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Is ostracism a common practice of the administators of this website?

I was bold enough, in a post of mine on English Language and Usage, to contend that language is political, whether we like it or not, and I feel that since then, my account has been 'frozen' in some ...
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Love hats; slightly miffed. Why no hat for getting gold badge?

Is there a reason, or was it merely oversight, that no hat is awarded for getting a gold badge? There is a hat for getting a silver badge (which I have and like), but there should be an extravagant ...
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Unlock “Why use singular they?” then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to here (if it's still deleted you'll need 10k rep). Sometime a while ago there was a question asked on ELL (here, but it's deleted now) and ...
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New theme: Color of visited links

Would it be possible to change the color of visited links in main-site questions and answers from the current blackish purple to some color that is more clearly distinguishable from the surrounding ...
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Where are the hats?

Are we getting hats this year, and if so, where and when will they be announced? I am told that my first draft (the sentence above) did not meet ELU's quality standards. Funny, I thought brevity was ...
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Inconsistent link treatment in old answers under the new design?

When one of my old answers receives an upvote or a downvote, I go back and reread the posted answer—mainly because the elapsed time enables me to approach the post as an editor rather than as its ...
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List of nouns representing a group of people

For a Kaggle competition I would like to decontextualise a list of questions. One way I am planning to do it is to replace any noun representing a group of people with a placeholder. Examples of such ...
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Has traffic on ELU decreased recently?

Is it just a personal impression or after the implementation of the new layout on ELU traffic both in terms of question and answers is well below average? I realize it is just a few days but views on ...
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New Layout: Editor _before_ author?

I was just confused by something in the layout: Look at any question or answer that has been edited. picture has just one example). The person who most recently edited the question is first, the ...
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Let's reopen the question about Passf***ingport

Let's reopen the question about Passf***ingport. I'm not sure why it was closed, but I am sure it has been redeemed (if redeeming it needed) by the answers. Moreover, and perhaps more relevant, is ...
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How to find native English speakers to practice? [on hold]

What is the best way to find native English speakers to practice? Not looking for teacher, just speaking partner...
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How to see the most recent questions?

On other sites I see buttons/tabs for Newest, Frequent, Votes, Active, and Unanswered. I thought I used to see similar on EL&U also. Now I see only Active, Featured, Hot, Week, and Month. What ...
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New theme: fix serif-vs-sans font combinations

In what I hope is the correct spirit of bringing concrete, actionable suggestions for changes and updates to the new theme, I would like to ask for the fonts to be harmonized as tchrist went into ...
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Trying to create a tag, gettting weird message

Upon trying to create a tag I get the messsage "ags do not already cover this topic" apearing in the top left hand corner of the screen in a box that is unresponsive to my mouse, the "post your ...
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Can EL&U please get its logo banner centered (again)?

The logo banner for English Language & Usage used to be centered. It was designed to be centered, way back when these things were created. How can I tell? Because it exhibits bilateral symmetry in ...
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“we tried to fix it”

EL&U needs rescuing A few days ago I posted the following: The new theme still sucks. There I said it, and in American English, too. There's an overall sense of claustrophobia, oppression, the ...
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New theme: Banner, sidebars, footer

The new theming does not seem to be to anyone's taste, but we can't go back to the way the site used to look. Some features like fonts and page layout are now set across all sites, and we just have to ...
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Addressing the responsive EL&U site theme - moving forward

Hello, English Language & Usage Denizens! (Yes, I know you don't literally inhabit this site, but hi, anyway) First, an apology: This site was probably the hardest site for me for a variety of ...
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We have until December 13

Here's an announcement for those who do not frequent Meta Stack Exchange (MSE). By 7 December, every site on the Stack Exchange network will adopt the new theme. With the final transition of the ...
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I can't comment without 50 reputation [duplicate]

Can't see me staying here after this post:- "You must have 50 reputations in order to comment". SO what if I joined to comment on "this particular item" and it takes years to get reputations? I'll ...
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When science and English overlap, who wins?

Is there a good word for change in velocity, but not over time? That is, position is to displacement as velocity is to what? This old question (2012) came up in suggested results. While it is a ...
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I have been three years in the UK, but I am not yet comfortable speaking - what should I do to become not fluent, but proficient? [closed]

As the title explains, I have been living in the north of England for a few years, but my English usage is still far from proficient. It is not that I do not practice the language - I barely employ my ...
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Do you know some sites or resources to checking text for errors? [duplicate]

I need to write a texts every day and checking them for mistakes. I thought about some site where you can check others' textes for mistakes on your native language (russian), and others check your ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

As everyone probably knows, very few people actually follow the main rule of single-word-requests: YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE Thus we have many low-quality questions, many of which get ...
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Is there a reason the “single-word-requests” tag have the highest number of questions in EL&U?

