Questions tagged [on-topic-off-topic]

This tag is used for questions about whether something fits within the defined scope of this Stack Exchange site.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
123 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
121 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
92 views

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? ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
52 views

Should questions about the meaning of metaphors be on-topic?

A large number of questions on ELL are asking for the meaning of metaphors. Many are from song lyrics or poetry, about which there are a number of meta questions. Some are from literature, most ...
2
votes
0answers
52 views

Are questions asking definitions about tech stuff on-topic?

I want to ask what the difference is in common English usage between two particular words having to do with Internet browsers.
14
votes
1answer
213 views

Are questions about the use of italics in English off-topic?

Recently, this question was put on hold: Why is "their" italicized? I'm wondering, why it is considered out of scope? If it's considered to be too close to "analysis of literature," that ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

When should I delete my questions that are put on hold?

According to help page, Questions that need additional work or that are not a good fit for this site may be put on hold by experienced community members. While questions are on hold, they ...
2
votes
2answers
449 views

Lack of research vs. “interesting” question?

Is community fine with accepting questions that seem like "interesting" but lack any research? I see these kind of questions quite a lot. Two recent examples: 'opposite' of 'déj&#...
2
votes
0answers
55 views

Do word/phrase requests need to say what word class they want?

Taking this recent question as an example, word/phrase request questions frequently get answers for many different word classes. It has several verbs and adjectives, and 'tooth and nail' would be an ...
13
votes
2answers
315 views

Is there anything we can do to get fewer off-topic questions?

Having read Josh61’s considerations about “Thanks for not laughing at my question”, I stopped to ponder. There are days, and I think you all agree, when only 10 to 20% of the questions we get deserve ...
3
votes
1answer
298 views

Is this really a peevish question?

Is the following question On the verb 'peruse' peevish? A question about a verb that has two distinct opposite meanings. Its etymologic evolution; the use of the two opposite meanings( does one ...
6
votes
1answer
463 views

What is wrong with “What is happening to “Thank you?”" question? Can it be re-opened?

I asked this question and it is not well-received: What is happening to "Thank you"? I want to ask the reasons before getting crushed under the wheels of the bandwagon. I would appreciate ...
12
votes
0answers
115 views

Update the “list of community recommended resources”

Quoting from the help center: Where can I find answers to simple and basic questions? If your question is simple and can probably be easily answered by looking it up, then you may find ...
-2
votes
1answer
68 views

Off topic? Future tense versus Future perfect

The Question Future tense and future perfect tense [closed] was marked as off-topic. Admittedly, no sufficient followup for clarification was presented, but I wanted to ask (or at least find an ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

Asking grammar checking questions, OK or not

I'm not a native English speaker and I have always doubts about whether my English text is grammatically correct or not. I've searched for online grammar checker websites but I can't find a fully ...
12
votes
4answers
435 views

Exactly WHY is this question Off Topic? Or not?

My instinct is to assume Help me understand the pronounced phrase? must be Off Topic (it's about a movie clip where the OP can't discern what's being said at a certain point). If it's On Topic, what'...
-2
votes
1answer
181 views

Should we require grammaticality judgement questions to explain who told them something might not be grammatical?

Seeing as we're discussing potential revisions to the close questions, I thought I'd raise a pet hate of mine: questions asking for a grammaticality judgement which don't explain where they got the ...
4
votes
4answers
218 views

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'...
2
votes
0answers
79 views

Why was my question closed as 'off-topic'?

I recently asked this question on ELU: Should there be a comma in "You again?"? The answer to this question may be obvious to some of you, but for me, it isn't. I tried searching on ELU and ...
1
vote
1answer
159 views

Are uncommon neologisms without a notable source acceptable as an answer?

Example questions: Is there a word for words about words? Who is one who participates in skulduggery? Accepted answers in these questions are very uncommon neologisms from random websites. I would ...
-1
votes
1answer
55 views

Are questions about film themes on topic at English.SE?

A large part of our English class is identification and analysis of film themes, and using these film themes in exams to answer questions (a few examples across different levels). Are questions about ...
0
votes
0answers
56 views

I'm asking about how to make a math expression from (ambigous) phrase. Is this off-topic?

This is my question: “3 times a is increased by b” vs “3 times a increased by b” As I stated in a comment to SrJoven, this question is not about how to read (or speak) a mathematical expression, it ...
6
votes
1answer
223 views

Is it OK to ask about Early Modern English? [duplicate]

Is it OK to ask about Early Modern English, like Shakespeare's or Milton's? I ask this because some people seem to think asking about them is off-topic.
8
votes
2answers
149 views

No communication regarding wrongly-closed question?

I asked the question "What word for "tomorrow can I use that is not connected with the idea of the rising sun?". It collected a bit of controversy (which was not my intent) and the question was put on ...
-2
votes
1answer
108 views

A non-doctrinal question

A recent question on ELU Link here: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Name is singular. Does it mean that ...
15
votes
3answers
534 views

Where do we stand on legalese questions?

