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Is scolding other users in the comments section worthy of a flag?

I've noticed a few users who feel it necessary to scold others for their comments. For example, admonishing people for answering questions in the comments section. The comments section on this ...
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We need a site specific message for our advice page

One of the problems that keeps coming up is that many first time users of the site ask questions that are either better suited for English Language Learners don't have enough information for us to ...
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Is it possible that some action or someone altered my history?

In yet another seemingly hallucinatory experience, I am being called to task by some users because I "voted" to close a question as a duplicate in a very questionable VTC. As far as I can remember, I ...
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Close reason. Unclear

My meta-question is about this question Please pardon me for any mistake and kindly correct me. I believe Unclear is synonymous with Vague. I do not understand how is my question vague. Am I not ...
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Is it wrong to answer a question that you've voted to close?

I'm no longer a regular on this site. But, in the past I frequently would answer a question for one of the lost souls who accidentally stumbled onto the kllling floor. These questions are usually ...
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Not a regular in this Exchange, wanted to report weird Moderator behavior, is this the right place?

Asking because I found a similar question on meta.stackexchange.com (Is there somewhere to complain about offensive moderator behaviour?) I've been a StackExchange user for years, and contributed to ...
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It’s September again

Eternal September doesn’t end, but does wax and wane with the school season. It’s waxing again. Be prepared to spot and quickly VtC unvarnished orders to do others’ homework. Also please downvote, ...
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Could we have this header on the mobile site?

We have two versions of the header on the mobile version: The standard main site one: And another one, visible in the help pages and review queues Could the alternative header be made default? ...
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English Morphology

Please refer to me the seminal or the most popular book for practicing Morphological word structures (English) with tree diagrams.
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Usage of computer terms?

What resource do you use to research usage of computer terms, such as "checkbox" versus "check box"?
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Would it be worth migrating questions to Writers.SE?

Writing Stackexchange was set up as a public beta 8 years ago, and has pretty good stats. Apparently they can migrate to us: migrated from writing.stackexchange.com 8 hours ago This question came ...
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Is letter-writing still on topic?

Is the letter-writing tag still something we want to do? This answer says that letter-writing is more on-topic than the email tag, but that was 2 years ago, and Interpersonal Skills started as public ...
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Why can't we add video (or even audio) clips to posts?

In a recent question, a new user asked how to classify the accent as heard in a video clip from youtube. However, that required going off-page to hear it, and some users objected to that. I tried ...
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glossary of grammar terminology

I'm looking for a comprehensive reference book that includes definitions and examples of the terms used in grammar analysis. So this would have 'adverb' and 'verb' and their various types, the ...
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Is there a database containing a list of once common, but now archaic words?

Is there a database containing words that were not only once common but also now archaic? I would like to have a list of, say the 100 statistically most frequently used words in 17th, 18th and 19th ...
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Inappropriate replacement of question?

Please see this question on dialect and (specifically) its edit history. While I can’t say that I approve of the original question’s choice of example, I think that the “revision&...
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How to improve “How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'?”?

I'm uncertain why it was voted to close after my edits. How can I clarify or improve How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'??
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Does Lexico have dictionary entries in American English?

My recollection is that the old Oxford Dictionaries site had entries in both American English and "British & World English", which could be accessed through different urls. Lexico has British &...
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What's missing on the answer flag options?

There used to be another option: Low Quality Where did it go? Is it only me? Or am I confused? It happens.
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How did this question ever get so much attention?

There is a question of mine that sometimes makes me chuckle. A trivial, very non-urgent question with little to no practical value. A question on why names starting with "J" are more common than words ...
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I am new here ..! Could I ask something? [duplicate]

I found https://english.stackexchange.com/ https://ell.stackexchange.com/ they are a little bit different :o ... where do I have to ask English questions? Thank you for reading !
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Can Mods (or anyone) see deleted comments?

I tried to look this up on meta, and found no good answer. If comments have been self-deleted, are they gone forever? And if so...what about all the revisions permitted in the first 4-5 minutes? ...
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Can mods cast non-binding close votes?

This question, The meaning of "did not immediately respond to requests for comment" [closed], was closed by the following users, in this order: Janus Bahs Jacquet, tchrist♦, Rory Alsop, user66974, ...
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Is a rescue edit possible for this question?

Two users said they had a rescue edit in mind for this question Ghost, I sheet you not. I'm so ready for Halloween but they didn't follow through with attempting to rescue the question (which is ...
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Why was this closed? (And should it be reopened?)

I have come across this question in review, in the Reopen Queue: Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed] It was closed ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

Not that I want to exactly, I just noticed there is no option to edit this question: I do have the edit privilege as of writing - what's going on here?
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Reminder: 10K tools on anonymous post feedback

This post is part of the hidden-feature series started by Mari-Lou A. These posts highlight features of this site that not everyone may know about but can certainly help get an insight into our ...
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Introducing the “custom filter”

Do you remember back in the day when you could navigate easily between pages showing newest, featured, frequent, votes, active, and unanswered questions? ca. 2017 Introducing Custom Filters With ...
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Flag has not been processed for 2+ months

On May 20 at 18:47:13Z I raised a flag on this answer concerning a possible migration to the comments section due to a lack of authoritative evidence. It has been 2+ months and there have been no ...
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Moving questions to other SE [duplicate]

When reviewing questions, it is sometimes apparent that they would be best asked in a different (Mathematics, Biology, Law etc) SE from EL&U. However when I try to flag this I am only offered ELL ...
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Has anything changed regarding voting to close for lack of research?

A recent question asked Is it valid to use "We will be pending for her return" instead of, for example: " We look forward to her return"? I was going to vote to close but then I noticed a comment ...
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Payable bounty, but no answers

I don't mean to advertise How did 'consideration' shift to signify grounds and the act of deliberation, then inducer of a grant or promise?, and I don't know how else to ask this, but there ...
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List request tag review

I propose we kill the tag list-request since it is not a good fit for the ELU scope. These questions tend to be too broad or primarily opinion based. This meta was prompted by this recent question on ...
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How should the new Lexico-hosted Oxford dictionary be cited?

I noticed that not long ago (in June) Oxford University Press changed the server that hosted what they used to call "Oxford Living Dictionaries". I used Oxford Living Dictionaries a bit in the past. ...
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I'm questioning this odd post notice

In response to this question, the following moderator post notice was added: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why ...
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Is this Folk-Etymology Dictionary a reliable source?

I’ve come across the Revd A Smythe Palmer's Folk Etymology (first published 1882) which defines itself as a Dictionary of verbal corruption or word perverted in form or meaning by false derivation ...
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Is this a translation question?

This question about the phrase no stinkin' way has the translation tag. Here is the tag description for translation: Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

A question was asked about ranking the strength of the synonyms of 'beautiful'. It was closed very quickly as 'Primarily Opinion Based'. I think this is misguided. Questions about nuances of words ...
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Have you seen ELU's Greatest Hits Page?

Here it is, whether we're ready for it or not. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits Chosen by algorithm, according to sources, so one must assume they're ranked in order of ...
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Revised: Is a question about the Economist's article “Silly Sausages” on topic, or are we too serious to enjoy a linguistic laugh?

This may be too funny to be the subject of a valid question, but see The Economist's article Silly Sausages of June 29, 2019. Silly sausages Europe heroically defends itself against veggie ...
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What's the average score for questions 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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List of initial-stress-derived nouns

The Wikipedia page for Initial-stress-derived noun says: Initial-stress derivation is a phonological process in English that moves stress to the first syllable of verbs when they are used as nouns ...
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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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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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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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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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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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