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My first experience with trying to get a question reopened after it was put on hold

...was with the question What is the origin of the word "Blackmail"?. It was asked by a user who appeared to be new to EL&U and who framed it as a simple etymological question—one that a ...
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Why isn’t “Please help” on our titular stoplist?

We just got in rapid succession these two soi-disant “questions” over on main: Please help to interpret Please help me with this sentence Strictly speaking as questions go, those are imperatives not ...
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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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Measuring typographical emphasis: the “lawler” and “lawler weight”

RegDwighт said: @Robusto wow, that's formatting to the max. Bold and italics and monospaced and in quotes. John has outlawlered himself.¹ It occurs to me that this is something we can measure. I ...
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EL&U's top bar stopped being elegant in 2013

This is how the top bar appears in October 2017 on my desktop. I like the search box, it's larger and it is clear. But it's off-center, it's like a picture frame that's askew, I want to align the ...
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About Reference Questions

It seems that we must once again clarify what questions should and should not be closed with the close reason: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A ...
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when is “primarily opinion based” a valid answer, and not a reason to close?

Possible duplicate of What the "primarily opinion-based" close reason is for. I think there's a litmus test here that is misapplied. As an example, Capitalizing Stages of Diseases is ...
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This question doesn't have an answer here

This question was recently closed as duplicate and linked to another question: Using "is" versus "are" in a relative clause However by the time it was closed it had generated a ...
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Should this question be closed?

I found no reason why this question is closed. This question asks whether a given phrase is the right usage for expressing a particular action. It is a particular doubt that may arise in a non-native ...
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Let's get rid of the “correction” tag

Is there any value in the tag correction? Currently 87 questions are infected with that hideous tag. Since unspecified proofreading is off-topic I don't think this should be used as tag anywhere. We ...
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Why is my question about the stress of “uroboros” a duplicate of the one about the stress of “stigmata”?

Sorry to make a post about "why my question was closed," but I'm having a hard time understanding it. The question about "uroboros" asks about two things: descriptive information about the history ...
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Different users' edits are amalgamated

Revision 3 of https://english.stackexchange.com/posts/83629/revisions is attributed to me. I edited the question to remove the code formatting and present the quote correctly, and did only that. A ...
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Reopen request following addition of research results

The question The origin of "knickers in a knot" and "knickers in a twist" was closed for lack of research. I have added a paragraph to the question pointing out that in a reputable ...
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EL&U Glossaries

Would it be useful for us to have two EL&U Glossaries on the site. The first could be for SE and EL&U specific abbreviations and acronyms, including ones that just happen to crop up a lot ...
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What is our current position on these issues?

I’ve been noticing an increase in answers that, essentially, consist of nothing but a suggestion or bald assertion and that are often lacking any apparent effort to even format, punctuate, or spell ...
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Informing people about lyrics interpretation in help center

A lot of new users ask questions regarding lyrics interpretation. I was going through the What topics can I ask about here? page in the help center, and noticed that lyrics interpretation is not ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election Results

English Language & Usage's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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By “gosh”, the etymological hydra's immortal head unburied

Revisiting the "Request to reopen “Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'", I observe that a few minutes of dedicated research for that question ("Literal Meaning of 'Gosh'") antedated the earliest OED attestation ...
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Reopen request: What is the origin of “ex”?

Can you please reopen: What is the origin of "ex"? The reason for closing it was the following: "Please include the research you've done, or consider if your question suits our English ...
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List of most useful NLP resources and tools

We already have lists of general-reference resources, one on meta and a larger one on main. For the most part, these are things like dictionaries and thesauri, not actual tools related to natural ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Etiquette on flagging as a duplicate without an “accepted” answer

Got a quick question about flagging questions as duplicates; I've already established that ideally it should be identical or very similar to a question previously asked, but the window where you ...
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Update the “list of community recommended resources”

Quoting from the help center: Where can I find answers to simple and basic questions? If your question is simple and can probably be easily answered by looking it up, then you may find ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election

The 2014 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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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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Shouldn't this site have an open question about the meaning of “the pot calling the kettle black”?

I think so—and it just so happens that we have a candidate that was asked in September 2013: The meaning of the American idiom "pot calling the kettle black". Unfortunately, because the ...
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New blog post! “Writing Good ‘Meaning’ Questions”

Our very own Mahnax has christened the relaunch of the blog with a great post on how to ask meaning questions — a topic that sorely needed expounding on. On any Stack Exchange site, a question must ...
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Is there a need of the “the-that” tag?

