Update: The FAQ is now live. Please do not make changes or discuss them here anymore.
A frame challenge is an answer, comment (or part thereof) that doesn’t attempt to answer the question as is, but instead disputes things the asker treats as given in their question (challenges the frame of the question). A common example are answers that point out that a question is an XY question. Frame challenges are a relevant part of this site, but they also bear the risk of belittling the asker and are a frequent source of drama (e.g., here).
That’s why I would like to create a set of rules and guidelines for them. The goal here is not to ban frame challenges altogether, but avoid the bad ones and make the good ones better and more welcoming. Also, this gives (diamond and community) moderators a basis for deletions, edits, and constructive comments. Given the individuality of frame challenges, I expect that we create a mix of rules and guidelines with a considerable grey area to be decided on a per-case basis.
Since there are a lot of angles on this, I would like to start with collecting aspects that we like to see included in such a guide. Please post answers for single aspects. These may be about (but are not limited to):
- something that you want to forbid, discourage, allow, or encourage;
- examples of problematic behaviour that you cannot categorise, but want to see avoided in the future;
- both, answers and comments, and if you think some rule should differ between them;
- what kind of assumptions can be frame-challenged;
- under which conditions frame challenges are appropriate.