All Questions

5
votes
1answer
37 views

Are questions about how English worked at a certain point on-topic?

If I have a question about the history of English like “When did [some thing] become incorrect?” or “Was [some thing] different during [some time]?”, would that be off-topic?
0
votes
1answer
8 views

Is there a tool that provides/suggests words that come before or after a word?

Are there any tools/APIs that provide this service? Example: (After) Free Free beer Free pizza Free stuff (Before) Beer Craft Beer Draft Beer Free Beer Cheap Beer Thanks.
1
vote
1answer
84 views

Vote to close! I will delete the question right away, I'm sorry. Please, can someone tell me what not to do next time?

My question. I followed the requirements, I thought. Thanks for any help. I guess I should wait a while before I delete it, so someone can look at it. Cheers
2
votes
2answers
138 views

My computer does bold on ELL but not on ELU

I have been "instructed" to come here and sort out my issue with bolding and italicizing text. Look at these words after the colon: just look. Do you see those terms, that is, "just look" in bold? I ...
2
votes
0answers
6 views

Cuff word origin [migrated]

I was wondering if the origin of the word (cuff/ to cuff) is Arabic as it exists in Arabic, pronounced exactly the same (kaf) and has the very same meaning (folding the end part of the sleeve or/and ...
13
votes
1answer
232 views

RIP Oxford “living” Dictionaries

Don't know when this happened, but Oxford Living Dictionaries is no more. It is now called Lexico (powered by Oxford) whatever that means… Tsk! You'd think they'd have the decency to consult us ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

There should be a close-vote option labeled as: “there is no discernible research done before asking the question”

I have heard about cases where people have voted for the closing of a question based on different reasons than the one they clicked on when close-voting. The reason for this is because their reason ...
-2
votes
1answer
49 views

If there is a dictionary translating 1:1 a word in english to a word in another language

When you look up a word in the dictionary you usually get a long sentence rather than 1 word. For example: word: a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or ...
4
votes
2answers
97 views

Help with review queues

I have only been active on Stack Exchange for about a month and achieved a reputation on ELU of more than 500 which gives me access to the review queues. Other than the description of the privilege is ...
16
votes
2answers
210 views

Is this type of spammy Q&A permitted here?

This question (now deleted) about the difference between the terms legalization and attestation was posted yesterday. It was posted simultaneously with a self-answer. I thought it was spam immediately,...
2
votes
3answers
142 views

What's the bare minimum I need to add to this answer to meet specs?

I wrote an answer which is, I am told, "not in compliance with local attribution guidelines." What, if anything, do I need to do to this answer to bring it up to code? Do I really have to add "...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
1
vote
2answers
67 views

About closed questions

I am a new member. Can I answer an unanswered closed question? If so, how? I have an answer for a closed unanswered question
8
votes
1answer
97 views

Where can I find a linked list of my answers to deleted questions?

The question Deleting answers with a positive rep balance, which popped up in the Meta queue today, reminded me of a question I've long had about deleted answers. First, some background. When a ...
7
votes
3answers
157 views

Are “commonly available” reference dictionaries too simplistic to answer questions on this site?

I came upon a closed question that suggested there was a simple answer to the question "What is the specific difference between 'fascinating' and 'interesting'?". The question was closed as off-topic ...
-1
votes
1answer
37 views

Flag > Should be closed > Off-topic > Belongs on another SE site > Meta or ELL; but no other option

Why does form not offer "other" or sumsuch option when flagging a Question for a mod to move? So I choose "unclear what you are asking", if it's not obvious how a question about Latin inflection ...
5
votes
2answers
103 views

Cross-posting on ELL: which to close first?

Recently, we have seen a spate of cross-posted questions on ELL and EL&U (such as this one on EL&U). I can understand the frustration of a new user looking for an immediate answer to their ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Why can’t I answer my first question [duplicate]

Generic term for sunrise and sunset
7
votes
3answers
258 views

Follow up to AI to detect ELL migratable questions

NOTE: MY USE OF MIGRATION AS A TERM IS INACCURATE IN THE QUESTION, SEE MY ANSWER OR COLLEEN’S ANSWER FOR MORE ACCURATE APPLICATION OF THE ALGORITHM. This is a followup post to my last post (...
-2
votes
1answer
64 views

Why “Duplicate?” [closed]

Telling someone with a question that the answer would duplicate an answer given elsewhere is horrific since it in itself is not an answer to a question; rather, its is true avoidance! Providing a ...
1
vote
4answers
167 views

Could we maybe have a “stupid test” closing code?

This question asks what is the world that best completes the sentence and why please there are those .... the world cup is a month of volcanic excitement and others who see it simply as ...
7
votes
1answer
286 views

Have any ELU users experienced a recent large loss of rep explained as “User Removed”?

This is not a duplicate of the 2017 question mentioned. That question was about an event on ELU alone, involving a well known (to ELU) single user, and easily comprehended. This question is about a ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

Is my question regarding all of the different meanings of 'as' fixed?

