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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) on this site? It will improve vocabulary. I would like an answer from a moderator.
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Is Python a snake or a programming language? If the latter, why is it choking my dog?

We've been getting a rash of questions asking, essentially, what a programmer should name methods or properties. One such was a request for a word that meant both "add" and "remove" because the ...
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Are questions asking about the structure of sentences too broad?

I recently asked this question: Parts of speech and functions: "Bob made a book collector happy the other day" The question asks for the structure of the sentence: Bob made a book ...
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Why was this question on usage migrated to ELL?

I asked a question about the usage of a particular phrase: In what regions or countries would this usage be considered correct, and where would it be considered incorrect? I attempted to word the ...
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Can I ask for the "identification" of a word depending on a meaning? [duplicate]

Basically, I'm thinking about the behaviour of someone I know, and something tells me there's a word to qualify that behaviour. However, I don't seem to remember any word that would suit. Can I ask ...
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Is it ok to ask "is this a sentence" questions?

I've never studied grammar. I want to know if something is a sentence, but don't know enough grammar to describe it and so ask a general question. Only, I think, create analogous sentences (I think?)....
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Something to keep your eye on: Question Wizard

So the “Help new users ask better questions” Wizard has been in the works on SO for a long time. It has officially entered the testing phase. Worth keeping an eye on. If it works there, I’d imagine ...
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Are tip of the tongue questions completely unsuitable here?

Are tip of the tongue questions completely unsuitable here? e.g. I think there's a verb that cashes out "sanatorium", i.e. means to rest at a sanatorium. May I ask what that is, assuming I have gone ...
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How to deal with homework questions

What is the community's stance on people asking homework questions on the site? There was a recent question that got me thinking about the issue; this question seems like a blatant copy & paste ...
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

Is it "bear" or "bare" with me? There's been a lot of discussion on Meta in the comments about this question recently, but it's actually not the main topic of any of the recent ...
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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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Why was this question migrated

This question was migrated to English Learners site. On Help Center (though English Learners Help center also says it) it says: Questions on the following topics are welcomed here: Word choice and ...
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Can English Language & Usage help with making StackExchange more welcoming? [duplicate]

This is my first post on this Meta and on this SE, so apologies if this is out-of-scope. Feel free to delete / close / downvote, but any advice is appreciated. The context of this post is the latest ...
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Holds, duplicates

Right now, thirty of the fifty questions visible on the first page have been marked as holds or duplicates, with two or more others apparently awaiting final judgment from whatever local Fates have ...
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Are single word requests always welcomed questions?

Are there any cases where a single word request is not welcomed on EL&U? The FAQ clearly states that users should ask "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems." In which cases ...
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What is the difference between these two questions?

Here are two questions, both about adjectives being used as adverbs: Slow vs slowly Easy vs easily. The former was asked in September, got one answer quickly and another in December (neither ...
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Migrating word requests within a field with an existing tag

In this post, a user suggested that the question should be migrated because of the lack of expertise in this forum in the area that the OP was requesting a term for. However, the user tagged the ...
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Articles/email/letters review [duplicate]

What is the best place where the community can review my article/letter for errors or increasing the quality? Or can I post my letter on the main site for review?
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Questions about English Literature

Questions Requesting Explanation When we fail to find a satisfying or sophisticated answer on the Internet or in our books, can an explanation of poems or dialogs or certain Shakespearean lines be ...
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Suggestion: Prominently clarify that asking homework questions is not cheating

This post is not requesting that homework questions be treated as cheating on ELU. It is seeking a means of reassuring users who are concerned about possible cheating that the general consensus does ...
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Helping this user read a (somewhat technical) book

Over the past three days, the new user yorgun has asked 10 questions, all seeming to be asking for clarification on various excerpts from the same book, Diplomacy, A Very Short Introduction by Joseph ...
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Is swearing allowed in questions?

I was thinking of asking a question that has a swear word in its title. The question would have the same swear word, 3-4 times. It isn't offensive for anyone! The title: Beautiful ways to say '...
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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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Why is this same type of question able to be asked on two different sites?

These two questions seem to be of the same kind, yet they are acceptable on two different sites. The examples that caught my attention are: On Cognitive Science, Is there a formal name for the "love" ...
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Asking essentially a duplicate question if one considers the original wasn't answered satisfactorily

Is not liking the answer given for an existing question a reason enough to ask a duplicate/similar question? Ironically, kiamlaluno did not receive an answer on asking this.
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Bad questions can lead to good answers

Many people at ELU seem to view the relationship between seekers and givers of knowledge as being essentially transactional in nature: the job of the questioner is to state his or her question simply ...
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Would asking about the feeling of British natives toward the widespread of American English on-topic?

