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Over-zealous anti-pleasantries algorithm

In my first answer on ELU, I encountered difficulty in answering succinctly, due to a program built into the site that removes so called “pleasantries”. The question concerns how to write “salutations”...
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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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How do we deter unexplained downvoting of newcomers’ questions?

I have today seen two examples of a newcomer’s question being downvoted without explanation. It is true that both questions needed improvement, and comments were made to that effect before the ...
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essay checking recommendations

i was practicing for my English exam next which is to be conducted next month but i don't have any idea where can I get suggestions on the essay. I only need to know if my essay sounds interesting ...
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What writing style/guide says to emphasize (using a bold font) topic sentences?

See this webpage/demo. I've seen this "technique"(?) being applied both in print and online. I want to know if there's a specific style or guide that recommends it, or if it's just common ...
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How does my question need to be “more focused”?

How does Why are service or maintenance contracts called 'warranties', when they aren't Legal Warranties? "needs to be more focused"? I asked two questions. Do you want me to ...
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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 is this community so elitist?

Every question you ask gets showered with people pointing and berating. This is the most toxic Stack Exchange community I've experienced. Better chances on Reddit.
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Is Tom Dalzell's book “The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English” authoritative?

I was surfing the internet and chanced upon "The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English" edited by one Tom Dalzell. Notwithstanding the praise for the book ...
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What's the preferred way to cite The Chicago Manual of Style?

I'm wondering if there are guidelines or common practices for citations to style guides that I haven't been able to find searching meta-ELU. Perhaps it's a non-issue and I've only thought about it ...
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Is Spotify an acceptable way to host audio sample?

I am preparing a question which might include an audio sample. It seems the only host I could find is Spotify. Can I ask a question that includes a link to Spotify?
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Why are questions in SE ELU closed because they are “opinion-based”

I am a non-native speaker of English. When I do not understand a word (because I have never seen it before for instance), I look it up in a dictionary. The dictionary will give me the meaning and ...
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Why is a question about pronunciation “opinion-based”?

A while ago, I asked this question: Is the diphthong /aʊ/ generally realized as [ɑʊ] in British English? [closed] (now closed). I did not receive any answer which is fine but I don't see why this is ...
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Are there any resources to find which prepositions are appropriate for a given verb/adjective and how they change the meaning?

Sometimes I'm unsure about which prepositions can be used with a verb or adjective and how they change the meaning. Are there any resources to help me with this?
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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

My question Alternative to trumped was recently closed for being opinion-based. However, the tag single-word-requests has 300+ pages of questions similar to mine. Why is there the tag single-word-...
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Why is the question off-topic?

I can see that users are voting to close the question Where does Martian meaning inhabitant of Mars come from? as off-topic. What’s the problem with the above question? or is it just a question of ...
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traditional versus modern grammar book

Am I correct in describing A Student's Introduction to English Grammar by E. Huddleston and G. K. Pullum as modern grammar? It makes a distinction between complements and adjuncts, for example. If ...
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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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Are audio- and video-only questions on-topic?

Do questions on EL&U need to contain the text that forms the topic of the question, or can they essentially be just a link to a video? Consider this question: What does the woman say in the movie?...
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Why are older posts being edited to remove the [etymology] tag?

I have seen at least 10 (and counting) proposed edits on the review queue from the same lower-rep user. For the most part, they are deleting the [etymology] tag, as seen in this post: The reason for ...
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Why are questions about the usage of synonyms off-topic?

Example question: How is “account” be different with “theory”, “model” or “approach”? This question is closed for being off-topic. One close-voter says: I’m can voting to close this question. A ...
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Website for finding Hypernyms [duplicate]

There are a lot of questions on this Stack Exchange asking "What is a hypernym for ___ and ___". Is there somewhere you can enter a list of words and it will suggest hypernyms? This question ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing? [closed]

Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing? I am a computer programmer, and I would like to execute a program which searches the corpus for certain text-patterns. I am willing to ...
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Is it good to migrate questions which are on-topic and have answers?

Question in question: What is the difference between an account and an approach? This question is on-topic on ELU and received two answers. The accepted answer says that the usage of "account&...
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Questions are now being edited to say “grammatically acceptable” instead of “grammatically correct”?

Two questions of mine were edited to change "grammatically correct" to "grammatically acceptable" in the title and similarly in the body by the same moderator. To seek ...
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Would it be appropriate to reopen the “'Home page' or 'homepage'” question from seven years ago?

