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Etiquette on addressing fellow-users

I had started an answer with "Dear [username] " and I see that this heading was deleted by a moderator. Is this a general policy on this site ? I'm a new user and don't yet know the rules. Needless to ...
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Edit someone else's answer, or post my own?

Occasionally, I will dig up some research on a question, and then discover that someone else has already given the answer, but without much supporting information.1 My general habit is just to post a ...
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Is changing quotation marks from German style to English style a constructive edit?

Would exchanging quotation marks in the German tradition for conventional English quotation marks be considered a constructive edit on English Language & Usage? This is what I mean by German ...
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

TL;DR: how to address low-quality posts by new-users without being a jerk or otherwise scaring them away? Introduction I'm writing this question after reading this Stack Overflow blog on the need to ...
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How to deal with masked shortened-urls?

Which style of Latin plurals should I use? vs. Which style of Latin plurals should I use? – Spot the difference! The second one has a shortened url; I find this downright rude. What are your views ...
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Moderators' policy on zinging

This is a response to Moderators’ policy on hectoring, a response itself to Moderators' policy on bullying. This post takes issue with zingers, or observations (usually witty, humorous, or ...
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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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Editing an answer to remove a section plagiarised from your own answer?

So I answered a question, and several hours later someone posts another answer which addresses the question differently but then also includes my own answer as an alternative. Do you just let it go, ...
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Is it ok to cross-post questions?

If my question applies to multiple SE sites (e.g. EL&U and Writers), is it ok for me to cross-post the same question to these sites, or is that practice frowned upon? For example, I posted this ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

I'm surprised. I did this without any intention to be offensive. Yet I was told I was deeply offensive. Long story short: @RobbieGoodwin posted an anecdotal comment under my question, saying that he ...
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Problematic Users

This is a site for English Language enthusiasts willing to share information with one another to enhance our understanding of the English language. Some users seem to like to leave condescending, ...
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Etiquette with regard to Downvotes

I've now been a member of EL&U for 11 days. For the first 9 days, everything seemed pretty much normal -- a satisfying number of upvotes, a few (probably warranted) downvotes. Then, over the ...
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Commenting on other's answers

If I believe an answer to be (perhaps partially) incorrect, what should I do? On other sites I would typically leave a comment explaining my thoughts, definitely so if I downvote the answer. However,...
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Should/Can one upvote oneself?

The answer to the first part (Should) is obviously, "No!", but I'm reluctant to test the possibility for that very reason.
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Etiquette re: Answering a question that has been “answered” in comments [duplicate]

What is the etiquette if I come to a question that is thus far unanswered and I have an answer in mind, but before I post my answer I see that in the comments, someone has already said the same thing, ...
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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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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

Suppose a participant writes a rude or hurtful comment, and a flag is raised, and it's removed. As far as I can tell, nothing gets communicated to the participant -- the comment just quietly ...
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Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com?

Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com before asking a question about a word? If so, should it not mention such an expectation in the Help or Tour sections of the ...
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Add flag reason: should be closed and migrated to ELL

(Edit -- I just discovered that I posted a working draft by accident yesterday, so am doing a substantial re-write. At least half of my draft was missing from what got posted. Note, this was due to ...
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Is EL&U the Miss Manners StackExchange site?

Is — or is not — EL&U the Miss Manners StackExchange? After noticing this question, I had thought that questions about proper etiquette, manners, politeness, and such social graces were off-topic....
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Is it ethical / tolerated to cancel, edit and repost an answer

Two weeks ago I was first to answer a question but I admit in a very concise way (I was new here). The next days I found out that my answer was removed, and in its place there was basically the same ...
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What are the commonly accepted guidelines specific to this site (2015)?

At Folklore or official policy?, I wrote, "I feel like I've come into the movie theater in the middle of the movie. Please, help me understand what's going on in this site and what is expected of me." ...