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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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Verification of the meaning for professional page [duplicate]

I want someone to take a look and check if the meaning is correct. It's for a professionnal page so I need to be as good as possible... [Note here, I get the point] Thanks a lot for your time!
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Does ELL migrate questions to ELU?

So, following on from Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018, I may have a theory, but I don’t have the necessary knowledge to figure out if it’s correct or not. The theory is that "...
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Can anything go?

I read the following quote today: A lexicographer's business is solely to collect, arrange, and define the words that usage presents to his hands. He has no right to proscribe words; he is to ...
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Repetition in answer of what was already mentioned in original question

I'm going to use this as an example, but it's only one amongst many. Specifically, she already cites 1794 in her question, so I figured you can't rehash that date (relating to the Jacobins) in your ...
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How do I accumulate 50 points? [duplicate]

I seek an answer to a question about my account. It says that I can not comment on an entry until I have 50 points. How do I accumulate said points?
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One year suspension for a new contributor to “cool down”?

EDIT December 20, 2019 I decided to undelete the question because users, old and new, had better be aware of the suspension penalties. A new contributor was recently suspended for twelve months ...
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Which users have close vote privileges both here and on ELL?

Not too long ago, I unlocked the cast close and reopen votes privilege... on ELL. Here on ELU I've had that privilege for a pretty long time, since I just recently unlocked the very last privilege (...
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Ought cross-posted questions be deleted?

Ought different vs differential (adjectives, not nouns) be deleted here because it was also posed to ELL? Why not just close it? Viewpoints appear to differ. Charles Stewart's answer here in Cross-...
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Why does reputation increase by 1?

Normally, reputation increases by 10 if an answer gets 1 upvote, 15 if an answer is accepted, and 5 if a question gets 1 upvote. But on this website, reputation increases by 1 for some of my ...
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Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018

Retreading old ground This has been batted around several times before on Meta, but I think it's worthy of a periodic refresher. With that in mind, it would be counterproductive to duplicate-close ...
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Determiner question

The question below seems to be very simple at first glance and swifty got closed: Are articles pronouns? However, the answer is not as clear as it seems at first glance. For those of us well ...
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A service that delivers common vocabulary daily?

I have subscribed to Merriam Webster, dictionary.com, and a few other online dictionaries to send me words daily, but frankly, they send me vocabulary that I have never come across in my life and ...
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Is this site a forum? And if it is Can anyone tell me its Sponsor or sponsors?

Is this site a forum and if it is can anyone tell me this sites sponsors?
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Where can I find a comprehensive list of English grammar rules, sentence and question structures?

I need links to some websites containing the comprehensive list of English language grammar rules, all possible sentence and question structures, etc. for research purpose. Thank you.
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Have the purists all gone on holiday?

There's a regular palaver on Meta about the declining quality of questions, the endless flood of questions by English language learners, the proliferation of poorly evidenced SWR answers. Like many ...
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Supported reliable refererence vs unsupported anecdotal evidence

The following recent question has attracted a fair amount of comments with anecdotal personal evidence about if and when the expression in question was originally used. There is even an answer based ...
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Novel that demonstrates all of English [closed]

Wondering if there are any books (ideally novels of some sort, but poems might be nice instead too) that are explicitly dedicated to demonstrating as many features of English as possible. A typical ...
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Top 10,000 English Verbs (Open Source List)

Wondering if there is an open data "verb list" of all (or many) of the English verbs. A search reveals many "Top 100 English Verbs" or "List of Irregular English Verbs" and related content, but I'm ...
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Tags! Huh, what are they good for?

…absolutely nothin' Seriously, I have nothing against tags per se, they have their use but why does EL&U need that monolithic "Watched Tags" box on the right-hand side? The two boxes take up so ...
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Why can't you actually delete your own answer?

You completely misunderstood a question, you no longer have a valid answer to supply, yet your stupid mistake has to hang around for everyone to see FOREVER. Here is an example of what I see, please ...
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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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Did Dictionary.com get rid of its difficulty index?

I started looking for this feature to start an answer for: Tete-a-tete commonly known in English? I'm pretty sure Dictionary.com used to have a little side bar where it said something like "most ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Jaded user meets new contributor…

The jaded user is myself. The new contributor is (was) Replica Foxtrot who posted this question What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring' mean? I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I ...
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Question was WRONGLY dismissed (not closed) as “already answered”

I'm referring to this post. The link they dismissed it with did not answer the dismissed question. So, how do we non-mods request that the dismissal be reversed? (I did not post the dismissed ...
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Please help me improve my babel answer?

