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What happened to a question I (might have) posted about the word 'feminazis'?

I posted a question (at least, I think I posted one) about the usage of the term 'feminazi'. Where is the question? Is it deleted? What was wrong with it? If it was inappropriate, can I get a private ...
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How can it be true that this site works by popular vote when no one can vote until they get to a certain reputation?

How can it be true that this site works by popular vote when no one can vote until they get to a certain reputation? The statement is not accurate. I saw a very inaccurate meaning of a gesture that ...
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Is "There is no answer" an acceptable answer?

I am of the opinion that there is no (unique) answer to the question below. Essentially, the PO asks what the last person in a roll-call says. Clearly, many answers could be given, all depending on ...
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Why is this question full of ­ entities?

I came across a strange thing just now. I have a browser extension that creates and downloads an internet shortcut file (.url) of the current page. I used it on the following page, and the extension ...
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Why aren’t my questions being answered

If you look at at profile https://english.stackexchange.com/users/373235/theguradian my questions weren’t answered at all. I assumed that my questions fit the requirements. Where did I go wrong, and ...
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Ethnic slur in question: what's the procedure?

A question with the following title appeared on the main site yesterday: meaning of "giddy-up" As innocent as that sounds, a quotation used in that question contains harsh language (namely ...
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Why was my question migrated to ELL?

My question https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/285777/what-is-the-difference-between-they-and-it-for-people-especially-for-those has moved to ELL. I actually wanted to know more about third ...
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Why can't a user delete their own question that was just asked and has had no activity?

The reference for this is the question delete a question on here. Update 1: The actual answer seems to be that the user wasn't registered. However, this is not listed as a requirement on our question ...
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Move a question about hyphens and dashes from graphicdesign.stackexchange.com

Few days ago I asked a question whether to use the hyphen or the en dash in cases like Anglo-Saxon England and The Washington–Moscow hotline on https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/. https://...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

The "Ask Question" form currently suggests tags in the placeholder text: grammar, word-choice, etymology. I would guess that these are the most common tags used. However, are they the most ...
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Are there any resources for 18th and 19th Century English Grammar?

I recently asked a question regarding archaic English grammar and one of the comments recommended that I make a resource request here on the Meta. I'm looking for any books or websites that ...
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Can I ask for help in lyrics for songs?

My hobby is to write lyrics on genius.com. I mostly listen to Hip Hop music. Sometimes I find it somewhat challenging to understand what they're saying because a lot of rappers do not enunciate the ...
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First proposal tag wiki rejected

I added an informative text to a tag which had no excerpt. (click to see the case, should be publicly available) To me this seems a reasonable excerpt which is not superfluous, not harming ...
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What's an example of a good proofreading question?

I see a lot of potentially poor quality questions when I go through the review queue, but I don't know how I'd recognise a good quality proofreading question. The close message says a specific source ...
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Other words for 'said'?

Okay, I admit; I like quotative verbs. Of course, I would prefer to avoid using 'said' all the time. AFAIK there is no canonical question asking for general alternatives to 'said'. I've compiled ...
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How do I gain reputation so I can participate more?

How do I gain reputation, I only have one, and to make more you need to vote on people's answers, but I only have 1 reputation and I need 15 to do so, and to answer some ones question, but you need 50 ...
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Why was my question and account deleted?

It's this question: “He 'is to be' here by six o'clock.” (deleted) I made an account some days ago trying to find out the answer to a question about what the name of the verb conjugation be + ...
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Did I ask a question, now deleted, tagged [psycholinguistics]?

My Deleted Recent Questions page exhibits no questions tagged [psycholinguistics], but I thought I asked one?
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Has anything changed regarding voting to close for lack of research?

A recent question asked Is it valid to use "We will be pending for her return" instead of, for example: " We look forward to her return"? I was going to vote to close but then I noticed a comment ...
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Why does it say "Sorry, we can't accept this question"?

I've tried asking a question but the page shows the message: Sorry, we can't accept this question. Here are the exact characters typed into the textbox: Question Title: what's a consumer-tech ...
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Looking for valid reasons for the downvote to this question

I'm looking for valid reasons for the downvote to this question. I have raised this question, on meta, for three reasons. I think the question's OK, should be answered, and I still desire an answer. ...
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I'm unclear why this question was migrated to ELL

I'm not clear why this question has been migrated Is the sentence "Thora went to the shop for how long?" grammatically correct? I'm concerned that it sounds too awkward, too expressive of ...
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How can I rekindle interest in an old question?

