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What makes a question about historical usage of a word off-topic?

The question about the historical usage of men to refer to human beings generally was closed as off-topic. It seems to fall under usage and perhaps even etymology, two of the listed acceptable topics....
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Why was this question about a single word's pronunciation (“whinge”) closed as off-topic?

I noticed that How is "whinge" pronounced? was closed as being off-topic. I once noticed somebody spelled "whine" as "whinge" and thought it was an egregious and ...
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Why did this question showing research was closed with the reason “Please include the research you’ve done”?

The question Where does the use of "deck" to mean "set of slides" come from? shows research. However, it was closed with the reason "Please include the research you’ve done&...
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Why can edits to a closed question be rejected as “should have been written as a comment or an answer”?

Although a long-time reader of various SE sites, I'm new to active participation and still learning the rules and conventions. My question here is about the possible stock reasons for rejecting edits ...
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Linked question is absent in “This question already has answers here” banner [duplicate]

I came across this question: Should personal pronouns always be placed at the end of a list? This question was closed eight years ago as duplicate of some other question. That question is not visible. ...
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Why was a question about the origin and meaning of a phrase closed because the origin is known?

Note: The question in question has been reopened. The question 'What’s the origin/meaning of “from belt buckle to shoe sole”?' was closed because Mr Biden consistently gives the origin - his uncle. ...
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question ban not lifted even after 6 months

Last year I asked a few questions related to proofreading. I was a newbie and did not know about this question ban related thing. I have been wanting to ask one question from last one month but cannot ...
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Coming soon: improvements to close-voting

For those of you who have been following or peripherally aware of the drama around the network the last few quarters, a new chapter has opened, and it seems a brighter one. The company hired a new ...
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Close reason. Unclear

My meta-question is about this question Please pardon me for any mistake and kindly correct me. I believe Unclear is synonymous with Vague. I do not understand how is my question vague. Am I not ...
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What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
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About closed questions

I am a new member. Can I answer an unanswered closed question? If so, how? I have an answer for a closed unanswered question
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Is my question regarding all of the different meanings of 'as' fixed?

I asked the question What do all the different meanings of 'as' share in common?, which originally finished with the three following questions: How did "all so" or "so" (alswa) proliferate to ...
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Hell is hot, but is it funny?

On August 27 of last year, a poster on the main site asked "What does the idiom “funny as hell” mean?" Four days later, the question was closed for a familiar reason: Please include the research ...
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Should “What Does Mansplaining Mean?” be reopened or migrated? (Reopened)

The question was originally closed for the lack of research closure reason. Hotlicks voted to close with the claim that the answer could easily be found with a google search, and Dan Bron voiced ...
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Unlock “Why use singular they?” then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to here (if it's still deleted you'll need 10k rep). Sometime a while ago there was a question asked on ELL (here, but it's deleted now) and ...
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“Masters degree” vs. “Master's degree” is not the same question as “Master's degrees” vs. “Masters' degrees”

I would like to request more reopen votes for the following question: Does a person have two “masters’ degrees” or two “master’s degrees”? As described clearly in the question post, it is not ...
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Why are etymology questions that show research getting/staying closed?

I noticed that the community doesn't really agree with itself on the subject of what's on topic and off topic when it comes to the amount of research needed. I'm seeing this on questions that would ...
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Why is my question locked?

I asked the question: Is Post Script (P.S.) still relevant in the age of email? on ELU few days back which resulted into closing and locking of the question. My version: Why it happened? Closing ...
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Why can't I up-tick comments on a certain closed question?

A question was migrated from Writer.SE to our main site. There it was placed on hold for unclear. I agreed with a comment placed there from Lawrence (from our own community), but when I tried to up-...
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Not all “whom” questions are interchangeable duplicates

I can understand the impulse to vote to close any new question about the use of whom as a duplicate, since most of them are. However, I don't think that any two questions about whom are necessarily ...
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“…the person or body who/which…” is not only a question about whether to refer to companies with “who” or “which”

"...the person or body who..." vs. "...the person or body which..." As far as I can see, this question does not ask only about whether to refer to companies with "who" or "which". ...
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Is the question asking about the “AmEng meaning” of two phrasal verbs a duplicate?

The question: Is there a difference in meaning between "fill {something} in" and “fill {something} out” in American English? was closed as a duplicate of "Fill out a form" or &...
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(“on hold” again) Why is this question closed, when the reason listed does not seem to be correct?

My question is listed below. I have made necessary changes and I do not think it should be put on hold. Non-vulgar alternative to “Don't care a ____” [today placed "on hold" for the 2nd time] As for ...
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What should be done with the emoticon/emoji comparison question?

