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“Find in dictionary” questions

I've noticed that some of the questions can be answered with a quick online dictionary check. Examples: Origin of the word “goodbye” Meaning of borough Should the site be used as a dictionary? I ...
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Shouldn't there be a necessary tag for the various dialects of English?

Shouldn't there be a necessary tag (a la meta.stackoverflow) for all questions, as some language features and spellings are unique to certain dialects of English, like brit-english, american-english ...
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“Word” tag — useful?

There are currently 20 posts tagged word. Is this tag useful? Most of the questions seem to be word-choice (a tag I created and am not crazy about -- the idea is right, but I don't like the term) or ...
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Too many tags verb/verbs

I've arbitrarily retagged six posts tagged "verb" to "verbs" since there were nine posts tagged with "verbs". Tag explosion is happening and taming is required????
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This is not a site for peeving

I'm really concerned about this question, and others like it that may appear: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/1441/the-most-annoying-misuse-of-word-or-phrase The purpose of this site is ...
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Utterly wrong answers upvoted and accepted

Just now I have noticed two wrong answers which have been upvoted and accepted: "Aaron is a genius boy" Why are days of the week proper nouns? I have also noticed many other wrong answers ...
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Is 'flagging' an appropriate response for someone who doesn't have authority/longevity to vote to close?

Maybe I'm wrong, but this post appears to be not a question. I do not have the rep to do so, and also haven't done it before. I think it will likely sort itself out. But would flagging a post like ...
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How to enter phonetic transcriptions?

I was impressed of some answers (as well as comments) which used phonetic transcriptions. My Question is how can I enter them in the text editor? Maybe it's not possible with an ipad, how do you do ...
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Are these questions real or fake?

I have to say about the questions so far that a lot of them seem to be quite fake in the sense that someone is asking a question just to get points or to seed the site with questions. What does anyone ...
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What is the opposite of Grammar Nazi? [closed]

Following on from the discussion about Grammar Nazis, is there an acceptable term for people who would consider themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum. It should be slightly pejorative but not ...
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Using asterisks, as in fuck or f*ck?

Why do words like "expectorate" sound more posh than words like "spit"? includes two examples of asterisks used to avoid spelling out in full offensive words. Most serious ...
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What's my daily vote limit?

I've hit my daily vote limit. But where does it say what the daily vote limit is?
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What is the correct Stack Exchange noun to refer to “the poster”?

Which is best? I think the poster meant... (connotes too much a "poster", i.e. a piece of paper on the wall) I think the author meant... (the person who posted hasn't written enough to be ...
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Should we prefer singular or plural in tags?

This being a site about English language, we should be well-equipped to decide about something like this, eh? :) Should we prefer singular or plural in tags, in cases where both would make sense? ...
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Is this site for “English as a second language”?

I'd like to seek clarification on "English as a second language" questions. E.g. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/376/ia-suffix-nouns-for-disorders-and-diseases When should the word “...
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What do we expect from moderators on EL&U?

What do we expect from moderators on EL&U? The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. There ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

This is question #2 in the list of 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta
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No tags for specific words

At present we have several tags for specific words, such as [while], [that], and others. IMHO this practice should be strongly discouraged, lest the tag list just become an English dictionary. ...
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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) in this site as it will improve vocabulary. I want answer from a moderator.
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Do we need a 'Site Manifesto'?

It seems to me that the casual visitor to our site would benefit from having some statement of what our community is about and how they should take the answers they find here. I mean more of a ...
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How conservative/progressive are we on English Usage?

It seems as though English users in general are somewhere along the spectrum from highly conservative (who resist changes to language usage) to highly progressive (who embrace changes to language ...
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Are questions about style guides appropriate?

Over on What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?, I posted the following comment: Interesting question, but this is really about government work, ...
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Does the “usage” tag have any value?

Seems like pretty much every question is a usage question, so keeping around a "usage" tag seems about as pointless as having a "programming" tag at Stack Overflow would be. Does anyone object to my ...
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Should we have a standard way of indicating deliberately malformed sentences?

For example, following common formatting I've seen in English style guides: He went to the shops vs. Him went to the shops * Or maybe italicizing bad sentences: He went the shops
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Are we okay with polls, “List of X” questions and discussions?

Title says it all, really. Users on every SE site since and including SO want to post fun polls, "best of" lists, "how to" lists and discussions about sometimes-only-tangentially-related topics. And ...
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How can we promote this site?

I am wondering who the target audience of the site is. We obviously want to start to attract big minds in the field of English, but does this primarily entail pedantic usagists or students of English ...
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Writing style questions

A lot of the questions here could be boiled down to writing style, e.g. Is it wrong to start sentences with "in which case"? What is the correct spelling of "buyer* remorse"? ...
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IPA usage, entry

English is a spoken language; its phonetics vary largely and are an important part of "knowing" English and asking questions about it. We will undoubtably deal with questions related to English ...
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American vs. British vs. Aussie, vs… ?

Questions about usage in different geographical areas are going to come up a lot. Plenty of answers are going to have to distinguish between standard usage on one continent versus another. Is there ...
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Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers expected to appeal to any of the various English authorities?

I know this isn't like French that has a somewhat recognize but debatable effective governing body. We do have the OED, Websters dictionary, the various style guides like the MLA, Chicago Manual of ...
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“Grammar Nazis”

I'm no fan of the phrase, but it's going to come up (often). Do we need... to flag it as offensive? to have a FAQ recommending against its use? to "suck it up"? to indicate that while one can self-...
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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What should the theme of the site be? [closed]

One of the seven questions we should answer before the end of the beta is "What should our logo and site design look like?" We need to consider several aspects of our site's design: What's the ...

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