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English Language & Usage - Blog Archive

There was some good material in the blog that EL&U used to have. This Meta post brings back some of them, with each blog post preserved as an individual answer below. Index Why did I delete your ...
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What is plagiarism? How do I avoid it? How do I address it when I see it?

The purpose of this question is to clarify how plagiarism is defined for the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, and how the community can respond appropriately to plagiarism when it is ...
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Chat: What is a Room Owner?

I've been a room owner of various chat rooms: chat rooms I created myself, and now, the ELU main chat. But what IS a room owner? What can a room owner do, what can't they do, what should they do? ...
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Chat: what is it good for?

Now that I know how to get to chat and use all the features (the buttons and edits and links and stuff), what am I supposed to do with it? What is the best use of chat vs when should you post or ...
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Chat: how do I use it right?

Now that I've figured out how to get to chat, I see that there's kind of a lot there. I see all sorts of weird things there. Before I ask about what's appropriate behavior, I'd like to know just how ...
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Chat: How do I get to it?

I keep seeing people say in comments 'let's take this to chat' or 'this would be better in chat' But I don't know how to get to there. I've looked all over the FAQ and it mentions chat ...
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"New attribution rules"

User oerkelens edited one of my answers, with the comment "Saved good answer from potential deletion on sight under the new attribution rules". I had not heard of any new attribution rules, and went ...
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Do we have any general guidelines on flagging?

There are a number of Meta posts about flags, both here on Meta.ELU and on Meta.SE. Do we have any guidelines for flagging comment as offense? (mELU) Why can’t I flag a question as offensive? (mELU) ...
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What is the difference between ELU and ELL?

Someone has suggested that a question of mine should be migrated to the ELL site. Why are there two Q&A sites for the English language? What can I ask on each site? Note: ELU refers to English ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...
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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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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 ...