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A new badge? Acceptable?

When I was going through the list of badges, I felt there may be a badge which will be awarded when a user has 250 (or more, whatever seems appropriate) of his answers accepted; it may be a hard-to-...
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Follow-up notifications for comments posted on others' posts

When we leave comments on others' posts, we don't get the follow-up notifications unless we have been tagged. But I think that we should get the notifications even if we are not tagged so as to follow ...
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policy on 'tangential' answers

Referring to this answer as an example: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/119687/47377 While the answer isn't strictly relevant, the user has obviously put some effort into researching it. On the ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

All the comments I made under the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Why?
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How are these two question different to warrant a downvote in one and upvote in another?

What verb could I use to mean "make less anxious"? Specific verb for "training an apprentice"? I posted the first question and then I got downvoted 2 times because it is "a ...
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Where does the anonymous feedback go to?

When viewing ELU as an anonymous user, you can provide feedback on the usefulness of an answer by clicking on Yes or No buttons. I'm curious as to where this feedback goes and if it is used in any ...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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Should not most of the CW questions be closed, or locked?

There are 88 CW questions; of those, 75 questions are not closed. Should not they be closed, or locked? As I can see, there are many questions that should not be asked, basing on the FAQ, as they are ...
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What's the best way to format quotes within quotes?

If the source you are quoting itself contains a quote, how would do you format it? You can double up the greater-than signs (>>), but I don't find this sort of double quote clear or pleasing on ...
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Can we seek correction/suggestion for a statement of purpose (SOP)?

I went through the faq of english.stackexhange, however I did not see any instruction with regards to seeking help with SOPs. Can you tell if I can seek correction/suggestion for a statement of ...
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Split migration off from the closure tree?

There has been a string of meta questions about ELU migrating low quality questions to ELL. The most recent was this one. This question stems directly from that one. To help prevent poor questions ...
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I think the 'idiolects' question isn't a duplicate

LucidityofPower posted Q1 (below) which was closed as a duplicate of Q2. Q1. Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate] Q2. “The thing is, is that…” Q2 is an ...
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Why would one vote to close my question because it has nothing to do with ELL?

Someone voted to close my question for a reason that I do not understand. It looks to be a straightforward question about the usage of word in the English language. What would be the reason for these ...
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Please consider reopening a question about a fairly recent, politics-specific meaning of 'pivot' [Question has been reopened]

The question is what did Mr. Tester mean by saying to Dennis Muilenberg that you are 'pivoting' in the Congressional testimony of 737 Max? It was closed nine days ago with the following ...
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Revised: Is a question about the Economist's article “Silly Sausages” on topic, or are we too serious to enjoy a linguistic laugh?

This may be too funny to be the subject of a valid question, but see The Economist's article Silly Sausages of June 29, 2019. Silly sausages Europe heroically defends itself against veggie ...
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Is this question, asking for an insulting term, clear enough to provide a good answer as opposed to a laundry list?

I refer to this question: Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything”? I VTC'd on the basis of Unclear What You are Asking, because I didn't find any context. Is the person to be insulted lazy, ...
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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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Why was my question concerning the existence of a word put on hold?

I asked a question here Is there a word for somebody who likes to be taken care of and pampered? and it was put on hold because of the following, "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must ...
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Advice for a book for English Syntax

I want a book for English Syntax, I want you to know that I am an elementary student of English Language and I have finished the book "Essential Grammar in Use (A self study reference and practice ...
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“These sort of things”: is it grammatical? (2,670,000 hits on Google) | Does reopening my question seem justified, and will you help me do it?

Considering that Peter Shor said: 'Except that it's not an exact duplicate. This question deals with "these kind of X", with a plural determinant and a singular word from kind/type/sort, and those ...
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“confused in using ON or Open” merged with deleted question

The question confused in using ON or Open (submitted three months ago) was merged with a question that was deleted at some point in time after the merge action. It still cannot be answered or edited. ...
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What should I do when I notice that a question posted on ELU was posted on another site?

I am referring to this question Where does the [sic] go in this sentence? The OP mentioned he had posted it on https://travel.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3725/correcting-language-errors-in-...
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Related questions that I think were incorrectly merged

Word meaning coincidence of reference to the unusual Phenomenon of learning a new word that you've never seen before, and then seeing it being used (currently merged with the above) A single word ...
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How to respond to duplicate suggestion when I feel no edit is needed?

I have a question that is suggested as a duplicate and says I should edit the question to make it non-duplicative. If I feel it is not a dup, but I feel the question already, as written, is not a dup,...
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Should a moderator merge the questions about the pronunciation of the name “Sean”?

Why do we pronounce Dean as /diːn/ but Sean as /ʃɒn/? Why is Sean pronounced Shawn? I think I was the first one to vote for closing the first as a duplicate of the second, and now I feel stupid for ...
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Separating answers to gauge community response

In this answer, I replied with documentation from both sides of the debate: That and which are equivalent. That and which differ. Would it be more helpful to the community to separate these into two ...
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Is downvoting every single post in a question without leaving any comment constructive?