Recently there have been a lot of questions about legalese. Here are a couple of examples: What’s the difference between “cite” and “cite to”? https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/185890/what-...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

Shouldn't referencing questions be off-topic?

For example: If the article title ends in closing punctuation, do we still add a period in an APA reference? Questions like this really have nothing to do with the English language or its usage. ...
5
votes
1answer
278 views

Why was this question closed as “not clear what you're asking”?

I am a native speaker of English (not a pineapple), who classes himself as a "serious enthusiast" of the language. This site, as has been discussed elsewhere (most notably here), takes some getting ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Such an elementary question in EL&U has not been closed. Can anyone tell me why?

When should I use "a" vs "an"? is a very elementary question that hasn't been closed. I've seen lots of other questions, not so elementary and obvious as this one, be closed five ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Why are questions regarding names off-topic?

I'm wondering about allowed non-alphabetic characters in English names, but the rules state that questions concerning names are off-topic. Would this question fall under that rule? And if so, is there ...
20
votes
10answers
1k views

Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

tl;dr: Mean people suck, and we should not help them. EDIT: I don’t actually believe anything mechanical can be done here, and I certainly don’t expect a “closed due to meanness” reason. That’s just ...
2
votes
0answers
80 views

Is philosophy of language on-topic?

Philosophical semantics also. They are both related with philosophy and the language. I see that philosophy tag is used only 2 times but they are not related with philosophy of language actually. ...
-1
votes
2answers
174 views

An English language learner better not ask in this site? [duplicate]

An English language learner better not ask in this site? I asked this question and it had been closed as off-topic(it was reopened). Some members seem to have an opinion that a learner better not ask ...
82
votes
3answers
1k views

This is not a site for “serious English language enthusiasts,” and it never will be

I think it's time that we addressed the conceit that ELU is a site for "linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts." Its framers and many of its devotees intend for it to be ...
2
votes
2answers
84 views

Is asking what a “thing” is via a photo, appropriate on EL&U?

I have a physical thing of which I neither know what it is for, nor what it is called. Would it be adequate to post a picture of it on this site and ask what that is? So it's not just a question like,...
-5
votes
2answers
267 views

Can I ask a question about changing the English Language?

I don't really like English (grammatically, that is; not the literature, culture, etc., which make the language worth it), I just have to use it. It's filled with grammatical and orthographic nonsense ...
14
votes
5answers
318 views

Continued recommendations that things be moved to ELL

I've seen a number of questions (including one of mine) receive comments along the lines of "this would be a more appropriate question for the English Language Learners (ELL) site". While I understand ...
2
votes
1answer
158 views

When are neologisms On-Topic?

(I'm a little surprised that no similar Meta questions were auto-suggested.) (But now that I get to tagging, I see there is an active tag for this.) Per a recent discussion: Earliest use of an ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

Meaning in the context of a poem, Off Topic?

Is a question about the meaning of the a phrase used in a poem off topic on ELU? To be clear, I'm not interested in interpretation or analysis of the poem as a whole, just the limited meaning of a ...
21
votes
2answers
376 views

Please help define the limits of General Reference

As mentioned here, the General Reference close reason is dead. In its place, I've added a custom "off-topic" option: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic....
-2
votes
2answers
117 views

Why is my question being downvoted without even an explanation?

Why is this question of getting downvoted? Looking at the FAQ, this is at least an etymology question. I was very careful not to ask anything useless or against policy here. Is it off topic here, to ...
11
votes
3answers
243 views

Are questions of language *usage* discouraged

I was reading this question about usage of abbreviations and nicknames/abbreviations in a newspaper article, and noticed that the question earned a couple of downvotes, as well as two comments (to the ...
-1
votes
2answers
117 views

On-topicity of Questions

A recent question is promisingly tagged single-word-requests, american-english, abbreviations and portmanteau-words. Every one I spoke to seems to think it's about anything but portmanteau words. ...
-1
votes
1answer
51 views

Are the questions about knowledge/information about things described in English appropriate?

I would like to ask about the dress code: royal touch. I would like to know how a man should be dressed if he would like to follow the code. From one point of view, it is definitely an off-topic ...
12
votes
2answers
208 views

Are these OED questions on-topic here?

One of our high rep users has recently asked several questions based around the OED's "public appeal for help in tracing the history of some English words." Though EL&U is an appropriate site for ...
-5
votes
3answers
204 views

Should we ignore the General Reference close reason?

(Major rewrite since the ELL proposal has been reopened) I propose we start allowing questions we previously deemed General Reference, since they’ve nowhere else to go. We can migrate them if ELL ...
2
votes
3answers
213 views

Why is the meaning of song lyrics off topic

The Following question was closed as off topic: What's the difference between “get up” and “stand up”? [closed] I'm translating Bob Marley's song "Get up, stand up" and, consulting my dictonary, ...
5
votes
2answers
161 views

Are “who first said”-questions on-topic?

Is it on-topic to ask on English language & Usage: Who first said [insert quote]?
105
votes
12answers
73k views

What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...