Questions tagged [support]

You need help with the use of one or more of the site's features.

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My computer does bold on ELL but not on ELU

I have been "instructed" to come here and sort out my issue with bolding and italicizing text. Look at these words after the colon: just look. Do you see those terms, that is, "just look" in bold? I ...
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What's the bare minimum I need to add to this answer to meet specs?

I wrote an answer which is, I am told, "not in compliance with local attribution guidelines." What, if anything, do I need to do to this answer to bring it up to code? Do I really have to add "...
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About closed questions

I am a new member. Can I answer an unanswered closed question? If so, how? I have an answer for a closed unanswered question
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Flag > Should be closed > Off-topic > Belongs on another SE site > Meta or ELL; but no other option

Why does form not offer "other" or sumsuch option when flagging a Question for a mod to move? So I choose "unclear what you are asking", if it's not obvious how a question about Latin inflection ...
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Will this question be on topic here?

A line OA of length r starts from its initial position OX and traces an angle AOB=alpha in the anticlockwise direction.It then traces back in the clockwise direction an angle BOC=3 theta (where ...
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Commonly-available reference issue

This user posted this answer in October 2018. I have an issue with the link they have provided. The user has provided a definition from the OED and a link that takes you to the OED's homepage. The ...
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Does EL&U have a newsletter?

I was browsing the various sites on Stack Exchange and noticed some having a "Subscribe to newsletter" button. Does such a thing exist here? Are there reasons why there isn't one, in the case there ...
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Can tags be removed?

I was looking through the new tags and spotted "very" and "snowclone". This made me wonder how tags are deleted, since I couldn't find a button anywhere. Does one have to go to each question the tag ...
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Unlock “Why use singular they?” then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to here (if it's still deleted you'll need 10k rep). Sometime a while ago there was a question asked on ELL (here, but it's deleted now) and ...
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Has traffic on ELU decreased recently?

Is it just a personal impression or after the implementation of the new layout on ELU traffic both in terms of question and answers is well below average? I realize it is just a few days but views on ...
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How to see the most recent questions?

On other sites I see buttons/tabs for Newest, Frequent, Votes, Active, and Unanswered. I thought I used to see similar on EL&U also. Now I see only Active, Featured, Hot, Week, and Month. What ...
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Why is promoting your product through your user ID not spam?

This new user https://english.stackexchange.com/users/324324/airport-chariot-car-and-limo has a user ID that nakedly promotes a car-hire service. In the last day or so they've posted a dozen or more ...
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Understanding the Code of Conduct

This question from a new user asked if 'MSc holder in psychology' was grammatically correct. She noted, "This is for my personal statement for my cv", so it was of no trivial importance to the OP. ...
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What happens to bounties where the user who posted the only eligible answer deletes their account?

I recently posted a small bounty on a question. So far, the bounty hasn't attracted much attention, and my current bet is it still won't before the bounty expires. There was an existing answer on ...
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Repetition in answer of what was already mentioned in original question

I'm going to use this as an example, but it's only one amongst many. Specifically, she already cites 1794 in her question, so I figured you can't rehash that date (relating to the Jacobins) in your ...
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Any book or PDF for over 300 single-worded prepositions

Recently, I came to know that there are 336 prepositions in English via reading an OUP blog: ... . And now the lowly preposition is finally getting the attention it deserves with The Preposition ...
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Determiner question

The question below seems to be very simple at first glance and swifty got closed: Are articles pronouns? However, the answer is not as clear as it seems at first glance. For those of us well ...
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Improper merger

The recent question about the early usage of optics meaning “point of view” has been improperly merged into an older similar question. Can you please restore the new original question? Thanks.
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When should I use “convention tag” in EL&U?

I searched the convention tag, but the top google search result says, "the convention tag has no usage guidance." I have no idea which sense does this tag relate to. When should I use this tag?
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Flagging & reputation points

I tried finding an answer by searching, but in vain. If we flag a comment or a question, do we lose rep pts.?
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Are the downvotes against my answers fair?

I know that we all sometimes think our answer is good or acceptable when in fact it isn't. Sometimes we fool ourselves in the moment, other times we stubbornly hold to our position. I've been a ...
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Can somebody please stop the harassing commenters!

They are really a plague on ELU. This question has been downvoted and criticized for “no reason to be” by one of the usual harassing commenters. Why do we have to waste time and energy with such ...
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Do we have a canonical post on the pronunciation rules for the /s, z/ possessive clitic?

I've seen many questions asking about the punctuation of words ending in possessive S. There are also many questions asking about the pronunciation of possessive S when a noun already ends in an S. ...
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What to do when my question is unanswerable [duplicate]

I posted a question with a single-word-request, and although I got multiple answers, it became clear that no such word exists. Now, I'm unsure what to do with my question. Do I pick the answer that ...
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Why has Mr. Community pushed the following question to the top of the active line?

