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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to search for questions/answers I've commented on?

If someone replies to one of my comments using the @Martha syntax, SE kindly lets me know about it. If someone doesn't use that syntax, or replies to someone else, I'm not notified, so the only way I ...
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Comment deletion notifications

I see that all the comments I made to the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Can I somehow be notified when my comments are deleted?
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Change the text shown after the field to add a new answer

Actually, after the form field and the button to add a new answer, the following text is shown: The text could be confuse some users that, from a side, see duplicate questions being closed and, from ...
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I incorrectly upvoted a post but now cannot reverse it. How can I?

I upvoted a post that, after some time and investigation, happened to be incorrect and misleading. Cf. my question "If prepend is not part of English, why ther's no postpend, subpend? and who ...
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Can we nudge the OP's to tighten up the question in the title?

I have a feature request. Could we have some mechanism to remind the OP to drill down to bedrock right in the title question, in the sense that the expansion given in the body of the post does not ...
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Are there any option/chance in this website in which I can write everything to have corrected?

My writing skill in English is very weak. I often write sentences that sometimes include wrong words, therefore sound unnatural, awkward, or they are grammatically wrong. I found that this website is ...
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Reputation for editing questions

I think it could be months before people can edit questions and start fixing things like "english" instead of "English." While the site is still new, can the rules on who can edit questions be ...
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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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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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Missing off-topic flagging options

When flagging a post for being off-topic, the following options are given: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found ...
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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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Fancier “Quote” formatting.

Considering that English.SE is about language, I think there should be a fancier quote formatting for short quotes. (Like a huge quote mark in the background. - This will emphasize the concept 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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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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Where a question has an accepted answer, should we encourage new answers to be useful?

It seems — having had to deal with a quite a number in the last month or so — that most "answers" to old questions with an answer which is already accepted are in fact anything but an ...
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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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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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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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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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What is meant by the tag “reference”?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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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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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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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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How do I find a question which was deleted?

I have an old question related to Lewis Carol's Jabberwocky poem which was deleted -- for containing apparent nonsense -- but I like it so I'd like to view it again. Is there a feature which would ...
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Please add to faq section “What kind of questions can I ask here?”

In the https://english.stackexchange.com/faq#close section in the FAQ, there is a close reason: •general reference This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered ...
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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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Edit supplementary text on bounty

I recently placed a bounty on this question about the "double possessive", but just realised I wanted to make a minor (but to me, significant) change to my "supplementary text" in the "This question ...
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Is there a way to remind the down-voter upon the related answer or quesion is changed?

Down voting is a great way to discourage bad answers, but what if the original answer or question has been improved? I believe providing a way to let the down-votes removable will highly encourage ...
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Inline quotes formatting

At ELU, blockquotes are used quite frequently: I'm a fancy blockquote. I'm used to elaborate and give examples, as well as quote other people and posts. However the nearest thing we have to an ...
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Is Underlining Available as a Markup Format

Can text be formatted as underline? If not, can this feature be added?
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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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Automatically replace the “enter image description here” when the post is saved

When users attach a screenshot to a post, the system automatically adds the text "enter image description here" as tooltip that is associated to the image. Once the post is saved, it can be replaced ...
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Allow one character edits on this website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is wrong with single character edits? It's fairly impossible to make spelling corrections if there's only one error in the post, and unlike the other SE sites, spelling ...
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User name-changes and effect on comment clarity

When a user changes names, is there any way for "@" comments using their former name to be changed automatically to their new moniker? Otherwise, it looks like the commentators made a mistake. See ...
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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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Could we have this header on the mobile site?

We have two versions of the header on the mobile version: The standard main site one: And another one, visible in the help pages and review queues Could the alternative header be made default? ...
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Is it good or bad that a spam answer, even once deleted, still brings a question to the top?

I've noticed a phenomenon recently. An old old interesting question pops to the top of the activity queue. I look at the question and can find no activity on it...except for a couple hours ago a spam ...
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Users should be marked as native speakers if they are [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Show native language with the answer Stack sites must support primary and secondary language when defining user profile When accepting advice on English language use, it ...
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Add a Wiki page for the “compounds” tag, or replace it with another tag

compounds is without Wiki page. It should be good if the tag would have it, as the tag seems used for different purposes. Edit: I just noticed there is also the compound-sentences tag. Do the tags ...
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Jump Section; We seriously need them

We need a jump section. When you try to find a question, there is a list of them running up to 9,000 questions. However, it is frustrating to go through every page trying to find it. We should have ...
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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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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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Add a badge for the user who was the first one to vote to close questions, when X% of the voted questions was really closed

Note: I am not referring to flagging; I am referring to voting to close a question. Who has the privilege to vote to close doesn't use flagging, except if the question is spam. The purpose of the ...