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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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Could we maybe have a “stupid test” closing code?

This question asks what is the world that best completes the sentence and why please there are those .... the world cup is a month of volcanic excitement and others who see it simply as ...
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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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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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Tackling the drive-by tag problem

The problem We have a lot of one word tags that make nearly no sense. Among them are what, do, did, like, they, winterfest, motto & it. They are pure gems of uselessness and I urge you to prove ...
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Replace “Please show the research you've done” with a clear threshold requirement

Following on from this comment from Sven Yargs, I think we should consider making it clear to users what research we expect. I often see a poorly researched question and assume the research would be ...
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Artificial Intelligence to Detect ELL worthy questions

Having successfully transitioned from being an English language learner to an appreciator of the language, I am part of both the ELL and this stack exchange. And I am proud to be part of both vibrant ...
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Notification of Comments to “post authors” : ambiguous advice in 'Help'

I recently left a Comment below an Answer to a post (here - altho' the actual comment & post are irrelevant to the issue raised here). The comment was intended for the author of the original ...
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Feature request: unflag

Can we have the option to unflag a post? If an issue is resolved before a moderator gets around to handling the flag, it we be nice if we could get rid of the flag and save someone the time of looking ...
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New theme: Color of visited links

Would it be possible to change the color of visited links in main-site questions and answers from the current blackish purple to some color that is more clearly distinguishable from the surrounding ...
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Can't search for a question about “that” and “which”

I knew this question was there: When is it appropriate to use ‘that’ as opposed to ‘which’?, but I tried searching for it and couldn't find it. Many usage questions concern function words in English, ...
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Is it possible to have closevote limits increased for EL&U?

I am "constantly" running out of closevotes. It used to happen just once or twice a month, but I've now I've hit it for the second time in a week. To be clear, I am referring not just to running out ...
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Show the tour’s summary on the left menu

We’ve recently had a change in UI, resulting in a mostly blank left menu bar, among other things. We also have huge numbers of posts that don’t seem to be coming from the people that the EL&U ...
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Annoying tag description popup

When the pointer hovers over a tag, a tag popup appears. This is fine if you move the pointer to the tag, but it is a nuisance if you scroll the page and the tag slips under the pointer. Can you work ...
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Fix [correlative-comparitives]

The tag correlative-comparitives should be changed to correlative-comparatives because the former isn't properly spelled. I was going to do it myself, but then I realized there's a tag synonym that ...
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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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New Layout: Editor _before_ author?

I was just confused by something in the layout: Look at any question or answer that has been edited. picture has just one example). The person who most recently edited the question is first, the ...
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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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Can EL&U please get its logo banner centered (again)?

The logo banner for English Language & Usage used to be centered. It was designed to be centered, way back when these things were created. How can I tell? Because it exhibits bilateral symmetry in ...
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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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Poll: additional question types that should or shouldn't be added to help/on-topic

Today, I saw that Help Center/on-topic has this text: Proofreading ("Is this right?", "Are there any mistakes?"), unless a specific source of concern is clearly specified. See below for hints on ...
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It's hard to tell whether I've accepted an answer [duplicate]

When I'm looking at an answer to a question that I asked, I find it hard to tell whether I've accepted that answer. vs The difference is clear when they're placed next to each other, but not in ...
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Any book or PDF for over 300 single-worded prepositions

Recently, I came to know that there are 336 prepositions in English via reading an OUP blog: ... . And now the lowly preposition is finally getting the attention it deserves with The Preposition ...
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What about downvoting comments?

Comments are widely used (and misused IMO) for different reasons. At times they are real answers or elaborations of answers, at others they are used just to express personal impressions on questions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Request for addition to the 'This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network' options

The following question is clearly off-topic here but on topic (though very broad) on the Language Learning site: How should English grammar be taught to second-language learners? When voting to ...
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Quacky, the endlessly solicitous bathtub duck—more annoying than Clippy the animated paper clip?

Is there any way for site participants to disable the "Can I help?" duck icon from the bottom right-hand corner of the screen on EL&U pages? Making the icon available as an option and giving users ...
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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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Can we get a set of quick links to other SE sites that work like [tour]?

It would be handy to have quick links to other sites when you want to suggest that the question might be better handled there. I know a lot of the abbreviations from the hot questions ribbon, but ...
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Should the split infinitive in “How to not be a spammer” be corrected or is it fine as is?

One of the sections in the Help Center is called How to not be a spammer Is that grammatically correct? Isn't it 'splitting the infinitive'? Shouldn't the phrase be "How not to be a spammer" I ...
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The first anonymous downvote

I'm sure I'm not the first one to discuss this, but bear with me. (I saw this, btw) A few answers are poor. They get lots of downvotes, perhaps deservedly so. Some answers are divisive. They get ...
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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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Overuse of “possible duplicate” claim to evade or disqualify answers?

I think some high-rep members overuse the "possible duplicate" claim and should be notified about it. "duplicate" means "duplicate", not merely related. I find that overuse to be unfair on responders ...
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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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What about having a 'Gatekeeper'?

It is sometimes a problem when a really experienced user is not fielding questions as they come in. If time elapses and there is no expert response to a question it becomes uncertain (for ...
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Sort by “not on hold” request

Some days nearly the entire front page is questions "on hold": I suggest/request some mechanism to filter these out of the display. Perhaps a "not on hold" like "newest" and "featured" and the rest.
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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 to Be Able to Flag Duplicate Answers

I've run into many duplicate answers on this Web site that are practically useless because the author of an answer has provided less information and information that was already stated in another more ...
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Why is there no badge or points for the number of times a question has been “favorited?”

Why is there no badge or points for when people "favorite" your question? Or is there, and I just missed it somehow?
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Make blockquotes inside blockquotes better distinguishable

Given the nature of this site, it happens that one wants to quote something that contains a blockquote itself, e.g., as an example sentence. For example: A run-on sentence is something like this: ...
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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 ...