I asked the question What do all the different meanings of 'as' share in common?, which originally finished with the three following questions: How did "all so" or "so" (alswa) proliferate to ...
-2
votes
1answer
71 views

how can I get 50 (something) if you won't let me write one because I have not 50 'credits' I think? [duplicate]

I heard a joke in "the vicar of Dibley" (most episodes do end up with one told by Dawn French, the vicar, to her not so bright friend...) And I could not understand it. I kind of found the answer here....
1
vote
2answers
158 views

Replace “Please show the research you've done” with a clear threshold requirement

Following on from this comment from Sven Yargs, I think we should consider making it clear to users what research we expect. I often see a poorly researched question and assume the research would be ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

If there is a list of English rhyming words, syllable count, or parts of speech for free download (public domain) [closed]

Wondering if there is a list of English words for free download (i.e. public domain, not creative commons), that contain either rhyming words, the syllable count/breakdown for the word, or the part of ...
0
votes
3answers
113 views

Suggestion: Capping points that can be earned for a single-word request

This may have been discussed before, but I didn't find anything relevant with the search function. I'll be happy to delete if someone directs me elsewhere. There's a limit to how much can be earned ...
4
votes
2answers
280 views

My “shipping” question has been sunk

Yesterday I edited a question that had been closed for 14 months as a duplicate of: What's the source of "shipped" in a romantic sense? The title was edited and changed to Is “...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

How to improve my pronunciation? Any tips or tricks [closed]

Good morning, everyone. I'm a newbie here. I'm working as an English Teacher for more than 2 years in Russia. I studued Linguistics at the University and hadn't got any problems. None of my teachers ...
6
votes
3answers
168 views

What is the best way of dealing with the questions that are too localised?

I understand that once upon a time, there existed on the menu of possible reasons for closing a question one that was labelled too localized. While the label may not have been perfect, it was ...
8
votes
1answer
165 views

Serial down-voting after I asked a question [duplicate]

I asked a question that has been viewed only 4 times so far. But shortly after I've asked it, someone down-voted every post I've made on this site. I know it's not much of a change in reputation, but ...
5
votes
1answer
44 views

Merge tags [difference-in-meaning] and [differences]

A recent tag (about 1.5 months ago) was added under the name difference-in-meaning and is now used by 5 questions, but I believe it is a duplicate of the tag differences, used by 3,513 questions. ...
9
votes
1answer
378 views

Hell is hot, but is it funny?

On August 27 of last year, a poster on the main site asked "What does the idiom “funny as hell” mean?" Four days later, the question was closed for a familiar reason: Please include the research ...
1
vote
2answers
183 views

Artificial Intelligence to Detect ELL worthy questions

Having successfully transitioned from being an English language learner to an appreciator of the language, I am part of both the ELL and this stack exchange. And I am proud to be part of both vibrant ...
8
votes
1answer
213 views

Irrelevant and contentious edits

In the last few minutes, an anonymous user has twice attempted to edit an old answer of mine by inserting irrelevant material that appears to be pushing some political, religious, or nationalist point ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

Will this question be on topic here?

A line OA of length r starts from its initial position OX and traces an angle AOB=alpha in the anticlockwise direction.It then traces back in the clockwise direction an angle BOC=3 theta (where ...
3
votes
3answers
134 views

Bumped to homepage for review - What 'actions' should we take?

By way of example, I have just come across this question: When you are at school as having been "bumped to the homepage by Community" with the comment "This question has answers that may be good or ...
-3
votes
3answers
230 views

Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

Yeah... we should. Why not? I've been on a spree of downvoting off-topic and very low quality questions (LQQs), so I was expecting to see my reputation drop but it didn't. I also downvoted six ...
3
votes
0answers
133 views

Are we remiss in giving attributions to published images?

We have a requirement on the main to give attribution for quotes and text from other sources. However, in some cases a question needs an image to help clarify what is wanted. According to an ...
5
votes
1answer
210 views

Are there more requests for disparaging language on the weekends?

Is it only me, or has anybody else noticed that many, if not most of the “nasty” and “mean spirited” requests for pejorative language occur on the weekend? Apart from filtering for “pejorative” tag, ...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

I want to use ELU to find out if something is unusual but correct usage: is that OK?

I want to use ELU to find out if something is unusual but correct usage: is that OK? So not whether it sounds natural, but if the sentence conveys the meaning I intend, and whether that is not ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

I'm unclear why this question was migrated to ELL

I'm not clear why this question has been migrated Is the sentence "Thora went to the shop for how long?" grammatically correct? I'm concerned that it sounds too awkward, too expressive of ...
-4
votes
1answer
163 views

What is the best way for non-professionals to have an opinion on questions about grammar that are not settled?

What is the best way for non-professionals to have an opinion on questions about grammar that are not settled? I mean anyone who thinks about unsettled or live questions in grammar when there is no ...
-8
votes
2answers
110 views

Looking for valid reasons for the downvote to this question

I'm looking for valid reasons for the downvote to this question. I have raised this question, on meta, for three reasons. I think the question's OK, should be answered, and I still desire an answer. ...
7
votes
1answer
176 views

Should I correct, point out or ignore egregious mechanical errors?

A similar question was asked here: Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions? . I fully agree with the advice given in the accepted answer in respect of grammar and the ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Resourses for reviewing writings

I am looking for sites or communities where I can post my writings for reviews free of charge. Is there any?
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Is it ok to ask “is this a sentence” questions?

I've never studied grammar. I want to know if something is a sentence, but don't know enough grammar to describe it and so ask a general question. Only, I think, create analogous sentences (I think?)....
2
votes
1answer
55 views

How did migration from the main to Literature.SE happen?

While on a "search and destroy" mission for my own errant comments, I noticed that this question "Looking for a poem that I have mostly forgotten" was originally posted on the main site, and then "...
3
votes
1answer
102 views

Notification of Comments to “post authors” : ambiguous advice in 'Help'

I recently left a Comment below an Answer to a post (here - altho' the actual comment & post are irrelevant to the issue raised here). The comment was intended for the author of the original ...
14
votes
2answers
168 views

How should we deal with questions whose answers are different for different varieties of English?

Some questions about language have single answers that are incontrovertibly the case for all speakers of the language (for the standard (yes this is somewhat circular)). But English is large, it ...

15 30 50 per page