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 people are interested in it.

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  • Your question is intersting, (that’s probably the reason for the upvotes) but given the fact that there are no established rules about the usage of neologisms, any answer would necessarily be based on the personal opinions of the posters. – user121863 Aug 1 '18 at 12:17
  • @user070221 there is a comment by someone saying that there are some rules. My question can be wide, but surely it will not generate opinion. Does English language coin new words based on opinions? – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 12:23
  • there as to be some guidelines to use them – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 12:23
  • @user070221 I am not asking for strict rules, but general guidelines. I have update that part in my description. – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 12:50
  • @user070221 There are plenty of conventions, if not firm rules (pretty much like the rest of English usage). Style guides include guidelines for using slang, jargon and neologisms. New terms can be explicitly or implicitly defined when they are introduced. They might be prefixed with phrases like "so-called". They may be enclosed in "scare quotes" on first (or every) use. And so on and so on. This is not "opinion". – user184130 Aug 1 '18 at 12:50
  • @JamesRandom that is what I am asking in that question, but someone put it on hold. – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 12:51
  • Actually, that question can serve as good general guide for using new words. Again, I am not asking for strict rules, just a general guideline. – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 12:52
  • @CarolineWo I know! I am really annoyed that it was put on hold. A massive abuse of power by one of the moderators. – user184130 Aug 1 '18 at 12:54
  • @CarolineWo the person who put your question on hold is really a BIG SHOT: co developer of Perl language. I belong to Computer Science domain and I know that person. It is very hard that your question ever will get reopen again. Good luck next time :) – Ubi hatt Aug 1 '18 at 13:03
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    @JamesRandom - can you please cite reference for the suggested usages you are referring to. I’d like to know more about this “rules”. – user121863 Aug 1 '18 at 13:06
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    @CarolineWo - but are you looking for “rules” for coining new words or for using new words? In and case I really doubt there is any set rules on those issue, but might be wrong. – user121863 Aug 1 '18 at 13:07
  • @user070221 I am looking for how to use new words – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 13:11
  • @user070221 No, because the question was closed. – user184130 Aug 1 '18 at 13:12
  • @JamesRandom - you can show your sources in an answer here, so users may vote to reopen the question on your evidence. – user121863 Aug 1 '18 at 13:16
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    NOTE: Because the question has now been cross-posted to Writers, I have deleted it here. That is the usual procedure for cross-posts. – MetaEd Aug 1 '18 at 17:18

Maybe you could try asking the question at https://writing.stackexchange.com.

They may allow it to be discussed there.

I'm not sure as I haven't looked at that forum. (As a writer, perhaps I should!)

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    I am demotivated, but I will try. Thanks! – user310658 Aug 1 '18 at 13:22
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    This is pretty off-topic for writers.SE. They would surely bounce it back to ELU given that it is more of a linguistic question. Since the OP is asking about English specifically, it is not really on-topic for linguistics.SE. – Mitch Aug 1 '18 at 15:55

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