I have relatively short experience on EL&U and I found some questions where every post was downvoted in a matter of one minute or so. I mean it is very unusual to see every single post in one ...
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Reproduction of copyright notices

The issue of copyright infringement of referenced (non-ELU) works has been discussed previously, with citations and fair use provisions considered. However, the ELUmeta questions I looked at didn't ...
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Why “Questions that may already have your answer” doesn't populate the right set of similar questions?

I posted this question after searching a few times(through Google and within ELU Search). Turns out , it had already been asked and answered before here and consequently, my question was marked as ...
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Three duplicates that I think should be merged (pronunciation of “coN-” words)

I don't see any value in keeping the following three questions distinct. However, there are some valuable answers to each of them (but not too many answers). So, I think all of the answers should be ...
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How can we contact or engage the moderators?

Presumably one of the roles of moderators is to correct users that are performing clearly erroneous reviews. I thought the two users who rejected this edit could probably use some guidance, which ...
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Rewording a question's title and removing the duplicate flag

How can I best handle the following as SE: I would like to reword this question's title because as the discussion and answers evolved I realized the focus of the question resolved in a different ...
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Do we really need to distinguish between the tags “countable-nouns” and “uncountable-nouns”?

It seems to me that most of the questions about the one topic will also be related to the other. So why not have a single overarching tag like count-noncount or countability, and make countable-nouns ...
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Should you make an aggressive edit on a post that already has answers?

In this question Is there a word for someone or something that literally defies the laws of physics? The question was initially badly phrased asking for words meaning something that really does defy ...
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Would a tag for 'grammar terms' help?

This question is motivated by this comment: There should be a tag "grammar terms". The tags etymology and Latin are rather vague and do not characterize the problem of this post sufficiently. And I ...
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Please vote to reopen the “facebook” etymology question

Origin of the word "facebook"? Research is included now (close reason was lack of research) and it is a good question with good answers. OP didn't directly asked the origin of "Facebook" (...
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Do word/phrase requests need to say what word class they want?

Taking this recent question as an example, word/phrase request questions frequently get answers for many different word classes. It has several verbs and adjectives, and 'tooth and nail' would be an ...
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Where to ask for an acronym?

I am looking for a well-known military acronym (like KIA, SOP, or POW) ending with a specific letter. I've went through a rather long list of acronyms, but none are really well-known (or unambiguous). ...
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Why do completely normal posts get downvoted?

I've been looking around, seeing lots of posts getting a few downvotes on completely regular questions. Some examples: What's a metaphor/expression for "confirmation"? What is the ...
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Should queriers of etymology declare awareness of linguistic traps?

This meta question motivated this. By linguistic traps, I mean those listed at https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/a/12077/5306, such as the Etymological Fallacy. For me, though it'd be easier not ...
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What is this “ɹɐʍɯɐq” nonsense?

EDIT: Rewrote offending word in upsidedownascript so as not to provide free advertising for the spamvertiser. I may be seeing this only today. Maybe it's been going on since a long time but the only ...
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Why was my question closed as 'off-topic'?

I recently asked this question on ELU: Should there be a comma in "You again?"? The answer to this question may be obvious to some of you, but for me, it isn't. I tried searching on ELU and ...
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Should Humor and Jokes tags be synonyms?

I was surprised to learn that humor and jokes were not synonyms. Humor Questions about humorous expressions, jokes, puns, etc. 38 questions Jokes For questions about jokes. But be careful, ...
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Boilerplate Comment Etiquette

There is an app for making boilerplate comments on SE. This makes quickly posting identical comments easy, which helps with site maintenance tasks like flagging or suggesting improvements to posts. In ...
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Seeking for penmanship advice

Before criticizing my post being in the wrong section or whatsoever, I want to say: within my knowledge, I judged this to be the most reliable platform for this question. If I am banned from the ...
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Who is user 19341?

I asked the same question at Stack Exchange Meta, and I think it is also good to ask the question here. I found that Google Chrome omnibox suggests me "english stackexchange users 19341" when I ...
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Should [meaning] and [meaning-in-context] be mutually exclusive?

meaning-in-context and meaning have a fairly high overlap rate of 26% which means that 26% of all questions tagged meaning-in-context are also tagged meaning. The full list of ~375 don't reveal ...
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Is philosophy of language on-topic?

Philosophical semantics also. They are both related with philosophy and the language. I see that philosophy tag is used only 2 times but they are not related with philosophy of language actually. ...
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Duplicate Comments & Un-flagging Comments

I've three related questions: If I believe a comment is essentially a duplicate of an earlier one, what is the proper etiquette, if any? I assume it's better to up vote a comment I agree with, rather ...
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Migrate a question after it is answered

The question in question here was: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/14967/can-i-use-on-when-i-add-the-content Although the question on this forum was from a person trying to learn English, ...