I have experienced that some questions are stand on the verge of closing reasons. I got friendly warnings from other users about one of my question. But my question is good fit and not warrant for closing.

My specific question here is, In such situations can I add disclaimer in order to prevent that others mistakenly close the question. What other actions that I can take in order to avoid the question get closed? How can add more clarity to the question which moves away it from the verge of closing?

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    Please don't add a disclaimer, because that's not really adding much to the question--but what you can do is show your research. The answer has really been the same for all of the questions you posted: show your research.
    – user10893
    Dec 29, 2012 at 4:24
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    The problem with that question is, if you ask me, that the example you quote is from a non-standard or low-quality text. It is rife with what I would call mistakes. Perhaps those mistakes are acceptable features of English spoken in India, but not in the Anglo-Saxon world, nor in other countries where people learn Anglo-Saxon English, if I may call it that. If you want to learn standard English, I advise you to make sure you don't pick up non-standard grammar from texts like that one. Read texts written in standard English (and by a skilled writer: many websites are poorly written). Dec 29, 2012 at 4:42
  • @simchona: I believe I am showing the research my best. Do you think is there much to show here? If yes can you please explain what else that we can show in the given case. I am very happy to show that in my future posts.
    – Ramya
    Dec 29, 2012 at 4:50

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Go ahead and add the disclaimer! Format your disclaimer as follows:

  1. The question is a real question because...
  2. The question is not general reference because...
  3. The question is constructive because...

Also say that you consulted the relevant sections of both OED and Huddleston & Pullum without finding what you were looking for.

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    @Babu Don't just say you consulted whatever references. Link to them and (preferably) include the relevant section in your answer as well. JR's and my answers to your previous Meta questions all say that.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Dec 29, 2012 at 9:39
  • @AndrewLeach i think that's good advice, but its appropriateness would be confined to a resource which (i) has a relevant entry, and (ii) is not behind a paywall. e.g., MW's dic. of usage has an entry for economic/economical, but it probably doesn't for font/fount.
    – user31341
    Dec 29, 2012 at 16:24

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