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Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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How to see the most recent questions?

On other sites I see buttons/tabs for Newest, Frequent, Votes, Active, and Unanswered. I thought I used to see similar on EL&U also. Now I see only Active, Featured, Hot, Week, and Month. What ...
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New theme: fix serif-vs-sans font combinations

In what I hope is the correct spirit of bringing concrete, actionable suggestions for changes and updates to the new theme, I would like to ask for the fonts to be harmonized as tchrist went into ...
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“we tried to fix it”

EL&U needs rescuing A few days ago I posted the following: The new theme still sucks. There I said it, and in American English, too. There's an overall sense of claustrophobia, oppression, the ...
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New theme: Banner, sidebars, footer

The new theming does not seem to be to anyone's taste, but we can't go back to the way the site used to look. Some features like fonts and page layout are now set across all sites, and we just have to ...
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Addressing the responsive EL&U site theme - moving forward

Hello, English Language & Usage Denizens! (Yes, I know you don't literally inhabit this site, but hi, anyway) First, an apology: This site was probably the hardest site for me for a variety of ...
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We have until December 13

Here's an announcement for those who do not frequent Meta Stack Exchange (MSE). By 7 December, every site on the Stack Exchange network will adopt the new theme. With the final transition of the ...
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I can't comment without 50 reputation [duplicate]

Can't see me staying here after this post:- "You must have 50 reputations in order to comment". SO what if I joined to comment on "this particular item" and it takes years to get reputations? I'll ...
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When science and English overlap, who wins?

Is there a good word for change in velocity, but not over time? That is, position is to displacement as velocity is to what? This old question (2012) came up in suggested results. While it is a ...
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I have been three years in the UK, but I am not yet comfortable speaking - what should I do to become not fluent, but proficient? [closed]

As the title explains, I have been living in the north of England for a few years, but my English usage is still far from proficient. It is not that I do not practice the language - I barely employ my ...
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Do you know some sites or resources to checking text for errors? [duplicate]

I need to write a texts every day and checking them for mistakes. I thought about some site where you can check others' textes for mistakes on your native language (russian), and others check your ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

As everyone probably knows, very few people actually follow the main rule of single-word-requests: YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE Thus we have many low-quality questions, many of which get ...
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Is there a reason the “single-word-requests” tag have the highest number of questions in EL&U?

What is the reason behind the highest number of single-word-requests questions (users questioning) in English Language & Usage Stack Exchange (EL&U)? I wonder that the following tags haven't ...
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Permission to use image

I would like to request permission to use an image posted on this site. The image is of twining vines which would be used in section transition pages, to suggest twining of content between chapters, ...
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When you don't remember a “word”

What's that word? It's happened to everyone one of us, and it happens to each and every one of us more and more frequently as time passes by. What was that great word I read the other day? You ...
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Editorial Questions Regarding the Question about Stealing Non-Rival Goods

Why I am Asking There was a little editorial dispute between me and another user, who was not the original author of the question. The complaintant was requesting clarification from the author, ...
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Should we compile synonymous answers?

Full disclosure: I have the currently top-ranked (4 UV) answer. The OP asked for a single-word meaning "not up for discussion". I posted the first answer, and four others (2 nearly identical to each ...
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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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Edit to the OP's question title [duplicate]

Is it considered rude or bad form to either comment on or edit an original poster's question title in order to fix a grammatical error?
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Why is promoting your product through your user ID not spam?

This new user https://english.stackexchange.com/users/324324/airport-chariot-car-and-limo has a user ID that nakedly promotes a car-hire service. In the last day or so they've posted a dozen or more ...
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Are menu titles off topic?

A recent question asking for a suitable "one-word menu title" has recently been closed ("off topic"). One of the reasons given in a comment is "...because each word request needs to be set in a ...
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“Bounties increase exposure and visibility” Do they?

“Bounties increase exposure and visibility” Yeah, and I'm the queen of Sheba. I recently asked this question, and was thrilled to receive answers from a Frisian and a Dutch speaker. I was so ...
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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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How Could ELU Be as Rigorous as the French Language Site

I have recently been taking a look at the French language site that corresponds to ELU. I am struck by a difference. It seems to me that the ELU is often swamped with questions that involve helping ...
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Understanding the Code of Conduct

This question from a new user asked if 'MSc holder in psychology' was grammatically correct. She noted, "This is for my personal statement for my cv", so it was of no trivial importance to the OP. ...
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What is a good source on the use of the definite article for non-native speakers?

Here's my situation: I'm currently proof-reading something a colleague of mine has written. The content is all okay, but his use (or non-use) of "the" is all over the place, because I assume his ...
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How can I get in touch with a particular user about Pig Latin?

