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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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Do we want to enable post limits?

The question of posting limitations was brought up several months ago, wherein we learned that there are post limits for some SE sites and not for others. We learned that the limitations are 6 ...
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How do we describe "good" and "bad" English?

Many questions have these words tossed around: good / bad valid / invalid right / wrong grammatical / ungrammatical correct / mistake standard / non-standard accepted / not accepted ...
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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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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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Shouldn't we try to produce more expert questions? Yes, but how?

I have the feeling that after almost three years there are currently a lot of beginner and easy questions and comparatively few expert questions. It is very important to have questions here that you ...
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How can I improve a question?

I recently asked a question here that seemed to fit the site, so I was surprised when I saw that it was quickly downvoted. Questions relating to spelling and punctuation are clearly encouraged in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The problem with attractive titles.

EDIT: The point of this meta-discussion is NOT this particular example but the behavior present (intended or otherwise) in the example. I have also severely toned down the hyperbole and attitude... ...
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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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Is the "review" feature responsible for lazy close-voting?

The following are two examples of questions which have, as of right now, registered a number—four in these cases—of close votes. How do you refer to a hyponym that is the same word as the hypernym? ...
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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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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 questions about what heard in an audio clip always welcome?

The main issue I see with those questions is that they are too localized: It's rather difficult that those questions are really helpful for somebody else than the OP. The other problems I can see ...
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Are questions about online resources on-topic?

Sometimes, questions about English (online) resources are being asked. Are those questions on-topic for EL&U? If they are on-topic, aren't they at least subjective? These are examples of ...
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Why can't I flag a question as "offensive"?

I find a certain phrase in a particular question very offensive. However, I can't flag it as "offensive" like I can a comment. Is this by design? What should I flag it as instead?
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Is asking the etymology of the name of a town on-topic?

Is asking the etymology of the name of a town on-topic for EL&U?
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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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When can two questions be in the same question?

What do “socially imposed judgments” and “Keyboard, face, keyboard, face.” mean? The differing opinion here seems to revolve around the idea that the two questions are coming from the same source. ...
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Literature is closing — what questions should we migrate here? [closed]

Our sister site Literature Stack Exchange is shutting down on May 4th due to a lack of activity. (So are Astronomy, Economics, Firearms, Healthcare IT and Theoretical Physics.) There may be some ...
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Tag review: [meaning-in-context]

meaning-in-context has roughly 250 questions. Some of these questions are good; some not as good. Today I saw a question I thought was skirting the danger line and noticed it only had the tag meaning-...
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Is not liking the answer given for an existing question a reason enough to ask a duplicate/similar question?

Past tense of RSVP Past participle of a verb created from an acronym The OP of the first question declares he asked a different question because he didn't like the accepted answer given in the other ...
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How important is a word origin?

I wonder what will happen after knowing the origin of a word. I see 7-8 questions about it everyday. Is it really useful?
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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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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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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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Would this question be on topic?

I'm unsure that this question would be on topic as it could prompt a list. If it isn't, can I rescue it? Words that can be a Noun, Verb or Adjective. I was posed a question the other day: "Can ...
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Good answers to closed questions

This question was closed today because it was a duplicate of this question. Today's question, however, had a really good answer — by one Jon Purdy — which I believe actually adds to the answers given ...
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how to find related questions on this website

I asked some question and among many replies i saw this message: 'Please do search the site before asking, too. This question has been asked a dozen of times already'. And 'This type of question has ...
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Why did this question still have a "duplicate error" link?

In Why don't we pluralize "foot" in measurements? I noticed there was still the link to the duplicate question, even if the question has been re-opened. Should not the link be supposed to be removed, ...
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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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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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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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Statistics on the number of open questions

Are there any stats available on this site which list the total number of questions, the number of open questions, the number of open questions with at least one answer scored greater than 1, and so ...
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Are questions that set apparently arbitrary restrictions to the word to use constructive enough?

I am taking https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/50932/are-there-alternatives-to-in-such-a-way as example, but I am referring to any similar question. Grammatically, there is nothing wrong in ...
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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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The links posted under a question are split on two lines

See Do we need the "foreign" tag? The links that I see under that question are split on two lines. It happened after I voted to close my question as it is not relevant, now that there are ...
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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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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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Am I supposed to keep asking the same question?

At the bottom of the questions I ask, the page shows text similar to the following one. Am I supposed to ask again the same question? The code clearly noticed I asked the question; in fact, it ...
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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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the Difference between English Language and Usage and English Language Learners [duplicate]

English is my second language, and I have accounts with both English Language and Usage and English Language Learners. However, when I look through the questions, my first thought is that they are ...
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Should downvotes require comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it not mandatory to provide comments on a down-vote? Some questions can be unclear, and most users are nice enough to leave a comment on the question to let OP know ...
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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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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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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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