What is the reason behind the highest number of single-word-requests questions (users questioning) in English Language & Usage Stack Exchange (EL&U)? I wonder that the following tags haven't ...
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Permission to use image

I would like to request permission to use an image posted on this site. The image is of twining vines which would be used in section transition pages, to suggest twining of content between chapters, ...
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What do I do about the “take the tour” invitation on the new meta account to make it go away? [duplicate]

Normally with StackExchange, new users can click on the "take the tour" button to take the tour and earn the associated badge. But on this meta, it takes me to english.stackexchange.com/tour on the ...
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When you don't remember a “word”

What's that word? It's happened to everyone one of us, and it happens to each and every one of us more and more frequently as time passes by. What was that great word I read the other day? You ...
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Editorial Questions Regarding the Question about Stealing Non-Rival Goods

Why I am Asking There was a little editorial dispute between me and another user, who was not the original author of the question. The complaintant was requesting clarification from the author, ...
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Should we compile synonymous answers?

Full disclosure: I have the currently top-ranked (4 UV) answer. The OP asked for a single-word meaning "not up for discussion". I posted the first answer, and four others (2 nearly identical to each ...
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“Masters degree” vs. “Master's degree” is not the same question as “Master's degrees” vs. “Masters' degrees”

I would like to request more reopen votes for the following question: Does a person have two “masters’ degrees” or two “master’s degrees”? As described clearly in the question post, it is not ...
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Edit to the OP's question title [duplicate]

Is it considered rude or bad form to either comment on or edit an original poster's question title in order to fix a grammatical error?
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Why is promoting your product through your user ID not spam?

This new user https://english.stackexchange.com/users/324324/airport-chariot-car-and-limo has a user ID that nakedly promotes a car-hire service. In the last day or so they've posted a dozen or more ...
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Are menu titles off topic?

A recent question asking for a suitable "one-word menu title" has recently been closed ("off topic"). One of the reasons given in a comment is "...because each word request needs to be set in a ...
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“Bounties increase exposure and visibility” Do they?

“Bounties increase exposure and visibility” Yeah, and I'm the queen of Sheba. I recently asked this question, and was thrilled to receive answers from a Frisian and a Dutch speaker. I was so ...
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Why are etymology questions that show research getting/staying closed?

I noticed that the community doesn't really agree with itself on the subject of what's on topic and off topic when it comes to the amount of research needed. I'm seeing this on questions that would ...
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How Could ELU Be as Rigorous as the French Language Site

I have recently been taking a look at the French language site that corresponds to ELU. I am struck by a difference. It seems to me that the ELU is often swamped with questions that involve helping ...
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Understanding the Code of Conduct

This question from a new user asked if 'MSc holder in psychology' was grammatically correct. She noted, "This is for my personal statement for my cv", so it was of no trivial importance to the OP. ...
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What is a good source on the use of the definite article for non-native speakers?

Here's my situation: I'm currently proof-reading something a colleague of mine has written. The content is all okay, but his use (or non-use) of "the" is all over the place, because I assume his ...
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How can I get in touch with a particular user about Pig Latin?

One user in particular here has looked into the area of Pig Latin. How can I contact that person? I cannot comment on the original Pig Latin thread without 50 points, whatever that means.
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News about Edwin?

Does anyone know anything about user Edwin Ashworth? A somewhat exigent and at times infuriating stickler for standards, I find myself missing his droll comments. He's been “missing” since July.
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It's hard to tell whether I've accepted an answer [duplicate]

When I'm looking at an answer to a question that I asked, I find it hard to tell whether I've accepted that answer. vs The difference is clear when they're placed next to each other, but not in ...
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Verification of the meaning for professional page [duplicate]

I want someone to take a look and check if the meaning is correct. It's for a professionnal page so I need to be as good as possible... [Note here, I get the point] Thanks a lot for your time!
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Does ELL migrate questions to ELU?

So, following on from Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018, I may have a theory, but I don’t have the necessary knowledge to figure out if it’s correct or not. The theory is that "...
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What happens to bounties where the user who posted the only eligible answer deletes their account?

I recently posted a small bounty on a question. So far, the bounty hasn't attracted much attention, and my current bet is it still won't before the bounty expires. There was an existing answer on ...
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Can anything go?

I read the following quote today: A lexicographer's business is solely to collect, arrange, and define the words that usage presents to his hands. He has no right to proscribe words; he is to ...
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Repetition in answer of what was already mentioned in original question

I'm going to use this as an example, but it's only one amongst many. Specifically, she already cites 1794 in her question, so I figured you can't rehash that date (relating to the Jacobins) in your ...
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How do I accumulate 50 points? [duplicate]

I seek an answer to a question about my account. It says that I can not comment on an entry until I have 50 points. How do I accumulate said points?
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Which users have close vote privileges both here and on ELL?

Not too long ago, I unlocked the cast close and reopen votes privilege... on ELL. Here on ELU I've had that privilege for a pretty long time, since I just recently unlocked the very last privilege (...
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Ought cross-posted questions be deleted?

Ought different vs differential (adjectives, not nouns) be deleted here because it was also posed to ELL? Why not just close it? Viewpoints appear to differ. Charles Stewart's answer here in Cross-...

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