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How far is this site willing to tolerate “folk wisdom”?

As I've been reading, sad to say, I have come across some answers that don't leave me feeling particularly enlightened. I feel like some, honestly, too many, of these top-ranked answers are relying ...
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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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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Parenting will begin the nomination stage for a special election on April 30, 2018 to bring in one more moderator. Last year (has it really been a year?) I broached the idea of beta ...
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Do weapons belong here?

I like to keep an open mind, and I admit that it's a wise parent who asks, how can I protect my child against the weapons I keep at home because that's relevant to some professions. But some ...
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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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Contest: Anything you always wanted to know about parenting (but were afraid to ask)

Summary Parenting Stack Exchange has tons of untapped potential. Contests can be a fun way to stir up some excitement in the site. From Mother's Day (May 11) to Father's Day (June 15) we'd like to ...
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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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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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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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What can we do to help boost traffic now that the latest school session has started?

Now that school is in session, there will be zillions of parents with school-age children, and they'll all have lots of questions. Since there are already a lot of parents here with older children, ...
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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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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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Are we as welcoming a site as you want Parenting.SE to be?

How welcoming a site should Parenting.SE be? Are we as welcoming as you want this site to be? In this question, there was some expression that the site was negative enough to put off at least some ...
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Moms4Mom merge possibility?

Is there any possibility of the Mom4Moms community wanting to merge into parenting.stackexchange? Should we reach out to their community to discuss this or other possibilities?
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Parenting's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Stepping down as moderator

I would like to announce I am stepping down as moderator. I am pleased that Erica agreed to take my place. You may or may not have noticed her skill at defusing situations and educating new users ...
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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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Does anyone know who answers.ninja is?

They seem to be violating the licensing on the site and stealing our content. http://parenting.life.answers.ninja/post/574 Does anyone recognize where the phrase "Dinosaur on the button" ...
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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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Parenting Stack Exchange has an opening for a moderator, are you interested?

Due to time and life constraints, I'm sorry to report that Balanced Mama will not be able to continue on as part of the moderation team. She did a fantastic job while she could, and deserves our ...
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what to do about overreaching moderation?

Anongoodnurse, a moderator of Parenting, appears to be vastly overreaching her mandate. What to do? The issue is that disparate voices that have significant contributions are driven away, because it'...
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Need community input on questions asking for help in determining if a child might be suicidal

SE has a clear policy directed at moderators when it comes to users expressing suicidal ideation: close, comment (with resources), notify CMs who will follow up with the user, and delete. Users might ...
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Please welcome your new moderators, Balanced Mama and Karl Bielefeldt

After Torben And Cabbey stepped down, we began the search for some new awesome moderators to lead the Parenting SE community toward its goal of graduation. I'm happy to say, we've found two excellent ...
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Our questions need more votes!

We've discussed this before, but I think it needs to be brought up again. I've seen a lot of questions lately that have several upvoted answers, but nary a vote on the question itself. (All of the ...
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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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Parenting will remain on the HNQ

@SomeShinyObject raised our poll asking the community whether we should opt out of the Hot Network Questions list, as on the one hand they bring new visitors, but on the other, the rapid influx of new ...
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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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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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Providing Long-Term Updates?

I was browsing around and wandered back across an old question of mine, and wondered if there would be any value in providing an update on how things turned out. If so, what would be the best way to ...
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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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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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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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Encouraging referenced answers

Generally, I feel that most of our questions get very good answers. We get a lot of answers based upon experiences and anecdotes, and most of them are very high quality. However, I feel that we've ...
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How clear do you need to be that you're not asking medical advice to not be considered asking for medical advice?

Question in question: What should I consider when getting tympanostomy tubes (grommets) for my child? I have a close vote (and presumably a downvote) because: This is clearly asking for medical ...
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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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Should we discourage questions and answers that reference specific (i.e. “my”) children?

I am interested in what others think about this, but my initial feeling is that explicit mention of specific children has two disadvantages: It violates a child's privacy. For example, if I ask about ...
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Making the site more popular

The progress of this site ain't too fantastic. Basically, there isn't enough users or visitors. What can we do about that? I've tweeted about the site, but that's all I can do, pretty much...
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Should we encourage follow up?

One of the nicer types of posts I see from time to time are posts where parents return to their questions and provide insight as to what they ended up doing and how it worked out. It's much more ...
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Condoms in care packages = questions about sex?

I have a question about providing condoms in care packages that my church is doing for our outgoing seniors. It's a larger question but for this meta-Q, I'll note that it specifically is not seeking ...
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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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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 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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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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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's the sex tag mean?

Inspired by its use in this question: My son has been offered money by a classmate, if he would pull down his underwear sex Doesn't have a description, and it's used to cover a variety of sexual-...

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