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Has there been any CSS changes in the last week?

There used to be a differentation between visited and not visited links in the Hot Network Questions column, today all the links are the same color (#333333). I have tried both chrome & firefox (...
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My inquisitiveness about my achievements

Does "English language and usage" reputations and badges subsume reputations and badges of "English language and usage meta" because they have the same user number?.I do not know whether my question ...
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Where does it say that resources are off-topic on main?

It's been assumed that questions about resources are off-topic because they aren't questions about the language per se. Here's an example: Main - I'm looking for a tool for comparing the meaning ...
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Counting up to 100,000 questions

I've been watching the count of questions on EL&U for the past few days. Currently, it's at 99,972. It seems to me that 100,000 is a bit of a milestone. Should there be some kind of recognition ...
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Can somebody please stop the harassing commenters!

They are really a plague on ELU. This question has been downvoted and criticized for “no reason to be” by one of the usual harassing commenters. Why do we have to waste time and energy with such ...
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Posting more than one answer [duplicate]

I did a fruitless search here, to see if this has already been asked: Can a person post more than one answer to the same question?
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Can we close 'Is the convention for reporting football results universal?' as off-topic?

I voted Is the convention for reporting football results universal? off-topic because it is not about English, but about the reporting of match results (game scores). There is a broader issue, at ...
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Do we have a canonical post on the pronunciation rules for the /s, z/ possessive clitic?

I've seen many questions asking about the punctuation of words ending in possessive S. There are also many questions asking about the pronunciation of possessive S when a noun already ends in an S. ...
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What to do when my question is unanswerable [duplicate]

I posted a question with a single-word-request, and although I got multiple answers, it became clear that no such word exists. Now, I'm unsure what to do with my question. Do I pick the answer that ...
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What about my response was inappropriate?

My answer to the question: Negative question on the English.SE, received a downvote. I want to become a part of this community, and I accept that we all sometimes make mistakes, but on SE it's often ...
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Why isn't the yellow axe question (YAQ) about English?

IMO, the yellow axe question on its face is about English. As I said in a comment under Mari-Lou A's question: The question was about English. (Is there an English word that starts with Y and ...
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I want to share a very basic and somewhat troubling observation

Every time I resort to Stack Exchange I literally experience a level of indecision and reluctance as so many of the threads scream disdain. And its such a shame too, because there could be infinite ...
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Why has Mr. Community pushed the following question to the top of the active line?

For some reason the following question has been brought to the attention of the community. The question is clearly off-topic despite the upvotes and the correct answers. I know that from time to ...
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Need for 'Omission Tag' in English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

Today, when I was going to ask a question pertaining to the omission of some words, then I could not find 'omission tag' on that. Why still there is absence of such tag?
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How to differentiate the pronunciation of it, eat, eight and ate? [migrated]

I'm trying to refine my spoken English from scratch, and one of the biggest issue for me are the pairs of vowels: tense /i/ and lax /I/. I really can't tell the difference between them. I know that /i/...
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Why is my question locked?

I asked the question: Is Post Script (P.S.) still relevant in the age of email? on ELU few days back which resulted into closing and locking of the question. My version: Why it happened? Closing ...
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Purpose of Badges?

I've received quite a number of badges, but although I've searched in meta and in the main English site, I couldn't find what the point of badges is.
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Why was my question on neologisms put on hold?

I asked one simple question and my question was put on hold. Nobody answered it and the moderator says that it will generate opinion. I doubt that. On the contrary, I have received 4 upvotes, so ...
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Reviewing Proposed Edits

I just tried to edit someone's question, and was told that there was already another edit on hold, and that I'd have to wait till that one was reviewed. How do we get the privilege to review proposed ...
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How do you access “Meta”? [duplicate]

I'm new here, and want to ask a question about the questions. Would that be at "meta," and if so, how do I access it? "Why are there so many already answered questions in the 'unanswered' section?"
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I find this answer is irrelevant to my questions

I have asked this [question] (Is there a word which describes something being both beautiful and ugly at the same time?) on Stack Exchange English and I suspect the user Kris is receiving upvote ...
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ELU newbie chafing (politely) at default when no profile autobio has been written [migrated]

Currently, it reads "Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them." Respectfully, "them" is plural. (Effects on this English ÜberNerd=Hair shirt! Leaking viscera! Metal rasp on ...
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Answer wrongfully deleted by brigade of trolls?

I had an answer to a moderately controversial question that was just deleted by Community as spam/offensive. The answer was highly-voted (last I checked, +14/-7) and appreciated by OP as indicated in ...
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ELL and ELU — problems in distinguishing when googling

I've only been on this site for a week, but I've noticed that an awful lot of questions that should go to ELL go to ELU. I also notice when I google: "English stack exchange" that the first hit I get ...
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Historical explanation of relationship between graphemes and phonemes

I'm looking for a more historical perspective on how we ended up with the orthography we have today and why it differs from pronunciation. E.g., the letter "t" does the sound originally symbolized by ...
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Why can't I up-tick comments on a certain closed question?

