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Nobody cares how YOU pronounce it

I'll come right out and admit it: I'm a pretty self-absorbed person, and I sometimes have a hard time remembering that not everything is always about me. To this day I believe deep in the core of my ...
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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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Is the EL&U community overzealous about closing/down-voting questions?

I'm fairly new to the stackexchange network, but I participate quite a bit on stackoverflow. I've used a few others (like this one) for one or two questions. And I have to say, EL&U feels ...
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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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Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: “Word for a person from another race?”

Is there a word for "a person from another race"? This question has three down-votes and was closed because "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic"...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

This question asked what you call those words that sound like the sound they make. It was closed as general reference. Really!? How the hell is the guy supposed to look up the answer when he doesn't ...
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Proposal to fix the uselessness of the new off-topic close options

Bait-and-switch Close “Options” With the new close options recently implemented, when you click close on ELU, that takes you to a first-level menu of five different close options. From that first-...
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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 The General Reference close reason has been replaced by: ...
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Close Reason Comments

We've been seeing a lot of comments lately that are somewhat along the lines of Off-topic. Voting to close. or This is too localized. [remainder of comment...] Essentially, these comments are ...
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Proposal for narrowing the scope of the “reference” close vote

I strongly disagree that "questions that can be answered using commonly available references" should be considered "off-topic" at all, but I can at least understand why someone would want to close ...
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About Reference Questions

It seems that we must once again clarify what questions should and should not be closed with the close reason: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A ...
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Who is voting to close all these questions?

I just went though the closure review queue, consisting of a couple dozen questions with close votes. At least 75 percent of these questions were not even remotely closeable according to the ...
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when is “primarily opinion based” a valid answer, and not a reason to close?

Possible duplicate of What the "primarily opinion-based" close reason is for. I think there's a litmus test here that is misapplied. As an example, Capitalizing Stages of Diseases is ...
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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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Hold-Reason Suggestion: “More Research Desired” (MRD)

I was reading some posts on improving question quality and narrowing the definition of the General Reference when I had an idea. What does ELU Meta think about putting a question on hold when "more ...
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What the “proofreading” close reason is for

This question highlighted a humorously incorrect use of Elizabethan-era English in a television commercial and asked how it was incorrect. In the original version of the question (since edited), the ...
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Potentially improved “proofreading” close reason (for the banner)

So, under this question making an appointment with a psychologist I would like to request an appointment with my psychologist and I was wondering if the following sentence is correct: ...
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How to vote to “Leave Open” without going through every question on the Close queue

From time to time I find a post marked [Close] which I think is deserving of a longer life. It has been mentioned in the past that some people go directly to the Close queue and flip through all the ...
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what values drive our policy towards question closure?

In recent discussions on this site about question closures, I took away a few values which would appear to motivate some of the pronouncements: The point of answering a question is to satisfy the OP'...
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Amend the “proofreading” close reason

Does the community welcome a proposed change to this close reason which would broaden and clarify it, with the goal of making it more generally useful both to questioners and to people voting to close?...
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How can users nominate old, popular questions for exemption from closure as being of 'historical value'?

What is the proper procedure for recommending that an old question be retained as being of historical (and continuing) interest despite its clearly not satisfying current site standards for research ...
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What about a “it’s just a typo” off-topic close option?

On StackOverflow proper, one of the possibilities offered for an off-topic close reason is that it’s a simple typographical error. Although the no-repro part doesn’t apply to ELU, we do have quite a ...
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Why are these questions about percentages closed?

I came across two very similar questions that were closed as "not a real question": Another word for "fraction" that fits in conversation like "percent"? Term for measuring in ...
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Why was the buffalo question closed as a duplicate?

Someone recently asked about the famous *Buffalo buffalo ... * sentence, asking for an explanation of how it worked, having read the Wikipedia page and apparently not having understood it. Buffalo ...
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What the “primarily opinion-based” close reason is for

(tl;dr version: "Primarily opinion-based" is designed to stop "What's the best X?"-type questions. It's not supposed to be used on every single question that involves opinions.) Until last year, one ...
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Is it possible to write a more accurate Close message?

