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Is there a subsite of stackexchange where I can ask about the interface between different languages?

Is there a subsite of stackexchange where I can ask about the interface between different languages? I tried the following question, both it and the inverse (English words in Greek sentences), and it'...
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Neither questions, nor answers

I just read a sentence that used nor in a way that I found strange (i.e. it seems ungrammatical to me), so I wanted to ask a question about it. Dutifully, I searched if such a question had been asked ...
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Auto review comments can save you time

There is an extension available for Google Chrome called AutoReviewComments, which can save you time if you frequent the review queues, or guide new users with your comments, and I've been using it ...
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'Duped' again…is that a “real word”?

My question, titled what does the phrase "a real word" mean?, from Sept 2015 has been closed as a duplicate of What are the criteria to adopt new words into English?, from Feb 2011. Aside from the ...
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Let's change the canonical question about forming possessives for words which end in 'z' [Completed]

I voted to close the question https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/362525/when-a-name-ends-in-z as a duplicate of Possessive form for a surname ending with "z" (Q1). Unfortunately, ...
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Historical lock instead of closure for high view questions

Today I found this question in my review queue for a close vote. It's mostly my fault because I edited a previously burninated tag out and bumped it to the front page by doing so. Naturally, another ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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What process is required to get the Help Center text changed?

Recently, I voted to close this question Can anybody understand what she's saying? (it was subsequently deleted by the original poster) based on the answers to this Meta question: Exactly WHY is this ...
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Resources to help with answers to regional difference type questions

Here are three recent question examples, including one asked by me: What do you call the space where you park a car? Parking spot, space, bay or what? This baby-walking device is called a ([prefix]-)[...
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Clarification on tag usage

I'm new to the community and not sure of accepted standards yet, but I'd like to help and not make a nuisance of myself. I made an edit suggestion to add the Hiberno-English tag to this post, but it ...
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Please reconsider the closing of this question and reopen it for a response that actually answers the question

Look at the question that was asked here and not sufficiently answered: What is the difference between "phonetic" and "phonemic"? The question is asking whether there is a ...
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Why was my post deemed off-topic?

Hypernym for "to increase" and "to decrease" It is on topic, I'm guessing someone saw I was asking about a video game and instantly closed it. It's about English if you actually ...
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Examples of “Great subjective questions”

From EL&U Helpcenter about asking: Some subjective questions are allowed, but “subjective” does not mean “anything goes”. All subjective questions are expected to be constructive. What does ...
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Comment deletion notifications

I see that all the comments I made to the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Can I somehow be notified when my comments are deleted?
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On Migrating and Dispatching: redirecting off-topic question from and to EL&U.

Following the recent complaints concerning the growth of the Stack Exchange Family and where to ask questions, I think it would make sense to help the users and moderators to find the right place for ...
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Is there any way I can embed a small piece of recording on ELU?

I want to know whether there are any ways I can embed recording on this site? I have a little piece of recording and I've listened many times but still can't clearly understand what the man is saying. ...
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Are we remiss in giving attributions to published images?

We have a requirement on the main to give attribution for quotes and text from other sources. However, in some cases a question needs an image to help clarify what is wanted. According to an ...
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This question asking for a gender neutral alternative should be reopend

Gender neutral alternative to Sir/Madam It's odd that it was closed. It's a very specific question, and given typical everyday context. If you disagree - would like to clarify why it is opinion ...
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Not all “whom” questions are interchangeable duplicates

I can understand the impulse to vote to close any new question about the use of whom as a duplicate, since most of them are. However, I don't think that any two questions about whom are necessarily ...
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Another request to reconsider a question marked as a duplicate

The question What would you say vs. How would you say has been marked as a duplicate of How do you call..? vs. What do you call…?. They can only be duplicates if say and call are grammatically and ...
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Not even close to a duplicate

I see here question about duplicates that it is OK to post here when one's question is falsely marked duplicate. This is the case with my question “I was late, and so I got fired.” Can we use two ...
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Is there some reverse IPA dictionary for English?

I see that the word "query" is pronounced: /ˈkwɪəri/ I was wondering whether there is any word in English that sounds: /ˈkwiri/ Is there some kind of reverse pronunciation lookup resource online?
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Question marked duplicate when it isn't (in my opinion)

I asked this question with very specific examples of people describing what they like using redundant adjectives (specifically things like "I like well-written books" or "I like tasty food"). I'm ...
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Should we have [that] tag?

There's 10 questions with that. It lacks a tag wiki. Is it a useful tag? 1. Does it describe the contents of the questions to which it is applied? and is it unambiguous? Sometimes it's being used ...
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Why was my post migrated to ELL?

The post: Is this a complete sentence?: "The man is looking." No reason was given for the migration which was apparently decided by 5 people, all with the same primary interest (single-word-...
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Reference Request: Analysis of “If you have questions, I'll be available after class”

I am looking for resources analyzing the phrase "if you have questions, I'll be available after class." Although this is structured like a conditional, and will sometimes be said with a "then" after ...
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Resource request on use of comma

May I request (I think I may?) an exhaustive resource on the use of commas in the English language, for someone whose first language is English. A book resource would be fine, especially if it covers ...
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Is advice for standardized test allow in the context of writing english?

