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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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Resourses for reviewing writings

I am looking for sites or communities where I can post my writings for reviews free of charge. Is there any?
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How should we deal with questions whose answers are different for different varieties of English?

Some questions about language have single answers that are incontrovertibly the case for all speakers of the language (for the standard (yes this is somewhat circular)). But English is large, it ...
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Is it ok to ask “is this a sentence” questions?

I've never studied grammar. I want to know if something is a sentence, but don't know enough grammar to describe it and so ask a general question. Only, I think, create analogous sentences (I think?)....
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How did migration from the main to Literature.SE happen?

While on a "search and destroy" mission for my own errant comments, I noticed that this question "Looking for a poem that I have mostly forgotten" was originally posted on the main site, and then "...
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Tag synonym request: [computer] → [computing]

I would like to propose synonymizing computer (25 questions) with computing (164 questions). computing Questions about computers, programming and IT.
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Is using “colored girls” as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

A recent answer demonstrates its point with lyrics from a Lou Reed song. This has prompted a flag to be raised, calling the lyrics "offensive and unwelcoming". There is also a comment, with 20 ...
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How should users answer on EL&U?

In a recent question about what to call words made of other words, one particular answer is just a one liner. Amazingly, it currently has 8 up-votes. I downvoted it because the length of the answer ...
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Where can I find the word link of a word?

With eJoy pages, I can see the word's word link information like this: This info really helped me memorize vocabulary. Do any dictionary sites provide this information?
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Does anybody else find this question questionable?

The question "What’s a single word that means Contagious Happiness" was recently put on hold. But before it was put on hold, I commented on how I personally found it mildly offensive, and how I felt ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

Update: Time to vote on answers, or post your own. As everyone probably knows, very few people actually follow the main rule of single-word-requests: YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE Thus we ...
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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

In one of the first questions on this site, "If I was" vs "If I were", there are a slew of answers. The question had a somewhat more recent (Feb 2018) spate of activity with a very authoritative, ...
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Is changing quotation marks from German style to English style a constructive edit?

Would exchanging quotation marks in the German tradition for conventional English quotation marks be considered a constructive edit on English Language & Usage? This is what I mean by German ...
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Why is my question closed as “unclear”?

What's the correct word to refer to a believer of scientism? I don't understand what's unclear with this question. The comment says: Wait... what is scientism exactly? It sounds like a very ...
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Best online slang dictionary for old slang

I'm looking for slang words that would have been in use around 1910 in New York. Anyone know of an online resource that might work?
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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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Serial voting reversal

Yesterday I was surprised to see an additional 175 points added to my rep as someone had, apparently, voted up a whole series of my past questions (but not, notably, any of my answers). Today that ...
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Commonly-available reference issue

This user posted this answer in October 2018. I have an issue with the link they have provided. The user has provided a definition from the OED and a link that takes you to the OED's homepage. The ...
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Does cited material merit special consideration when the content is potentially offensive or unwelcoming?

I added an answer to the discussion of Lou Reed's lyrics and I realized later that it should have been a question in its own right. I’m reluctant to delete that answer because of the comments and ...
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Repository of polite responses

Several folks have noted that ELU regulars have a predilection towards snobbery and are perceived as generally unwelcoming to new users. I realized today that I'm guilty of this, and I haven't even ...
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Is there an online dictionary that gives you the noun, adjective, verb and other variations of a word?

I would like to enter a word (like the verbs "live" or "die", for instance), and from that word, to see the adjective form ("alive", "dead"), the noun form ("life", "death") and other variations ("...
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Do we have any control over what gets on the Hot Network List?

I'm assuming that this question Is there a word for the joy a smart aleck feels when they point out to other people how stupid they are? got more than 7,000 views, 25 net upvotes, and was favorited 4 ...
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Is there any Canadian version of dictionary of American regional English (DARE)?

I am doing a research closely related to dialectical terms. I am aware of DARE which is the dictionary of American regional English. It shows the dialectical terms by region. Is there any Canadian ...
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Is this question, asking for an insulting term, clear enough to provide a good answer as opposed to a laundry list?

I refer to this question: Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything”? I VTC'd on the basis of Unclear What You are Asking, because I didn't find any context. Is the person to be insulted lazy, ...
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Why were the past flaggable questions not flagged in EL&U?

Every question lacking in research becomes closed by being flagged by the users in any community of Stack Exchange network; I am encountering this since I joined Stack Exchange network. But there's ...
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How to handle old questions with answers stuck in a comment?

I am noticing a bunch of older questions stuck in the Unanswered queue that have an acceptable answer posted as a comment instead of an answer. For the first few I found I just copied the answer into ...
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Is EL&U experiencing diminishing returns of question quality?

