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How to remove an inappropriate lock on this site?

A specific question has been locked inappropriately and without good reason. How can the lock be removed? I know the question I am asking is not a typical question and would fall foul of the rules if ...
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Using internet search engines (Google/Yahoo) 'News' results to count frequency of a word

I'm trying to find a way to export the results/ count the frequency of a specific word 'homeless' in News articles in my country over the past 10 years. I am aware of Google Books NGram viewer for ...
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What is the legal position re cut & pasting OED entries?

The most recent posts I can find on this subject date from 2015 and earlier. Does anyone know the authoritative up-to-date advice on whether that which is posted to the EL & U site constitutes &...
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What tag should be used when a question is completely off topic?

This is in reference to Which is the Best Engineering College in Bangalore? It was deleted, but here is the text for anybody who can't view it: i recently completed my 12th class i wanted to do ...
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Need help in understanding why my question was deleted

My question Modern politically correct English guide (10k only, screenshot below) was deleted. I am asking for help from the community here to understand why this question was deleted, and how I could ...
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Why aren’t my questions being answered

If you look at at profile https://english.stackexchange.com/users/373235/theguradian my questions weren’t answered at all why?
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Dealing with obstinacy of commenters

Is there a procedure for alerting moderators (without whining) when a commenter appears to be singularly obstinate and disagreeable? I'm thinking, for example, of when a commenter keeps insisting that ...
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Criteria specific dictionaries use to decide on ordering of different senses of a given headword

It's fairly common knowledge that OED lists senses of a given headword in the chronological order research has found printed evidence for: it is a historical dictionary. Equally conveniently, the ...
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Is it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

I've just edited a one-sentence question. After editing, I clicked on the link in the body of the question. It led to a survey posted on the web site of a large fast-food chain: nothing to do with the ...
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Biased downvoting because I told the truth to the answerer

My issue: I am a new member on English Language & Usage. The day before yesterday I asked a question (Nice came from nescius meaning stupid?) here. I then closed out the site as I was busy. ...
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Are questions better if they contain the actual words they reference?

I just had this edit rejected, where someone was using the nonsensical syntax of "f***ing around" instead of "fucking around". Two of the three reviewers rejected the edit with the following rationale:...
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Allophones and Intonation transcripts

I bump into this website on Google, and it has pretty good examples of IPA transcripts with allophones and intonation; however, I could not find such elsewhere. I am grateful for the recommendations ...
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Resource for grammatical rules pertaining to mid-17th century English

Salutations to all during this tragic time where all feels quite, quite down, Firstly I hope all are well. Now, onward to my question: I have, for the past half-year or so writ a play based in ...
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What's the general consensus on “Grammarly”?

I use Grammarly almost daily for work and I almost feel like I'm cheating at some points, because I can be a total dunce when it comes to the English language and I can simply never trust myself to ...
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Why was “Is there a specific verb for when a person goes “um” and “ah” while they are thinking what to say?” locked?

Why was this question: Is there a specific verb for when a person goes "um" and "ah" while they are thinking what to say? locked? It should probably be closed as a dup of the ...
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Difference between [look-alikes] and [confusables]

I do not think a meaningful distinction can be drawn between the tags look-alikes and confusables. There is no category charter for the first; the second defines confusable as words and phrases which ...
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I'm sometimes unsure about whether to answer a simple grammatical question or to suggest that it is more appropriate for ELL. What are the criteria?

[Before asking this question here on Meta, I did search for duplicates. There are similar questions, but I found no exact duplicates. If they do exist, please direct me to them, and I will delete this ...
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Where can I find a book about the whole grammar? [duplicate]

Please, recommend me a book where I can find all(!) English grammar.(literally all grammar)
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Can I ask for the “identification” of a word depending on a meaning? [duplicate]

Basically, I'm thinking about the behaviour of someone I know, and something tells me there's a word to qualify that behaviour. However, I don't seem to remember any word that would suit. Can I ask ...
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Why is this abusive answer not deleted?

https://english.stackexchange.com/a/489085/37273 I've already raised flags on it - it has -4 votes, but isn't deleted. The question is by a high reputation user here.
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Why did my rep and impact drop?

Just curious, but when I opened the site this morning I noticed that my rep had dropped by 32 points, and impact by 1K. There was no notification in the "Recent Achievements" icon. The other icons do ...
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Does the system track and chastize a user after a certain number of NAA flags?

Without naming and shaming… we have a “newish” and very enthusiastic user on the main who seems to suffer from impulse control and keeps posting LQ “answers”. Many of these answers are critiques of ...
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How did this bizarre edit come to be approved?

A question was posted (no longer visible) , and another user took exception to the format and edited to provide what I would consider to be a defacement. It was certainly never the OP's intent, and ...
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What's an example of a good proofreading question?

