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Jaded user meets new contributor…

The jaded user is myself. The new contributor is (was) Replica Foxtrot who posted this question What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring' mean? I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I ...
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Why was my question on neologisms put on hold?

I asked one simple question and my question was put on hold. Nobody answered it and the moderator says that it will generate opinion. I doubt that. On the contrary, I have received 4 upvotes, so ...
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Would a question asking for English terms used to designate some aspects of the Spanish language be on topic here?

In a question in Spanish Language someone is asking what are the English terms used to designate the Spanish verb tenses. Some people (myself included) have closed the question as off-topic, because ...
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Closing on-topic questions as duplicates of questions closed as off-topic

Regarding this question, I believe duping it to a question that was closed as off-topic is a bit disingenuous. I believe there was general consensus the question itself was on-topic. Is this really ...
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Please don't migrate “help me draw a syntax tree” questions

Recently, this question was migrated from EL&U to Linguistics.SE: https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/27845/syntactic-trees However, this type of question is expressly disallowed by ...
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Posting questions from “How English Works” and proposing answers

I am studying English and one of my old friends recommended that I study "How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction" by Curzan and Adam This book is an amazing book but the questions are not ...
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Why is my alliteration question off topic and put on hold?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Is alliteration adjacent words and/or close together words starting with the same letter? If words between are permitted ...
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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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Please consider reopening my question

My question is closed as off-topic. First, my question is not so elementary. It is not about the usual use of past perfect as in When I came up with the idea of climbing all the statues taller ...
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What sort of resource request questions do we accept on meta?

We often migrate resource request questions to meta, and there's no denying that some resources are very useful to the users of this community. Here's my attempt at broadly categorising these ...
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Declaring a question about English usage “off-topic” in a forum named “English Language & Usage”

I was surprised to discover that @tchrist and others had declared this question about language usage off-topic. The "off-topic" flag description says: This question does not appear to be about ...
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What widely-accepted standards should be used to judge whether a single-word-request is too broad?

This question is an off-shoot of this Meta question focused on the deletion, and consequently on the closure, of a particular single-word-request question. Deleted Upvoted and Popular Question: Why? ...
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Is asking which is an accurate original quotation off-topic?

To some extent, I think this was an issue that was raised when this question was trending: When was the first print usage of chop your own wood and it will warm you twice? Occasionally I've run into ...
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Why was this off topic?

"Opt Out" or "Opt-Out" I'd like to understand why this question was marked as off topic so that I avoid asking similar inappropriate questions again in the future.
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To what extent is analyzing poetry or verse off-topic?

I've seen comments on a few posts indicating that song lyrics are off topic. I have no beef with that rule. However, is asking for an analysis of specific lines or portions of poetry always off-topic ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as: "proper use of the word _______" Both ...
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What is the difference between these two questions?

Here are two questions, both about adjectives being used as adverbs: Slow vs slowly Easy vs easily. The former was asked in September, got one answer quickly and another in December (neither ...
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Are there any topics that are off limits in answers/comments?

I've noticed lately that a lot of people are taking every opportunity they have to take a negative topic and reference the newest US President, Donald Trump. Not that I'm trying to get people to ...
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Should Scots language questions be considered in the English language community?

I stumbled across the question What is the meaning of “Many a mickle maks a muckle”? which is a question about a Scots language proverb. The thought occurred to me that although the Scots language is ...
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Do questions about emoticons belong on ELU?

A question was published recently in which the OP asked about the proper style for usage of emoji, which as it turned out I guess he meant emoticons since he was talking about using punctuation marks. ...
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Information about off-topicness on the on-topic help page

Before I was asking a question, I had a look whether it could be off-topic (help). Since I didn't consider it as off-topic from that page, I asked the question. Quite soon, it received comments to ...
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What is the point of the Microsoft-Word tag?

I noticed recently that a question used the tag microsoft-word. Since this question was about the usage of a specific program, it was moved to Super User to which it is much better suited. There ...
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What is the point of migrating all resource requests to Meta?

There are a couple of resource requests that were recently migrated to ELU Meta (e.g Is there an online speech comparison programme, What are some good and authoritative reference/data source for ...
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About controversial questions

I'd like to propose a way to deal with controversial questions. Current state of events. Every once in a while a question pops up that by itself is flawed when set against site rules, but at the ...
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Question deleted with multiple up-voted answers, why?

Recently there was a question that attracted a lot of answers: Is there a word for a person who can't do things right? Or can't handle things, and ends up messing up? It was nicely coming along. ...
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Are requests for arbitrary lines from novels on-topic?

