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Advocating for a zero tolerance on the use of violence against children

Every so often, content on parenting main relate to the use of corporal punishment. Some recent examples are offhand remarks in this question, as well as in this one, the latter also sparking a since-...
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Questions that sound like a medical issue

This question is prompted by a couple of answers I've given recently. This one, which really sounds like a 5 year-old with OCD. This one, where one possible explanation is face-blindness. In both ...
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I am fairly certain I identified a sockpuppet account. Is there a method to refer this for follow up or do we care about this?

I had a long discussion with a fairly anonymous user, Alice, in the comments on Bob's answer. Within seconds of Alice's latest comment, I migrated the comments to chat as it was getting to be too much....
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What to do about minor edits to questions that were put on hold?

It happens that a user asks a question that is not a good fit for Parenting.SE. Reasons can be that it contains multiple distinct questions or none at all, for example. I will only concentrate on ...
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What to do with very basic questions (e.g. 'My newborn doesn't sleep for long periods')? Answer or other?

I've read several questions that are along the lines of, "I have a baby that's two days old, they're eating fine, but they don't sleep very much." (E.g. here.) YEAH! That's a thing! Is this just ...
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User who consistently posts factually inconsistent questions

Is there an expectation that questions posted should be factual? I've noticed a relatively new user who consistently posts questions based on contradictory claims. The questions therefore are clearly ...
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What should moderators do with answers that disagree with the premise of the question?

It seems there's been a lot of discussion and controversy lately over how moderators should (or should not) handle answers that stray from the question being asked (including "frame challenges&...
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When is an answer not an answer?

Recently a question was asked about if it was acceptable to ask a mother on a bus to control her overly-talkative daughter, and if so, how to do so. A highly-voted answer was flagged as "not an ...
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Can anecdotal illustration support an answer, or must it go in a comment?

Is it kosher to include an anecdotal illustration in an answer, to make the answer stronger and (hopefully) more entertaining? If not, would a solution be to put the anecdote in a comment after the ...
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What should I do when a user self-identifies as being under 13?

Stack Exchange Terms of Service have a minimum age of 13 to use the site. This comes from US federal law COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. If a user self-identifies as under 13, what ...
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What is the policy/rules on answers that are rooted in negative sides of single parenthood?

On one hand, it's 100% obvious to anyone unbiased that sometimes an answer to the parenting problem (the "why", at least) is "because the child is a child of a single parent". Both as a scientific ...
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Asker enforcing restrictions on answers - good or bad, allowed or not?

There are several questions on the site which attempt to enforce a certain way of answering, or require something specific in the answer. Examples: What are some do's and dont's for an ...
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Rethinking the medical advice questions approach?

As part of an answer on how to increase users' questions (How do we increase our questions per day?), Joe included an idea related to medical questions which I feel deserves some additional discussion....
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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

I made an edit on this answer summarizing a large amount of "stuff" that was extra, unnecessary, hardly readable, and sometimes inappropriate. I left the answer with the very same important meaning, ...
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Where should we draw the line on comments?

Generally speaking, I believe that the moderation on this site is fairly lenient on comments. Strictly speaking, here is what comments are for: Comments exist so that users can talk about questions ...
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What is our position with questions and answers that push a political viewpoint?

I have seen a couple of answers/questions that raise political viewpoints instead-of / in-addition-to regular Q/A, or try to slide that political view underneath an answer. This problem happens when ...
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What do we do when a popular answer doesn't seem to directly address the question?

We have a question that recently hit the "Hot Network Questions" list for the Stack Exchange platform. If you're not familiar with this list, it is displayed on the right side of the screen, and ...
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What is our policy on product suggestions?

We get a fair amount of spam here, ranging from people trying to promote their apps, to spammers posting links for specific products. We even get fairly frequent spam for spell-casters for hire (yes, ...
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Is it acceptable for answers to suggest physical violence?

Some questions mention the use of physical violence against children. Some answers recommend the use of physical violence. Physical violence is an abuse of the rights of the child. See article 19 ...
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Post editing for reasons other than clarity

The policy of "minor fixing" of posts is nebulous at best. It is on most SE sites. I'm fine with that. It's generally taken as "live and let live" by most users. What I do have a problem with is when ...
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What should our policy be for "non answers"?

Part of the nature of our site seems to be that we receive a lot of first posts from users that are posted as answers, but are really either comments or follow-up questions. The reason this happens ...
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Closing the "Best Book" Question

EDIT - As I stated in the comments, IMHO the policy banning these kinds of questions is not good long term. Apparently this is relatively new policy. The primary objections are just as true for ...
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Should questions about teaching and curriculum/academics be closed as off-topic?

I'm not particularly opposed up front, but I think this bears discussing: This question is not really about parenting, it's more about (school) teaching. You could say it's a request for tool ...
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Discussion and argument about answers

Background: There was an answer on one question that referenced a personal anecdote of physical punishment. I argued against that answer, at first pointing out the fact that it was anecdotal. A ...
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Policy for voting

What is our overall policy for voting?
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Could this work for our "big list" questions?

So far, we've been closing questions like this one that are looking for, rather than one answer, a "big list" of possibilities, all arguably of the same value. Certainly the point of the site is to ...
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What should we advise when one disagrees with the premise of a question?

Something came up in the comments on this answer to a question on whether to close controversial questions that I feel deserves its own question: What is the ideal response to a question based on a ...
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What's the best strategy to combat soapboxing?

I realize that parenting is a very emotional subject for many here, but I'm seeing a concerning amount of: People responding to "How do I implement $parenting-strategy?" with answers that aren't ...
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Is it really necessary to close questions based on it being subjective and argumentative regarding parenting?

I was just amazed to see that a question got closed, on the grounds that it is subjective and argumentative. If this is really the case, you might just close the complete site. If anything in life is ...
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Are duplicates of moms4mom.com questions acceptable?

For anyone that doesn't know, moms4mom.com is a StackExchange 1.0 site about parenting - i.e. they're using very similar (but dated) software on very nearly the same topic. The general StackExchange ...
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