Questions tagged [discussion]

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What's the average score for posts in 2019?

Recently I posted an update which asked UPDATE Sunday 23 June, 2019 […] Is it just me or has the quality of questions by new contributors dropped even further? Is there a way to measure this ...
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Why was the following question automatically deleted as “spam or offensive”?

For anybody without 10K reputation, here is the original question: spelling mistakes A 'sticking plaster' word used by Americans to cover over the huge gaps in their vocabulary. It is one the ...
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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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What makes this question off-topic for ELU?

I was surprised that this question was migrated to ELL: Is there a word where ‘w’ can not be replaced? It seemed to generate some interesting answers, and other than maybe a lack of research (...
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Let's fix the concentration camp question and reopen it

This is the subject question which was closed for being POB -Are US detention centers in the US-Mexico border "concentration camps"? The question has room for improvement, but I feel it is ...
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Is this type of spammy Q&A permitted here?

This question (now deleted) about the difference between the terms legalization and attestation was posted yesterday. It was posted simultaneously with a self-answer. I thought it was spam immediately,...
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Is there a tool that provides/suggests words that come before or after a word?

Are there any tools/APIs that provide this service? Example: (After) Free Free beer Free pizza Free stuff (Before) Beer Craft Beer Draft Beer Free Beer Cheap Beer Thanks.
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I think that upvoting more questions will produce better questions

Introduction It makes a lot of sense to me that if people are more generous with their upvotes—even with questions that are just "okay" and fall slightly short of the standard—then the people asking ...
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Are questions about how English worked at a certain point on-topic?

If I have a question about the history of English like “When did [some thing] become incorrect?” or “Was [some thing] different during [some time]?”, would that be off-topic?
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Vote to close! I will delete the question right away, I'm sorry. Please, can someone tell me what not to do next time?

My question. I followed the requirements, I thought. Thanks for any help. I guess I should wait a while before I delete it, so someone can look at it. Cheers
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RIP Oxford “living” Dictionaries

Don't know when this happened, but Oxford Living Dictionaries is no more. It is now called Lexico (powered by Oxford) whatever that means… Tsk! You'd think they'd have the decency to consult us ...
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Follow up to AI to detect ELL migratable questions

NOTE: MY USE OF MIGRATION AS A TERM IS INACCURATE IN THE QUESTION, SEE MY ANSWER OR COLLEEN’S ANSWER FOR MORE ACCURATE APPLICATION OF THE ALGORITHM. This is a followup post to my last post (...
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Cuff word origin [migrated]

I was wondering if the origin of the word (cuff/ to cuff) is Arabic as it exists in Arabic, pronounced exactly the same (kaf) and has the very same meaning (folding the end part of the sleeve or/and ...
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English language citations

Please let me know if this question belongs here to the meta page. Why do many people not refer to reliable dictionaries of standard English language? Of course I know you should cite the reference ...
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What is the best way to answer a question which has no answer?

What is the preferred way to answer a question which asks “Provide me with X”, when it is overwhelmingly likely that X does not exist? Assumptions Assume the question is interesting on its own ...
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New abbreviation for Oxford Dictionaries?

Oxford Dictionaries Online has had a major site revamp. Since its brand name is simply "Oxford Dicationaries" (not Oxford Dictionaries Online) and its URL is https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/, I ...
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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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There should be a close-vote option labeled as: “there is no discernible research done before asking the question”

I have heard about cases where people have voted for the closing of a question based on different reasons than the one they clicked on when close-voting. The reason for this is because their reason ...
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If there is a dictionary translating 1:1 a word in english to a word in another language

When you look up a word in the dictionary you usually get a long sentence rather than 1 word. For example: word: a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or ...
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Help with review queues

I have only been active on Stack Exchange for about a month and achieved a reputation on ELU of more than 500 which gives me access to the review queues. Other than the description of the privilege is ...
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Are “commonly available” reference dictionaries too simplistic to answer questions on this site?

I came upon a closed question that suggested there was a simple answer to the question "What is the specific difference between 'fascinating' and 'interesting'?". The question was closed as off-topic ...
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Cross-posting on ELL: which to close first?

Recently, we have seen a spate of cross-posted questions on ELL and EL&U (such as this one on EL&U). I can understand the frustration of a new user looking for an immediate answer to their ...
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What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
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Bumped to homepage for review - What 'actions' should we take?

By way of example, I have just come across this question: When you are at school as having been "bumped to the homepage by Community" with the comment "This question has answers that may be good or ...
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Where can I find a linked list of my answers to deleted questions?

