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After I fix my closed question, how or where do I ask for it to be reopened?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: defining “Well,” when it introduces these sentences My posted question was closed by a moderator who wrote this ...
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What does the "save this question" button do [duplicate]

What does the "save this question" button do? How do I find it and recall it after I have saved it?
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How did I get an "Unsave this answer" flag?

Earlier I wrote and posted an answer to this question: Order of prepositions "of" and "by" Somehow, in the process of making one or two edits almost immediately, the flag under the ...
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Ahhh! I lost my consecutive days streak

I had over 3950 consecutive days visited. That's over 10 years. And today I looked and I was at 2!?! I've been on the site every day. How did this happen? I'm really bummed. I've got browser history ...
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Is the background color of the ELU SE website based on the background color of the Etymonline website?

I was surfing etymonline and I found its background color exactly identical to the one of our beloved site. Is ELU’s background color based on Etymonline’s or is Etymonline’s based on ELU’s?
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Comments moved to chat 3 months later

Courtesy link: https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/140390/discussion-on-question-by-arunabh-bhattacharya-why-are-just-and-justice-writ There have been a long list of comments on one of my questions I ...
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Does this answer your question?

After I created a question, I get the notification "Does this answer your question?" with yes/no choice and a link to another question which is no related to my question. I click "No&...
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Why “Request Failed” alert on iPad?

I was trying to do some minor voting and commenting on my iPad and each time I tried to complete the action, I obtained the following alert: Request Failed. Could not perform this request with your ...
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How to add diacritics to my phonetic transcription?

When I need phonetic symbols, I just copy them off of Wikipedia. I don't know how to add diacritics with this method though. Take ◌̥ for example. When I try to delete the dotted circle, and replace it ...
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Since frequency of the use of words or other linguistic phenomena are the measuring stick of defining what is and what isn’t part of a language

…hence indisputably, this question is on topic. I would like to know any reasons, if any, based on which that would not be deemed the case on this SE site, and the reason why. I am substantially ...
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Should moderators lock posts without giving a reasoning for it?

I recently posted a question. It was locked within the hour for a day. Now what I need to understand is why that was done, so I can rectify it. As a corollary, should moderators lock questions without ...
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Why are some questions removed from the HNQ list very quickly?

I've noticed that some questions don't last very long in the HNQ list. For example, this question, Where does the "dysfunctional or broken" meaning of the word "demic" come from? ...
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The "short fuse" question is not opinion based

The question What sparked the figurative usage of “short fuse” in the 1960s? was closed as an “opinion based” one. I am not asking for opinions, and the fact that users give their personal opinions ...
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Wasn't your issue with so called "opinion based" question opinion based?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Punctuation rule in U.S. English My post wasn't by any means opinion-based. How it is different from questions about "...
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Question deleted in 2011 is on-topic in 2022

I suggest that the following question, which is deleted and invisible to users with less than 10K reputation, ought to be undeleted. What is the English equivalent to the Russian proverb ""...
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Why was this question removed from the HNQ list?

I would like to know why What is the origin of "playing into someone's hands"? was removed from the HNQ1 list. According to the guidance given in this post In general, we recommend that ...
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Does self-deletion of a comment flagged as 'unkind' lock in the flag?

Quite some time ago, a hi-rep user told me in a comment on meta that self-deletion of a comment on the main which has already been flagged as "unfriendly or unkind" will lock in that flag, ...
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If I am NOT running for Mod, but would like to state my personal platform

Recently, Meta has become a little confusing for me... We have Mod elections, and Question collection, but if I am not actively seeking election yet would still like to post my opinion vis a vis site ...
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How do I know if my vote has been registered?

I have ordered the four candidates in the current election, but there seems to be no mechanism to check and then confirm/finalize my vote. There is a note that my choices have been “saved” but what is ...
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How can I edit my question that was closed as opinion based?

I asked the question Mnemonic for the planets in Indian English about back in 2020. The question has been closed as opinion-based after less than 2 years. However, I need to ask something about this &...
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Why banned from asking question?

I don't understand why I should be banned from asking question on English Language & Usage. May you remove the block, please.
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What were the comments on this question?

Word for "about the way everything is connected" The comments were moved to chat, but the chat only has one comment (the same one as is on the question right now) What were all the comments ...
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Reversal of serial voting a little too aggressive?

I think someone may have set the parameters controlling serial voting detection a little awry. Today, I got a notification that 10 rep had been deducted because someone had been serially upvoting my ...
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my Question about adjective-adverb "double duty" got closed

The post desriptor as simultaneously an adjective and an adverb, retaining truncated into one-ish. E.g.: "ornate, ornately furnished" ↦ “ornate, -ly furnished” got closed on the basis of ...
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Poor Choice of Prior Answer

My recent question Are phrases of the form "A <possession> of <name>'s" grammatically correct? has been closed as allegedly already having an answer here. My first issue with ...
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Can we get this unlinked?

