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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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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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When are commas optional?

In revising a 1953 manuscript in which the author (a non-native speaker, a professor, quite proficient in English yet with a few lingering idiosyncrasies) and the original editor (OUP, New York branch,...
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List of phrasal verbs by approximate usage frequency?

I have found two sources of lists of phrasal verbs in English: Textbooks for people learning English as a second language introduce a few of them every now and then, and dictionaries of phrasal verbs ...
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When are list-questions on topic?

Perhaps this is a bit too broad a question, but we'll see. Here goes. Right now, the consensus seems to be that list-question SWRs are opinion-based or too broad (and thus off-topic). List-question ...
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What's difference between oed.com and oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com

Could you help me to compare oed.com vs Oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com Are they both from Oxford University? Where can I find a list of Oxford official website?
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What are the best text-to-IPA converters that match the IPA transcriptions in the Oxford American English dictionary?

There are so many text to IPA converters available but I am having difficulty finding a text-to-IPA converter that consistently or closely matches the IPA transcriptions in the Oxford American English ...
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An answer about spelling was deleted. Why?

December 7, 2022 An answer, which was highly upvoted, has been recently deleted by a mod. After searching briefly on the net, the content seems to be original and the author's explanation more than ...
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Finding synonymous alliterations

Any recommendations on an online alliteration generator that searches through synonyms of two (or more) given words? That seems to have been how Something of something alliteration generator worked, ...
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Why are "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references..." off-topic?

I recently had a question closed for lack of research/ answers being in "commonly-available references". My question is, why is this considered a good reason to close a question? Surely, the ...
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Metaphor classification

When I asked a metaphor related question, that is now closed, I was told to read the following article by Richard Nordquist about the different metaphor types. I am now looking for a more ...
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How to find list of adverbs with their usage related to corresponding verbs and adjectives

I am a Programmer and working on a NLP project that suggest adverbs to the adjectives and verbs in the sentence. I need grammar suggestion regarding this. If anyone can tell the way or resource to ...
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What's an example of a good proofreading question?

I see a lot of potentially poor quality questions when I go through the review queue, but I don't know how I'd recognise a good quality proofreading question. The close message says a specific source ...
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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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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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"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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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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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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confused if this question be asked here or in ELL

Sometimes I get confused where to ask questions, here or on English Language Learners. Anyway, could "What is the term of someone who like to have the center of attention, talks about him self and ...
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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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tag: function word

I miss a tag like function word. The most difficult words in the dictionary of English and all other languages are function words. The thread "Is this subjunctive?" in ELU concerned with "come+time" ...
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Why does this site fall under "culture/recreation"?

If you look at the StackExchange footer - shown at the bottom of all the network sites - you will see that English Language & Usage is categorised under "Culture/Recreation". I'm not sure if it is ...
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Closure of question that cited Etymonline, OED, & a logic textbook?

Why was this closed, in view of claims to 'please include the research you've done...'? As stated in my OP, I consulted Etymonline, OED, and a logic textbook. Update on 2015 May 6: I thank the five ...
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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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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, many ...
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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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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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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, ...
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Oh Sunday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be

I am new here (6th day) but love it. Today is Sunday, and I notice that the quality of the questions is way down. I'm guessing that it's crunch time, and a lot of people with homework questions are ...
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In what circumstances should I provide two answers to a question? (if any that is)

I know that the feature is there, and pops a little warning dialog box, and my feeling is 'never' but I haven't found any examples, or much guidance. For example, on this question about a word ...
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