I'm disappointed in the quality and tone of advice to the OP in this question
, and I think mefites need a reminder that these scenarios aren't telenovelas or group therapy sessions. The stakes for you as a commenter are very low, but to the poster they are extremely high.
posted by hermitosis to Etiquette/Policy at 5:16 PM (282 comments total)
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My comment, in which I urged people not to twist the narrative the OP presented into one that was more fitting with our expectations of the scenario, was deleted. I'm disappointed in that too, because I think that when we get to the point where we're literally changing the OP's words
so that they fit the advice we're giving, we are no longer treating the problem that's been set before us. However, situations involving suicide involve the utmost of delicacy, which is why (to my understanding) these threads are moderated far more heavily in the first place, and rightly so.
There are some useful questions/comments in the thread, but I can't help feeling that the sum total is maybe more harmful (or at least very confusing) than helpful, and I wish there was a way we could do this kind of thing better, if we are going to do it at all.