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

Is it on-topic to ask on English language & Usage: Who first said [insert quote]?
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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 ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/60880/why-dont-english-speakers-give-the-name-jesus-to-their-children was closed as off-topic. However, the FAQ clearly states that word-choice questions ...
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Would questions seeking native Anglo-Saxon equivalents to English terms borrowed from foreign languages be on-topic?

In a recent question, the OP wanted to know why English would borrow a foreign word like kudos from Greek when we already had two perfectly good English words, honour and glory. I wanted to point out ...
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Why was my question about English pronunciation closed?

I wanted to know why the J in San Jacinto is pronounced differently than the J in San Jose, in English. It seems to be very comparable to the discussions on how to pronounce forte or baba ghanouj. ...
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Can I bring that question over here?

I have this naming / terminology question which I first posted on "Code Review" and then it was moved to "Programmers" and then it was closed. Would it be appropriate for "English", after some ...
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Is this the type of single-word request question we should be closing?

I understand that the site is now discouraging single-word requests, but I'm not clear if this is a sweeping guideline (as in, all of them should be closed) or something to be considered on a case-by-...
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Grammaticality of user interface of stackexchange sites

One of the possible roles that EL&U could fulfill is to provide a place where questions of language correctness for user interface on all stackexchange sites are addressed. I think it would be a ...
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What resources should we link to in the FAQ for learning English?

(Following on from this meta question.) As discussed in questions like this and this, there is the possibility of scope-creep on this site. It would be beneficial to link to resources that are better ...
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Are these duplicate questions on-topic?

This question was closed yesterday as off topic by five people (including me): Can I omit the (c) when listing several consecutive nouns protected by copyright? It was also downvoted five times and ...
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Asking questions similar to this, to build up knowledge

I just recently asked Word-type in this sentence. I don't want to flood english.stackexchange without asking first. I wanted to know if it would be okay to continue asking questions similar to this? ...
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Is this question off-topic or is something else wrong with it? [closed]

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/41245/how-can-this-technical-message-be-made-clearer is getting silently down-voted, so I'd like some guidance on whether it is considered off-topic or ...
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Are questions about gestures on-topic?

This question was triggered by What does the gesture to touch the side of your nose with a forefinger mean? but it is generally referring to any question about gestures. Are those questions on-topic ...
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Can we declare “How did this euphemism for a profanity originate?” as off topic?

Growing up there were literally hundreds of different euphemisms we used when we could not swear. They all seem to show up here in origin questions. Seeing as where they came from really is rarely ...
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Against single word requests

We've discussed single-word-requests before: Are single word requests always welcomed questions? Are word requests allowed? The consensus of earlier discussions was that these questions are on the ...
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Can we have some guidance as to what is on- and off- topic on this site?

This site has an FAQ. However, recently it has been made clear that the community-created definition for this site, as expressed in its FAQ, does not always determine which questions are valid and ...
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Is asking a question about the politeness of a phrase on-topic?

I'm looking at the FAQs and I'm trying to see if this has already been answered...Can't find it anywhere. Is asking if a phrase is polite on topic? Wouldn't subjects like this be too subjective to ...
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Questions asking for technical terms/jargon

I just flagged this question as (potentially) off-topic, and I have flagged other questions like this in the past, but I am not sure if I am right to do so. It seems to me that the correct answer ...
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Would it be okay to post a question for friendly competition?

I recently asked about the origin of "P.U." in relation to something smelly. It seems likely that it is not actually an acronym, and I thought it might be fun to post a 'competition' to come up with ...
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Is Python a snake or a programming language? If the latter, why is it choking my dog?

We've been getting a rash of questions asking, essentially, what a programmer should name methods or properties. One such was a request for a word that meant both "add" and "remove" because the ...
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Review my writing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What questions are on-topic and off-topic here? Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence? Would English SE be a good place to post a paragraph or ...
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Which languages are on-topic?

There is a recent question asking when the grammar of some language ancestral to English branched a certain feature. Since it garnered many votes, I suppose it was on-topic. Which languages are on-...
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Are questions about ununderstood English-language jokes on-topic?

In a song video made by an American acquaintance, there is a joke that I don't understand. I am not a native speaker, and I guess most English speakers would understand what makes his joke funny. Is ...
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Are interpretations of song lyrics, poems or other creative works on-topic?

Examples (feel free to edit in more): What/who are “toy soldiers”? What do these confusing lyrics mean? What's the deep meaning in the lyrics of “Heavy Traffic” by Elton John? Some questions about ...
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Why was my question closed?

I am referring to my question here. Within minutes of posting the question it was closed, and I am still confused about why. There are the comments: Maybe it's me, but I don't see the question ...
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Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic?

Before adding a votable answer to the on-topic-off-topic question I figured some discussion would be appropriate. Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic? Why there's a difference between the ...
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Are minor jokes in answers and questions OK when they are slightly discriminating against certain groups?

Consider this answer: What is the pejorative for people who only practice their faith while at the place of worship? Whited sepulchres. This is what they are called in that noted work of ...
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Are we allowed to ask for critiques or opinions?

Couldnt find any documentation on this, but are we allowed to say post a paragraph of our writing for the community to look at and point out say errors, better word choice, sentence formatting, etc?
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Are “Book recommendations” allowed?

I see some questions from time to time which ask about book recommendations. I could not find anything related to the book term on the faq page. Is it allowed or should it be allowed? Some examples I ...
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Are body-language questions on topic for EL&U?

This question is about body language (i.e. a gesture) used in an English-speaking country. Is this on topic for the site?
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Can we come up with guidelines for “good” dictionary questions?

This subject came up in the town hall chat: how basic is too basic, and more importantly, how do we help users to write questions that are not too basic? "Find in dictionary" questions ...
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Closing questions about how to improve writing

Tips on improving one's English are off-topic for the site. I wanted to make sure that people feel the same way about the following writing related questions that RegDwight brought to my attention: ...
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Does this sort of question qualify as proofreading?

In this question, the person is simply asking "what is wrong with this sentence"? It is not a question about a specific aspect of the sentence, and I am wondering if people think this should qualify ...
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Is it on-topic to ask about the explanation of crossword clues

Question as above. I dont mean asking for the answer, but the explanation of the answer Example - this clue. Rush animal from behind Answer: Reed Eventually figured out both the meanings - but ...
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On Migrating and Dispatching: redirecting off-topic question from and to EL&U.

Following the recent complaints concerning the growth of the Stack Exchange Family and where to ask questions, I think it would make sense to help the users and moderators to find the right place for ...
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Trying to find a word from loose pronunciation?

Would it be allowed to ask if a word exist which would loosely correspond to an IPA? Would such a question be on-topic, or off-topic? For example, Is there a word or combination of words that ...
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Does this question qualify as off-topic peeving?

This question solicits the most annoying mispronunciations people have heard. My initial reaction is that this is not suitable for EL&U — but I wanted to check with everyone else before ...
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Are word requests allowed?

Is it okay to use this site to ask for words that fit a given definition? Dictionaries are great for looking up definitions if you know the word you're looking up, but not the other way around. I'm ...
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What questions are on-topic and off-topic here?

One of the essential components of the FAQ will be the list of on-topic and off-topic subjects for questions. Let’s use this question to vote on what topics should be on and off topic.
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Is this site for “English as a second language”?

I'd like to seek clarification on "English as a second language" questions. E.g. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/376/ia-suffix-nouns-for-disorders-and-diseases When should the word “...