I think it'd be interesting to statistically find this out. One could take samples from every year of EL&U and compare the amount of average upvoted and downvoted questions to get a more concrete ...
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Henpecked by MetaEd

What is the wife of a henpecked husband called? No idea why you are classifying my response as plagiarism. Really none at all.
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If every answer is improper, doesn't that suggest standards are wrong or moderator is wrong?

I refer to this question (now on hold) and the moderator's repeated observation that the answers, and question, are opinion-based. Isn't the issue that synonyms (like translation questions) are going ...
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This is what we mean by problems with the climate*

The question What is the wife of a henpecked husband called?, asked five hours ago as I write this, has currently generated a list of highly gendered pejoratives, from shrew to cow, with virtually1 no ...
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Should I edit this problematic question and fold my own somewhat similar question into it, or just ask my question separately?

I'm looking for a word to encompass position, size, and vector in a cartesian plane, their common characteristic being that they're all expressible as a pair of scalar values. This question is ...
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veiled racist question?

If you would review the question.... What is the first date of documented usage and attribution of the term "white race" and/or "white races"? It contains racially charged and ...
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veiled racist question (2nd part) [duplicate]

My original question was possibly badly-worded. I do not know how to make it better except to post a new question. If I could, I would delete it, but there are now too many answers to do that. I am ...
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This question asking for a gender neutral alternative should be reopend

Gender neutral alternative to Sir/Madam It's odd that it was closed. It's a very specific question, and given typical everyday context. If you disagree - would like to clarify why it is opinion ...
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“Are these sentences correct?”—Is a title like this enough reason to close a question?

It seems like every other question we get has the title "Are these sentences correct?" Either that, or "Is this grammatical?" Generic question titles make it more difficult to figure out if a ...
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Can we delete and re-post unanswered questions?

Sometimes questions that seem valid and interesting seem to just pass people by—it has happened to some of my own questions, and I have seen it with other questions too. Often, I think it is a ...
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What is the difference between “Stating a Problem” and “Asking a Question”?

I have seen posts where the OP states a problem, and it is closed as being unclear. As an engineer, I've been trained to "State the Problem." A question does not necessarily need to be answered ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Should answers-as-comments be flagged? [duplicate]

RE: Take advice OF or FROM (the comment from Jim). More than any other Stack I use, English.SE users have the habit of answering questions in comments. I've seen a lot of them over the time I've ...
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Removal of both the [grammar] tag and its mention in the ELU tour and help center pages

Issues with the grammar tag have been discussed for years now: 12 April 2011 29 January 2015 It seems the general consensus is that the tag is problematic as best and blacklisting it was brought up ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Website to see frequency of use of words together

Once, an English teacher shared with me a website where you can see how certain words are used with others. For instance, you would see the type of words with which "mandatory" and "compulsory" are ...
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Do we want to cultivate sixth graders or cut them off?

It is true that this question shows no research and it would be appropriate to close it were it posted by an adult. But the OP is in the sixth grade! Should we not cultivate this budding linguist ...
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Why do we allow a question to be marked duplicate when the “duplicate question” is much wider in scope than the original?

So I'm researching the difference between "prefer to do" and "prefer doing", and came across this question which asked about the difference in meaning between those two specific forms. It was locked ...
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Where is the limit for posting filth in the name of creativity?

For me, this is the dividing line, the line between what is appropriate for this site, and what is not. I do not know how it is possible that we have become the site to post trash in the name of ...
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Why is my question on the usage of and/or not about English language and usage

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Difference between and/or after "you can use" In my question, I asked whether "and" and "or" can have the same ...
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Why can I edit someone else's post?

By accident, I clicked Edit on someone else's post. I saw my error immediately, because I wanted to edit MY post, not someone else's. Then I wondered, why in the world is this site allowing people to ...
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Should we allow Google NGrams to be presented as statistical evidence without qualification? Should we define a set of standards for their usage?

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." — Benjamin Disraeli, attr. by Mark Twain "If you torture the data long enough, it will confess." — Ronald Coase For some time now,...
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How can I rekindle interest in an old question?

I have asked some questions before but I didn't get any (good) answers. How can I bring it to people's attention again? Can I ask it again?
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Tips for finding interesting questions?

Please post your personal tips, ticks, and best practices for finding interesting questions to answer. These can be tags to watch, searches you do (even for really old questions, even for old, ...
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Can we do anything about abandoned “on hold” questions?

I was browsing through the questions and found so many abandoned [on hold] questions. These wracks clutter up the site and pull attention away from the good questions on our site. Can anything be ...