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Support for Monica Cellio

Monica Cellio, an active and valued member here for years and a moderator on several other sites, was abruptly dismissed last month, without any reason given but apparently because Stack Overflow (the ...
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What is the best way to answer a question which has no answer?

What is the preferred way to answer a question which asks “Provide me with X”, when it is overwhelmingly likely that X does not exist? Assumptions Assume the question is interesting on its own ...
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Is SE enforcing “no answers in comments”?

The practice of commenting with answers is ubiquitous practice on ELU, and the merits/flaws have been discussed at length. However, is it the case that the greater SE is trying to put a stop to this ...
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Deleted Upvoted and Popular Question: Why?

The question is now Undeleted I am very grateful to tchrist, who undeleted the post. P.S. Several answers, consisting of one liners, have been deleted because they fail to reflect the site's ...
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What is plagiarism? How do I avoid it? How do I address it when I see it?

The purpose of this question is to clarify how plagiarism is defined for the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, and how the community can respond appropriately to plagiarism when it is ...
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Why must we assume that earlier answers are better, especially when they are not even related?

This concerns a specific example of a more general procedural issue that bothers me. A recent question is headed Idioms for a 'obvious' or 'needs no explanation'. Its well-stated core is a matter of ...
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Is Google Dictionary a valid definition reference (in particular in answers)?

In my answer to this question, another user was adamant that Google is not a citable source and that that is a policy of ELU. The link given as evidence for that was Is TFD a RTFM online source? - a ...
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When definitions are linked to, is copy-pasting the definitions required?

This comment says that I have to copy in definitions for words when responding to single-word-requests etc. There seems to be some discussion about this on meta but no definitive answers. This ...