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There should be a close-vote option labeled as: “there is no discernible research done before asking the question”

I have heard about cases where people have voted for the closing of a question based on different reasons than the one they clicked on when close-voting. The reason for this is because their reason ...
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Where can I find a linked list of my answers to deleted questions?

The question Deleting answers with a positive rep balance, which popped up in the Meta queue today, reminded me of a question I've long had about deleted answers. First, some background. When a ...
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Follow up to AI to detect ELL migratable questions

NOTE: MY USE OF MIGRATION AS A TERM IS INACCURATE IN THE QUESTION, SEE MY ANSWER OR COLLEEN’S ANSWER FOR MORE ACCURATE APPLICATION OF THE ALGORITHM. This is a followup post to my last post (...
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New theme: fix serif-vs-sans font combinations

In what I hope is the correct spirit of bringing concrete, actionable suggestions for changes and updates to the new theme, I would like to ask for the fonts to be harmonized as tchrist went into ...
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New theme: Banner, sidebars, footer

The new theming does not seem to be to anyone's taste, but we can't go back to the way the site used to look. Some features like fonts and page layout are now set across all sites, and we just have to ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

As everyone probably knows, very few people actually follow the main rule of single-word-requests: YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE Thus we have many low-quality questions, many of which get ...
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“ELU updated site theme is ready for testing” is ready for voting, but still not visible

"ELU updated site theme is ready for testing" has been vigorously voted on. It turns out that currently it is 25 down and 10 upvotes. 34 down and 13 upvotes. At a net of -21 votes, it is ...
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Navigating the 'Unanswered Questions' Queue

The Unanswered Questions queue is now 136 pages long, when viewed at the maximum setting of 50 questions per page. The link options at the base of page 1 of the queue make it very easy to jump to ...
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Automated display of relevant ELL links in the linked questions sidebar

In a recent comment, @laurel wrote I think it's helpful to link to relevant questions on other sites. In fact, I think it should be taken a step further, with "association banners" like some ...
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Goggles 'g' . IPA script

Currently, when copying and pasting IPA script from sources such as ipa.typeit.org , the symbol for a voiced velar plosive: ... gets transmogrified into the following symbol: The problem with this ...
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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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Can we get the information on the number of items in the review queues back, so we can see at a glance how much is up for review?

Several months ago, SE changed the format of the stuff on the top line. I got used to the new format, including the hamburger, except for one thing: The old format told me at a glance how many items ...
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Can we tell who originally close-voted a question? [duplicate]

If someone has had a mis-spent past few years accruing rep on EL&U, and one therefore has enough reputation, one can view the review queue and see who has been voting to close or keep open a ...
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How should we treat unresearched answers and should we have an additional category of low quality post?

I was reviewing Low Quality Posts this morning when I came across something I often encounter. An answer which states something with authority but completely lacks any references. The question was ...
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Can EL&U's site analytics tools be refined to handle queries that include tag-based criteria?

Back on August 26, 2012, in response to the question Why are there so many meta questions about how so many main questions are being downvoted or closed?, Shog9 provided this graph of changes in the ...
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Proposal for selective blacklisting

Enabling selective notifications on ELU Other busy sites like Stack Overflow have pop-up notifications that trigger on various titles and tags, but we do not. For example, this is an outright ban ...
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How can I increase the bounty I just posted on this newly reopened question?

I need feedback and an authoritative answer for my question on who/whom, but I now feel my current bounty is a little small for the purpose. How can I increase the bounty I just posted on this ...
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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting? [duplicate]

Without explanation, a down-vote can be very like a slap round the back of the head… painful but in no way useful. With explanation, a down-vote can be very useful. It would be in no way necessary to ...
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Commenting to editors

It's possible to address comments to posters and also other people who have left a comment underneath a post. In this situation the commenter or poster gets pinged and is alerted to the message. ...
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Technical question: Why is the default footnote type so tiny?

As a compulsive footnote reader, I wish the default footnote font was larger. See, for example, the footnote in this good answer: What do you call someone who is good at everything? If a footnote is ...
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Do the upvotes gained on ELU meta affect your reputation?

I was just wondering whether my upvoted questions or answers on ELU meta affect my reputation. If they don't, would we be able to make this a feature?
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Should high-rep. users be given the right to vote-accept answers

Should users be asked to increase their accept rates? Should askers who never ‘accept’ answers be penalized in some way? According to these posts and their answers, accepting an answer is the OP's ...
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Basic problem with comment deletion

(Yes, I know this will be instantly marked "dupe", but if I ask my question on one of the "dupes" it will almost certainly be ignored.) I understand why the person who deleted a comment is not ...
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Our Tag Hypernyms

We have several tags that are hypernyms to other tags. Probably the most prominent are punctuation, tenses, prepositions and terminology all in our top 30 of tags. I want to question the current ...
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How could we create extended discussion on EL&U that could be used as reference material to back up Q&A

When you come on to EL&U (or any other SE site) and you're not necessarily a member, you are faced with a cold wall of questions and their answers. This is usually very helpful - it is the reason ...
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What is “an exact duplicate of an existing question”?

