Linked Questions

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Do we want to enable post limits?

The question of posting limitations was brought up several months ago, wherein we learned that there are post limits for some SE sites and not for others. We learned that the limitations are 6 ...
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7answers
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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote? If the answer is yes, I would like to know the reason behind it.
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4answers
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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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2answers
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Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

I have noticed in many comments to questions regarding single word usage in particular sentence or phrase that a user with high reputation will say something that ultimately boils down to "use a ...
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4answers
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Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

Also see: Proposal: Add a “too basic”/“uninteresting” off-topic option It is clear that many close-voters use the "commonly available references" option as a catchall for questions that they just don'...
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3answers
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Proposal: Add a “too basic”/“uninteresting” off-topic option

Also see: Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference It is clear that many close-voters use the "commonly available references" option as a catchall for questions that they ...
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1answer
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Should we amend the help text to expand on proof-reading?

Related: What process is required to get the Help Center text changed? | Proof reading questions | Does the "proofreading" close reason cover questions that do identify specific words or ...
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2answers
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What sort of resource request questions do we accept on meta?

We often migrate resource request questions to meta, and there's no denying that some resources are very useful to the users of this community. Here's my attempt at broadly categorising these ...
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2answers
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Lack of research vs. “interesting” question?

Is community fine with accepting questions that seem like "interesting" but lack any research? I see these kind of questions quite a lot. Two recent examples: 'opposite' of 'déj&#...
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3answers
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When and why will my stuff get deleted? (if it will be)

I really like this website and use it regularly. I have posted a lot of questions and I have attached some pictures to them as well. People on this website have given very good and useful answers to ...
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4answers
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When you don't remember a “word”

What's that word? It's happened to everyone one of us, and it happens to each and every one of us more and more frequently as time passes by. What was that great word I read the other day? You ...
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1answer
240 views

Reword General Reference to include research / ELL

This is a spin-off suggestion from Add a 'too basic' close reason. I put forth that we already do have a 'too basic' reason, General Reference, but the wording should be improved. Here is what I ...
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2answers
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Advanced users of English should be more welcome here

I have been speaking English as a first language for 23 years, I use a dictionary to expand my vocabulary every week, I read a lot, every day, and I actively criticize grammar when I hear it. Because ...
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1answer
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Are we here to do homework questions? [duplicate]

This question here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/305999/reserved-or-ashamed The 1 rep OP asks a clearly-a-homework-question. I have a sentence:" As a(n) .... girl, she found it ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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3answers
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Has the insufficient research close reason been retired?

I don't mean to pick on any of our users or mods, but I must admit that I do not see the merit in answering this question when it showed zero evidence of research: Within or inside? (it has since been ...
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3answers
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Answer General Reference Questions with a link anyway

I find it extremely frustrating to find questions closed with the statement "This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet ...
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2answers
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How to deal with an erroneously answered question that has been closed with the faulty answer accepted?

I've just run into a problem involving a question with an accepted answer that is demonstrably (albeit circumstantially demonstrably) untrue: Who first said "We can predict everything, except the ...
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2answers
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Asked Question, Got closed. Seems to meet with Guidelines, how to re-ask

This is the question in question: Defining the word Enterpriser I asked this yesterday, and gave the information for the question that seemed relevant to me. However the comments seem to be that I ...
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1answer
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Are most of the people who answer our English questions native English speakers?

I'm learning English and facing many sentences which I can't understand, so I post here. When I read the answers I suppose that the person who answers is a native English speaker so I accept his ...
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1answer
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New close reason: include the research

After reviewing several Meta posts and related commentary, the moderator team has replaced one of the custom close reasons on the site. The General Reference close reason has been replaced by: ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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Commonly-available reference issue

This user posted this answer in October 2018. I have an issue with the link they have provided. The user has provided a definition from the OED and a link that takes you to the OED's homepage. The ...
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1answer
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Declaring a question about English usage “off-topic” in a forum named “English Language & Usage”

I was surprised to discover that @tchrist and others had declared this question about language usage off-topic. The "off-topic" flag description says: This question does not appear to be about ...
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2answers
120 views

Why was my question downvoted?

I recently asked a question on English Language & Usage, and it was received poorly. Now, I have nothing against criticism, but I just wonder why. Here's the question. What should I use when ...
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1answer
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Why is my reputation getting smaller?

So I recently started to post questions on ELU. No prob there. Anyways, when I reached about 95 reputation, it started to shrink for some reason until it was about 83. I ignored it, as usual, and ...
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1answer
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“Masters degree” vs. “Master's degree” is not the same question as “Master's degrees” vs. “Masters' degrees”

I would like to request more reopen votes for the following question: Does a person have two “masters’ degrees” or two “master’s degrees”? As described clearly in the question post, it is not ...
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1answer
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Should we always look for research efforts in EL&U questions?

In my 2 months of EL&U contribution, I have come across umpteen instances where top users suggest OPs to include some research effort from their side(rightly so) and I too have adopted this ...
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1answer
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This wasn't an opinon-based question?

User Franklin asked "Master's of Early Childhood Education" or "master's in early childhood education", but it was closed as opinion-based. However, the answer isn't ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
141 views

Do definition questions need an example sentence?

Do definition questions need an example sentence? Is there a term equivalent to 'mute' but at the level of 'lexis' e.g.. If not I just feel like it's a personal issue with me, even-...
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2answers
119 views

Why do people upvote (+10) SWRs and users answer them (6+ answers) despite the OP showing zero research?

Asked less than 14 hours ago: Is there a single adjective for “mercenary-like attitude”?. The question has +10, and there are six answers as of now. But the question shows no research. Why is it that ...
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1answer
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Should “What Does Mansplaining Mean?” be reopened or migrated? (Reopened)

The question was originally closed for the lack of research closure reason. Hotlicks voted to close with the claim that the answer could easily be found with a google search, and Dan Bron voiced ...
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1answer
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Are there any limitation to the number of posts for a certain period?

Are there any limitation to the number of posts for a certain period? Suppose, I want to ask more than six questions within one hour. Does this act go against the rules of this website? What is the ...
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1answer
380 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 ...
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1answer
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question put on hold, reason unclear?

I have asked a question What is the one word for people who hate others success?. The question seems to be put on hold, as off topic, can anybody please explain how is this an off topic question?
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1answer
119 views

Getting Some Context About The Application

I have attempted to simplify this post further, with question first and background second: My question to the community gurus, in the interest of providing best help and lively conversation, what is ...
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2answers
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Can we please reopen this question (how is it “opinion-based”?)

Note the question was reopened but now it's been closed again for being opinion-based. Yet the OP's words "what would be the best/correct way" are equivalent to "what are the grammatical rules behind ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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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
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1answer
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Why would one vote to close my question because it has nothing to do with ELL?

Someone voted to close my question for a reason that I do not understand. It looks to be a straightforward question about the usage of word in the English language. What would be the reason for these ...