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How the heck do you do superscript (and subscript)?

I have been trying to reformat a recent post which calls for superscript to a footnote, and I will be danged if I can see how to do it without getting into (sup) with the little wedgie thingies — ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...
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A question about “people reached”

The system tells me I have 'reached' about half a million people on EL&U in 21 months, which is quite a remarkable figure. Can anyone tell me if this is done on the basis of IP addresses, that is ...
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How can you search pronunciations of words on Youtube?

I'm not sure this is on-topic, but I'm giving it a shot because it's a useful tool in hearing how different people pronounce words. There was a site I used to use where I could type in a word into a ...
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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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Why can't I (101 rep) answer a protected question?

This question is protected: "To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site." I have 101 reputation, so why can I not post an answer?
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Reduce advertising… but what advertising?

At 200 reputation, you are supposed to gain the priviledge of reduced advertising on the site. But, I currently don't see any advertising in the spaces defined on https://english.stackexchange.com/...
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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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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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Closing a question: How are migration possibilities determined?

I was going to put a close vote with suggestion to migrate to writers.se on this question here (about the use of names in formal writing), but when I tried to cast the close vote, the only target for ...
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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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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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Naming vs. Single word requests

It seems that naming is off-topic and single words requests are on-topic on this site. How do I identify whether I'm asking a naming question or I have a single word request?
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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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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?
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Possible database problems!

The following question was attributed to me, but it is not mine (it is not my writing style, nor was I using this web site back in November 2010; in fact, I only started using this web site within the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to edit a moderator attention flag

I flagged a question, intending to suggest it be moved to the language learners site but realized after I submitted it that I had typed "ELU" instead. I did not see anywhere I could edit my flag ...
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Logging out/off of ELU

How do I log off this site? I'm certain it's easy but I'm currently flummoxed! I utilized the tags below just so I could post the query.
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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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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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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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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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Information about info pages!

Have the info pages been introduced recently? (or have I failed to see them so far?).
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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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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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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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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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Speaking of comments

I've seen that usually a number of 30 comments calls for removal, why not this time? Please move to chat the extremely long trails of comments posted under this question and its main answers.
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Can a mod send me a screenshot of the comments which were under this question?

I asked the question "Why do I pronounce "horrible" so harrhibly?" a while back. It hit the HNQ and generated a lot of attention and chatty comments. Those comments were subsequently ...
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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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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 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 this question locked?

What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them? If it's not a good question for the site, why isn't it closed? I'd like to vote, at least. Maybe I ...
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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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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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Chat: How do I get to it?

I keep seeing people say in comments 'let's take this to chat' or 'this would be better in chat' But I don't know how to get to there. I've looked all over the FAQ and it mentions chat ...