
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How do I write a good answer?

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 ...
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How do I write a good answer?

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, ...
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What is the Sandbox? How do I use it?

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 ...
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Should I wait before casting a close vote?

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 ...
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What is the difference between not answering a question and posting a frame challenge?

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 ...
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How do I write a good question?

Have a question title that accurately and concisely summarizes the specific question that you are asking. Your title is the first piece of information that someone will see, especially once your ...
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How do I write a good question?

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 ...
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How do I write a good question?

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. ...

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