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I'm sometimes unsure about whether to answer a simple grammatical question or to suggest that it is more appropriate for ELL. What are the criteria?

[Before asking this question here on Meta, I did search for duplicates. There are similar questions, but I found no exact duplicates. If they do exist, please direct me to them, and I will delete this ...
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Should this question be closed?

I found no reason why this question is closed. This question asks whether a given phrase is the right usage for expressing a particular action. It is a particular doubt that may arise in a non-native ...
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Please pardon our mess

Some of you have noticed a bunch of deleted questions on the site lately, and have asked why. What happened is that there was a voting ring of users running sock puppets to post simple dictionary- ...
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I've clarified my question about mondegreens; can we re-open it? [resolved]

Update: the question has been re-opened and has started getting answers. Thanks to everyone for your votes. Requesting votes to remove the hold tag for this question I had posted. I have made the ...
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Should I delete my question?

I wrote a nautical vocabulary question ELU, and then realized that people with practical experience about boating might be able to answer it better over on Great Outdoors. I got the answer I needed ...
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Should I stay or should I go; my question clearly went wrong; how wrong?

Should I delete my question despite a legitimate answer and comments? Before writing this I read posts here about deleting and improving questions ("Should I delete my question?" etc.). I didn't get ...
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Let's synonymize "to be" tag with "be" tag. [Completed]

I have suggested to-be be synonymized with be. Related Meta post by @wythagoras: Synonymize and merge the tags [be] and [to-be] https://english.stackexchange.com/tags/be/synonyms (It requires ...
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User "John Rock" violates the SE content policy

This user profile: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/21563/john-rock and the 32 other SE profiles linked to it were evidently created to provide link juice for traffic generation through the ...
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What happens when questions are migrated twice?

A question I answered was closed and presumably automagically migrated to Writers. I lost some rep because the question was no longer on ELU. It's since been migrated back because it is actually ...
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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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What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more? - Not a duplicate

What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more? What's the word for someone who is ungrateful/ not appreciative of the things he has but wants more lavish things? ...
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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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Quick migration to ELL

Why was this post quickly migrated to ELL? I think the question posed is just apparently an elementary one. It may well find a proper answer on ELL, of course, but why was it out of place on ELU?
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What is meant by the tag "reference"?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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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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Merge [history] and [historical-change] tags

There are several tags that are associated with the background of a word: [etymology] [origin-unknown] [phrase-origin] [history] [historical-change] But for historical-change, both the definition ...
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How did I earn "Edit community wikis" privilege

I just noticed that I was recently (yesterday) given the "Edit community wikis" privilege. The description about the "Edit community wikis" privilege says that the privilege is given when the user ...
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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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How long does an account merge take?

Yesterday, I requested that two accounts (and their rep) be merged; I followed the procedure provided, including the final acknowledgement after activating the two links emailed to me. As of this ...
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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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Is it okay to request a status completed tag?

I sometimes custom flag questions, asking a moderator to mark it status completed, because I believe the question served it's purpose, and most moderators mark my flag helpful, and actually add the ...
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Can we change the linked-to question here, folks?

This question here was rightly closed as a duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: "There is tea and juice" or "There are tea and juice"? It has currently been linked to the ...
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Comment threads that make no sense

I am fairly new to SE and ELU(less than a month old). While going through some questions and answers, I spotted a few comments that made absolutely no sense to me. Comments that appear to at-mention ...
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Are questions asking definitions about tech stuff on-topic?

I want to ask what the difference is in common English usage between two particular words having to do with Internet browsers.
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Meaning of [Correspondence] tag?

What is the meaning of the tag correspondence?
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Can a user award half their bounty after being AWOL?

Scenario: A user fixes a sizeable bounty on a question then real life intervenes and that user is absent for a week or more. At the end of the bounty period the system kicks into action and awards ...
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Can this question be salvaged?

I read what I thought was an interesting question, which got what I thought was an answer-material comment. The question had one close vote, but seemed to be in a bit of a gray area. I edited the ...
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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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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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How to delete own answer

I remember seeing comments against answers advising users that they can delete their own posts (regardless of reason). When I check my own answers, I do see a delete option; however, when I hover ...
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I'm unable to edit my profile

I'm trying to complete my profile, since I've been led to believe I will earn another badge by doing so... So I go to the "edit profile & settings" page and add a few simple text-only things (...
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Is there a way to upload the corrected, new question after deleting a question because I needed to correct it?

I deleted my question because I needed to re-write it. I tried to upload a new one, but the site tells me it's a duplicate, showing the deleted one with an undelete button for someone who wants to ...
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Content dispute

I was wondering if some kind soul could explain: What is a 'content dispute'? How are content disputes resolved? How long should a content dispute be expected to take to resolve? Are there any other ...
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How to get a question reopened after it has been rephrased?

I would like to ask the high brow folks to take a look at a question that was closed. I have rephrased it, added some arguments and flagged it, but it hasn't been evaluated so far. What else should ...
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Should the typography tag and typesetting tag be merged?

I don’t understand why there is a typesetting tag that is distinct from a typography tag. Is there any good reason for those to be separate? If not, I would like to propose that they please be ...
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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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Reopen request: Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?

This is a request to reopen the question, "Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?" I believe that it is a perfectly legitimate question and not general reference. (I've also ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I flag an inappropriate edit?

I'd like to bring an edit to the attention of the moderators. How do I do that? I know how to flag a question, an answer and a comment, but not an edit. (I don't want to get into an edit war.)
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Message not addressed to me arrived in MY inbox

Mari-Lou wrote a pugnacious message to persons unknown, did not use my @name, but it nevertheless arrived in MY inbox, causing distress. I suspect a bug.
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Why can't I see the comment that my mailbox claims to have come?

In my mailbox I see this: Jun, 23 Difference between "day after tomorrow" and "day after next" comment: @KonradViltersten There is often a down-vote as soon as I post, and sometimes after it is ...
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Link to a question, answer, or comment

In writing a question, answer, or comment, how can I include a clickable link that cross-references another question, answer, or comment at English Language & Usage SE? What I found through &...
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Can we prevent this question from being deleted, please?

A veteran SE member recently posted this question here on ELU — an increasingly rare and and very welcome syntax question, worthy of our site: Are these parts of speech correct? This question ...
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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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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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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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