I have authored an answer to a SWR. While I believe my suggestion provides a near precise answer to the asked question, it seems to be rather unliked. I understand the word may be rare, but an ...
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Why do comments get hidden?

I've noticed a lot of comments get hidden, including mine sometimes. What is the rationale for hiding them? I couldn't find the answer.
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Are there any proper guidelines to write an answer?

I am looking for SE or SE ELU answer writing guide. Recently, my (accepted) answer was edited – screenshots removed – with this comment. Some of the information contained in this post requires ...
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Posting a verbal analogy

I need help with solving verbal analogies, but don't know which forum would be the right one. ELU? ELL? Puzzling? Also, would I need to cite the source? And could I do several in one post? Here'...
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How can we do a better job of having users not write answers to blatantly off-topic/not well-written questions?

I preface my question with a comment by five-year member Janus Bahs Jacquet: No it's not. Neither version is correct, because both lack subject-auxiliary inversion. Additionally, the question shows ...
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Is this a valid question under computer tag?

Is this a valid question under computer tag? Is there a word for each component of a Time. There is no description or guidelines for computer tag. So, how to use this tag, if there is no ...
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Why do people upvote (+10) SWRs and users answer them (6+ answers) despite the OP showing zero research?

Asked less than 14 hours ago: Is there a single adjective for “mercenary-like attitude”?. The question has +10, and there are six answers as of now. But the question shows no research. Why is it that ...
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On Answering Word Requests

I was recently informed by one of our moderators that: We're looking for answers from experts in the field, not experts at Googling. :) "You have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A ...
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How to make the pink boxes

In answers to questions here, I keep seeing text enclosed in pink boxes. I searched in vain for how to format that. Here is an example:
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Questions about user interface design/wording

The first item under What topics can I ask about here? is Word choice and usage It seems this is OK when talking about how to describe the usage of a product, for example. But some people seem to ...
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The abbreviation of words

Is there a comprehensive dictionary of abbreviations out there or, failing that, a document wherein one can find the accepted "rules" to abbreviate words in the English language? Please, let me ...
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My inquisitiveness about my achievements

Does "English language and usage" reputations and badges subsume reputations and badges of "English language and usage meta" because they have the same user number?.I do not know whether my question ...
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Where does it say that resources are off-topic on main?

It's been assumed that questions about resources are off-topic because they aren't questions about the language per se. Here's an example: Main - I'm looking for a tool for comparing the meaning ...
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Counting up to 100,000 questions

I've been watching the count of questions on EL&U for the past few days. Currently, it's at 99,972. It seems to me that 100,000 is a bit of a milestone. Should there be some kind of recognition ...
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Posting more than one answer [duplicate]

I did a fruitless search here, to see if this has already been asked: Can a person post more than one answer to the same question?
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Can we close 'Is the convention for reporting football results universal?' as off-topic?

I voted Is the convention for reporting football results universal? off-topic because it is not about English, but about the reporting of match results (game scores). There is a broader issue, at ...
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What to do when my question is unanswerable [duplicate]

I posted a question with a single-word-request, and although I got multiple answers, it became clear that no such word exists. Now, I'm unsure what to do with my question. Do I pick the answer that ...
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What about my response was inappropriate?

My answer to the question: Negative question on the English.SE, received a downvote. I want to become a part of this community, and I accept that we all sometimes make mistakes, but on SE it's often ...
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Why isn't the yellow axe question (YAQ) about English?

IMO, the yellow axe question on its face is about English. As I said in a comment under Mari-Lou A's question: The question was about English. (Is there an English word that starts with Y and ...
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I want to share a very basic and somewhat troubling observation

Every time I resort to Stack Exchange I literally experience a level of indecision and reluctance as so many of the threads scream disdain. And its such a shame too, because there could be infinite ...
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Purpose of Badges?

I've received quite a number of badges, but although I've searched in meta and in the main English site, I couldn't find what the point of badges is.
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Reviewing Proposed Edits

I just tried to edit someone's question, and was told that there was already another edit on hold, and that I'd have to wait till that one was reviewed. How do we get the privilege to review proposed ...
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How do you access “Meta”? [duplicate]

I'm new here, and want to ask a question about the questions. Would that be at "meta," and if so, how do I access it? "Why are there so many already answered questions in the 'unanswered' section?"
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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 ...