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?


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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