Word that describes a stand in or a frontman? was referred to another question, Word for Powerless Position?, which apparently did not answer the question, as the questioner selected my response as ...
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My questions are wrongly closed and I am not allowed to ask questions, even before my questions were answered [duplicate]

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: If an apple is bad and there are 5 apples (of the same type of the apple mentioned before) that are bad, then which of the ...
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Why have I received 16 invisible reputation? [duplicate]

In my question posited yesterday on the origin of indirect object placement, I early on received 16 reputation. However, I have not been able to figure out where these points come from. Have I been ...
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Improper duplicate closure of another prefixes question

Is there a word category for those kind of words? This question has been redirected to a question about a-adjectives, but the question includes other parts of speech. This has been hastily dismissed ...
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Is there a tag that can be used for questions about letters/characters?

I'm looking for a tag that can be applied to questions about letters/characters (such as How did the names of the letters in the English language come about, or Why do capital I's and small l's look ...
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How can a chat room be deleted?

I have created a chat room by mistake, and wish to delete it. Is there any way I can do that as the room owner? If not, can I ask someone to delete it for me? The chat room can be empty, or it can ...
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What is the difference between the "history" and "historical-change" tags?

How does one decide which tag to use: History: Questions about the history and trends of the English language Historical Change: For questions about how the English language has changed over time. ...
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Where can I find the rules of the English SE?

It's been a long time since I was last active on SE in general. Now, in the last weeks I've been super pensive about the role of language in my life, especially the ones I learned as a grown up, in ...
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What should I do if mods declined a flag I think was legitimate and regard violation of the code of conduct?

There's a user who's been posting pointless, off topic comments where I post genuine questions. Yesterday they chose to necropost on a 3 years and 4 months old question of mine, in a clear attempt to ...
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Are word lists forbidden in the rules?

I replied to a poster who asked me to supply a list of words in a particular category, that this was not allowed in the rules. See When I tried to search for the rule, I couldn't find it (or indeed ...
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Linked question is absent in "This question already has answers here" banner [duplicate]

I came across this question: Should personal pronouns always be placed at the end of a list? This question was closed eight years ago as duplicate of some other question. That question is not visible. ...
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Problems loading chat: hangs forever

Recently, I cannot access the chat room. I only get this forever message ( I have left it for up to 24 hours and it still hangs) : This started after the last updates around 4-5 months ago. Possibly ...
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How does one appeal a closed question, duplicate?

I understand there is a need to close duplicate answers, but shouldn't there be some clear instructions about what one can do to appeal? I'm not talking about the option to edit (which is clearly ...
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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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Apparent missing link to the original question

Article when there is an adjective before a noun There is a banner saying that this question is already asked some other place but link to that other place is absent.
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The "needs improvement" close reason doesn't contain an option for migration

When I click the "needs improvement" option I don't see any option to migrate to another website. Is this a mistake?
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What's happened to post formatting?

Posts look different: the most immediate and obvious change is that line-spacing has changed. Quotes are now indented a bit more, too. Old (from here): New: What just happened?
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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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Can an old account be 'merged' if it is no longer accessible by the user?

I am asking on behalf of someone who is locked out of their account due to problems with their Internet Provider and the fact that their email address is with said Provider. Is there any way to access ...
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Can someone please help me edit my question better?

I just can't help it. I tried and seems I can't explain well maybe because my English sucks. I understand that maybe my question is not written well and it is not fitting well here, but I quite don't ...
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Can I control the font size?

The font size I am getting for ELU is too small. I do not recall that it was like this before. Have I somehow made a change to my profile that will reduce the size? The font size for ELU is smaller ...
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Comments were moved to chat room, chat room was removed?

10 days ago I asked this one well received question: To avoid repeating "one" As you probably know, there are a lot of questions on Stack Exchange sites that have dozens of comments. 20-30 ...
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Need help in understanding why my question was deleted

My question Modern politically correct English guide (10k only, screenshot below) was deleted. I am asking for help from the community here to understand why this question was deleted, and how I could ...
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Why my question has been locked on comments if it has 1 comment and 1 answer only?

Yesterday I asked this: Precise names for parts of a day (revisited) There's only 1 question and 1 answer. Nevertheless it's been locked "on comments" and the rest of the interaction open. I'd like ...
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How to duplicate formatting of dictionary extract, with italics?

When I quote from an online dictionary I like to duplicate the formatting as much as possible. When using standard > block quoting I can't find a way to have a new line without inserting a blank ...
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