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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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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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Can you start a bounty on a question that already has an accepted answer?

Can you start a bounty on a question that already has an accepted answer, if you feel that your answer to the question is better than the one that was accepted?
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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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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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Unlock "Why use singular they?" then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to at Why does English use singular they instead of making up a new word for this? (currently re-reopened). Sometime a while ago there was a ...
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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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Why does (almost) every answer in this question have a banner?

I admit I'm not overly familiar with how these banners work, but I was reading "What is the word that is used to describe the oversimplification or non-academic discussion of a complex issue?" and ...
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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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Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed questions cannot be seen?

A new user with reputation less than 50 told me that she can see no "reopen" button under a particular closed question. Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed ...
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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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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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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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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting? [duplicate]

Despite "helpful" contributions from various Members, this Question doesn't at all have a previous Answer. Without explanation, a down-vote can be very like a slap round the back of the head…...
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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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Let's reopen this interesting question

Now reopened This apparently simple, question about possessive S has been closed: "The species/species'/species's survival..." However, I think that in this case this was a bit ...
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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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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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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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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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Drafts should save in Edit forms

I was under the impression that drafts of edits were saved. Is that not the case? Now I lost one of my better answers in its inception because being on mobile and a bit clumsy I sometimes accidently ...
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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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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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What's with all the serial down-voting on the "boobs" question?

The question What is the difference between “tits” and “boobs”? has a number of answers, and a dedicated group of people appears to have gone through and down-voted every answer multiple times. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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