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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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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 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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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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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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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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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting? [duplicate]

Despite "helpful" contributions from various Members, this Question doesn't at all have a previous Answer. Without explanation, a down-vote can be very like a slap round the back of the head…...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dictionary for ELU

There are too many questions, mostly asked by first time users, for which the answers are just synonyms. I know that the users are not allowed to ask questions for which they can get the answer just ...
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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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Retracting "Unclear what you're asking" closevote

I just closevoted Understanding figurative meaning of a sentence? because the original question text was virtually unintelligible. I think you need high rep to see that original, so I'll just ...
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Should "information required" be part of "unclear what you're asking"

Currently, when voting to close a question because Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered, you have to go through 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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Could we PLEASE include a link to the Help Center on the main page(s) e.g., Unanswered Questions?

I'm reviewing a participant's first attempt at an answer, and I don't know where to send her for help. Many of us arrive at EL&U totally unaware of "Meta" and how to find information about asking ...
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