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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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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 when ...
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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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Reviewing Close Votes

I've been reviewing close votes that don't seem to fit any of the available categories for voting to close. The questions are reasonably good, there's enough background, they don't need to go to ELL (...
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What is a “canonical answer”?

I'm confused. There appears to be conflicting ideas as to what constitutes a canonical answer on EL&U. Simply saying it is the best answer, is too subjective. Best for whom? Best for the OP who ...
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Review queue notification

Following on from this question which asks for people to help out with the review queue, would it be an advantage for a notification to pop up if the review queue has a certain backlog of questions/...
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Can we remove the editing time on the last comment in a series of comments please

A small feature request. I would be interested to hear what you think about the idea, and also practically if it would be possible to implement. When you have placed a comment to an answer, you ...
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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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How do I change the subcategory of a flag?

When I first encountered this question, it seemed like the ordinary struggles of a non-English speaker learning the language, so I flagged it to be migrated to ELL. As the original poster's comments ...
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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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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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Answer General Reference Questions with a link anyway

I find it extremely frustrating to find questions closed with the statement "This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet ...
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Make [idioms] and [phrases] synonyms with their respective [-request] tags?

This recent question had too many tags, probably because there were pairs of tags (phrases/phrase-requests and idioms/idiom-requests) that were synonyms of each other, and the poster didn't know which ...
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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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Any way of filtering questions by user rep? If not, why not?

The site has so many poor questions on front page that it's becoming tiresome. Is there a way to filter the question only from users above a certain amount of rep? (say 1500.) I'm not asking to stop ...
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Why isn't there a deletion comment for 'needs citations'?

At the moment, when on the low-quality posts review queue, the Recommend Deletion options produces the following menu: So often, questions on the LQP queue are acceptable answers but just lack any ...
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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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Could we add a feature that tracks visited questions in the "all actions" tab? [duplicate]

This is similar to my other question: Can we add a "follow question" option? Except what if you don't want to favourite, or potentially "follow" the question initially, but wish to find ...
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Can we add a feature where you gain reputation points for earning badges?

Today I realised that badges don't give you reputation points. I thought that it would be a great idea to give +5 or +10 points for each badge earned. Could we make this a feature please?
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Can we add a "follow question" option?

I don't like when one day I am contemplating answering a question, but then I reach my question limit or I want time to think about it, and forget to favourite the question. Then I go back the next ...
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Can we improve our sub- and superscript (or: footnote) formatting?

Through the sidebar, I just happened upon this answer on [programmers.se]. If you look at the lower part of the answer, after the horizontal line, you’ll see that the text is smaller. Inspecting the ...
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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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Why doesn't the tag 'antonyms' have the synonym 'antonym'?

I was just looking through the tag synonyms of antonyms and discovered that it does not have the synonym antonym, in fact, antonym is a completely separate tag with just two questions. As I don't ...
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Should there be a closing code for "lacks context"?

Very often we get questions of the form "What does XYZ mean?", without any context to allow us to understand how "XYZ" is being used. (Eg, Meaning of “Sanely Insane”?.) One can close these as "...
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Change the linked references in the help center

In our help center on the on-topic page the following old ELU-question is linked for references (last section, first paragraph). What are your favorite English language tools? I would suggest to ...
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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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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 about a poetry analysis site? [duplicate]

I am aware that SE sites are not fit for topics that are based more on 'opinion' than on fact. However, we could consider an exception and allow people to post poetry that they are finding hard to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 Language & ...
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Flag a question for migration to unlisted StackExchange site

When I flag a question as more appropriate for another StackExchange site, I can only choose to move the question to ELL or meta. Sometimes to question is more appropriate for workplace for ...
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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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Obvious tag synonyms that should be merged in some way

perfect(0 followers, 82 questions) and perfect-aspect (0 followers, 54 questions) should be merged in some way. I'm not sure what it should be named; on the one hand, "perfect" is ambiguous as a tag ...

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