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Feature Request: Answer/User tags

From time time to time I take a break from this site, and in one of those more-recent breaks, I 'discovered' Reddit. After a couple of months, and one unjustified ban, I came to the realization that ...
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Why was a helpful comment removed?

I posted a comment under the following question giving , I presume, some helpful indications on the subject asked by the OP (clearly a new user). The question was off-topic for a number of reasons, ...
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Wasn't your issue with so called "opinion based" question opinion based?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Punctuation rule in U.S. English My post wasn't by any means opinion-based. How it is different from questions about "...
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What should ELU's criteria be for removing a question from the HNQ list?

In the announcement of changes to the Hot Network Questions list (HNQ), it says: We're putting the power in the hands of our moderators to remove questions that don't set a good example for their ...
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Why was this question removed from the HNQ list?

I would like to know why What is the origin of "playing into someone's hands"? was removed from the HNQ1 list. According to the guidance given in this post In general, we recommend that ...
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Does self-deletion of a comment flagged as 'unkind' lock in the flag?

Quite some time ago, a hi-rep user told me in a comment on meta that self-deletion of a comment on the main which has already been flagged as "unfriendly or unkind" will lock in that flag, ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on English Language & Usage has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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Worth noting: “Staging Ground” coming to Stack Overflow

SO is initiating the trial of a new feature, the “Staging Ground”. This effectively acts as a review process that occurs before a question asked by a new user appears on the main page. It’s something ...
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If I am NOT running for Mod, but would like to state my personal platform

Recently, Meta has become a little confusing for me... We have Mod elections, and Question collection, but if I am not actively seeking election yet would still like to post my opinion vis a vis site ...
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How can I get my candidate score, as in Mod elections

See any election page. Out of curiosity, is this an HTML thing? ...or is this a function of Flair?
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Why are "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references..." off-topic?

I recently had a question closed for lack of research/ answers being in "commonly-available references". My question is, why is this considered a good reason to close a question? Surely, the ...
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WD-40 pronunciation question treated badly

We had a potentially interesting question based on pronunciation of a common house-hold chemical.... The question was quickly shoved off without much ado to the closed questions queue and closed.. It ...
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Why I enjoy EL&U users more than dictionaries [closed]

I need to share my heart. Maybe this is a therapy post, but I really mean it. I don't like Dictionary-only answers I don't want to single out any users as examples, because that's not my point. I want ...
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This community should include opinion and subjects which fall under creative English

Creative English and public opinion is a part of English and of communication. If you do not allow for such communication on this site, you will soon become irrelevant and ineffective as happens to ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Can you recommend some books on recreational wordplay, like Alphabet Avenue? [closed]

So far, I have found these: The Game of Words by Espy Alphabet Avenue The Dictionary of wordplay by Dave Morice Are there other books like these? Not necessarily in English, other languages (French, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is scheduled for an ...
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Can I get my question reopened please?

My question: In English, are trains female? has been closed due to apparently being a duplicate of What is the gender of an aircraft? Obviously, aircraft and trains are not the same thing, and my ...
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How to stop links in comments taking up the entire character allowance

I don't know if this has happened to you, but I find it excruciatingly annoying when, in a relatively short comment, a link I've included takes up a hundred or even two hundred characters, thereby ...
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How can I edit my question that was closed as opinion based?

I asked the question Mnemonic for the planets in Indian English about back in 2020. The question has been closed as opinion-based after less than 2 years. However, I need to ask something about this &...
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Why is my question about "aboot" locked? [duplicate]

Are Canadianisms like "aboot" equally common on the American side of the border, adjacent to it? I understand that people can still answer it, but at first glance it looks like there is some ...
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Should this oxymoron question be reopened?

Oxymoron pronunciation This question is closed for not including research. Is this because the specific dictionaries are not cited? I think the question is fine, if that is the only problem. I think ...
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A resource for finding letter frequencies with certain restrictions

I'm looking for a resource where I can see the frequencies of letters in with respect to their position inside the word and the length of the word. I'd also like to see the frequencies of different ...
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Do you like the new layout?

A few days ago the layout of SE sites front pages has changed, to a considerable extent IMO. I know that it is probably the result of a hard and carefully thought process of programmers and site ...
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Who will take up the mantle?

Happy new year! tl;dr: there will be a moderator election some time in March. Start thinking about if you'd like to be elected. UPDATE The community management team have let me know they are working ...
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Any good POS tagging websites?

I thought I had found one that was pretty good (Parts-of-speech.info), but I just entered the sentence "The kids hoot." and it told me "determiner noun noun." If it can't identify &...
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Metaphor classification

When I asked a metaphor related question, that is now closed, I was told to read the following article by Richard Nordquist about the different metaphor types. I am now looking for a more ...
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Do we cover history *of the use* of phrases? "Who-said-it-first" research questions?

