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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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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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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: I ...
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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 we migrate or cross-post excellent questions and answers to ELU from ELL? [duplicate]

I think a lot of questions that native English speakers would have difficulty answering get asked on ELL as opposed to ELU. And as a result, many questions get asked on ELU that are essentially a ...
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Should there be a limit on the number of edits a single post generates?

I'm not referring to a post being edited between five and ten times by their owner. I'm referring to posts that have been edited over thirty times in the space of one day. There used to be a time ...
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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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Is there now a brief grace period between when a question goes on hold and when answers to it are blocked? [duplicate]

After completing an answer to the question 'compare [something] with/to [something]' vs. 'compare', I clicked 'Post Your Answer' and the answer went live. But unbeknownst to me, a ...
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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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Could contributors somehow be encouraged to record their geographic location in their profiles?

Very often questions (and, in particular, differing opinions as to the correct answers) hinge on whether the individual is native to the US, UK, or some other place on the globe. But only very rarely ...
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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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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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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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Editing posts - feature request

I had a suggested edit to one of my posts here: https://english.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/158765 The editor involved already knew that, because of my baby-level knowledge of syntax, I ...
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The simplest answer to the stupidest question never fails to get the most points (still). Why?

I'm not going do adduce any here because that would only distract folks from focusing on the problem. Which is as follows: Well-researched, well-thought out, well-referenced answers to complex and ...
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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 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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Why "Questions that may already have your answer" doesn't populate the right set of similar questions?

I posted this question after searching a few times(through Google and within ELU Search). Turns out , it had already been asked and answered before here and consequently, my question was marked as ...
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Do you think emoticons should be supported by EL&U

As is known, an emoticon is a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression that, in the absence of body language and prosody, serves to draw a receiver's attention to the tenor or ...
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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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Chat-room one-boxing for Etymonline and The Free Dictionary

The chat room can one-box lots of things, like wikipedia links and youtube videos and Google ngrams, making nice neat messages. In ELU chat it would be very useful to be able to one-box Etymonline ...
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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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Is there a quick way to find out how many words I've written altogether in my posts?

Is there a quick way to find out how many words I've written altogether in my posts on EL&U?
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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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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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Is there a way to ask questions specifically to SE managers?

I have recently come across situations on this site that I would've liked to ask and bring up to SE managers/creators without it being to the public or raising a flag. I specifically would like to ...
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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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Body cannot contain "(Chinese character)"

I tried entering some Chinese characters into the body of an ELU question, and it said Body cannot contain (Chinese character). Even putting it inside backticks or blockquotes doesn't seem to help. ...
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New 'hungarian' tag

I just asked this new question: English translation for Kockásfülű Nyúl (Hungarian) for which I'd like to use the 'hungarian' tag which doesn't exist at this time and I don't have ...
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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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Why no "blatantly off-topic" close reason?

Ok, before I go put on my asbestos underpants and ask on the mothership, let me ask here first. I came across this question today: Can you be sharp and intelligent but got bad grades in school? ...
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Low Quality Answers - Add Option for "Not Enough Detail"

When reviewing low-quality answers - particularly to [single-word-requests] - you will come across an answer which does more or less answer the question, but just lacks in detail. Currently the ...
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Different Colour for @Mentions

When a comments section gets long, the @mentions can become a bit distracting. Would they be better off in a dark grey sort of colour? Here is a screenshot of a comment I coded to help explain: The @...
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Can a post deleted by a mod be undeleted?

In July 23, I flagged five posts that were closed as duplicates, asking if a mod (or mods) could link them to different post. A post which, in my opinion, contained far better answers than the ...
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Why aren't metas easier to find?

Okay - I've found this meta but it could have been made easier. It's not on the main menu or list of communities and is hidden in 'help' which is in very small lettering at the top of the page. Also, ...
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Suggested Edit - Author input?

Someone suggested an edit to an answer I wrote recently. The edit was reviewed and rejected on grounds I as the author would have been best situated to assess. It seems like a good idea for the OP to ...
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Superscript/Subscript Shortcut

The superscript (<sup>) and subscript (<sub>) HTML tags can be quite useful when answering (or asking) questions, and it eludes me as to why there isn't a button for it in the question/...
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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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Changing my vote

I up-voted an answer from 0 to 1, but then thought better of it and tried the down button to undo it. But when I did, the score went from 1 to -1, which is not at all what I wanted. Couldn't each ...
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Why do we tell users to comment when they don't have sufficient rep to do so?

I have noticed the following comment left pretty much verbatim, and it bothers me: This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a ...
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Update "What is Reputation?" page to include other rep-loss events

Currently, under the "what is reputation?" help page, we have a list of 7 ways you can gain reputation, and 5 ways you can lose it (receive downvote to question, receive downvote to answer, give ...
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Merge request: [word-selection] into [word-choice]

The tag word-selection on the main site has only 6 questions tagged with it and it seems to me that it has the same meaning as the tag word-choice. I propose to merge them.
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Unchecked checkmarks should be a bit lighter in color

It is a bit too difficult to determine that the checkmark is checked. Using a lighter color, as with the up/down vote arrows would do the trick, I think. As is, some newcomers will have some ...
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ELL vs. non-ELL

It can be hard to figure out whether an OP is an ELL or not. This would be helpful information, because this would give us a clue as to what the OP is really after. I've seen people assume the wrong ...
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Is there a way to prevent minor edits from updating a question's date?

Minor edits (especially thinking about tag edits here) update the timestamp on a question and therefore "bump" it up the list of "recent" questions. 99% of the time this is just noise and shows ...
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should downvotes be anonymous

We've had the argument whereby comments on down votes are not such a good idea, but how about making the DV'er's user name publicly available. anonymous down voting belongs to the dark ages.
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Request for "translation or non-English languages" close tag

Recently I came across the following question about "universal words" that are the same in all languages: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/234744/universal-words Based off of the ...
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Can we have a vote-to-reopen tag here on meta ELU?

We have a vote-to-close tag, but it would be nice to have a vote-to-reopen tag also, for those of us who believe our questions were wrongfully closed.
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Should askers who never ‘accept’ answers be penalized in some way?

I've noticed that there are some users on EL&U who ask many questions, but rarely (or never) accept any of the answers given. It appears that I am not the only one who regards such behaviour as a ...
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A possible solution for discouraging the most-duplicated questions

Some questions crop up on ELU with dispiriting regularity. Two recent examples are the use of 'singular they/their', and whether an acceptable singular (and possibly gender-neutral) form of the ...

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