On several of the sites I frequent, we occasionally get questions posted by people who are facing difficult situations, consisting mainly of them expressing how upset they are. In many cases, the post may not include a question at all, or it may be an afterthought ("...what should I do?"), or be rhetorical ("...why are people such jerks?")
I won't give any links to avoid embarrassing anyone, but examples might include:
Academia.SE: "My no-good advisor stole all my results and won't give me credit. Now what?"
Law.SE: "I've suffered a horrible injustice, how can I sue everyone involved and his brother?"
Travel.SE: "Airline X cancelled my flight, stranded me for days, and destroyed my luggage. Why does anyone ever fly with them?"
It's common for other users to respond to such posts with a comment saying something like:
This is a rant, not a question.
Usually accompanied by downvotes or votes to close.
In view of the "be nice policy", I am wondering if we can find a less derogatory way to communicate to such a poster that their post isn't appropriate for a Q&A site. Whether intended or not, it seems to me that "rant" comes across as an accusation that the poster is acting crazy or responding irrationally - not really what someone wants to hear if something upsetting has happened to them.
What might be some examples of more considerate phrasing, that could actually help the poster turn their post into a useful question, or at least help them understand why their post isn't acceptable on this site?