I see a lot of potentially poor quality questions when I go through the review queue, but I don't know how I'd recognise a good quality proofreading question. The close message says a specific source ...
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Suggestions about books after assessing the level of English I stand at

Is there a website or something that would suggest me some books to read after assessing the level of English skills I have?
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As a single-word enthusiast, what links/blogs should I follow?

I am looking for resources to follow online for language and single-word hobbyists as myself. Do you have any good suggestions? Mailing list subscriptions, twitter feeds, etc?
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Are requests for analyses restricted to single sources (eg McCawley, CGEL) acceptable on ELU?

Are requests for analyses, interpretations, restricted to single sources (eg McCawley, CGEL) acceptable on ELU? Most of McCawley, and all of Huddleston and Pullum, for instance, are not available to ...
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Why was this highly on-topic question closed as “off-topic” and downvoted?

I asked this yesterday: Is "say me" really correct English? Not only was it downvoted, which is weird in itself, but it was actually closed a "off-topic". This time, I simply need to know: ...
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Can we stop voting to close word request questions as opinion based?

While going through the review queue, I've seen a few word/phrase request questions being marked for closure because of being opinion based. Since English is such a rich language, almost every word/...
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What is the current policy for answering questions?

The Issues I encountered two related issues within the last 24 hours. I'm only using these instances to highlight what some contributers who do not have a high reputation get met with. Earlier ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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Changes to block quotes in the pipeline

For some reference as to how block quotes used to look like on EL&U before the the theme was overhauled, see English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing! and Make ...
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Other words for 'said'?

Okay, I admit; I like quotative verbs. Of course, I would prefer to avoid using 'said' all the time. AFAIK there is no canonical question asking for general alternatives to 'said'. I've compiled ...
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For any word, see constituent roots; for any root, see composite words

Definition lookup in Google will show the origin or etymology of a word, usually based on root. Is there an application, web or otherwise, that returns composite words for any given root?
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

I asked a question on EL&U which was taken upon negatively. It is linked here: “Is "tell advice" not idiomatic over "give advice"?” Let's look up the definition of "idiomatic" from the OED: (...
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Why are (advanced) users answering poor questions in comments? [duplicate]

I just went through the close review queue and found the following questions which are typical of a problem I've been seeing recently: 'In tone' meaning A question that relevant to commas ...
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Grammaticality and Proofreading

I had a question about the grammaticality of a specific two-word phrase. The information here explicitly instructs me to use the tag grammaticality for such questions. But the question was closed ...
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Search engine for English idioms?

I am looking for a resources which can provide related English idioms/phrases. For instance, if I were looking up 'to help out', I would find 'to pitch in', etc. Does any such resources exist online (...
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Need for alternative/addition to “Off topic”

I'm fairly new here, but I've seen a bunch of questions closed for being "off-topic" When I click on the off topic link, the only thing that ever seems to apply would be that the question belongs in ...
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Off-putting comments to new users

I don't want this to be seen as a personal criticism of the relevant commenter, since I'm often guilty of the same "careless" behaviour myself. But I think there's something not quite right about how ...
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Why do ELU users upvote so little, and how can we fix this?

I participate in a number of StackExchanges, and ELU stands out in a negative way compared to the rest: lack of upvotes. Consider this question. At time of writing, six (6) users apparently found it ...
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Too many questions that qualify for “Please include the research you’ve done”

I feel that this has been discussed before, and that this problem is never going to go away. I've been going through the review queues since a recent Meta.ELU post about too many questions needing ...
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Are users told about the existence of English Language Learners on their first post?

When a user wants to post their first question here, are they told that our sister site English Language Learners exists and they should consider which of the two sites would be most appropriate for ...
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How can I come up with the family words from a specific word?

For example, I need to list all of the family of words for the giver like gift. For bleed the list would include blood. For speak the list would include speech. For stick it would include sticky. For ...
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How can I improve my contributions

I'm not looking for general recommendations, but specific criticism due to the recent deletion of a comment. In a Question about the Etymology of *Cervix Why was my comment about the neck and uterus ...
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Can a post not be closed for the reason that it is gratuitously disgusting or offensive?

This was recently posted, but closed for the reason that insufficient research had been done. Do I say butthole or butt hole?
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Would ELU like to start a trial of only need 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Many sites in the network are currently considering whether they would like reduced close/reopen vote requirements, from 5 down to 3, for a one month trial. As the close vote queue almost always has ...
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Why was a question about two English words closed and returned to another site, without comment?

This question, terminology - As adjectives, not in math: 'different' vs 'differential' - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, has been marked as closed. But no explanation, other than "This ...
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About the use of international English (namely the word 'dear')

In a comment to He must be asleep for there is no light in his room. What does “for” mean here?, tchrist writes to me: Calling a stranger dear is at best horribly patronizing with condescending ...

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