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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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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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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 do we expect from an answer on Interpersonal Skills?

Some explanation of where the information and advice in the post come from. This could be personal experience, professional training, or some kind of research such as academic studies, an on-point ...
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What do we expect from an answer on Interpersonal Skills?

An IPS-related solution to the question We are a site about IPS. As such, we should at least try to offer an IPS related solution to the question. This should be accompanied by an explanation about ...
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Provocative Words, Specificity, and IPS.SE

The real issue with a provocative word isn't whether or not the word is actually rude/offensive/bad/etc... The issue that is relevant to IPS (which Tinkeringbell pointed out in a comment) is the ...
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What do we expect from an answer on Interpersonal Skills?

Contain something new Duplicate answers should be removed; however, this question about What are the rules with regard to duplicate answers? outlines that partial duplicates should not be deleted. ...
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How to avoid answers being deleted without a comment?

The simplest answer is that if you see an answer with delete votes and no comment, then add a comment. If you cast a delete vote, add a comment. I figured that, since I was the first one to vote, ...
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How should we handle questions where it is suspected the OP is being abused?

If it is a valid IPS question and does not involve threats of physical harm, leave it open. If it's off-topic: easy solution, close but leave a comment pointing to relevant resources. If it sounds ...
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How should we be handling close-worthy questions that have poor optics?

I propose we don't actually treat these questions any differently from others. Personally, as someone who can immediately vote to delete negatively scored questions when they are closed, I usually ask ...
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Almost 2 year old question gets resurrected by comments

From the question activity, I believe you're referring to yesterday's comments asking for editing an answer that does not meet the site requirements. You may be aware that IPS is in public beta, ...
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Can we use useful info from a user's previous questions to answer their newest one?

Yes If a user has posted some information on IPS before, it is perfectly acceptable to consider it when answering a new question. An Example Let's say that a user posted a question in which they ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

One option that hasn't been mentioned in the other answers is using post notices. Full disclosure: I'm not convinced this is the right way to go, but since some early responses here seem to be against ...
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How do we deal with chatGPT generated answers?

These posts will fail to meet the citation expectations as ChatGPT is not a reliable objective source and also as an AI doesn't have any experience to share. As such posts copied from it should be ...
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Can we use useful info from a user's previous questions to answer their newest one?

Yes, but... If there is some information that you think is important to answering the question, but that doesn't appear in the question itself, we have a process for this! If you're confident that the ...
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Clarification on Subjective Answer Backup Requirements

For a long period, answers with 'reasoning' were indeed not moderated on IPS for 'lack of back up'. Also, from basically the first days of the site people have noted problems with posts with no ...
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Where do we draw the line between 'what to do' and 'how to do' questions?

About this specific question While the title seems fairly clear, the body of the post is less so. There's one phrase in particular that feels problematic to me. She's flying in later this week and ...
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Provocative Words, Specificity, and IPS.SE

Ælis, thank you for adding more information about your thought processes and experiences. I tried to keep the meta question a bit more general than your specific main-site question because I think ...
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What do we expect from an answer on Interpersonal Skills?

Address the question Most answers must both address and answer the question, but there are a few cases where it is okay to post an answer that only addresses the question. The first method is the ...
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How to avoid answers being deleted without a comment?

How to avoid answers being deleted without a comment? You can't really stop a post with no comment getting deleted. It is us who have to make sure that OP knows why their post was deleted. However, ...
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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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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

For now, we should flag and comment but leave the answers. Serious problem answers can be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Calling them "bad" answers seems like a mistake to me. Standards ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

Warning: This is not a complete answer. I don't think we lose anything by commenting in order to ask people to improve their answers (ie: provide back up to it). So, as a first step, I do believe ...
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What is the difference between not answering a question and posting a frame challenge?

Show good faith in the OP's request before you refute it. Try to honor the OP's request by giving a good answer to their question, then redirect them if you think that is the best course. If these ...
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Old post, no valid answer, what to do with it?

I don't think we should delete answers that were considered of good quality at the time just because they don't follow today's guidelines. Besides that, people that answered took the time and effort ...
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Broad Questions, Definitive Answers, and the Limits of Personal Experience as Evidence

tl;dr Should we allow/should we continue to allow such broad questions on IPS? Yes. Questions of the form "Why do people do [X]?" are not too broad. I have here an analysis of the specific ...
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What do we need in a back up by personal experience?

So, what do you think? I think we already have our TL;DR. Our 'How to write a good answer' FAQ post has the TL;DR of our back up policy. Specifically: When writing an answer, try to explain ...
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Add history to citation expectations meta post

I do like the idea of giving a bit more background to that entry, especially after reading concerns that in its present state, it may look to newcomers like a single mod was dictating policy without ...
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