Questions tagged [online-interaction]

Questions related to interacting with others online, including via chatroom, social media, audio/video chat, or any other method of communicating online. Can also be used for long-distance-relationships, or just friends you have met online.

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How to respond to questions that make one uncomfortable?

I am a 24 year old Indian girl. A few days before, I got this message from one of my school friends in Facebook after a long long time. Back in school we were not that good friends or anything just ...
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How to help someone who threatens self-harm over the internet? [closed]

I'm not sure if it belongs here but I'm at a loss. There's a woman in South Africa who doesn't have anyone to turn to. I'm trying to help talk her out of harming herself. She says she's lost ...
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Get team member to participate in project

I am currently experiencing a very unpleasent situation. We are a group of 5, working on a software project for "professional school". We use Discord to organize us and to talk with each other. ...
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How to politely notify in an online conversation that I am a woman?

Context I am a woman and I sometimes post things online, on Stack Exchange for instance. Usually, my posts are very neutral and do not provide any hint of my gender. It seems that most people assume ...
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Politely telling an incompetent software project volunteer they are too inexperienced

I am currently the project lead of an online volunteer run software project. I originally created this and work on it my in free time. There are also a few other people who took interest in this ...
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How do I effectively get people to look past my age when considering my abilities, if they know how old I am?

This is something I run into sometimes, as I'm 15 years old currently and a moderator on an online community. Sometimes, people will doubt my abilities, especially online, when they become aware of my ...
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How do you tell a Facebook friend that they might be on the autism spectrum?

TL;DR How do I tell this Facebook friend that they might be on the autism spectrum without being too intrusive? Background I have this Facebook friend that I care deeply about and with whom I ...
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How can I tell my closest online friend that I'm actually male?

Preface: Some folks will think I'm a terrible person after reading this, and perhaps they're right. In truth, there were several points early-on when I'd thought about breaking things off, but ...
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How to refer to someone by name in an online community?

Forgive me if this sounds stupid, but I'm not familiar with the "First Name" and "Last Name" system, although I know last name means "family name". Case 1 Suppose someone use his real name as an ...
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How to determine if someone is deliberately ignoring my messages?

Sometimes on either snapchat or skype (or any other instant messaging software) I will not get a reply to my message. It can be a normal message or question, and then they simply won't reply. I ...
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How do I indicate sarcasm/irony online?

On the Internet, you don't have important visual and auditory cues from a person like tone of voice or facial expressions. Body language, therefore, is non-existent - yet this can be very important in ...
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How to help a stranger (woman) in an abusive relationship?

I'm in an online support group for people with anxiety, depression and these kinds of things and, in this group, people would often post things about the difficult situation they are in. Recently, a ...
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How to decline a help request (which suggests that I must do all his job)

In my class, everyone is looking forward to the presentation of our little project (programming with C#) at high-school. Most of my class doesn't even know how to code properly and, because of that, ...
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How to tell a girl she can't “raid” with us due to previous bad performance?

I play World of Warcraft in a extremely nice guild for the better part of two months now. We are a casual semi-hardcore raiding guild, so raid performance is still rather important, and if someone ...
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How to check the veracity of a rumor about a relationship?

A while ago, someone told me a rumour that stated that "either I wanted a relationship with a girl or she wanted a relationship with me". That girl and I were friends, I was not against a ...
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How can I explain why I declined someone's Facebook friend request without offending them?

Recently, I got several friend requests on Facebook from people I sort of knew in middle school. We went to different high schools, and so I haven't talked to them in five years, as I've just finished ...
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How to address a formerly toxic player in my community that we caught using a sockpuppet account?

There has been a very toxic person to the community of a multiplayer Minecraft server I'm a moderator on (I'll call them Mr Toxic from now on). Apart from using really irritating cheats (the cheats ...
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How can I correct text of another person during a chat without being pedant or making fun of the other person?

A written chat is not a good channel of communication for no verbal language, hence, is quite easy to make mistakes because each side might add different context to the sentences. This might cause ...
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How to address an online gaming community about our decision to allow back a player who used to be toxic?

There has been a very toxic person to the community of a multiplayer Minecraft server I'm a moderator on (I'll call them Mr Toxic from now on). Apart from using really irritating cheats (the cheats ...