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Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence?

Basically my question is related to the following question: Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions? English is not my mother tongue and mostly i make mistakes in writing which ...
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Etiquette on duplicate questions

Sometimes we may miss a previous post that contains the answer to one of our questions or even miss an identical previous question. Do you recommend: Deleting the question (what would happen to ...
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Difference between the tags [negatives] and [negation]

There are separate tags [negatives] and [negation]. What is the difference between these tags (or rather, is there any difference)?
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82 days in Beta, visits/day worrying

It's been 82 days in Beta for our site. I checked the Beta statistics and everything seems right except the visits per day statistic. The rule says "1,500 visits per day is good, 500 visits per day is ...
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Congratulations - 1000 questions in 74 days

This seems to be question 1000. 1000 questions in 74 days, that is 13-14 questions a day. Let's look at the official rating: 997 questions - Okay – 1,500 questions is a healthy beta, 750 questions ...
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What emphasis to use when referring to words?

Let's say I'm asking a question about the word "cheese". Which of the following should I use? I see various versions being used all over, and it'd be nice to have something consistent. Does the word '...
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Are word requests allowed?

Is it okay to use this site to ask for words that fit a given definition? Dictionaries are great for looking up definitions if you know the word you're looking up, but not the other way around. I'm ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline [closed]

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
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English Language and Usage slowing down

Today I got an email from SE English Language and Usage. I was congratulated of being one of the top users this month (October). Looking at the stats I saw something rather disturbing. While in the ...
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How to deal with homework questions

What is the community's stance on people asking homework questions on the site? There was a recent question that got me thinking about the issue; this question seems like a blatant copy & paste ...
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How about allowing people to post entire compositions?

Comparing to stackoverflow or superuser, this site has much less questions, maybe allowing people to post their compositions here to ask for comments? Although word and many spell checkers could fix ...
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American English + British English + Xxx English tags Merger/Umbrella Tag?

We can have specific tags for questions about a specific dialect, but shouldn't there be some form of tag that encompasses anything like this? E.g. dialects ?
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How to answer questions about acceptability

Relating to this question about what tag to use for questions about acceptability, I thought I would ask what is the best way to answer these kinds of questions, so as to address both prescriptive and ...
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Tag for questions about whether a language feature is acceptable/common?

Lots of questions on the site ask if a word/phrase/construct is acceptable, correct or common (as opposed to unacceptable, erroneous or obsolete). For example: Recent example about "agreeance" https:...
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Is it unacceptable to provide more information than the question explicitly asks for?

I suppose of all sites for people to pick apart explicit meanings from questions, this would be it, but I was surprised to get down-voted when I answered a question with more details than the question ...
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Using EL&U SE as writing help for other SE sites?

Occasionally in working on other SE sites I come across a word usage or phrase I am unfamiliar with. Before I've always gone with my "best guess" as to what the correct phrasing should be and edited ...
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How to cope with poll type questions?

Which (if any) answer should be accepted on poll type questions? A few weeks ago I asked what-are-your-favorite-english-language-tools. I never asked a CW question before, thus I've no idea whether or ...
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System message to encourage meta discussion [closed]

OK, so I put up a system message to encourage people to come here and help decide on the essential meta discussions: Help decide the 7 essential meta questions for this site while it’s in beta on ...
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What should our logo and site design be like?

Although we haven’t made much progress on the domain name discussion, I don’t think it necessarily too soon to start talking about site design and logo ideas. Does anyone have any strong ideas about ...
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Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents?

Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents? I'm still trying to wrap my head around how some "and" and "or" are sometimes used with ...
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What questions are on-topic and off-topic here?

One of the essential components of the FAQ will be the list of on-topic and off-topic subjects for questions. Let’s use this question to vote on what topics should be on and off topic.
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Sometimes upvotes are provocative!

The question may be a very normal one and its answer is also very normal, nevertheless I notice very, very abnormal upvotes for both the question and the answer! On the other hand, some questions and ...
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Referencing the existence of words that may be offensive

I left a comment on this answer in which I made a reference to a word that many people find offensive (although I didn’t use or even mention the word itself). I referenced the word because it was an ...
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“versus” tag: what is it good for?

Can we think of who wants to use a "versus" tag? I use e.g. the "perl" tag or the "c" tag on stackoverflow.com to find things I'm interested in. For example, I can easily imagine someone might want to ...
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Is it an acceptable practice to downvote other answers that are too similar to previously given answers?

In an effort to make peace and resolve this issue before it turns into an all out feud, I'd like to refocus the discussion on the core issue that started it. One user has taken umbrage at what he ...
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Does the tag “italian-american-english” have a meaning on this site?

Does the tag italian-american-english have a meaning, for this site? Is there an English dialect that is called Italian American English?
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Should questions about pronunciation specify which English dialect the OP is interested in?

In a question asking for the pronunciation of a word, should the question make clear to which English dialect it is referring? If the word is pronounced differently in American English and British ...
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Tactical down votes?

On How to pronounce 'router'? my answer has been down voted from a user who answered to the same question, and who first commented my answer with a link to a link to a pronunciation file present in ...
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How should we name tags for tenses, aspects, and combinations of these categories?

Should we use tags like past-tense and future-tense, or we should use tags like past and future? Should we use then, for example, past as synonymous of past-tense (or vice versa)?
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Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark?

Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark when there is already the tag punctuation?
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Suggestion: single word lookups are off topic

Is it really necessary to ask what a single word means: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/2211/what-does-headcrabs-mean This question seems ridiculous to me unless the meaning of the word ...
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Is the tag “writing” necessary?

It seems that most of the questions I find in English Language and Usage are questions that should be tagged with writing (including the question on when the actual punctuation raised). Using that tag ...
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Tags and technical terms

I was creating some synonyms for tags yesterday, and I created the tag syntax as a synonym for word-order. I wonder, though, if it should be the other way around. Syntax is the linguistic term that ...
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Versus tag and word-choice tag…redundant?

As of this writing, 40 questions are tagged word-choice and 35 are tagged versus. Almost everything tagged versus could also be tagged word-choice (except for a couple which would be word-order). My ...
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Should questions that request a list of words be CW?

If we accept questions that ask for a list of words (where each word can be combined to make a different list), should those questions be a community wiki? For example, if I ask What are the ...
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Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions?

This being a site about the usage of English, is it appropriate to correct errors of language in people's questions and answers? (By "errors of language", I include mistakes in spelling, grammar, and ...
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Pointless questions and answers

Here is a pointless question: What is the origin of the colloquial term "bum" meaning a homeless person? Just out of curiosity, I was wondering about the history of the term "bum" ...
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Select Your Provisional Moderators [closed]

This community needs to contribute some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators, ASAP. Most site have this discussion starting from the first days. Please read this: Moderators Pro ...
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Does copy and paste infringe copyrights?

I saw many questions which have been answered by copying whole sections from e.g. NOAD. I wonder whether there is a limit regarding the comprehension.
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List of common abbreviations and acronyms (NOAD, ESL, PIE…)

Abbreviations are always a potential source of confusion. Some people might happen to know what OED stands for, and can figure out what NOAD must mean, but others may not be so lucky. Googling for PIE ...
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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 ...