To give a concrete example, I was preparing for the writing task for the GRE which has an issue and argument essay. I was confused about the difference and other details about the instructions and ...
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Is this question really a SWR?

This one: 1920's terms for parents/children It doesnt strike me as a single word request, and since it's a new user, they probably haven't figured it out yet. To me, SWR means questions like '...
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I've flagged to remove a warning template, and haven't received a response. Should I panic?

This answer was posted on July 15, received a warning template on July 19, was edited on July 20, and I flagged it to have the warning template removed on the same day, and haven't (as of July 28) ...
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Academically sound resources about “The Dane Wall”

I am looking for academically-sound, accessible online resources about the influence of Old Danish on Old English in a region somewhere between northern and southern England. It was referred to as "...
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Plurality of [part-of-speech] tag

OK, firstly I apologise for being a bit pedantic. But I am wondering whether there is a particular reason why part-of-speech is not plural (i.e. parts-of-speech). I only bring this up because it would ...
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Should we migrate this (closed) duplicate question to ELL?

The question Word to describe the list of people that I have a crush, love, and lust was closed here as Primarily Opinion Based. Meanwhile, the asker cross-posted the nearly identical question to ...
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Can we change the linked-to question here, folks?

This question here was rightly closed as a duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: "There is tea and juice" or "There are tea and juice"? It has currently been linked to the ...
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Can we reopen Word for the best way to move from point A to point B?

I cast the fifth VTC on Word for the best way to move from point A to B? without reading all the comments. To my dismay, the OP had provided context in a comment I overlooked. (Oh, the guilt!) I ...
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What is the dividing line between a low-rep user and a high-rep user in negating/not negating upvotes when his account is closed?

A high-rep user recently closed his account, with no effect on my rep. (I am sorry to see him go.) I know that he gave me at least several upvotes and at least one acceptance. When low-rep users ...
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Is this an Acceptable Site to ask about Linguistics?

I am wondering whether English Language & Usage is an acceptable place to discuss topics of linguistics. Corpus linguistics questions (e.g. "Is the English conformity with Zipf's Law unique or ...
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Burninate tags [request] and [polite-request]

Both those tags were exclusively attached to questions with either another something-request tag or the politeness tag. I re-tagged those. Now I move to make them total ashes. Let's burninate them.
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Popularity of questions regarding the terminology of food and other aspects of gastronomy

I have noticed that many questions, answers and comments on this site involve the popular and specialized terminology of food, restaurants and gastronomy. I have also noticed that some are deemed off-...
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Blog as Canonical Repository

TL;DR Let's use the EL&U blog as our repository for canonical posts. UPDATE: the site's blog was closed some time after this post was made (it has since been archived on Meta). The blog is ...
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What are the criteria for being eligible to vote in a moderator election?

Can any member vote, or is there a Reputation and/or other eligibility prerequisite? I think I've been a member for more than a year, yet I never got an election notification.
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Do answers get blanked if they receive down votes?

I'm not used to getting a great deal of downvoting on my answers but I have negative 3 on this one. Please help me understand “humbler wall” That's not a problem. People disagree and they are ...
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Are either of these “Dungeons and Dragons”-related questions, good questions?

Is this a good question? "Did "Dungeons and Dragons" give a new meaning to the word "Dungeon"? If so, what meaning was it?" or would a better question be: "How did the meaning of "Dungeons" in "...
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Should questions about the meaning of metaphors be on-topic?

A large number of questions on ELL are asking for the meaning of metaphors. Many are from song lyrics or poetry, about which there are a number of meta questions. Some are from literature, most ...
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Should Google be considered as the ultimate resource for checking sentences?

As I did before and based on the suggestions, I do google to find matches for the sentences/phrases I'm doubtful about. Some times, although sentences seem to be correct, there are no (or few) matches ...
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Question is on hold - should it be? What is considered a “general reference”?

My question is put on hold for being off-topic: How do I pronounce the name "Aurelius"? Since I wasn't exactly sure what the "general reference" reason actually is (When looking at the Help ...
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What kind of questions do you want?

I have noticed the influx of ELL type questions. [And the ELL, barely English answers - but that is a different meta] I see a lot of questions where it is obvious that the writer has little grasp of ...
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How to review a long-winded, overly chatty question

In the review queue, I was faced with this question I skipped it, but would like to know how others would deal with it. It seems very chatty and it takes a long time to get to the point. Should I ...
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Are there just as many questions posted on ELL that should be on ELU?

I asked a question about changing the site name. So I am also wondering if there are questions on ELL that are really ELU questions - or as many compared to the ELL questions that appear on ELU. I ...
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More subscriber information would be helpful

Lots of regular contributors have provided very little or no information about themselves. It is helpful to know a questioner's first language, as often a language group will make consistently similar ...