I think the title is quite self-explanatory, but let's explain it a bit more.

I am hesitating asking a question here. The question itself (~20-year-old with a behavior I need help handling) would be on topic if I were a parent.
However, I am not directly related to that person, at least not in a way that would qualify as "parenting" (not father/son/guardian/keeper...).

Would such a question be on topic? Should I rephrase it as if I were in a parenting position and deal with the interpretation of the answer? Is it plain off topic?

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Absolutely. If you look in the Related sidebar to the right, you will see we have a few meta posts on this already.

From our Help page:

What topics can I ask about here?

We welcome questions on topics like these:

matters of upbringing, safety considerations, food and feeding, health and hygiene, development and growth, language development, behavior and social skills, discipline and punishment, childrens'/family games for developmental purposes or parental sanity.

.... but also:

Please note that opinions shared here should be backed up either with a reference, or experiences that happened to you personally. Also, posts that primarily exist to push a specific agenda (propaganda), and soap-boxing, are not welcome.

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