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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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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 ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

Candidate answers, sorted by time of completion: WBT sumelic Lawrence NVZ tchrist choster curiousdannii MετάEd In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for ...
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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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How much research is needed?

Please advise or enlighten me if such guidance already exists. For example, for this question, I sought to record my thoughts and opinions on how to gloss that sentence. Yet it was still closed as `...
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Show Me the Reference!

It's time for everyone's favorite game show, Show Me the Reference! The following seven questions were each placed on hold as general reference within the past week: Is it correct to use an ...
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The first anonymous downvote

I'm sure I'm not the first one to discuss this, but bear with me. (I saw this, btw) A few answers are poor. They get lots of downvotes, perhaps deservedly so. Some answers are divisive. They get ...
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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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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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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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General Reference: here we are again!

Can you please help me understand why What's a word for a 'thing that makes one sleepy'? is a general reference question while "Finance" is to "financial" as "trade" is to what?, for instance, is ...
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Couldn't select proper close-question reason

Ref: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/155366/words-and-reading-level#155382 I put close... not on topic... belongs on other site. The only "other site" listed was meta.english. I would ...
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