One user in particular here has looked into the area of Pig Latin. How can I contact that person? I cannot comment on the original Pig Latin thread without 50 points, whatever that means.
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News about Edwin?

Does anyone know anything about user Edwin Ashworth? A somewhat exigent and at times infuriating stickler for standards, I find myself missing his droll comments. He's been “missing” since July.
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Verification of the meaning for professional page [duplicate]

I want someone to take a look and check if the meaning is correct. It's for a professionnal page so I need to be as good as possible... [Note here, I get the point] Thanks a lot for your time!
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Does ELL migrate questions to ELU?

So, following on from Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018, I may have a theory, but I don’t have the necessary knowledge to figure out if it’s correct or not. The theory is that "...
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Can anything go?

I read the following quote today: A lexicographer's business is solely to collect, arrange, and define the words that usage presents to his hands. He has no right to proscribe words; he is to ...
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Repetition in answer of what was already mentioned in original question

I'm going to use this as an example, but it's only one amongst many. Specifically, she already cites 1794 in her question, so I figured you can't rehash that date (relating to the Jacobins) in your ...
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How do I accumulate 50 points? [duplicate]

I seek an answer to a question about my account. It says that I can not comment on an entry until I have 50 points. How do I accumulate said points?
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Which users have close vote privileges both here and on ELL?

Not too long ago, I unlocked the cast close and reopen votes privilege... on ELL. Here on ELU I've had that privilege for a pretty long time, since I just recently unlocked the very last privilege (...
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Ought cross-posted questions be deleted?

Ought different vs differential (adjectives, not nouns) be deleted here because it was also posed to ELL? Why not just close it? Viewpoints appear to differ. Charles Stewart's answer here in Cross-...
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Why does reputation increase by 1?

Normally, reputation increases by 10 if an answer gets 1 upvote, 15 if an answer is accepted, and 5 if a question gets 1 upvote. But on this website, reputation increases by 1 for some of my ...
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Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018

Retreading old ground This has been batted around several times before on Meta, but I think it's worthy of a periodic refresher. With that in mind, it would be counterproductive to duplicate-close ...
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Determiner question

The question below seems to be very simple at first glance and swifty got closed: Are articles pronouns? However, the answer is not as clear as it seems at first glance. For those of us well ...
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A service that delivers common vocabulary daily?

I have subscribed to Merriam Webster, dictionary.com, and a few other online dictionaries to send me words daily, but frankly, they send me vocabulary that I have never come across in my life and ...
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Is this site a forum? And if it is Can anyone tell me its Sponsor or sponsors?

Is this site a forum and if it is can anyone tell me this sites sponsors?
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Where can I find a comprehensive list of English grammar rules, sentence and question structures?

I need links to some websites containing the comprehensive list of English language grammar rules, all possible sentence and question structures, etc. for research purpose. Thank you.
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Have the purists all gone on holiday?

There's a regular palaver on Meta about the declining quality of questions, the endless flood of questions by English language learners, the proliferation of poorly evidenced SWR answers. Like many ...
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Supported reliable refererence vs unsupported anecdotal evidence

The following recent question has attracted a fair amount of comments with anecdotal personal evidence about if and when the expression in question was originally used. There is even an answer based ...
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Novel that demonstrates all of English [closed]

Wondering if there are any books (ideally novels of some sort, but poems might be nice instead too) that are explicitly dedicated to demonstrating as many features of English as possible. A typical ...
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Top 10,000 English Verbs (Open Source List)

Wondering if there is an open data "verb list" of all (or many) of the English verbs. A search reveals many "Top 100 English Verbs" or "List of Irregular English Verbs" and related content, but I'm ...
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Tags! Huh, what are they good for?

…absolutely nothin' Seriously, I have nothing against tags per se, they have their use but why does EL&U need that monolithic "Watched Tags" box on the right-hand side? The two boxes take up so ...
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Why can't you actually delete your own answer?

You completely misunderstood a question, you no longer have a valid answer to supply, yet your stupid mistake has to hang around for everyone to see FOREVER. Here is an example of what I see, please ...
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“ELU updated site theme is ready for testing” is ready for voting, but still not visible

"ELU updated site theme is ready for testing" has been vigorously voted on. It turns out that currently it is 25 down and 10 upvotes. 34 down and 13 upvotes. At a net of -21 votes, it is ...
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Did Dictionary.com get rid of its difficulty index?

I started looking for this feature to start an answer for: Tete-a-tete commonly known in English? I'm pretty sure Dictionary.com used to have a little side bar where it said something like "most ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Jaded user meets new contributor…

The jaded user is myself. The new contributor is (was) Replica Foxtrot who posted this question What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring' mean? I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I ...