A question was migrated from Writer.SE to our main site. There it was placed on hold for unclear. I agreed with a comment placed there from Lawrence (from our own community), but when I tried to up-...
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Good books or tutorials about English stress, tone and intonation

I'm not sure whether this question about spoken English fits here or not, but it's fully about English language & usage: As a person from Asia, I think I can read and write English decently, but ...
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What is the best way to get out-of-control comments to stop and be removed?

Today I posted a straightforward "is there a word for concept X" question. One commenter made some opinionated and, arguably, condescending comments directed at me and the question. I resisted the ...
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What's the best way to go to re-ask an old question?

The following old question, probably off-topic by current standards, has attracted a couple of posts which, in my opinion, don't provide an exhaustive enough answer. What would the more appropriate ...
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Why was this question moved?

I'm referring to Name for this sort of word?. I didn't understand the reason they gave. And how do you find the "chat" dept.? If this isn't in the right "dept.", then please move it. If it's in ...
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Watched tags: design flaw

The title in one of the sidebar boxes isn't right. I hadn't noticed this before, so it may be new, although I don't think we've had any tweaks recently. Or perhaps it's just me and my browser (Chrome ...
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Should you vote based on how others voted?

Sometimes I come across questions or answers that I appreciate and believe deserve an upvote. The question or answer, though, already has ten or more votes. The post, I believe, is good, but is it ...
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Do you know any free website to check my own sentences in English? [duplicate]

After learning a new words in English and I am making a new sentence to remember But I need to know this sentence is correct or not. Do you know any free website or community check like this sentences?...
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I often find erroneous responses on Stack Exchange. Is there a way to flag these as wrong or false?

I often find erroneous responses on Stack Exchange. Is there a way to flag these as wrong or false? Also, I am not really sure how reputation works... You have to have reputation before you can do ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

I thought answers given in other than English were dis-allowed. (comments maybe, I always find them interesting) I marked this answer as "not an answer". It was disputed and still remains. There ...
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How long do posts flagged as VLQ reside after my flag has been called “helpful”?

I was just wondering how long this stinkeroonie was going to hang out... It reads like some drunken rant, in which it appears he claims responsibility for coining the term "internet". My flag was ...
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Why are all the can/may questions marked as duplicates of the question about the weird sentence “Can/may/will you help me with this?”

I'm familiar with the idea of choosing one question as an (informal) "canonical" target for duplicates, but I was surprised to find that for questions about the difference between "can" vs. "may", the ...
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Where to discuss about English? [duplicate]

English is a "soft" subject. There are topics need to be understood but there is not always an answer. For example, how a phrase is used in a paragraph or meaning of a paragraph in a story, a song. ...
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Why can't we see who favorites our question?

I think I know why we cannot see who upvotes or downvotes our question. It might lead to unfavorable confrontations were people ask other people why they voted the way they did. It might also ward ...
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What are the best resources that cover British/Australian/Canadian English for those who speak mostly American English?

English is not my native language - I've learned it since I was a kid at school. I thought I know it quite well until I've tried to watch British videos and listen to native British speakers. Since ...
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Is this an appropriate place to ask for name brainstorming?

I have some brand motifs for a project I'm working on, and I want to ask the community for input on interesting names. Is English Language and Usage the best place to do so?
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Should we give our questions titles with greater searchability?

9.42% - That's the percentage of questions on EL&U.SE that are marked as duplicates. These are other SE sites' duplicate percentages: Stack Overflow: 2.4% Super User: 3.26% Server Fault: 1.66% A ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

I recently asked a question on English Language & Usage, and it was received poorly. Now, I have nothing against criticism, but I just wonder why. Here's the question. What should I use when ...
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Should “What's the difference between tense A and tense B?” questions be marked as a duplicate of something generic?

It seems as if I see a question like this at least once a day. What's the difference between "X is" and "X will"? Should I use "X is" or "X was"? Between "X was" and "X had been," which is ...
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Bug in the ELU chat room

For the last couple of days, I've been experiencing a bug in the ELU chat room using Google Chrome. Would you please fix this bug? it's very annoying The bug is : From time to time, when I was ...
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Proposed tag synonym: “get-be” as a synonym of “get-passive”

All of the questions with the get-be tag seem to be about the "get-passive" construction. For example, the top-voted question in the "get-be" tag, Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be ...
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What information does SE collect about users exactly?

Does Stack Exchange collect information about what EL&U users browse when they are not on the Stack Exchange site? Is this information sold or passed on to third parties? If for example, a user ...
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Are there any best books to learn tenses in English? [duplicate]

I want to find some good reference books in English. Especially, the books which explain tenses.
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Should we make minor improvements to answers?

I've felt that encouraging alternate answers that are helpful, but not necessarily definitive, addresses some of the concerns with 'answers in comments' meta-discussions. Very often there is more to ...
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Why did this question get migrated?

The question What is the moment when all oscillators aligned to make a jump called? was migrated without my knowledge. It seems perfectly fine on this site. The consequence is that it got rejected ...

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