Linked Questions

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Off-putting comments to new users

I don't want this to be seen as a personal criticism of the relevant commenter, since I'm often guilty of the same "careless" behaviour myself. But I think there's something not quite right about how ...
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12answers
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What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...
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8answers
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Repository of polite responses

Several folks have noted that ELU regulars have a predilection towards snobbery and are perceived as generally unwelcoming to new users. I realized today that I'm guilty of this, and I haven't even ...
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6answers
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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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5answers
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Can we turn this into a nicer community?

The Stack Exchange developers instituted a Be Nice policy for all of their sites. Be nice. Whether you've come to ask questions, or to generously share what you know, remember that we’re all ...
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2answers
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Please delete your question? I say again, please delete your question?

Recently a couple of questions were posted which indicated a desire on the part of the OPs to speed up closure of certain questions. We've had similar questions before, and some helpful advice and ...
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3answers
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This is not a site for “serious English language enthusiasts,” and it never will be

I think it's time that we addressed the conceit that ELU is a site for "linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts." Its framers and many of its devotees intend for it to be ...
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1answer
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Forum tone, reasonableness, and the possibility of a curated stack

I've never really liked the pecking order that one finds on some forum sites, one famous one in particular. (It rhymes with "said it".) While I've found EL&U to be relatively civil, there is an ...
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1answer
651 views

“Thanks man for not laughing at my question :)”

A question, concise but clear and easily comprehensible to my eyes; two "desperate" tentative answers; a few comments; a series of down-votes and the closing of the question. I think probably no one ...
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3answers
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Why does this post require moderator advice on format?

Irritatingly I have taken some noise recently on my original answer (prior to editing) here - My original answer was "Are you referring to "open secret"...". This was jumped on almost immediately by ...
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3answers
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Are textspeak abbreviations acceptable in answers?

A recent question of mine, How is TLDR used? led to the suggestion that a discussion of the acceptability of such abbreviations in EL&U answers was really a meta question, so I am raising it here. ...
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1answer
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Why was this question closed as “not clear what you're asking”?

I am a native speaker of English (not a pineapple), who classes himself as a "serious enthusiast" of the language. This site, as has been discussed elsewhere (most notably here), takes some getting ...
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7answers
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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20answers
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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4answers
394 views

Who is EL&U's audience?

I previously asked if EL&U was succeeding. The responses there (mixed in with other answers, comments and chats on the subject) lead me to feel that one of the big questions our community has ...

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