I just suggested that this question, regardless of edits, might never be on-topic here, because "When did this phrase first appear in print" isn't really etymology, or even linguistics; it's ...
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Would a question about a specific English language tool be on topic?

Can language tools (typically, but not exclusively, software tools) be asked about on English SE? I have a question about how I can work out where a term is used. It's along the lines of: A common ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Etymology of words in translations

Maybe this should be in linguistics but I'll try here... I have had this idea for a long time but productivity has never been part of my character. I'll take full credit of the idea and I am willing ...
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How to find a partner to learn English together?

I'm a Chinese. I want to find a friend from abroad to practise English. I think that it will be better to learn a language by communication. I appreciate it if you know some ways or some platforms. ...
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Is there a tool or website that can form paragraphs or sentences from specific words?

I'm learning new vocabulary and I thought it would be helpful if there's a tool to take specific words as input and form a meaningful paragraph from them.
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Lack of comments to explain downvotes and recommendations to delete

I'm new to Stack Exchange, so I haven't had many experiences with it yet, but something that I am finding problematic is a lack of comments to explain downvotes or recommendations to delete answers. ...
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How to avoid a second ban on English Stack Exchange?

A while back, I was blocked from asking questions on the English Stack Exchange, which struck me by surprise. Having never been banned from a site on the Internet before, this was new to me. On the ...
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What dictionaries can help translate the Wycliffe bible?

I am unsure what dictionary nowadays has translations of Middle English. As of my research, the language has changed rapidly in that time as of settlement and like migrations from other countries in ...
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Proposal for a policy on mentioning slurs

When I say "mention" or "mentioning" I mean it as in the "use/mention distinction". When I say "slur" I mean A derogatory or insulting term applied to ...
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Request to reopen "Resistance decreases with temperature"

"Resistance decreases with temperature". How to interpret this sentence? doesn't seem like an unreasonable question to ask on ELU, but it's been summarily closed with the "justification&...
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Wherever you are... Happy Thanksgiving [closed]

We live in tumultuous and troublesome times; some of us have suffered personal losses while others are counting their successes... Whatever side of the cosmic fortune cookie we crumble into, we ...
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Workflow for finding words in a text that are not in GSL or AWL

As an English teacher, I want to be able to quickly identify words in a given text that are NOT on the General Service List (GSL) or the Academic Word List (AWL). This will help me understand which ...
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Please help me improve my question on 'dishonest mistake' (re the term 'honest mistake')

The question: There's the term 'honest mistake', so what is 'dishonest mistake' synonymous to? I am not really sure I have anything to say in the body besides the link except that ...
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Why was the question "Why are English words are so hard to spell?" closed as POB, and how can it be fixed?

The recent question on Why are English words are so hard to spell? was initially closed as being opinion based, which is a little strange. Perhaps people seeing that it could not be answered simply ...
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Why was this question on usage migrated to ELL?

I asked a question about the usage of a particular phrase: In what regions or countries would this usage be considered correct, and where would it be considered incorrect? I attempted to word the ...
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Resources for increased complexity in writing

I have recently purchased a book called "The Describer's Dictionary : A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations" It's an incredible book, but it's about "things" rather than, ...
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Convert plural to singular and visa versa

Can anyone please help me find an ONLINE singular to plural (and visa versa) converter that will convert a list of words at once? I've found plenty that do one word at a time. There are so many online ...
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Be a bastion of democracy! Let's pin accepted answers at the top of the page! [duplicate]

Stack Overflow—where questions get often hundreds of votes every week for many weeks—has recently stopped showing accepted answers at the top of the page, deciding instead to use only votes by users ...
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How can I upload a short audio clip of English so that I can ask for help with its transcription [duplicate]

Can I upload here a audio clip of English,like .mp3 or .wma so that some native speakers may help me with its transcription
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Book recommendation about languages from the linguist's perspective

Not sure if book recommendations are allowed, but I'm looking for a reference book that contains details about a wide variety of languages, written for linguists. For example, let's say I wanted to ...
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Should accepted answers appear first, just above the highest scored answer, or should answers now appear only in order of score? (Vote by Oct. 19)

Moderator note After a period for voting including as a featured question, votes have been tallied on this question as of 16:50UTC on 19 October, and the results are as follows. Note that only ...
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English Grammar book on 'Voice Change' and 'Narration Change'

I want to know the name of some English Grammar books, in which : (1) The Voice Change (Active to Passive and vice-versa) (2) The Narration Change have been discussed in details with examples.
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