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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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When a question is closed, tell them the procedure for reopening it

UPDATE: Version 2.1 of the trial is now live. The intention is for the last voter who closes a question to link to the trial in lieu of the link appearing in the notice of closure. Here's a template ...
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What should we do about closed questions that should be migrated?

I have been part of ELU for about a month and a half, and I have seen many questions closed (usually as unclear but sometimes other reasons) that should have been migrated to ELL. The vast majority of ...
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Should this question closed as “not constructive” be re-opened?

Why are “put” and “but” different in their pronunciation? [closed] I was editing my answer to a very similar question here: Why there is difference in pronunciation of words PUT and CUT? In fact, I ...
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Reopen request: What is the origin of “ex”?

Can you please reopen: What is the origin of "ex"? The reason for closing it was the following: "Please include the research you've done, or consider if your question suits our English ...
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Question about sorting emojis

Why was this question put on hold as primarily opinion-based? This question seems to feature a recent phenomenon that clearly falls under language, even English language and usage; it is interesting, ...
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This question seems worth reopening

The pronunciation rules of words which begin 'Com-, Col-, Cor-' or 'Con-' Originally, this question here didn't necessarily seem well put. It wasn't clear exactly what aspects of the ...
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Shall we reopen this helpful question?

This question, What exactly is an adverbial phrase, which did not originally show much research, seems to actually be a very useful and helpful question. I've put the text here for your convenience: ...
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How to challenge a duplicate closing?

If a question is closed as duplicate, but other readers do not believe it to be so, what is the recommended course of action? Is it: Ask a question about that question on meta (like this)? Or, Flag ...
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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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What Are The Implications of Closed Questions on Authors?

I am new to Stack Exchange and would like to know how greatly having one of your questions closed is detrimental and if such possible "offenses" end up penalizing your account in any way (especially ...
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What am I doing wrong?

Verb meaning "redeemed", but without implying a previous corruption Boring meta question: my question got put "on hold", but I don't see what's wrong with it. Thesaurus and Lexipedia don't ...
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Can we have a vote-to-reopen tag here on meta ELU?

We have a vote-to-close tag, but it would be nice to have a vote-to-reopen tag also, for those of us who believe our questions were wrongfully closed.
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My question was incorrectly marked as a duplicate. Can this be reviewed again?

I believe there is a clear difference between my question and the question marked as a duplicate. I have edited the post to emphasize how it is different, now I'm posting here to see if someone can ...