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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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As a site about EL&U, should we maintain correct grammar, punctuation, etc. throughout the site?

When a user goes to ask a question, the default text in the title bar is this: Should this be changed to reflect the site's intent? In my opinion, this is a place where rules of the English language ...
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Can a placeholder text be added to the question body box?

I posted this suggestion to another post, but thought it would be worth its own separate feature request. Is it already possible to add a placeholder text to the question body box, or would the SE ...
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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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Proposal to fix the uselessness of the new off-topic close options

Bait-and-switch Close “Options” With the new close options recently implemented, when you click close on ELU, that takes you to a first-level menu of five different close options. From that first-...
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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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Why isn’t “Please help” on our titular stoplist?

We just got in rapid succession these two soi-disant “questions” over on main: Please help to interpret Please help me with this sentence Strictly speaking as questions go, those are imperatives not ...
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Allow Questions to be Closed as Off-Topic and Migrated to ELL

I would like to make a pitch that we add a "this question belongs on ELL" to the Off-Topic sub-menu, and begin closing questions as Off-Topic, rather than General Reference, when they don't belong ...
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Allow down-voters to know when a post they down-voted has been edited

There are cases where I down-vote a post for a reason, and I don't leave a comment because there are already comments about what is wrong with the post, and I find unhelpful to report that I agree ...
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Hyperlinks could be improved for colourblind individuals

I quite like the design of the English StackExchange site - I actually think it's one of the best of all of them. I only have one rather serious complaint with it though, and that's the colour of ...
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Time for an ELL link on the main help page?

I noticed that on this ELU help page, where new users are informed about what kinds of questions they should (and shouldn't) ask, there is already a link to Writers.SE. I wonder if it's not time to ...
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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

In reaction to high failure rates of questions with titles containing the word "problem", the Stack Overflow community long ago forbade these. You couldn't ask a new question with the word "problem" ...
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Shouldn’t people looking for FAQs be able to find them?

EDIT Since the old FAQ links has been replaced with a Help link, this concern no longer applies now that they’ve begun to call it what it is. The question of whether it should be easier to find ...
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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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Colorblind-friendlier design

I am not sure what color links are on the ELU site, but they are really hard for me to see as I am red-green colorblind. Could we either change them to a color with more contrast or add a bottom ...
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A simple proposal towards improving question quality

Encouraging Better Questions I would like to encourage the asking of better, more substantial questions. Every day we receive many brief, low-quality questions that are unlikely to elicit anything ...
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Will there be hats this winter (2015)?

People like hats. Will there be hats? Will there be new hats? Hats?
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Proposal for narrowing the scope of the “reference” close vote

I strongly disagree that "questions that can be answered using commonly available references" should be considered "off-topic" at all, but I can at least understand why someone would want to close ...
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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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Can we add Linguistics SE to the migration path list?

I know they are in beta but the following question begs to be migrated to [linguistics.se]. Distinctive Features of English Dipthongs. I wonder if our passing relevant questions to other SEs would ...
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When a question is closed, tell them the procedure for reopening it

UPDATE: Version 2.1 of the trial is now live. The intention is for the last voter who closes a question to link to the trial in lieu of the link appearing in the notice of closure. Here's a template ...
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Could ELU place an announcement for beginners linking to ELL?

Because the domain name of english.stackexchange.com uses an ambiguous word in its first element, I think you should prominently place some sort of “announcement” that anyone coming to ELU can always ...
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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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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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Should we fix backticks?

I would still like to look into doing this, because it is tedious in the extreme to edit every single instance of misused backticks into italics, and because almost no one ever fixes these. Therefore ...
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Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

I propose that a new formatting directive be added to access the font’s small capitals. For example, <smcaps>some text</smcaps> would work, but I encourage discussion on any syntactic ...
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50 question per month limit?

Shog9's answer to the SE meta question 50 question per month limit? appears to confirm that there is such a limit, but this ELU user appears to have asked more than 50 questions in the past week. Did ...
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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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Why aren't there any unicorns?

The Big ThreeTM sites get sparkly unicorns today. Where are our sparkly unicorns? I feel unloved. Hmph.
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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 ...
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Why can't we add video (or even audio) clips to posts?

In a recent question, a new user asked how to classify the accent as heard in a video clip from youtube. However, that required going off-page to hear it, and some users objected to that. I tried ...
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Chat-room one-boxing for Google n-grams

The Chat room can one-box lots of things, like wikipedia links and youtube videos, making nice neat messages. In ELU chat it would be very useful to be able to one-box Google ngram links, to show the ...
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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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Why are comment lists abridged in the middle?

In longish lists of comments the list gets abridged and a "more comments" link shows up at the end, kind of like an ellipsis. Normally, one would expect that such a list would be trimmed at the end, ...
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Activate the StackExchange new tag warning on ELU

In this meta.SE post is a neat functionality to stop people from creating new tags is described. Unfortunately it's not active on ELU. Fortunatly, Laurel has this brought to ELU attention over here in ...
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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 a way to write an “empty field”?

It is quite common (especially in the single-word-request tag) to want an "empty field" for example phrases: "Having children of my own ________ me" Since markdown uses underscores for formatting, ...
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Isn't EL&U a special case among StackExchange sites? Don't we need special mod privileges?

What I'm talking about is summed up in this question. This is, unfortunately, a legitimate question about English, however poor in quality and whatever its Beavis & Butthead quotient (off the ...
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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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Could the meta site be more clearly labeled?

I'm a new user. I was looking at the main site, and trying to learn more about how things work, so I clicked the FAQ link; then I clicked something else, I'm not sure what, and found a bunch of ...
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Required “Listen” button

Everyone is not familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). How can they pronounced words suggested in the answers? I think a "Listen" button to be add in the position of the answer where ...
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Follow up to FF's question on 50 posts limit

"So if you want to enable this limit, make a meta post about this and gather some community support and discuss it. If there seems to be a consensus that it should be enabled, one of the moderators ...
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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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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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Feature request: Unmark comment

Just like you can upvote a question or answer and then undo that, can this be possible for comments as well? It would be nice to be able to retract a marked comment.
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Declutter EL&U's “Newest” Page

Unclutter EL&U before quality drowns It is my conviction that the site's health would benefit greatly by removing those very questions that plague the first two or three pages. As soon as an ...
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What about a “it’s just a typo” off-topic close option?

On StackOverflow proper, one of the possibilities offered for an off-topic close reason is that it’s a simple typographical error. Although the no-repro part doesn’t apply to ELU, we do have quite a ...
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How about adding font embedding for pronunciations characters?

How about adding font embedding for pronunciations characters like the one does at math.SE site? I don't mean to add MathJax to here, only embedding a font will work for this english.SE site.
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Why does ELU have a 1-day restriction on protecting questions?

I just got a Nice Answer badge on What verb should I use when someone “turns into” a zombie?. Thanks to our tireless techies, clicking on the notification link autoscrolled down to my answer. I couldn'...
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How curious are you? — or — Tallied ELU “Asking-Day Badges”–Proposal Results

How we fare in the new badge proposal In the MSE posting Asking days badges, there is a proposal to create a new trio of badges for asking “good” questions on distinct days. Its basic metric for ...