Am I the only one to be very disturbed by the re-opening of the 'What is the exact wordings for "There is a single stupid question in the world … " in Stephen King's "Under the Dome"?' question? ... '...
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How could I have better asked this question, which was taken as being about legal terminology?

I asked this question, looking for a word like inherit/inheritance that applies to a widow(er) as opposed to an heir or a successor. Really, I was just looking for a good word, a word by which I could ...
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endure, perdure, persist: why not keep open?

Closure should not necessarily follow Protection, nor should Deletion necessarily follow Closure. These are three independent steps. “endure” vs “perdure” vs “persist” was protected 23 hours ago, ...
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Is “Is having sex a hobby?” on-topic? [Undeleted]

Reason I deleted this question: I didn't want to help the question attract other reopen votes as it was closed right after I posted this question. I was also disappointed at the initial comments as ...
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Questions about English Literature

Questions Requesting Explanation When we fail to find a satisfying or sophisticated answer on the Internet or in our books, can an explanation of poems or dialogs or certain Shakespearean lines be ...
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Why is this question with a eyecatching title off topic here?

"I have no question of my grandmother's dedication" "I have no question of whether my grandmother is dedicated" "I do not question my grandmother's dedication." Which can be used, ...
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Would this question have been off-topic here?

I just posted a question about English etymology in Linguistics SE. I was contemplating whether to post it here, but decided against it. Could I have posted it here, or would it have been off-topic?
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Are all questions about the reason a word is spelled/pronounced the way it is duplicates of one another?

As a hypothetical example, should we close Why are "put" and "but" different in their pronunciation? as a duplicate of Why is "chore" pronounced differently from the &...
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Question on hold

As suggested on meta It definitely doesn't belong in health. It appears to be totally on topic for English. From the help center: "Word choice and usage" is on topic. I'd ask on their meta why ...
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What process is required to get the Help Center text changed?

Recently, I voted to close this question Can anybody understand what she's saying? (it was subsequently deleted by the original poster) based on the answers to this Meta question: Exactly WHY is this ...
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Is a question about the meaning of a certain passage from a book on-topic?

I have a question about what a character in a certain book is talking about during a certain passage of said book, and I am wondering if that would be on-topic here. If not, what site could i ask it ...
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Why was this question put on hold?

A question asking if all three words: "to", "too", and "two" could be used consecutively to form a single sentence, by @1Fish_2Fish_RedFish_BlueFish has been placed on hold after being rejected for ...
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Why was my question rejected on EL&U yet well-received on ELL?

The question Does "wage war" mean "declare war"? was rejected by users on EL&U while my second question, Can “wage war” be synonymous with “declare war”? has been well ...
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Are we here to do homework questions? [duplicate]

This question here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/305999/reserved-or-ashamed The 1 rep OP asks a clearly-a-homework-question. I have a sentence:" As a(n) .... girl, she found it ...
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What should we do about closed questions that should be migrated?

I have been part of ELU for about a month and a half, and I have seen many questions closed (usually as unclear but sometimes other reasons) that should have been migrated to ELL. The vast majority of ...
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How to save EL&U

I think one way to massively improve this site would be to start a new Stack Exchange site called something like English Phrase Finder or Word finder or something like that where single word requests, ...
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Is asking for people to think up new specific words on topic?

Regarding this question: I need a word for my obscure phobia for hard, smooth structures The questioner seems to realize that his situation is... unique and all the answers are just trying to create ...
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Would asking about the feeling of British natives toward the widespread of American English on-topic?

I just wonder what British natives feel when they see American English is being used globally (?). English originated in Britain, but now British have to see everyone using American spelling and ...
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Why are requests for headlines off-topic? What about more general work-related questions?

A recent EL&U question requested A short punchy phrase that encapsulates “the mining industry is on the improve” . It was noted in comments that this is a request for a headline and is ...
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question put on hold, reason unclear?

I have asked a question What is the one word for people who hate others success?. The question seems to be put on hold, as off topic, can anybody please explain how is this an off topic question?
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Would the following question be on-topic?

Alright, I wonder whether a question like the following would be deemed on-topic. I am posting below the question as it would appear on the actual site. The opening credits for episodes of TV ...
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Are either questions or *answers* purely about how to pronounce things in foreign languages on-topic?

In my opinion, every question and answer on this site is supposed to deal with using words and phrases in an English-language context. To further this goal, mention of the pronunciation of words in ...
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Where to post an orthography question?

Would a general question about orthography be appropriate for this forum or would it be more at home in linguistics?
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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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Are word requests for jargon-specific terms on-topic? [duplicate]

I want to ask if there is an equivalent antonym for the term, "portable app", but this term is specific to software. Would this be on-topic for EL&U or should I ask it instead on Super User? (I ...