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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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Policy for voting

What is our overall policy for voting?
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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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Closing Questions That Raise Issues You Disagree With

Sometimes questions arise in which the poster asks something like "How best to do X" when many people disagree that X should be done at all. Two recent examples come to mind. In one, the OP asked ...
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Use our chat room!

The comment feature is very useful to request clarifications on questions and answers with the goal of improving the quality and value of the commented question or answer. It's less useful for ...
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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 experts do we want to attract, and how?

As part of taking ownership of our community, we should also consider how we can attract experts. If the site is only populated by "normal users" then experts might not want to participate because ...
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Who are the Parenting evangelists and how do we attract them?

Following our last community self-evaluation, we came together as a community to figure out what we're doing right and where we could do better when it comes to promoting Parenting Stack Exchange. The ...
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What did you think of our question asking contest?

Between Mother's day and Father's day (in the US) we held a small contest for asking questions. I got a few comments on the announcement: If I'd seen this in time, I would have tried to get a t-...
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Medical questions: what is the line between on / off topic, and how should they be handled?

These recent questions (on the front page of questions as of time of posting): What are the risks of surgery for a tongue-tied toddler? (asking about risks of surgery, relatedness of other medical ...
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100 reputation, yet cannot answer protected question (reputation > 10)

I have a reputation of 100 (by virtue of being trusted on other sites). However, I cannot answer the following protected question How can I make my kids passionate in science while being religious? ...
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Would we accept questions *about* parents?

The act of parenting, by definition, is purely a parent->to->child process. As expected, this site is all about questions in that direction; questions about parents handling/raising dependents in one ...
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Did you know that we have flyers?

So, I talked to our wonderful and amazing designer, Jin, and he was kind enough to whip up a couple of flyers for me to post up here so that you all can use them! It's very exciting, I know. I have ...
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How should we tag age-specific questions?

Should we favor tags for specific age ranges like [toddlers] or [teens] over a general tag like [age-specific]? Since tagging a question with an age range implies an age-specific question, does it ...
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How do we boost participation?

We've now been in public beta for over a year. According to our Area 51 stats, we've come a long way. Our % answered is excellent. 100% of the questions on our site have received answers. Our "...
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How do we increase our questions per day?

Related: How do we boost participation? (June 2012) What is still needed to move this site out of Beta? (August 2012) Two year anniversary (March 2013) Why does the site continue to remain in Beta? (...
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Community Evaluation Results: What can we do to improve?

The results are in, and they're not pretty. Out of 10 randomly selected questions, only one received a positive evaluation. Granted, there were only 3-5 people reviewing each question, but that is ...
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Are questions about marriage on topic?

This recent question felt borderline to me, and, to date, has received 2 close votes. The question is really about how the mother and father relate to each other, and the answers it is garnering are ...
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Pregnancy Questions?

The title of the site is "Parenting". Is this limited to child interaction? Are questions regarding the pregnancy period relevant (Aside from serious medical questions, of course). Example questions ...
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Do we need to avoid serious medical questions?

Many of the other SE sites seem to avoid/discourage certain topics for liability reasons. Examples that come to mind: Photography.SE follows the IANAL approach when folks ask for guidance with ...
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How much should my parenting philosophy factor in when voting on answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Policy for voting This may be a bit trivial, but since Parenting is more subjective than most of the Stack Exchange sites, I want to understand how opinion should affect ...
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Are people voting enough?

I'm seeing a lot of questions and answers with NO VOTES. I wonder if people here so far have a good idea of how the community is supposed to work? Or do people just not read the answers to questions ...
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How do we get people to vote more?

This is not a new topic, it was also discussed in March 2011. We can see how many users vote, and how much. Voting has many benefits: Good answers bubble to the top Good contributors are rewarded --...
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Should we allow questions from the child's perspective?

