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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 (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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We cannot ask questions about parallelism?

This question, in my opinion, seems to be concerned with parallelism. I would definitely consider parallelism as part of grammar. The comments are being needlessly specific. First of all, I don't ...
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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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English Dictionary in one text file

Is there a free dictionary in one text file or in a database format that I can download please? Many thanks.
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Are “poor questions based on flawed assumptions” acceptable on this site?

This is the question. At first a critic felt that I had not done enough research. But it turned out that he had I were using the same dictionary definitions, except that I "equated" two definitions ...
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Can we get a bit stricter on SWR combo and antonym requests?

The following question currently up on EL&U illustrates the problem exactly: Is exist one word to express "beliefs and value"? I'll leave it to Janus Bahs Jacquet to illustrate what's wrong ...
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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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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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Should “What Does Mansplaining Mean?” be reopened or migrated? (Reopened)

The question was originally closed for the lack of research closure reason. Hotlicks voted to close with the claim that the answer could easily be found with a google search, and Dan Bron voiced ...
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How to change a closure from “proofreading” to “duplicate”?

Ed Chu's question Is “I was having a walk” correct? has been closed (with just one vote plus mod) for supposed "proofreading". I think the proofreading flag was inappropriate here, as the question is ...
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Why is suggesting words on word suggestion questions insufficient?

I'm confused by the following notice on my answer to a question which is basically "we do this thing where we promise something; what would you call that?" to which I provided several good words with ...
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Finding resources within the site guidelines

I know questions about finding resources are off-topic on the main site, however, this puts users like me in a bind. Frequently, questions are flagged as easily answerable with the right resource (...
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Something to keep your eye on: Question Wizard

So the “Help new users ask better questions” Wizard has been in the works on SO for a long time. It has officially entered the testing phase. Worth keeping an eye on. If it works there, I’d imagine ...
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Does EL&U have a newsletter?

I was browsing the various sites on Stack Exchange and noticed some having a "Subscribe to newsletter" button. Does such a thing exist here? Are there reasons why there isn't one, in the case there ...
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Can tags be removed?

I was looking through the new tags and spotted "very" and "snowclone". This made me wonder how tags are deleted, since I couldn't find a button anywhere. Does one have to go to each question the tag ...
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Is ostracism a common practice of the administators of this website?

I was bold enough, in a post of mine on English Language and Usage, to contend that language is political, whether we like it or not, and I feel that since then, my account has been 'frozen' in some ...
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Love hats; slightly miffed. Why no hat for getting gold badge?

Is there a reason, or was it merely oversight, that no hat is awarded for getting a gold badge? There is a hat for getting a silver badge (which I have and like), but there should be an extravagant ...
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Unlock “Why use singular they?” then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to here (if it's still deleted you'll need 10k rep). Sometime a while ago there was a question asked on ELL (here, but it's deleted now) and ...
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Where are the hats?

Are we getting hats this year, and if so, where and when will they be announced? I am told that my first draft (the sentence above) did not meet ELU's quality standards. Funny, I thought brevity was ...
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Inconsistent link treatment in old answers under the new design?

When one of my old answers receives an upvote or a downvote, I go back and reread the posted answer—mainly because the elapsed time enables me to approach the post as an editor rather than as its ...
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List of nouns representing a group of people

For a Kaggle competition I would like to decontextualise a list of questions. One way I am planning to do it is to replace any noun representing a group of people with a placeholder. Examples of such ...
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Let's reopen the question about Passf***ingport

Let's reopen the question about Passf***ingport. I'm not sure why it was closed, but I am sure it has been redeemed (if redeeming it needed) by the answers. Moreover, and perhaps more relevant, is ...
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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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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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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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