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Is this a simple definition question or something for linguists in general?

I like this question asking "What is a noun-modifying clause?", but I cannot decide (probably due to my lack of knowledge of linguistics) if this is a simple definition question, or a question that ...
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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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When does a question about what a person meant becomes a "try to guess" game?

I am taking https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/47422/what-does-this-guy-mean-when-he-says-big-m as example, but the question is general to any similar question. The user is asking the ...
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Asking questions similar to this, to build up knowledge

I just recently asked Word-type in this sentence. I don't want to flood english.stackexchange without asking first. I wanted to know if it would be okay to continue asking questions similar to this? ...
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Are Old and Middle English questions really on-topic?

I asked a question recently (Send, sent; end, *ent?), which hasn’t yet received a straight answer. It leads me to wonder if questions about Old and Middle English are actually on-topic for this site; ...
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When can two questions be in the same question?

What do “socially imposed judgments” and “Keyboard, face, keyboard, face.” mean? The differing opinion here seems to revolve around the idea that the two questions are coming from the same source. ...
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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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Where can I get a small text proofread? [duplicate]

I've just discovered this site hoping someone could proofread a small description of my new open-source project. However the FAQ specifically disallows it. Would anyone kindly point me to site that ...
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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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Would it be okay to post a question for friendly competition?

I recently asked about the origin of "P.U." in relation to something smelly. It seems likely that it is not actually an acronym, and I thought it might be fun to post a 'competition' to come up with ...
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Are questions about online resources on-topic?

Sometimes, questions about English (online) resources are being asked. Are those questions on-topic for EL&U? If they are on-topic, aren't they at least subjective? These are examples of ...
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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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Review my writing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What questions are on-topic and off-topic here? Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence? Would English SE be a good place to post a paragraph or ...
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What standards do we want when asking for differences between the meanings of words?

I have noticed a significant number of questions worded as: What is the difference between [first word] and [other word]? Some of differences are really interesting distinctions that stimulate ...
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Can we come up with guidelines for "good" dictionary questions?

This subject came up in the town hall chat: how basic is too basic, and more importantly, how do we help users to write questions that are not too basic? "Find in dictionary" questions ...
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Language-agnostic linguistics questions

Is EL&U the right place to ask linguistic questions that do not pertain to any specific language? E.g. questions on grammar that is shared by most every language.
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Why did "slang for breasts" disappear because that was a valid question, no?

I don't have the text anymore (caching) so I can't quote it, but I know that the commentary already had some discussion from site-mods saying that it was acceptable, and quoting meta questions here. ...
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On Migrating and Dispatching: redirecting off-topic question from and to EL&U.

Following the recent complaints concerning the growth of the Stack Exchange Family and where to ask questions, I think it would make sense to help the users and moderators to find the right place for ...
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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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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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How about allowing people to post entire compositions?

Comparing to stackoverflow or superuser, this site has much less questions, maybe allowing people to post their compositions here to ask for comments? Although word and many spell checkers could fix ...
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Using EL&U SE as writing help for other SE sites?

Occasionally in working on other SE sites I come across a word usage or phrase I am unfamiliar with. Before I've always gone with my "best guess" as to what the correct phrasing should be and edited ...
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Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents?

Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents? I'm still trying to wrap my head around how some "and" and "or" are sometimes used with ...
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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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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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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) in this site as it will improve vocabulary. I want answer from a moderator.
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Are questions about style guides appropriate?

Over on What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?, I posted the following comment: Interesting question, but this is really about government work, ...
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Are we okay with polls, "List of X" questions and discussions?

Title says it all, really. Users on every SE site since and including SO want to post fun polls, "best of" lists, "how to" lists and discussions about sometimes-only-tangentially-related topics. And ...

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