Imagin you posted a question on ELU. Sometime later you go to your question hoping your problem will be solved, only to find a "duplicate" mark on it. Disappointed but encouraged by the prospect of ...
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Is the “content dispute” notice adequate?

Background Yesterday I asked about the processes involved in handling a contentious situation in EL&U that had spiralled out of control. High-rep users were able to see the deleted posts that I ...
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Opening up the clubhouse: defacing the “no girls” sign

After considerable thought and as much profound reflection, that is, after entertaining a whim and examining the votes for and against the candidates, I've determined the best way to demolish the ELU ...
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Hoop-jumping for new users: multiple choice quiz!

Josh61's idea caused me to have my own idea for how we (try to) stop new users posting low quality questions: compulsory multiple choice quiz! It's very easy for anyone to ignore the guidance on the ...
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Why are there not all Off-Topic reason flags?

The following topics are off-topic by definition of the help center: Proofreading ("Is this right?", "Are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified Writing ...
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Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

For a number of reasons the number of new users who post low quality questions or answers does not appear to be flagging by any measure. This issue had often generated stress among users who rightly ...
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Why was one of my comments deleted on this question? (also, request to add a feature to the site to be notified of post and comment deletions) [duplicate]

Should we refer to a female "senator" as a "senatrix"? I remember making a comment on why actor/actress and waiter/waitress are used but not author/authoress, but the comment is ...
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Can we require a new user to register before posting?

The perennial concern about low quality questions and low quality answers is resurfacing again. It is my impression (not backed by data) that many VLQ answers are posted by rep 1 unregistered people. ...
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How can the Tour screenshot be updated to reflect current standards for questions (and answers)?

I'm new here, and have been reading Meta questions and such as I try to get a handle on things like answers vs comments, what's on topic, etc. I greatly appreciate the thought that has clearly gone ...
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One answer to a Q. is suited to ELL, but the other answer is suited to EL&U

This question: dogs, not cats -> why 'not' originated in EL&U, but was migrated to ELL. I agree that the original question and the first (my) answer are probably more appropriate to ELL than EL&...
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Printing out all my posts

Does anybody know if there is a way that I could print out all of my answers and or questions on E&U without going to each individual page and printing it off? Also, do we want there to be a ...
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EL&U Glossaries

Would it be useful for us to have two EL&U Glossaries on the site. The first could be for SE and EL&U specific abbreviations and acronyms, including ones that just happen to crop up a lot ...
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Could we migrate or cross-post excellent questions and answers to ELU from ELL? [duplicate]

I think a lot of questions that native English speakers would have difficulty answering get asked on ELL as opposed to ELU. And as a result, many questions get asked on ELU that are essentially a ...
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Should there be a limit on the number of edits a single post generates?

I'm not referring to a post being edited between five and ten times by their owner. I'm referring to posts that have been edited over thirty times in the space of one day. There used to be a time ...
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When a question is deleted, should merged questions be reopened?

Here are two questions: Q1: I need one word with two etymologies [duplicate] Q2: Are there any words that are spelled the same but have separate etymologies? [closed] Q1 was marked as a duplicate ...
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Is there now a brief grace period between when a question goes on hold and when answers to it are blocked? [duplicate]

After completing an answer to the question 'compare [something] with/to [something]' vs. 'compare', I clicked 'Post Your Answer' and the answer went live. But unbeknownst to me, a ...
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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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Could contributors somehow be encouraged to record their geographic location in their profiles?

Very often questions (and, in particular, differing opinions as to the correct answers) hinge on whether the individual is native to the US, UK, or some other place on the globe. But only very rarely ...
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Report “Errors” in English Language & Usage?

I was going through the FAQs in Help Section and came across this question .... Can I support my product on this site? Types of questions and where to ask: How do I? -- ask on English ...
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Warning to a user who posts the “same (exact) answer” and answer “without any reference/research”

I have seen several times a user, mostly a newbie, post an exact same answer, i.e. in this question, What would be next after minor, major, …?. The chances are either Ugh didn't read the previous ...
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Is there any way I could follow a question asked by someone else?

Over my brief time spent here on EL&U, I have seen some questions posted by other users which I would like to know the answer to/follow. One option is I could up-vote them and then later, I check ...
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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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Do you think emoticons should be supported by EL&U

As is known, an emoticon is a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression that, in the absence of body language and prosody, serves to draw a receiver's attention to the tenor or ...
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Rewriting the Question Box Sidebar

Recently, a user brought up the issue of questions that could seemingly be answered by looking in a dictionary and the responses given to those questions. Andrew Leach posted an answer that had a ...
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Question migration to English Language Learners

Could we know the details of how the current migration to ELL from EL&U works? I think that in general the migration path is a good thing. However, I'm a bit worried that there might be some ...