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Why was my suggested edit rejected?

With reference to this suggested edit, why did one of the reviewers select 'reject and edit' (the other reviewer approved the suggested edit), thus rejecting my edit and then apply the exact same edit ...
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Why was this question downvoted and who downvoted it?

Why was this question downvoted and who downvoted it? I don't understand the reason of downvoting this question. And I can't read the name of the user who downvoted (too small reputation score I think)...
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Where did my old question go?

I wrote a well sourced, well thought out question for the English StackExchange, and you guys didn't like it. OK, whatever, you guys never like what I have to say, so that's not new. I'd like to ...
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Gratuitous personal attacks by poster

The question is similar to: Why did you murder the man? Instead of: Did you murder him? I have never seen spill the tea, and I do get around. – @XXX Apr 27 at 14:37 crudely questioning my experience. ...
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What resources do I need to consult before asking a question?

Many Stack Exchange sites require that users do some research before asking a question. Does English Language & Usage have such a policy? If yes, what resources should users consult before asking ...
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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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Want to complain about a gratuitous personal attack on the main site

I have been accused of anti-Semitism: I’m voting to close this question because it is an excuse to link to an anti-semitic post. If the commenter is a mind-reader, he/she should post his/her ...
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What is the [reason-why] tag used for?

A recent question used the reason-why tag for what was really an etymology question, so I retagged it appropriately. (Or at least I think it was appropriate.) Now I'm wondering what the tag is even ...
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How can I delete an "accepted answer"?

I tried to delete the linked "answer" but failed as it was accepted. There are some comments I can't take any more and I would like to delete it. Your help will be much appreciated.
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What happened to a question I (might have) posted about the word 'feminazis'?

I posted a question (at least, I think I posted one) about the usage of the term 'feminazi'. Where is the question? Is it deleted? What was wrong with it? If it was inappropriate, can I get a private ...
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Why was my question on neologisms put on hold?

I asked one simple question (Are there any general rules or guidelines for using newly coined word(s)?) and it was put on hold. Nobody answered it and the moderator says that it will generate opinion. ...
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What's off-topic about the question regarding the history of a slur?

The question When did Western newspapers stop using the term “Japs” in their publications? was asked yesterday and has really been riding the closure-rollercoaster: Expanded details: The first time, ...
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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) on this site? It will improve vocabulary. I would like an answer from a moderator.
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

An experienced user posted this comment under an answer that cited M-W dictionary. You say Btw, MW is the worst, most out-of-date dictionary on the planet!, but GKP regularly sings its virtues in ...
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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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Why is there no name on this comment except for "delete"?

The first comment under this answer is seemingly by someone with the name "delete". And yet, no tooltip/message appears when you mouse over this name. Screenshot: For convenience, here is ...
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May I speculate in comments?

The question What does "make the Iacke go" mean? has received four answers, all of which propose theories as to what the phrase means. Under it are also some comments that, to me, raise an ...
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Are we being encouraged to answer very old questions, or are they just being made more visually pleasing?

Some time ago, perhaps still, new answers to old questions were put under review (in a review queue), as if to imply: 'This question has been addressed, at length; what could possibly be the value-add ...
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What's up with the [usage] tag?

The tag usage redirects to word-usage, as the two are synonymized. But I can still find the tag on certain questions. When I search for the word-usage tag, many of the earlier results still display ...
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Why is my question about the etymology of "foundation" off-topic?

This question of mine got closed as off-topic, in spite of receiving way more upvotes than downvotes and also receiving a detailed answer. Why did it get closed?
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Looking for an online tool which provides a frequency of usage of any search phrase/sentence provided using large corpus of online text

I am looking for an online service which provides the frequency of a search phrase across all the literature in English that there is. Hopefully billions of lines of text. For example, if the phrase ...
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What resources/reference can I use when converting sentences from American English to British English?

Which reference document can I consult for converting American sentences into British English? Is there a gold standard resource?
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Seeking cursive writing samples along with a typed version

I want to find some samples of English cursive writing along with their typed versions. Where can I find this? This is for practice purposes: I want to attempt to read the cursive version and look at ...
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Kludge to trick SE to allow edits smaller than six characters by injecting invisible characters

It's impossible to fix small (but not insignificant) typos on SE without making other edits adding up to six characters. For example, think should be thick in a quoted line of a poem that makes no ...
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Why don't I get good hits when searching "Poor man's" with quotes?

If I wanted to search about the phrase "Poor man's X", The question When did the expression "Poor man's <noun>" originate? appears when I search for Poor man's But if I use ...
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What should be done with the questions that ask about the reason behind adjective order?

There are a bunch of questions that ask about adjective order, and most of them are closed as dupes of the original What is the rule for adjective order? asked 12+ years ago. There are three questions ...
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Are crazy icons here to stay?

Am I the only on ELU whose icons are all shifted, some to the point that it is difficult to tell which is which? The issue has been raised on META where they mention a temporary problem when new SE ...
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What is the Journalism tag used for?

What is the journalism tag for? I have a piece of journalism I want to write, and want advice, but I don't know where to do it.
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Can we migrate 'Is there any online tool to read (pronounce) IPA and APA written words?' and its like to Meta?

This question (Is there any online tool to read (pronounce) IPA and APA written words?) has 105k views and 83 upvotes. But it's been closed because it's asking for a resource. Most resource requests ...
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How is this question opinion-based?

How is this question opinion-based? ("May I have a mango!" is it an Imperative, Optative or Interrogative sentence?) There is nothing that seems inherently subjective about it, nor does it ...
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When are list-questions on topic?

Perhaps this is a bit too broad a question, but we'll see. Here goes. Right now, the consensus seems to be that list-question SWRs are opinion-based or too broad (and thus off-topic). List-question ...
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Need English Grammar Refresher Book, College Level, not ESL text

I am looking for a U.S. college-level English grammar text, one with answers to end-of-chapter exercises. I was born in the U.S. and have only spoken and written in English. I had a good English ...
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Why was this question closed as 'opinion based'?

This question was closed as being "opinion based," and I am interested in knowing why. The main part of the question is as follows: I am trying to find a word that can be used in formal ...
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How do those "Your answer could be improved with additional supporting information" things work?

I often see comments under answers like: Your answer could be improved with additional supporting information. Please edit to add further details, such as citations or documentation, so that others ...
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Where to ask for advice specific to the writing of scientific papers?

Where to ask a question about grammar or word usage specific to scientific papers ? For a situation of the following type: I wrote a grammatically correct sentence but maybe it is unusual in a ...
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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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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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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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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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Are questions asking about the structure of sentences too broad?

I recently asked this question: Parts of speech and functions: "Bob made a book collector happy the other day" The question asks for the structure of the sentence: Bob made a book ...
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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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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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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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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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