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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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Can we remove the following from "off-topic" for english?

The help page states that the following is "off-topic" for english.stackoverflow.com: Criticism, discussion, and analysis of English literature With Literature now gone, I think that we should ...
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Are there badges or extra reputation points awarded for milestone answers?

Is there or will there be a special award, badge, or event for site-wide milestone answers, comments, or questions? For example, the person who has the 100,000th accepted answer to an ELU ...
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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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Proposal: Add a "too basic"/"uninteresting" off-topic option

Also see: Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference It is clear that many close-voters use the "commonly available references" option as a catchall for questions that they ...
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Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

Also see: Proposal: Add a “too basic”/“uninteresting” off-topic option It is clear that many close-voters use the "commonly available references" option as a catchall for questions that they just don'...
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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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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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Renaming ELU to EnglishOverflow

May I suggest the following name changes: I think English Language Learners (ELL) should change its name to English Language & Usage (ELU) and ELU should become EnglishOverflow, just like ...
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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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How can I remove my vote to close a question?

I recently voted to close a question which looked like a duplicate. The OP has edited it to make the difference in what he's asking much clearer, and I agree that my close vote is now no longer ...
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I have a recording 1) How do I upload it onto ELU?

The recording is circa five minutes long, it's between me and my companion. I suppose I could transcribe the entire script but 1) it would become tedious to read 2) it would take too long for me, ...
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Why aren't ELL, Writers, etc available as "migration" options when flagging/closing posts? [duplicate]

Why is it that I can close a question as "better suited to Meta", but not as "better suited to ELL" or "better suited to Writers.SE"? Should we add (at least) ELL and Writers to the list of available ...
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Can I deliberately block/cancel/ban my account for a month?

As a curiosity, can I block or disable my own account, for say a month? You can imagine ... (a) one is busy writing a novel or something, and you want to 'prevent the distraction to yourself' (just ...
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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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How to handle questions with acceptable comments as answers but no answer itself? [duplicate]

My question is- What do we do for questions that have (very) acceptable comments as answers (even accepted by OP) but due to absence of an answer, the questions tend to remain un-answered. I've ...
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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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Requests for Reopening

In view of and pursuant to the multitudinous requests here for reopenings, I thought about adapting a modality from Math Meta SE (http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/6424) : Would it help ...
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Can trusted users propose tag-synonyms without the rep requirements?

See Can trusted users be trusted to suggest tag synonyms without a score of 5 in a tag? (on smaller sites, not Stack Overflow). The top answer is: If, on a given site, there's a big problem with ...
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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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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 ...
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Questions seeking illicit help from EL&U community on exams, etc

I have never yet flagged a question, but wanted to flag https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/178675/why-is-it-important-to-read-dystopian-texts when it became evident that the questioner was ...
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Suggestion: Make clear at top level that a question is protected

Sure, someone might want to read a protected question, comments, or answers to it. And someone might want to add a new comment. But it would be helpful to know before visiting a question whether it ...
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Do something about puerile chat flagging

Recently I got suspended from the chat because 2 of my posts were flagged and the flag "accepted"; one referenced Islam as people believing in a "magic sky man" or something, the other mentioned ...
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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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How does one find the total number of close votes a user has cast?

Is there a way to find out the number of close votes a user has cast in total? There is a query here, but does not work for me. A similar query for delete votes is also helpful. http://data....
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+2 at a rep cost

Sometimes I like an item so much that I would be willing to give it more exposure with extra upvotes as the expense of personal reputation points (SE currency). Has such a feature ever been ...
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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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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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More subscriber information would be helpful

Lots of regular contributors have provided very little or no information about themselves. It is helpful to know a questioner's first language, as often a language group will make consistently similar ...
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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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Duplicate Comments & Un-flagging Comments

I've three related questions: If I believe a comment is essentially a duplicate of an earlier one, what is the proper etiquette, if any? I assume it's better to up vote a comment I agree with, rather ...
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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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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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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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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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A new badge? Acceptable?

When I was going through the list of badges, I felt there may be a badge which will be awarded when a user has 250 (or more, whatever seems appropriate) of his answers accepted; it may be a hard-to-...
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Merge of Questions

Would it be instructive to merge questions? For example, the cornucopia of these questions on "all but", with sterling answers, makes it toilsomely exacting and incommoding to compare and contrast: ...
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An idea to discourage excessive anonymous downvoting

I would like to propose a possible solution to serial anonymous downvoting. Sometimes the phenomenon occurs within a short space of time, and in that case the system detects the voting irregularity ...
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Badge Progress Bar

Is there anyway to see how your badge progress is, I mean for example if you have edited 500 posts, you will be awarded with a badge, but can i see my current number of edited posts? and so many other ...
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IPA integrated keyboard

I understand that SE is pushing for localization and internationalization options. Can we get an integrated IPA keyboard like this one for Hebrew in judaism.SE? related: How to enter phonetic ...
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Is any grammar edit to the title really too trivial for EL&U?

I agree with the policy on trivial edits, but is a title edit for grammar too trivial for EL&U? Hypothetically - should the web site host questions with grammar that might be construed as ...
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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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How to get a list of all tags

A recent question has been retagged with “professions” as a tag. Previously, only one question had that tag. Although I don't personally see a need for that particular tag (and a hundred other ...
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