The question "Home page" or "homepage"? was closed seven years ago on the following grounds: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a ...
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Should we post an identical answer if we provide different (maybe better) research?

I read an answer to a single word request question. It was exactly what the OP had asked, but the answer provides only an article about the single word, no actual definition from a dictionary, or a ...
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Is ELU tag guidance required to “accord” with Linguistics.SE guidance?

Is ELU tag guidance required to "accord" with tag guidance at Linguistics.SE? I ask because a recent update-change I made to the tag guidance for etymology was rolled back by a moderator, ...
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Are word lists forbidden in the rules?

I replied to a poster who asked me to supply a list of words in a particular category, that this was not allowed in the rules. See When I tried to search for the rule, I couldn't find it (or indeed ...
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Is there any way of knowing who is serial down-voting me?

For new users...serial down-voting is strictly discouraged. It requires a certain amount of venom and dedication to go through another user's list of questions and answers and then methodically DV ...
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dictionary for American English

I have already Oxford Advanced Learner´s Dictionary, which I use at my home, but I want another one to my office. So I decided to take rather American dictionary but which one? After reading some ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

I would like to understand why this question was classified as a duplicate. Is it not a bit stretched? I can see the similarity, but the structures present in the body of each question are in fact ...
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Blatant Grammatical Error [closed]

I have just Googled 'damn or damned' and was presented with a post on your site. Imagine my absolute horror when I saw in the explanation you gave, a grammatical error. You write 'Damn'is a verb........
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Why marked duplicate?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: What is it called to use random error as evidence? Why was this ever marked duplicate? Why not just migrate?
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Problems loading chat: hangs forever

Recently, I cannot access the chat room. I only get this forever message ( I have left it for up to 24 hours and it still hangs) : This started after the last updates around 4-5 months ago. Possibly ...
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Is the fact that a question is a duplicate a good reason to downvote?

When I first came across this question, it was closed only temporarily and I assumed that it was not a duplicate (otherwise it would have been closed as one). So I went on and did my research and ...
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What's up with locking new questions?

Recently, I (and others) have noticed that there is a trend to 'lock' new questions. I understand that there is some dispute about the appropriateness of answering in comment; many here are guilty of ...
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The appropriateness of having an 'Italian' tag (no slight intended: I've just become aware of this particular flag)

Isn't having a tag such as italian inviting questions requiring at least some knowledge of Italian? Isn't 'loan-words' sufficient? Aren't cross-language questions more appropriate on Linguistics?
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Reference for the history of the English alphabet

I am looking for a text or book that discusses the history of the English alphabet, as in, how the shapes of the alphabet came to be, why certain sounds are associated with certain letters, and how ...
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Would it still be on-topic to ask a question to define the year? i.e. 2020: The year of…?

In 2016, Mari-Lou A asked a question appropriate for the times. 2016 The Year of ...? "2016 is drawing to an end, and nobody can say it was an unexceptional year. On the contrary, it was ...
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When users express irritation in their answers or comments, is this enough reason to flag them as unfriendly?

I have come across questions that became debates and users got evidently irritated in their answers or comments (I am not the one to judge if on good grounds or not). Is this enough reason to flag ...
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When can we use screenshots?

I was very glad to read an ELL question on screenshots and I totally agree. While reading it I tried to guess when the use of screenshots would be actually allowed, but I would really like to read a ...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

The "Ask Question" form currently suggests tags in the placeholder text: grammar, word-choice, etymology. I would guess that these are the most common tags used. However, are they the most ...
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Are there any good online services or tools for reading text and catching new words?

For example, I started reading a new book and want to highlight unknown words in it. So this service collects my known words and filters them from the others (unknown), then highlights new words (with ...
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Is there a tool to check whether I'm using the top N most common words

Along the lines of Randall Munroe's tool used to determine whether a word is one of the most common thousand words in English (https://xkcd.com/simplewriter/), I'm wondering if there is a tool that ...
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Are questions about local dialects necessarily “opinion-based”?

Are questions about local dialects necessarily "opinion-based"? (If not, I believe my question was closed without proper justification)
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Single-word requests. The annoying and constant problem of inexactitude

Here's a simple example of the problem: "What is a word that describes someone who covers the ground quickly" What's wrong with that? Well we don't know what part of speech is required. We ...
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Are there any resources for 18th and 19th Century English Grammar?

I recently asked a question regarding archaic English grammar and one of the comments recommended that I make a resource request here on the Meta. I'm looking for any books or websites that ...

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