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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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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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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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Automated display of relevant ELL links in the linked questions sidebar

In a recent comment, @laurel wrote I think it's helpful to link to relevant questions on other sites. In fact, I think it should be taken a step further, with "association banners" like some ...
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Need a way to search for stop words

Since this site is about English usage, the standard search engine for the site which filters out "stop words" is going to be problematic since many of the questions on the site will be about stop ...
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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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Should an edit notification appear in the inbox?

If someone edits your post, it appears under the "Responses" activity stream on your profile, but doesn't trigger an inbox notification. Should it? I for one would like to know if someone's editing ...
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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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Removal of the “words” tag

words is used in many questions, but it doesn't seem to have a specific meaning. All the questions are about words, even the one asking about a phrase or a sentence. We should remove the tag.
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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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Can EL&U please get its logo banner centered (again)?

The logo banner for English Language & Usage used to be centered. It was designed to be centered, way back when these things were created. How can I tell? Because it exhibits bilateral symmetry in ...
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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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“Citizen Patrol” badge mis-titled

The explanation for the "Citizen Patrol" badge is simply "First flagged post", which is admirably concise, but wrong. It should be "Flagged first post", because the badge goes to the flagger, not the ...
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Add ELL to list of sites for off topic questions

Reviewing this question: What are the functions of each part of the principal parts? Trying to flag it to be moved to ELL. Only, ELL does not show in the list of sites. Can ELL please be added?
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Better information for askers when a question is closed

When a question is closed, the asker often doesn't realize that they can edit their question and get it re-opened. I've often seen well-intentioned people just re-post their question when they should ...
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Feature suggestion: dictionary lookup on double-click or context menu

Since we have recommended online reference sources, wouldn't it be nice to be able to access these directly from the site? I could see having either a right-click context menu to allow choosing which ...
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Providing links to ELL

Can a descriptive link to the ELL proposal be added to one or more of the following? The FAQ The General Reference description A block in the sidebar or, if not, then as a sticky link in the "...
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Where can I find a linked list of my answers to deleted questions?

The question Deleting answers with a positive rep balance, which popped up in the Meta queue today, reminded me of a question I've long had about deleted answers. First, some background. When a ...
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New theme: Banner, sidebars, footer

The new theming does not seem to be to anyone's taste, but we can't go back to the way the site used to look. Some features like fonts and page layout are now set across all sites, and we just have to ...
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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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Notify user of rejected edit

Can we have something in place to notify users (less than 2k) who propose an edit if their edit is declined? More specifically (as it is easy enough to return to the question/answer to see if the ...
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Stack sites should support primary and secondary language when defining user profile

I am not a native english speaker. If you see User profile settings defined by StackExchange, it does not contain primary and secondary languages. It just contains location but a non-native english ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Finding “duplicates” for hardy perennials

I'm sure others must have hit this problem after being on EL&U for a while. With some questions which crop up repeatedly, it can be quite difficult to find an earlier related or exact duplicate, ...
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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 “Self-Learner” badge be called “Autodidact” instead?

"Self-Learner" reads like a kenning or nonce phrase. "Autodidact" appears to enjoy greater popularity: "Self-Learner" - 706,000 "Autodidact" - 1,090,000 Edit: If you do not understand how this ...
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Can we edit the related sites section of the FAQ?

Can a dev update this FAQ section about related sites to include: professional linguists and others with an interest in linguistic research and theory, ask on Linguistics literary enthusiasts ...
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Auto-resolve local URLs in comments too

When local ELU URLs are added to question and answer fields, they are automatically resolved into question titles. For example, if I paste a random link such as this one, Reason for the current trend ...
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Voting off topic questions that belong on Linguistics.SE [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add a link to Literature.SE as a choice for migration in an off-topic close vote When a voting to close a question as off topic, we're given the option to say it belongs here ...
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Should the genitive tag be merged with the possessive tag?

Currently, exactly two questions are tagged with the genitive tag, compared with many that are tagged with the possessive tag. Furthermore, genitive has no tag wiki, whereas possessive does. I ...
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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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What to reference when answering a question? [duplicate]

I've seen a few questions dotted around, which require references to dictionaries or such-like (etymonline, wiktionary, OE dictionary, the Chicago Manual of Style), to make clear why a word or ...
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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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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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Comments should have a “deletable by original poster” checkbox?

Often people will leave in a comment e.g. "you might want to fix your ... typo", then the poster fixes it, but the comment remains on, referring to nothing, causing clutter. It would be nice if there ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to nix certain words from the auto-search for related questions?

If I started a new question with the title "Pronunciation of 'cat'" the related question helper finds bunches of questions starting with "pronunciation of". This seems to happen with many of the ...
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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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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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Different ways to assess the quality of questions (also: how to find good and bad questions)

EDIT initially posted question had queries that might have returned wrong results, this is hopefully corrected now /EDIT This is not really a feature request, but more of an analysis of current state ...
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Reputation score for bad questions

We often have high-rep users providing answers to questions when they should, in fact, be voting to close those questions, because the questions are duplicates, or because the questions are too poorly ...
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Navigating the 'Unanswered Questions' Queue

The Unanswered Questions queue is now 136 pages long, when viewed at the maximum setting of 50 questions per page. The link options at the base of page 1 of the queue make it very easy to jump to ...
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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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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 ...