In a recent question closure, the reason box displayed was: Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a ...
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Are 'symbols' and their etymology/usage on-topic?

Recently, this question of mine was closed as off-topic: Where does the @ symbol come from? As far as I know (and some commenters have agreed) the use of symbols in English if on-topic. My argument ...
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Why was my question on dog terminology closed?

In reference to this question: Polite alternative to the term "bitch" when referring to a female dog I'm curious to know why it was closed. The question boils down to "What is a polite term ...
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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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This is a great question - why was it closed?

Here is my idea of a great question: "Key thob" and "key fob" It turns out whole bunch of people say "key thob" instad of "key fob" - enough for Google to automatically correct ...
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What exactly are the “specific concerns” that are acceptable in the Proofreading closure?

I have read What the "proofreading" close reason is for. But, I'm still not 100% clear what we mean by "specific concerns." Are we saying that the following would be acceptable: Is this ...
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Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates?

The question Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? recently popped up in the Reopen Votes queue because the poster returned and edited it in hopes of getting it reopened. It had been closed ...
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What is the best way of dealing with the questions that are too localised?

I understand that once upon a time, there existed on the menu of possible reasons for closing a question one that was labelled too localized. While the label may not have been perfect, it was ...
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I thought my question was a punctuation question

If I thought my question was a punctuation question (which would be on topic) and all the experts here thought it was a typography or style question (which is understandably off topic) how is it ...
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Reasons for dupe-close on question with the tag question-tag?

Can someone tell me why this question on question-tags was closed as a duplicate of this other one? As far as I can tell, the new question (though not particularly well-written by the standards of ...
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Is the “review” feature responsible for lazy close-voting?

The following are two examples of questions which have, as of right now, registered a number—four in these cases—of close votes. How do you refer to a hyponym that is the same word as the hypernym? ...
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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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Let's update some links

Under Closing → Off-Topic, please update: http to https. meta.english to english.meta. for ELU. Meta ELU's looks okay.
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Why are word choice questions considered appropriate for this site but sentence structure questions are not?

It seems to me that questions regarding word choice and sentence structure are both primarily opinion-based and generally do not have a single right or wrong answer. I'm curious as to why a question ...
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What widely-accepted standards should be used to judge whether a single-word-request is too broad?

This question is an off-shoot of this Meta question focused on the deletion, and consequently on the closure, of a particular single-word-request question. Deleted Upvoted and Popular Question: Why? ...
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Cross-posting on ELL: which to close first?

Recently, we have seen a spate of cross-posted questions on ELL and EL&U (such as this one on EL&U). I can understand the frustration of a new user looking for an immediate answer to their ...
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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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Why is “Did noted 17th century poet Katherine Philips make a grammatical error?” on hold?

Why is Did noted 17th century poet Katherine Philips make a grammatical error? on hold? The question is clearly about the history of grammatical development in English, specifically about the ...
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Does the “proofreading” close reason cover questions that do identify specific words or phrases?

I found some background questions about this, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus. What exactly are the "specific concerns" that are acceptable in the Proofreading closure? Phenry's ...
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Reopen Request: Collective noun for lightnings / thunderbolts

Can you please reopen this question: Collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts I really think that people were not fair about this question and I really feel like people are being against ideas ...
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Should questions about pronunciation of a word be closed as “general reference”?

I don't think they should be closed, but considering that it could be enough to look the pronunciation reported in a dictionary, should questions about pronunciation be closed using the "general ...
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Why was my post deemed off-topic?

Hypernym for "to increase" and "to decrease" It is on topic, I'm guessing someone saw I was asking about a video game and instantly closed it. It's about English if you actually ...
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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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Can moderators change a close reason from 'Please show your research…' to 'Duplicate of…'?

Last week, I asked this question: Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates? The answer (from moderator MetaEd) was Moderators have the ability to edit the ...