Here's a recent question that was off-topic as it was worded originally: My Homeroom teacher change my seat because my ugly math teacher complain to my homeroom teacher that I was always talking ...
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Two year anniversary

Alright, Parenting SE's two year anniversary is coming up next Friday. I would love to get us out of beta before our three year anniversary. I don't know how and when they decide to do it, but I've ...
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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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When is a seed question too bad?

Seed questions are questions about hypothetical situations. Any user may post them, and they often receive really great answers and increase the value of this site -- that is the purpose of seed ...
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How do we make good use of valid list-type questions?

Our FAQ says we must avoid asking questions where every answer is equally valid. Generally, questions that can't be answered with a single precise post are frowned upon because they're a poor match ...
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Let's get critical: May 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Parenting Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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“Actual problems that you face”

This is the Parenting meta discussion equivalent to the same question on Meta.Law.SE, which as of this posting is featured at the top of the top questions list there. Some of the discussion there ...
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Should we have a standard comment to new users?

As the number of new users increase, we also see a natural increase in users who aren't familiar with the Stack Exchange model ("it's not a forum"). Moderators as well as several users (thanks!!) ...
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What can an SE participant do when s/he feels personally attacked by a specific moderator?

What can an SE participant do when s/he feels personally attacked by a specific moderator? I am posing this question, and will be answering it myself, based on my own experience, in the hopes that it ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

One of the tasks that we must complete in the beta is answering the 7 essential meta questions. I'm creating these meta questions here for us to work on. We should begin collecting ideas and ...
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Moderators Wanted - Apply Inside!

I'm looking for some volunteers that are willing to step up and help lead this community through its final stretch to graduation. What will I do? Who should apply? Well, I'm glad you asked! About the ...
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Is The SE Platform Appropriate For A Parenting Discussion Site?

One of the fundamental premises behind the SE platform is simply this: Ask a question, get an expert answer. Questions that cannot be answered are off-topic and not allowed. This can include ...
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Thank you, Torben and cabbey!

It's with a bit of a heavy heart that I must inform you that two exemplary Parenting SE moderators will be stepping down shortly: I've worked with them not only as an employee of Stack Exchange, but ...
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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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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. Granted, I have not been active in ...
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Isn't “You're Wrong” an “answer”?

In reading the question and answers for How can I convince my parents to accept my approach on school?, I was surprised that the 2 which were deleted (as opposed to converted to comments) were deleted ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Can we alter the site rules to allow questions that seek reference material?

It has been suggested this question is best addressed as its own question right here in meta. Its been an often enforced bugaboo of moderators to block questions from users seeking reference material ...
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Please welcome a new moderator: Erica

I'm pleased to announce a brand new member of the Parenting moderator team: What I appreciate the most about Erica is her reasoned approach to answering which is always backed by data, research, and ...
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Why are the mods editing all the questions?

Some users might notice that nearly all questions have been edited to some extent recently. This meta question exists to explain what is going on. Stack Exchange (the company who is hosting our site)...
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What do we offer that our target audience can't get elsewhere?

In another meta discussion asking who are the parenting evangelists and how do we attract them?, one of the answers brought up an excellent point: To attract additional experts/evangelists, we have ...
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Mandatory Reporters

In many jurisdictions there are certain people called mandatory reporters. These are people such as educators, foster parents, medical professionals, social workers, police officers, etc. who by ...
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Are very “chatty” answers okay?

Some answers (and even some questions) are phrased very conversationally (example). I prefer less talk and more pure facts. I understand and respect other people's way and I haven't voted or commented ...
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Should home remedy “medical questions” be allowed?

In response to the close votes on this question, the OP states that he is asking for home remedies. As an aside, that specific request is not in the question, so I am not asking about that question ...
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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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Are questions about generic medical fundamental medical information on-topic?

It seems that general developmental questions ("at what age should a child be able to do X") are on-topic. It's also clear that specific medical advice is off-topic ("My child has this and that ...
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Was this edit handled appropriately?

Should I tell my 10-year old son, how screwed-up Cinderella is? Issue #1: A chunk of the answer was edited out. Problem: That edit shouldn't have been made. The editor put in a very nice comment ...

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