There are 11 questions using the-that, without tag wiki, including the following ones: When to use "That" instead of "The"? When can one omit "that" from a sentence? ...
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Has there been a recent plague of exact duplicate (copied) answers on EL&U?

In the past two days I've come across two instances of exact duplicate answers that unregistered 1-rep users evidently copied from existing answers and posted as new answers. The two examples I've ...
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We should have a better dupe target for questions about pronoun order

We receive a large number of questions about the proper use of pronouns, which in turn means that many of these questions are closed as duplicates. These aren't all duplicates of one another, though: ...
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Is there evidence of concrete Meta contribution to the rules that govern ELU?

This is a nice place for giving vent to our frustrations, to express our best thoughts on how to improve the site and to suggest the improvements we would sincerely like to see implemented to make ...
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Can we switch to a better canonical question about using pronouns in compound possessives?

We get a lot of questions about coordinating pronouns with nouns for joint possession, along the lines of "my wife's and my dinner," most recently: "you," "your" or "yours&...
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Missing off-topic flagging options

When flagging a post for being off-topic, the following options are given: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found ...
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Stack Exchange Fellowship Program: Looking for volunteers to review proposals

Stack Exchange will be introducing a Fellowship Program awarding grants to students conducting independent research projects. Undergraduate Honors Theses, Independent Study Projects, Masters Theses, ...
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ELL and ELU — problems in distinguishing when googling

I've only been on this site for a week, but I've noticed that an awful lot of questions that should go to ELL go to ELU. I also notice when I google: "English stack exchange" that the first hit I get ...
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So this question title was edited with no seeming or expressed reason?

The question was originally titled Why "Using X is better" but "It's better to use X"? The first title edit incorporated two of four example questions expressed by the OP in their actual ...
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Could we get this question back from ELL, please?

The following question got migrated from EL&U to ELL Is “It may be not” correct? If we look at this question as people who just give "yes, that's grammatical" or "no, that's not grammatical" ...
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My question was incorrectly marked as a duplicate. Can this be reviewed again?

I believe there is a clear difference between my question and the question marked as a duplicate. I have edited the post to emphasize how it is different, now I'm posting here to see if someone can ...
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Why are tag synonyms so hard to suggest and vote for?

I haven't paid much attention to tag synonyms before, but today I notice there's one question tagged blend-words, and three tagged portmanteau-words. I thought I'd do something useful and propose ...
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Should 'word-substitution' be made a synonym of 'SWR's?

I think word-substitution is redundant since we already have single-word-requests, and phrase-requests, if necessary. The 60 or so tagged questions do not disagree with me by much. Its current info ...
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Would you support systematic testing of proposed quality improvement methods?

TL;DR: Shall we support systematic A/B (and similar) testing of QI (Quality Improvement) proposals, or would advocating for such research simply lead to frustration, i.e., would it be an exercise in ...
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Discussion on reopening a specific question: “Do tenses in a time clause never back-shift in reported speech?”

The question Do tenses in a time clause never back-shift in reported speech? (which I'll call The Backshift Question or TBQ for convenience) has an answer that could be considered canonical for back-...
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Flagging Reviews

Sorry if this is a dupe, but I didn't see it all in one place: Since hitting 10K rep, I've been actively reviewing flags, and my disputed flag count jumped from 0 to 15 in a few days. It occurs to ...
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Lower the requirement for voting on tag synonyms

Problem statement The following text is shown about voting and suggesting tag-synonyms: Users with more than 2500 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag ...
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What is the meaning of the “functions” tag?

A recent question asked about determining the "function" of a sentence, which to me isn't a concrete language construct the way that question implies. Seeking more information, I looked into the ...
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An answer was removed, but my flag was declined nevertheless - why?

This is the answer: Mimpi menjadi kenyataan.? Bukan kah segala sesuatu berawal dari mimpi. Selama mimpi kita Masi di tekuni dengan niat & tekad yang keras, pintu kesuksesan pasti kita raih. ...
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Where can I find an English dictionary that I can search by number of syllables, transitive/intransitive, and other grammatical markers?

I need to find lists of English words that meet certain criteria, such as having a certain number of syllables, or being intransitive verbs. Is there an online English dictionary that will allow me to ...
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Please consider reopening my question

My question is closed as off-topic. First, my question is not so elementary. It is not about the usual use of past perfect as in When I came up with the idea of climbing all the statues taller ...
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Posts pending review, now around 250

The review queues could use your help. It's up to 250 now. Yours truly.
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Significantly changed question

A user asked this question: What would you call a person who is obsessed with being "normal"? In the text body they asked for: "someone who cannot bear to be different from other people" ...