I just wonder what British natives feel when they see American English is being used globally (?). English originated in Britain, but now British have to see everyone using American spelling and ...
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Please, how do I request that a closed question be reopened?

My StackOverflow experience tells me that once a hold is put on a question it's very unlikely to ever be removed. However, since this is English Language & Usage I wondered if there might be hope....
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is english.stackexchange normative or creative?

is english.stackexchange normative or creative? as with anything that evolves, english improves through a creative process that introduces new features and remains cohesive through a normative ...
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What questions are on-topic and off-topic here?

One of the essential components of the FAQ will be the list of on-topic and off-topic subjects for questions. Let’s use this question to vote on what topics should be on and off topic.
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Is it OK to ask about Early Modern English? [duplicate]

Is it OK to ask about Early Modern English, like Shakespeare's or Milton's? I ask this because some people seem to think asking about them is off-topic.
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Can an ELL question be reposted on ELU, and vice versa?

Suppose that I had asked about the fundaments/rudiments of a topic on ELL, but in order to seek a deeper understanding or delve into the simple matter, could the same question be reposted on ELU (with ...
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Can we add English Language Learners to the "belongs on another SE site" list? (When will ELL move out of beta?)

For close votes, we are provided a number of reasons. One reason, in particular, is for being off-topic because it belongs on a different Stack Exchange network, takes you to a list view of related ...
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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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Question Moved Without Comment

I put a question to this forum recently and am surprised to log in today to see it moved to a non-English language speakers forum. Here is the question: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/10186/...
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How does/should English.SE regard Linguistics.SE?

Have noticed lately more and more folks are suggesting users commit to linguistics and wait to put their answers there. Is it really a good idea to hold those questions off for quality reasons? Just ...
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Can I ask a question about changing the English Language?

I don't really like English (grammatically, that is; not the literature, culture, etc., which make the language worth it), I just have to use it. It's filled with grammatical and orthographic nonsense ...
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'grammatically (in)correct' ... potentially conflicting meanings

'Is . . . grammatically correct?' or a variant is a commonly asked question on the site. Though most people seeking to give a reasonable response often give answers such as 'This is not a question of ...
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How to get my question off hold

I recently asked a question here: What are the distinctions between property, quality, attribute, characteristic, feature, aspect and trait? It was shut down for being to broad. It seems my only ...
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Accent identification questions

There have been a few questions of late asking for help identifying accents of TV and movie characters. This one about Downton Abbey got 7 upvotes and 0 downvotes, but was closed as "too localized". ...
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Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence?

Basically my question is related to the following question: Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions? English is not my mother tongue and mostly i make mistakes in writing which ...
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This is not a site for peeving

I'm really concerned about this question, and others like it that may appear: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/1441/the-most-annoying-misuse-of-word-or-phrase The purpose of this site is ...
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Where would I ask about typographic usage?

As this forum is for English usage, I am wondering if that would cover punctuation and typographic usage questions, such as "when is it appropriate to use an en dash versus an em dash?" Or "how widely ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a clarification about a sexually oriented joke?

There was a joke in a recent episode of SouthPark (BlockBuster) that makes a direct reference to an adult movie. English is not my mother language, so I'm not sure if I've understood the joke ...
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Is the usage of the word "Bumbler" on-topic?

I want to ask a question about the usage of the English word "Bumbler". The online dictionary Oxford only provides the definition of bumble, so does Webster. The word bumbler is hot in Taiwan ...
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Sentence completion question; should it be have been closed?

This question, about the reasoning of an examiner, was closed as off-topic, apparently because people either thought the example sentence poor English (which it certainly is) or disagreed with the ...
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Are the questions about knowledge/information about things described in English appropriate?

I would like to ask about the dress code: royal touch. I would like to know how a man should be dressed if he would like to follow the code. From one point of view, it is definitely an off-topic ...
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Why was this question about discussion of grammar and programming closed?

Is there a forum or discussion group to discuss programmatically editing English grammar and spelling in texts? This is a perfectly good question that can be very specifically answered. It asks about ...
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Is this the type of single-word request question we should be closing?

I understand that the site is now discouraging single-word requests, but I'm not clear if this is a sweeping guideline (as in, all of them should be closed) or something to be considered on a case-by-...
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What is the best way to deal with a poor question?

I really think Canadian spelling: why? is a very poor question. This question has been awarded 9 points, so far. Yet, I think that it is a very poor question. I have not attached any comment to ...