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Basic questions are not so basic

It has come up in other threads that we have a lot of "basic" or "lowest common denominator" questions. However, a few myths about this need to be put to rest. First, we do have a general reference ...
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Word for disrespecting eldest half-sister by referring to her husband as girly-girl-manly-boy though he's amused but the rest of the family isn't?

Are these single word requests getting out of hand, or am I just still too new to this site to recognize a long-standing problem and standard ways of dealing with them? I thought that by using ...
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Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity

A call to action This topic has been brought up here numerous times before, most recently by JSBangs: I'm now of the opinion that single word requests should be either disallowed entirely or subject ...
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Should we have a migration path to ELL?

I know that this has been discussed before but, at the time, it was not possible since ELL was still in beta. Now that it has graduated and has had its first mod elections and everything, it might be ...
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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 ...
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Can a placeholder text be added to the question body box?

I posted this suggestion to another post, but thought it would be worth its own separate feature request. Is it already possible to add a placeholder text to the question body box, or would the SE ...
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5answers
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Has anyone thought about changing the name of this site?

Wouldn't "Advanced English Language & Usage" be more appropriate and cut down the ELL questions? Just by the name of the site the users who post "ELL" are right. I believe this site poorly named....
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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 ...
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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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Excessive number of fundamental questions

More and more the site seems to be invaded by questions from users whose grasp of English is rudimentary at best, asking something (often indecipherable) about an unquestionably fundamental point of ...
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Allow Questions to be Closed as Off-Topic and Migrated to ELL

I would like to make a pitch that we add a "this question belongs on ELL" to the Off-Topic sub-menu, and begin closing questions as Off-Topic, rather than General Reference, when they don't belong ...
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Does ELU Have Worse Questions Than Other Sites?

This is a follow-up to a couple comments on What can we do to make this site more “intimidating”? @Jason-C asserted that ELU's problems with question quality are no different than what other sites ...
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Do we need to write the better questions ourselves?

In the ELL-Post-Apocalypse chatroom, KitFox made a very interesting observation (gently edited here for dramatic impact): We have gotten diluted with basic questions because basic questions fill our ...
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What can we do to make this site more “intimidating”?

EL&U questions are spiraling out of control, and we get so many of them every day! People are always asking about comma placement, whether it's who-or-whom, where the apostrophe goes with a name ...
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A simple proposal towards improving question quality

Encouraging Better Questions I would like to encourage the asking of better, more substantial questions. Every day we receive many brief, low-quality questions that are unlikely to elicit anything ...

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