The question Deleting answers with a positive rep balance, which popped up in the Meta queue today, reminded me of a question I've long had about deleted answers. First, some background. When a ...
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Deleting answers with a positive rep balance

The related question: What do you call all the pieces of a song minus the lyrics My answer was: Basically, I'd go for 'Music'. But I might be wrong, but I might be right? (the second sentence is ...
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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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What is the point of migrating all resource requests to Meta?

There are a couple of resource requests that were recently migrated to ELU Meta (e.g Is there an online speech comparison programme, What are some good and authoritative reference/data source for ...
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Why can’t I answer my first question [duplicate]

Generic term for sunrise and sunset
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Have any ELU users experienced a recent large loss of rep explained as “User Removed”?

This is not a duplicate of the 2017 question mentioned. That question was about an event on ELU alone, involving a well known (to ELU) single user, and easily comprehended. This question is about a ...
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Why “Duplicate?” [closed]

Telling someone with a question that the answer would duplicate an answer given elsewhere is horrific since it in itself is not an answer to a question; rather, its is true avoidance! Providing a ...
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How to improve my pronunciation? Any tips or tricks [closed]

Good morning, everyone. I'm a newbie here. I'm working as an English Teacher for more than 2 years in Russia. I studued Linguistics at the University and hadn't got any problems. None of my teachers ...
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Is my question regarding all of the different meanings of 'as' fixed?

I asked the question What do all the different meanings of 'as' share in common?, which originally finished with the three following questions: How did "all so" or "so" (alswa) proliferate to ...
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My “shipping” question has been sunk

Yesterday I edited a question that had been closed for 14 months as a duplicate of: What's the source of "shipped" in a romantic sense? The title was edited and changed to Is “...
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how can I get 50 (something) if you won't let me write one because I have not 50 'credits' I think? [duplicate]

I heard a joke in "the vicar of Dibley" (most episodes do end up with one told by Dawn French, the vicar, to her not so bright friend...) And I could not understand it. I kind of found the answer here....
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Resources on larger common word lists

I'm looking for resources on most common general word lists for English. I'm after lists that are bit large in size - say in the range 10,000-20,000 words. I have found smaller lists such as the ...
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How does this website earn money?

I love this website and use it a lot. The website is really good and awesome. I was just wondering how the website actually earns any money, as I don't see any single advertisement at all. Is there ...
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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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Suggestion: Capping points that can be earned for a single-word request

This may have been discussed before, but I didn't find anything relevant with the search function. I'll be happy to delete if someone directs me elsewhere. There's a limit to how much can be earned ...
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If there is a list of English rhyming words, syllable count, or parts of speech for free download (public domain) [closed]

Wondering if there is a list of English words for free download (i.e. public domain, not creative commons), that contain either rhyming words, the syllable count/breakdown for the word, or the part of ...
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What is the best way of dealing with the questions that are too localised?

I understand that once upon a time, there existed on the menu of possible reasons for closing a question one that was labelled too localized. While the label may not have been perfect, it was ...
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Serial down-voting after I asked a question [duplicate]

I asked a question that has been viewed only 4 times so far. But shortly after I've asked it, someone down-voted every post I've made on this site. I know it's not much of a change in reputation, but ...
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Please don't migrate obviously off-topic questions to ELL - it just makes things harder on the author

This isn't a complaint about the overall migration of questions from EL&U. I think taken as a whole, the migration path is a positive thing. I have started to see a few real stinkers getting ...
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Hell is hot, but is it funny?

On August 27 of last year, a poster on the main site asked "What does the idiom “funny as hell” mean?" Four days later, the question was closed for a familiar reason: Please include the research ...
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Merge tags [difference-in-meaning] and [differences]

A recent tag (about 1.5 months ago) was added under the name difference-in-meaning and is now used by 5 questions, but I believe it is a duplicate of the tag differences, used by 3,513 questions. ...
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Irrelevant and contentious edits

In the last few minutes, an anonymous user has twice attempted to edit an old answer of mine by inserting irrelevant material that appears to be pushing some political, religious, or nationalist point ...
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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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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

Yeah... we should. Why not? I've been on a spree of downvoting off-topic and very low quality questions (LQQs), so I was expecting to see my reputation drop but it didn't. I also downvoted six ...
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Are we remiss in giving attributions to published images?

We have a requirement on the main to give attribution for quotes and text from other sources. However, in some cases a question needs an image to help clarify what is wanted. According to an ...
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Best book for vocabulary building through etymology

Could you hint the best etymology book? I'd like to learn new words via their origin.