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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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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 ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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&#...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...