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Why was my question rejected on EL&U yet well-received on ELL?

The question Does "wage war" mean "declare war"? was rejected by users on EL&U while my second question, Can “wage war” be synonymous with “declare war”? has been well ...
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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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What is the difference between opinion and fact?

This is a usage question. Seriously. Folks use both words with great confidence, which leads me to believe they know what they're talking about. We are assured that on EL&U questions must not be ...
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Seeing the reason behind close votes

I wanted to review a first post, and noticed that there were already a few close votes on it. As I don't see anything outstanding that would warrant closing the question, but I don't do review that ...
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Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

I have noticed in many comments to questions regarding single word usage in particular sentence or phrase that a user with high reputation will say something that ultimately boils down to "use a ...
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Site policies and operation

I have a few questions regarding this site's policies and operation: Is there an administration? Is there a contact for the administration? Is there any entity able to deal with conflicts or ...
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Why was my question on the etymology of 'but' closed?

One of the closers of my question 'as off-topic', commented: [Source:] I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because in the final analysis it's almost always a matter of opinion how and ...
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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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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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POB? Word that is ungrammatical to start a sentence?

I have 3 out of 4 close votes for POB on something that is not POB. There's an answer, a real one, that has real English rules that should be attached. I want to know ... whose opinion would it be ...
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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 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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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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Off topic? Future tense versus Future perfect

The Question Future tense and future perfect tense [closed] was marked as off-topic. Admittedly, no sufficient followup for clarification was presented, but I wanted to ask (or at least find an ...
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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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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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Question is on hold - should it be? What is considered a “general reference”?

My question is put on hold for being off-topic: How do I pronounce the name "Aurelius"? Since I wasn't exactly sure what the "general reference" reason actually is (When looking at the Help ...
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Close questions that morph radically through editing?

Here is one example (maybe not the best) of a question that morphed, through editing, from one question to another, as people tried to answer it. That does not help SE or its users, as it discourages ...
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Is “none” singular or plural? - Is this truly a duplicate?

I have the same question as Is "none" singular or plural? How can I decide?, but it's closed as a duplicate to "None" as plural indefinite pronoun. The latter only concerns ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is question 146045 opinion-based?

Could somebody please explain to me how is Between '(s)he' & 'he/she' -- which is recommended/ preferable? opinion-based. The question explicitly contains Are both "(s)he" and "...
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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 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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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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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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Closing as Off-topic

We have a lot of things specifically delimited as off-topic in our FAQ. Let me quote them: Proofreading ("are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified Writing ...
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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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Catch-22 with single-word-requests constructiveness

Let's take two very similar questions. Overly simple but just to drive the example; in reality these usually happen to be much more obscure. What is the execution by electric chair called? What is ...
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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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off topic (too old to migrate)

I ran into "off topic (too old to migrate)" on the close dialog when attempting to close-vote this question. What does it mean?
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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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Should a question be closed as a duplicate of a question which only has limited interest?

I asked a question which was similar to one posed a while back. That question was closed because it was deemed to be of only limited interest. I noted that I was aware of the original. Who decides ...
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Why is it valid that one person can close a question as too localized?

First I would like to know why it is possible to close a question as "too localized" at all? Is it not enough that the question does not get an answer? Why is it necessary to close it? Every closed ...
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Why was this question on an offensive term closed?

I'm not sure why this question was closed, as it seems like a perfectly valid inquiry on whether or not a certain expression is considered sensitive or offensive in the English language. This seems ...
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Should we ignore the General Reference close reason?

(Major rewrite since the ELL proposal has been reopened) I propose we start allowing questions we previously deemed General Reference, since they’ve nowhere else to go. We can migrate them if ELL ...
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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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Why is the meaning of song lyrics off topic

The Following question was closed as off topic: What's the difference between “get up” and “stand up”? [closed] I'm translating Bob Marley's song "Get up, stand up" and, consulting my dictonary, ...
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Why is the question closed?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/78213/which-one-is-grammatically-correct https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/78214/which-one-is-grammatically-correct I worked hard trying to come ...
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Why are some questions closed as duplicates and others merged?

This question, Difference between "fluid" and "liquid", was closed as an exact duplicate. This one, "In time" or "On time"?, was merged. Why is this? Both ...
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Why not keep this kind of question open?

The question of mine was here. I know question without answers isn't prefereable. But this type of questions still relevant. The strange thing is we can find a final answer to question (as I said, ...
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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 exactly was this question closed?

The question is Is it right to say "Is John lie?" The question is perfectly clear and has a perfectly clear answer. I don't see any specific section of the FAQ that would indicate that the ...