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Google is not General Reference

The description for the "General Reference" close reason states, This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference ...
Marthaª's user avatar
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34 votes
6 answers
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What kind of questions ARE we looking for here?

I've been lurking on ELU for around six months now, and in my time here, I've seen many, many questions being closed due to being off-topic. More than any other SE site. I've browsed the meta for ...
Chase Sandmann's user avatar
29 votes
6 answers
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Waning gap of acceptable questions

After a couple days of break I revisited EL&U to find about a third of questions on the main page marked [closed]. It appears anything that can be looked up in more or less obscure source (NOT ...
SF.'s user avatar
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25 votes
3 answers
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A look at question quality

Table of Contents This is a really, really, long post. And yes, I hate to create another post on our current "quality" situation, but this post is seriously long to the point where I don't want to ...
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18 votes
2 answers
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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 ...
Laurel's user avatar
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10 votes
4 answers
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About EL&U usage, purpose, and comments

I simply have to ask, and lash out (a tiny bit), about some of the comments and messages I have received on answers I've provided. I've had at least one moderator (I think?) and another senior member ...
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1 answer
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Inappropriate “general reference” and “proofreading” close votes

Lately I've been seeing quite a few “general reference” and “proofreading” close votes that seem inappropriate to me. For example: General reference: “At least one” - singular or plural subject? ...
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2 answers
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Rewriting the Question Box Sidebar

Recently, a user brought up the issue of questions that could seemingly be answered by looking in a dictionary and the responses given to those questions. Andrew Leach posted an answer that had a ...
michael_timofeev's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
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Is this question about Boners too simple for E.L.U. or not, and if it is, should it be migrated to E.L.L?

We were just having a little debate about the question What does it mean to give someone boners? in chat, and it strikes me as a rather borderline case. The matter under consideration was whether or ...
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3 votes
0 answers
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Should we ask popular but easy questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Basic questions are not so basic This search for "sneek vs sneak" points to a couple of Yahoo! Answers posts, like this one. There are many popular but simple English ...
Nick Chammas's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
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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 ...
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1 answer
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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 ...
Tonepoet's user avatar
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4 answers
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Should we discourage the use of argot such as AmE, BrE, ELU, ...?

[With Addendum] Should we discourage the use of argot such as AmE and BrE—even ELU—[added:] in answers to nonspecialists' questions at ELU? Most visitors who find answers here come from ...
lauir's user avatar
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2 answers
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Please reopen the question about the meaning of 'wong'

I think the following question recently posted by a new user should be reopened: Why is "wong" a bad word? The meaning the OP is looking for is not present in any available online ...
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