I have asked some questions before but I didn't get any (good) answers. How can I bring it to people's attention again? Can I ask it again?
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Question was WRONGLY dismissed (not closed) as "already answered"

I'm referring to this post. The link they dismissed it with did not answer the dismissed question. So, how do we non-mods request that the dismissal be reversed? (I did not post the dismissed ...
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Posting more than one answer [duplicate]

I did a fruitless search here, to see if this has already been asked: Can a person post more than one answer to the same question?
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

Is it "bear" or "bare" with me? There's been a lot of discussion on Meta in the comments about this question recently, but it's actually not the main topic of any of the recent ...
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How do you access "Meta"? [duplicate]

I'm new here, and want to ask a question about the questions. Would that be at "meta," and if so, how do I access it? "Why are there so many already answered questions in the 'unanswered' section?"
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Where are our new Yoichis or How I stopped worrying and started to love the ELU-ba-bomb

Suggestions are sought for interesting questions or motivators for interesting questions to ask, both general ideas and specific. The mechanics of the SE system (closing, voting, moderating) have ...
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Can English Language & Usage help with making StackExchange more welcoming? [duplicate]

This is my first post on this Meta and on this SE, so apologies if this is out-of-scope. Feel free to delete / close / downvote, but any advice is appreciated. The context of this post is the latest ...
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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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How do I ask a new question

RE: “marked as duplicate by Mari-Lou A, Edwin Ashworth, tchrist♦, FumbleFingers, RegDwigнt♦ Aug 15 '14 at 14:08 This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not ...
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How does one get "Reputation" points [duplicate]

Just as a notice, I'm new to this site, and I found a question that I was willing to answer to a certain person, but the system asks me for 50 reputation points. How is this earned? I'm not sure if I ...
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How much research is needed?

Please advise or enlighten me if such guidance already exists. For example, for this question, I sought to record my thoughts and opinions on how to gloss that sentence. Yet it was still closed as `...
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Why was my question concerning the existence of a word put on hold?

I asked a question here Is there a word for somebody who likes to be taken care of and pampered? and it was put on hold because of the following, "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must ...
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Do we really need to add "NSFW" in question titles?

Two recent questions contain NSFW in the title. Do we really need to do this? I think the title should be enough to understand if one should read the question when being in a specific place. We had ...
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How to ask a person to answer a question?

I have asked this question and I think a particular person who is a member of StackExchange might have a good answer for it. How can I ask her to see my question?
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Could/Should we create a collection of exemplary questions to encourage high-quality asking?

I haven't been on this site long enough to know from personal experience, but perusing old (and recent) Meta posts like these below makes me wonder if members have not always been under the impression ...
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What if senior users could put on hold "proofreading" questions single-handedly?

We are a language site, and there's always a lot of off-topic "proofreading" questions incoming, and to those, poor answers from relatively new users, and this taxes our reviewers, and wastes our time....
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Why is this answer not suited to the question?

Why are the words 'Superficial' and 'Ostensible' considered a bad answer to this question? From what I understand, the person who asked the question implied that the compliment receiver inwardly ...
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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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Should I delete a question if I made a crucial error in it?

Should I delete my question, Description for a verbal tic that is vernacular among young people in the U.S? Should I post a new one? Should I rewrite the original one? I made an important mistake ...
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Definitive and permanent answer to word class of 'over' in 'the game was over'

I'm at a loss as to how https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/44935/grammar-of-over-in-the-accident-was-already-over-when-we-arrived could be deemed unworthy of further consideration. Could ...
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Is there a way to ask questions specifically to SE managers?

I have recently come across situations on this site that I would've liked to ask and bring up to SE managers/creators without it being to the public or raising a flag. I specifically would like to ...
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What tools do people use for including research? [duplicate]

It's been a couple of months since I joined this community and needless to say while posting the questions we have to include the research we have done to prevent it from being flagged or worse being ...
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Newcomer Question

I just thought I'd introduce myself to everyone on this site. My name is Suhayl, and I'm an aspiring poetry writer. Being a poetry writer, I, naturally have an infatuation with the English language, ...
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When should a question be deleted?

I asked a question that was too broad/vague. After adding more context is became too localized. Looking back, I think the question isn't a very good one and probably doesn't have an answer — no matter ...
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The Comparison of Up-Votes Between Questions & Answers [duplicate]

I seem to see a pattern where Answers receive far more up-votes than the Questions they answer. I even see instances where an Answer has been selected while the Question remains at Zero votes. So, ...
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When (if ever) is it justifiable for an editor to change the entire body of a question while retaining the question title?

The issue comes up in the case of The meaning of the American idiom "pot calling the kettle black" which has just been placed on hold as being off-topic because the body of the question ...
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Questions with Can or Is

Do you feel that questions that begin with Is or Can are generally poor questions? I'm tempted to downvote them in general, but rather now I'm attempting to edit the questions to not be Yes/No. If ...
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Incorrect tagged question without a real motivation locked

I asked a question and while the answer is there and everything else is fine, it's incorrectly tagged. The reason for the incorrect tag is that if one doesn't put effort in actually understanding the ...