For some reason the following question has been brought to the attention of the community. The question is clearly off-topic despite the upvotes and the correct answers. I know that from time to ...
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Why is my question locked?

I asked the question: Is Post Script (P.S.) still relevant in the age of email? on ELU few days back which resulted into closing and locking of the question. My version: Why it happened? Closing ...
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Why was my question on neologisms put on hold?

I asked one simple question and my question was put on hold. Nobody answered it and the moderator says that it will generate opinion. I doubt that. On the contrary, I have received 4 upvotes, so ...
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I find this answer is irrelevant to my questions

I have asked this [question] (Is there a word which describes something being both beautiful and ugly at the same time?) on Stack Exchange English and I suspect the user Kris is receiving upvote ...
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Answer wrongfully deleted by brigade of trolls?

I had an answer to a moderately controversial question that was just deleted by Community as spam/offensive. The answer was highly-voted (last I checked, +14/-7) and appreciated by OP as indicated in ...
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Why was this question moved?

I'm referring to Name for this sort of word?. I didn't understand the reason they gave. And how do you find the "chat" dept.? If this isn't in the right "dept.", then please move it. If it's in ...
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What information does SE collect about users exactly?

Does Stack Exchange collect information about what EL&U users browse when they are not on the Stack Exchange site? Is this information sold or passed on to third parties? If for example, a user ...
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How do I edit what information is collected about me by SE cookies?

How can users edit what information is collected about them by SE, in particular information collected about them when they are NOT on EL&U: If you use the Stack Overflow Network, both Stack ...
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Are bounty points deducted on account deletion?

If I give bounty points for a question and then I delete my account in the future will those bounty points be lost by the answerer when my account is deleted ?
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Questions that have to do with exam tasks

Am I allowed to ask such questions when it comes to the CAE exam, for example? How do I come up with a title? Do I just say "Help with Reading Part 6 CAE" or "This CAE transformation"... has anyone ...
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Slanty brackets

When using phonemic script, it customary to put the IPA inside slanting brackets, like this: /slɑ:nti brækɪts/ Unfortunately, these often seem to break across lines on SE posts, so we get the ...
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Can I replace the default edit summary of rollback with my own edit summary?

When I'am editing this question, can I replace the default edit summary with my own edit summary of rollback? What way should I do?
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Can we reopen this question or link it to an authentic duplicate, please? [reopened]

The title of this question was edited substantially changing the nature of the original query, making the existing answer nonsensical, and rendering the question a duplicate of other questions on the ...
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How do I change my account password?

The Help Center only has information on resetting a lost password: I lost my password; how do I reset it? If you have lost your password, please visit our account recovery page and enter the ...
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“Not within the scope of this site”?

I have a question about the usage of an English term and I finally decide to ask on ELU (English Language Usage). I provide some prelimirary research: 1) the origin of the term, 2) usage evidence ...
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Three SWRs suddenly closed for being POB

Yes, I am aware that many users including tchrist ♦, and perhaps eight of the nine EL&U mods, really dislike SWRs (Single Word Requests) but for a mod to shut all three questions as Primarily ...
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When considered writing an answer to a question, do I have a responsibility to search for duplicates before answering?

Recently a question came up as to whether it's our responsibility to look for previously answered questions on our sister site, English Language Learners. The consensus was no. But someone commented ...
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creepy black boxes in question

On the active page, I see little black boxes instead of…what? It didn't help that Emily's avatar is almost black too, but once inside... Is this black box supposed to be a glyph or an emoji? I am ...
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Closed as dupe points to closed as too broad

Closed as dupe points to closed as too broad. How is that helpful to anyone? My knee-jerk reaction is to vote to reopen the more recent one. Any better ideas? Example: Not a jack of all trades! i ...
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Question about homicidal tendencies

Should this new question new OP be forwarded to authorities?
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Why do I have so much increase in reputation all of a sudden?

(I have no idea where to post this, so if it’s off topic or anything, please let me know where to post it) So I posted a hand-made riddle on Puzzling yesterday (for which I got 20 upvotes:)). ...
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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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Is there a rule that the first correct answer must be accepted?

It seems I have caused offence in my choice of answer to my question today. Have I broken any rules ?
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Is there a rule against posting the same answer on two duplicate questions?

I posted an answer that got a lot of votes. Now the question has been marked a "duplicate", and may be in danger of closing. Would it be alright if I copy and paste my own happily successful answer to ...
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How was an OED page made available free of charge?

I have access to OED through the public library system of the UK and I am aware that others without subscriptions cannot verify my citations. There is a comment on the second answer to this question ...
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How do I add a red title to a link in a comment?

Presently I can only paste a URL into a comment and the word processor chooses what title to say in red. How do I add my own title to the link ?