Proposal: Neurodiversity

Today a proposal was made to create a stack about neurodiversity. There was previously a proposal about autism that was eventually inactive and deleted. The current proposal for neurodiversity lists its purpose as

  1. a place for people who want to find more information about neurodiversity
  2. a place for neurodiverse people looking for information on how to deal with neurotypical based situations

Currently there are stacks existing for Psychology & Neuroscience and Interpersonal skills. The P&N stack seems like it would be a good place for most of the questions under point 1 and IPS seems like a good place for most of the questions under point 2.

How can we focus neurodiversity to have a unique role on SE that differentiates it from these two already existing stacks?


… people who want to find more information about neurodiversity

That sounds reasonable for this type of Q&A (assuming it's not covered by our Psychology & Neuroscience site).

…neurodiverse people looking for information on how to deal with neurotypical based situations

This will likely be more problematic. We would not be interested in pursuing a scope which pushes further into the interpersonal advice space in other subjects.

There is nothing inherently wrong with a forum hosting personal advice discussions, but Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum, and the rigid Q&A format does not support the type of thoughtful back and forth dialogue and consideration that many personal-advice issues need… and frankly deserve.

Our Interpersonal Skills site was created with a belief that maybe there were enough questions in this space to be tackled with an almost academic-like approach — but even there, the community is struggling to make this work in our format.

When unsuspecting users wander into this site looking for help with deeply personal issues, it seems almost cruel at times when the interface itself becomes the main encumbrance when users can only "answer, but no discussion".

It is difficult at times (and often disheartening) to turn a user away when they are simply looking for someone to talk to about a personal problem that is in the title of the site itself. The problem isn't in creating a place where experts have more freedom to give honest, informed, and slightly personal responses; the problem is that the more personal approach isn't personal at all. Answers are designed to be the END of the conversation… not the beginning. That premise is built into the very nature of how Stack Exchange was designed — and trying to force-fit discussion-like topics does the folks looking for interpersonal help a terrible disservice.

We would not be interested in pushing further into this interpersonal advice space in other subjects. That type of thoughtful discussion is simply better hosted elsewhere.

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    Answers like this on stack exchange would be a lot less frustrating if they could give direction for where the people turned away should go better than "there are forums on the Internet, surely this could be on topic for one of those." – Ed Grimm Feb 5 at 23:16
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    @EdGrimm I don't have any insight other than what you might find in a Google search. It wouldn't be responsible for me to suggest products or services I don't have administrative experience with personally. If you have very very specific software requirements, we have a Software Recommendations site, but starting that debate here would justifiably be flagged as 'off topic'. – Robert Cartaino Feb 5 at 23:32

While Psychology and Neuroscience deal with the science behind the neurodiversity, we could point people to this stack to find understandable information that can reference known sources that you would find in Psychology & Neuroscience. Additionally, we can guide people to understanding and responding to behavior exhibited by some neurodiverse people in Neurodiversity stack, instead of explaining just "why?" and some "how?" questions.

Interpersonal skills deals with skills that are needed for both neurotypical and neurodiverse people, but here in Neurodiversity we can focus on just neurodiverse people by stating specifically what kind of neurodiversity is present in the situation/question.

I am a user of Interpersonal Skills but not of Psychology & Neuroscience, so correct me if I'm wrong on any of my thoughts/assumptions on the Psychology & Neuroscience stack.

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