So this regards the question What is the Difference Between Emoji and Emoticon? This question was closed as gen. ref., because it lacked research. I do not necessarily feel as this was appropriate at ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Why is my alliteration question off topic and put on hold?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Is alliteration adjacent words and/or close together words starting with the same letter? If words between are permitted ...
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By “gosh”, the etymological hydra's immortal head unburied

Revisiting the "Request to reopen “Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'", I observe that a few minutes of dedicated research for that question ("Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'") antedated the earliest OED attestation ...
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Request to reopen a dubious dupe

The question First, … Secondly, … &c, posted two years ago, asks whether there is any basis besides tradition for preferring first to firstly. Five days after it was posted, the question was ...
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Please reopen this question now that I've given the anti-whom camp a name

Please reopen this question now that I've given the anti-whom camp a name: descriptivist grammarians. Whatever that means. (Somewhere in the chain of anti-whom comments I saw that John Lawler wrote, ...
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Please consider reopening my question

My question is closed as off-topic. First, my question is not so elementary. It is not about the usual use of past perfect as in When I came up with the idea of climbing all the statues taller than ...
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Please consider reopening these 3 recently closed questions

What's not clear / POB about the first 2 of these recently closed questions? Q1 is clear enough and Q2 is objective enough (even without my edits) that the reasons for closure have been weakly applied ...
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How do I find a list of closed questions at EL&U?

Simply put, I should like to see whether there is any closed question that has something in it meriting a reopen vote. How do I find the list of closed questions here?
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Off topic or objectionable?

(I KNOW I AM NEW TO THIS SITE, SO PLEASE EXCUSE ANY UNINTENTIONAL LAPSE OF PROCEDURE /ETIQUETTE ON MY PART) The following recent question that has now been voted close is the subject of my query: A ...
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How to deal with an erroneously answered question that has been closed with the faulty answer accepted?

I've just run into a problem involving a question with an accepted answer that is demonstrably (albeit circumstantially demonstrably) untrue: Who first said "We can predict everything, except the ...
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Could “Is “hangman” a gender neutral term?” be reopened?

Is "hangman" a gender neutral term? Perhaps the question seems silly or obvious, but I found some information related to it that I think is interesting, and I'd like to be able to post an ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as: "proper use of the word _______" Both ...
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Do questions about emoticons belong on ELU?

A question was published recently in which the OP asked about the proper style for usage of emoji, which as it turned out I guess he meant emoticons since he was talking about using punctuation marks. ...
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Would like to reopen and offer bounty for this question

sentence pattern clarification This question has two conflicting answers. When I read each answer by itself, I think it sounds right and good and convincing. Neither one provides documentation to ...
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How could this question receive two reopen votes? [closed]

I've just found the linked question, Equivalent for "Crowd" in the context of machines, received two reopen votes. I checked the review history and three users voted to keep this question ...
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Can “More formal word for know-it-all” be reopened?

More formal word for "know-it-all" was closed as duplicate of Know-it-alls--a synonym, which is duplicate of Is there word for this, other than know-it-all?, which is duplicate of One word ...
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Why was “What does the word “most” mean?” put on hold?

This question was put on hold shortly after being asked. In the meantime, two established users provided comments that seem to contradict each other, and another answered. The question does not ...
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What is “an exact duplicate of an existing question”?

Imagin you posted a question on ELU. Sometime later you go to your question hoping your problem will be solved, only to find a "duplicate" mark on it. Disappointed but encouraged by the prospect of ...
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About controversial questions

I'd like to propose a way to deal with controversial questions. Current state of events. Every once in a while a question pops up that by itself is flawed when set against site rules, but at the ...
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The answer to this question is great! But the question is closed and a bit hard to find

"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? I think F.E.'s answer here is very good and complete--the best overview on the case of fused relative pronouns that I've seen on this site. But ...
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Question deleted with multiple up-voted answers, why?

Recently there was a question that attracted a lot of answers: Is there a word for a person who can't do things right? Or can't handle things, and ends up messing up? It was nicely coming along. ...
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How does the current version of the “cyan” pronunciation question not show research?

How is "cyan" pronounced and where is the stress? Note that the question covers both the pronunciation of the vowel and the position of the stress. I edited this post to quote dictionaries, ...
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Should “Why can we use inadequate but not 'inspecific'?” be reopened?

I've been considering asking this question here on Meta-English Language & Usage for the past few days pursuant to help-center guidelines and after just having asked several users about it, have ...
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Should the question about “I am [who/whom] G-d made me” be reopened?

This question ("I am [who/whom] G-d made me") was marked as a duplicate of these questions ("What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?", "When to use what or who"), but I don't think ...