Talk:Advice column

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Syndication etc[edit]

Many agony aunts insist that they read their letters themselves and reply to them; indeed they say they get far more letters than are possible to publish, they have no need to make them up. So I dispute this unless it can be cited. SimonTrew (talk) 18:54, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

my boss is making me drive an unregistered truck with no tail lights or trailor brakes. what laws is he breaking and how can i protect myself? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:29, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Family problems[edit]

Dear Abby, I remarried in 2007, after my wife passed in 2004. I met my new wife in 2005, she has two children, which are now grown and on their own. I have four children, three sons, and one daughter, which are all on their own also. THE PROBLEM; My wife and I had a marital separation which lasted for 18 months, I moved out due to harsh, degrading words spoken to me, as well as a trust issue about me which my wife could not explain nor validate her reason for saying, she doesn't trust me. I recently moved back in in February 2011. Things have been very, very good. Her Daughter does not want to invite my 4 children to any family functions, because she's still angry at me for leaving her mom. Her mom lost her job, and was drawing unemployment when I moved out, she also had a very nice 401K account. I paid the car insurance, the cell phone bills, I also paid her Medical, Dental, & Vision, and life insurance policy during the 18 months that I was away. I've asked her mom to please speak to her regarding family functions. I will not tolerate this type of childish behavior. My children has not done anything wrong to anyone in this family. So, what should my wife and I do to curtail this behaviour? Bsydude (talk) 22:36, 29 December 2011 (UTC)


Seeing as this has been tagged as unsourced for more than 4 years, I propose stubifying this and then looking for/inserting a decent RS with a definition to at least make this a decent stub that might grow into something more useful. What is there doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Do any eds have any thoughts on this proposal? Novaseminary (talk) 01:52, 25 September 2012 (UTC)


"This has led them to be criticised for abusing the hopes of their correspondents for commercial gain (in terms of newspaper sales) – raising the uncomfortable image of desperate people waiting day after day for the answer to their terrible problem to be published, only to have to accept after months that there will be no help for them."

^ This sounds like a POV to me. Perhaps the first part about the criticism can stay but the last part is completely hypothetical. Columns give no indication that everyone will be answered and it is the correspondents responsibility to handle their personal lives without the help of the column. It would be just as valid(and equally POV) if one stated "the uncomfortable image of pathetic people waiting day after day for the answer to their petty problem to be published by an entity that never promised to do so." Just my .02. UselessToRemain (talk) 15:00, 5 November 2012 (UTC)


This word implies that such features have always appeared, and in all newspapers. Not so. (talk) 08:46, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

I think it's trying to say that published advice columns are usually published in newspapers and magazines, as opposed to being published elsewhere. This seems to be true. Do you have a suggestion for what you feel would be better wording? - SummerPhDv2.0 14:11, 5 July 2016 (UTC)