I am concerned that we are still having personal advice questions answered by those who have been here a long time and therefore should know that these questions must never be answered, and they should know by now the reasons why.

I think we need to come up with a solution to this before someone gets seriously harmed by following advice given in good faith and with good intentions. What are the thoughts in the group?

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    1. How to encourage users to visit & read & participate on meta? – Comment every problem answer with a link to here? – You may have to call out specific posts to illustrate the problem better. (There has been a real spree of "activity" that will surely cloud any easy identification, at least for me.) Jun 21, 2018 at 1:28
  • I'm not sure I've seen this happening much, are there examples you had in mind?
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Jun 22, 2018 at 21:55

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Be Careful

I've talked about this before: We need to be nicer. And it is important to understand that a question is not off-topic until it has been closed as off-topic. Questions for personal advice aren't questions for personal advice until we have closed them. I find it difficult to punish unexperienced, new users with harsh downvotes because they allegedly answered something one personally deems off-topic. Heck, there are even questions where the community itself is divided.

So keep in mind that other users might think differently about questions that are off-topic.

Don't answer what you personally consider off-topic, but don't punish other users until the Community has decided where the question actually is off-topic.

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