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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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Need for 'Omission Tag' in English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

Today, when I was going to ask a question pertaining to the omission of some words, then I could not find 'omission tag' on that. Why still there is absence of such tag?
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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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ELU newbie chafing (politely) at default when no profile autobio has been written [migrated]

Currently, it reads "Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them." Respectfully, "them" is plural. (Effects on this English ÜberNerd=Hair shirt! Leaking viscera! Metal rasp on ...
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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 ?
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Is this another “yellow ax” case?

This recent highly controversial question appears to offer more personal impressions on how the object in question is called rather than a definitive answer. Though AmE users appear to agree on a ...
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When and why will my stuff get deleted? (if it will be)

I really like this website and use it regularly. I have posted a lot of questions and I have attached some pictures to them as well. People on this website have given very good and useful answers to ...
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Identity Theft: Shouldn't this be prevented?

I came across a (ridiculous) question + answer purporting to be from myself while I was looking through 'questions from new users'. It was removed, but I think that this reveals a serious flaw in the ...
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References At Bottom Of Answer? [duplicate]

I have been told that users are required to cite sources to prove our answers, but a) barely anyone I've seen does this and can get away with it and b) what if there are no quality websites explaining ...
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How to leave a comment to Locked Post? OR: please unlock this question

There is a locked question where I would like to leave a comment ("I think this question would work well at Language Learners Beta; if you repost there, please notify me"). I can't leave a comment ...
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How can I view the content of deleted chat rooms that are linked to in moderator comments?

According to Monica Cellio's Meta SE answer to Is chat room transcript link permanent? (from November 2017): rooms with little activity are auto-deleted, meaning that only users with high rep (10k ...
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Another epic question locked

The most famous covfefe question, with nearly half a million views, has also been locked. Though I have no qualms about its being locked, I wonder why in this case, unlike the “yellow ax” locked ...
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Would such a question be kosher or should it be flagged?

Here's a hypothetical situation. Suppose someone asks a question requesting traditional regional synonyms for gay/homosexual, many of which are hurtful, and there's no discernible intellectual reason ...
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How do I delete all my comments?

I'd like to delete my comments here on EL&U and leave my answers pristine as I go through them to make sure that I still agree with what I wrote here 2 years or so ago. Is there a way to delete ...
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Google is a Lexicon, How Do You Like Those Apples?

I'm writing today to debunk the libelous myth you stipulated without citing a single source. I heard back from the OED, Please see link below. Upon noticing drastic differences between Google ...
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What flag is appropriate for non-English, one-line answers?

In the past two days I have run across two one-line answers that were not in English. One appeared to be in Spanish, the other in Hindi (to the best of my ability to tell; I don't speak either ...
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Why was this question not automatically deleted?

I was reading up on the difference between whoever and whomever today and came across a question with zero net vote, and no answers. I thought that the periodic automatic deletion process would ...
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Reached Question Limit

Can someone tell me why I've reached my question limit on the English Stackexchange site? All my questions are generally positive. I suspect it's because I gave out a 50 rep bounty when I was low in ...
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How can a user with only one rep offer a bounty of one hundred?

This question offers a bounty of 100 and the user has a grand total of one point. I'm sure there is an obvious reason and I am sure I shall kick myself when I am told. But how does this work, exactly ...
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ELL as a native speaker?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Who got jack followed by? Specifically, a comment from WS2. I'm a native English speaker curious about my own language. I ...
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Where possible harrasment is at play is it possible to identify all past comments from a user

Greetings fellow ELU enthusiasts! For some many months now, it seems a particular user here, has nothing better to do with their time, than follow me around on ELU and comment whenever they get the ...
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erm… I lost 2,134 in reputation

Yes, I know. When a user is removed, or they delete their accounts their upvotes and downvotes are removed. But tonight I lost 2,134 rep. That's a lot. Seriously. This is no laughing matter. I just ...
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I Edited Someone's Question Yesterday; Can I Find That Edit On My Network Activitiy Profile?

I don't recall the details. The question was at either ELL or ELU, and it included an example which was (I thought) incoherent. I made some little rearrangement of the words. I think the example ...
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Where did the help pages go?

So there is a new top banner bar on my SE pages today, and I can't figure out where the help pages went (links to the Tour, Help Center, etc.). What am I missing?