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When are list-questions on topic?

Perhaps this is a bit too broad a question, but we'll see. Here goes. Right now, the consensus seems to be that list-question SWRs are opinion-based or too broad (and thus off-topic). List-question ...
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What is the reason that this question is considered as 'off-topic'?

I posted the below question, and there were a couple of helpful answers. Is 'dead on arrival' a slang? As of now, this question has been closed as an 'off-topic' question. https://english....
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Not all list questions are off-topic

I believe there is a misconception that all list questions are bad or off-topic. However, they are not all bad or off-topic. It is possible to ask good list questions. In fact, there are good and ...
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Since frequency of the use of words or other linguistic phenomena are the measuring stick of defining what is and what isn’t part of a language

…hence indisputably, this question is on topic. I would like to know any reasons, if any, based on which that would not be deemed the case on this SE site, and the reason why. I am substantially ...
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Would a question about a specific English language tool be on topic?

Can language tools (typically, but not exclusively, software tools) be asked about on English SE? I have a question about how I can work out where a term is used. It's along the lines of: A common ...
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Are non-verbal answers (and questions soliciting them) acceptable?

Recently, there has been an answer to a question asking for 'A word, gesture or expression for a confident “shrug” ' which invites and was presented with a captioned photograph illustrating this. The ...
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Are questions about explaining what the text mean on-topic?

Would the below question be on-topic? One may argue that it's better suited in Philosophy SE, but I guess that it's more about my English comprehension, therefore it's fine to ask it here. This isn't ...
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What makes a question about historical usage of a word off-topic?

The question about the historical usage of men to refer to human beings generally was closed as off-topic. It seems to fall under usage and perhaps even etymology, two of the listed acceptable topics....
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Why was this question about a single word's pronunciation ("whinge") closed as off-topic?

I noticed that How is "whinge" pronounced? was closed as being off-topic. I once noticed somebody spelled "whine" as "whinge" and thought it was an egregious and ...
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Why are questions about the usage of synonyms off-topic?

Example question: How is “account” be different with “theory”, “model” or “approach”? This question is closed for being off-topic. One close-voter says: I’m can voting to close this question. A ...
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Would "Is 'maiden name' now considered sexist" be off-topic? Can I ask if née replaces it in the same question?

In a comment I wrote because of the inherent implications of "maiden", these days née is often used instead though it still caries a gender reference, e.g. Sunita Lyn Williams (née Pandya; ...
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How to avoid an "opinion based" question regarding listening comprehension?

As a non-native English speaker I pronounce "bomb", "climb", "thumb" etc... with a clear B at the end. I know I shouldn't, but it's automatic. So, I was interested in ...
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Can we please close this offensive question?

The author of this post has suggested that autism and mutism are defects. “Extremism” sounds like an ideology, by analogy with Marxism for example; or possibly it’s more akin to a behavioural state ...
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I'm sometimes unsure about whether to answer a simple grammatical question or to suggest that it is more appropriate for ELL. What are the criteria?

[Before asking this question here on Meta, I did search for duplicates. There are similar questions, but I found no exact duplicates. If they do exist, please direct me to them, and I will delete this ...
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Can I ask for the "identification" of a word depending on a meaning? [duplicate]

Basically, I'm thinking about the behaviour of someone I know, and something tells me there's a word to qualify that behaviour. However, I don't seem to remember any word that would suit. Can I ask ...
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How can I improve my contributions

I'm not looking for general recommendations, but specific criticism due to the recent deletion of a comment. In a Question about the Etymology of *Cervix Why was my comment about the neck and uterus ...
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Why was a question about two English words closed and returned to another site, without comment?

This question, terminology - As adjectives, not in math: 'different' vs 'differential' - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, has been marked as closed. But no explanation, other than "This ...
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Are questions about film subtitles (translated into English) on topic here?

I read that some lyrics questions are on topic and some are not. Is it the same for subtitles? This could come up if someone watches a movie in a language other than English, and has a question ...
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Is it correct that a post is deemed 'well received' if it has comments?

I'm very much trying to understand how this site operates as it feels very inconsistent. In another post (link below) it was stated that a post is somewhat deemed 'well received' if it has comments. ...
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Migration of question

I recently had a question of mine migrated from the English Site to the Linguistics site (link below). The question relates to the field of Computational Linguistics which is an amalgamation of ...
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Is letter-writing still on topic?

Is the letter-writing tag still something we want to do? This answer says that letter-writing is more on-topic than the email tag, but that was 2 years ago, and Interpersonal Skills started as public ...
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Is a rescue edit possible for this question?

Two users said they had a rescue edit in mind for this question Ghost, I sheet you not. I'm so ready for Halloween but they didn't follow through with attempting to rescue the question (which is ...
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What makes this question off-topic for ELU?

I was surprised that this question was migrated to ELL: Is there a word where ‘w’ can not be replaced? It seemed to generate some interesting answers, and other than maybe a lack of research (...
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Will this question be on topic here?

A line OA of length r starts from its initial position OX and traces an angle AOB=alpha in the anticlockwise direction.It then traces back in the clockwise direction an angle BOC=3 theta (where ...
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If every answer is improper, doesn't that suggest standards are wrong or moderator is wrong?

I refer to this question (now on hold) and the moderator's repeated observation that the answers, and question, are opinion-based. Isn't the issue that synonyms (like translation questions) are going ...
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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 than ...
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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 stop ...
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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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Naming vs. Single word requests

It seems that naming is off-topic and single words requests are on-topic on this site. How do I identify whether I'm asking a naming question or I have a single word request?
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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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