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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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How much research is needed?

Please advise or enlighten me if such guidance already exists. For example, for this question, I sought to record my thoughts and opinions on how to gloss that sentence. Yet it was still closed as `...
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Is it correct to use the tag “etymology” for set phrases, proverbs and sayings?

My understanding is that etymology refers only to the origin of words, while referring to proverbs/phrases and saying we would speak of their origin, not their etymology. The site etymology tag ...
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How to update a seven-year-old question?

An old question asks, master's or masters? The accepted answer (and the only viable candidate) says it has to have an apostrophe. But Academia SE has a tag definition for masters that shows the ...
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Has the policy on “excessive commenting” changed?

In most StackExchange sites, if an item seems to have attracted too many comments, those comments are moved to chat. (I have my own opinions about this practice, but in any event, that's the practice....
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Suspensions That Are Too Harsh

I have a feeling this question will get a lot of downvotes... Here it goes. The other day, I received an e-mail from moderation saying that my account had been suspended for seven days. Because of ...
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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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Chat: What is a Room Owner?

I've been a room owner of various chat rooms: chat rooms I created myself, and now, the ELU main chat. But what IS a room owner? What can a room owner do, what can't they do, what should they do? ...
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Should I downvote multi word answers on single-word-requests?

Reading through single-word-requests questions I often notice that a lot of the answers are not 'single word'-answers. Instead they give a combination of words describing the requested topic. Some ...
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About EL&U usage, purpose, and comments

I simply have to ask, and lash out (a tiny bit), about some of the comments and messages I have received on answers I've provided. I've had at least one moderator (I think?) and another senior member ...
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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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Goofed; have two accounts; how to merge? [duplicate]

I occasionally browse the "hot network questions" and found one in EL&U, which allowed me to post an answer even though I wasn't a member at the time. Somehow, I managed to get this unregistered ...
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How do I find a list of closed questions at EL&U?

Simply put, I should like to see whether there is any closed question that has something in it meriting a reopen vote. How do I find the list of closed questions here?
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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting? [duplicate]

Without explanation, a down-vote can be very like a slap round the back of the head… painful but in no way useful. With explanation, a down-vote can be very useful. It would be in no way necessary to ...
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Why doesn't the reputation increase for upvotes on comments?

Comments add a lot of value to the questions being asked or even to the answers. For example, comments can point out mistakes in the question or give deep insights about the topics concerned! Is there ...
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How to Find the Highest Ranked ANSWER(S) on the site?

How can I find the highest ranked ANSWERS on the site? Context: I recently was a part of Which word begins with "y" and looks like an axe in this picture? and have tried to see other high ...
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How to get a count of the people who viewed my profile?

I do not wish to know the names as I respect privacy. I only want a count. How do I see that? I want to know how many people have actually been impressed enough with my answers to go and check my ...
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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

Suppose a participant writes a rude or hurtful comment, and a flag is raised, and it's removed. As far as I can tell, nothing gets communicated to the participant -- the comment just quietly ...
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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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Difference between 'No Action Needed' and 'Skip'

In the review queue, there's the option for 'No Action Needed', 'I'm Done', or 'Skip'. Is there any difference in what the first and the last do behind the scenes? Both move on to the next item, ...
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How to discuss something with the mod team privately?

If I want to discuss some specific behaviors of a particular moderator with the broader mod team, how should I go about doing that? Without going into details, I worry that certain actions may ...
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How to initiate reopen voting after editing a question to clarify its meaning? [I don't have enough rep to vote to reopen.]

What to call women whose husbands are biological brothers? This recent question by a new member was put on hold as unclear, and I edited the question to clarify the meaning. The edit took effect ...
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Adding alt-text to images that don't ask for it

I ran across an answer today that looked like it could use a little help with accessibility (WBT's answer to Train Station vs. Railway Station). Specifically, there is a link to "here" that would be ...
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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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Should/Can one upvote oneself?

The answer to the first part (Should) is obviously, "No!", but I'm reluctant to test the possibility for that very reason.
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Is there a way to report a rude/inappropriate username?

A new user just posted a question, and I find their username offensive and inappropriate (I can post the name if necessary). Is there any procedure for reporting a username? I also found their ...
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When reviewing Suggested Edits queue, how to “improve” the suggested edit?

I came across a tag-edit that I wanted to improve slightly, while reviewing the Suggested Edits queue. At the top of the page it says, "Approve, reject, or improve edits suggested by users." I see no ...
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Why was my suggestion to a new user to visit ELL deleted?

I advised a new user to consider also ELL for his posts. In his META post OP observed that : We're supposed to be providing research, but sometimes the points within a post are so obvious that ...
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Are questions on dictionaries, corpora or other linguistic tools acceptable?

Recently I have realized I need some advice when choosing a dictionary, a corpus or any other tool assisting in language learning. I can find lists of them on the Internet, but it would be much better ...
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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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Why am I getting 2 types of web pages (design-wise) on ELU?

I am getting 2 types of web pages for ELU on my android phone(s), one of which seems like the desktop version (see first image below) and the other looks like a mobile version (second image) The 2 ...
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What happens when I roll back an edit that was approved from the queue?

A low-rep user changed a link in one of my answers from a PDF (with warning), which contains the actual text, to the website from whence one can download the PDF. It's nice to have that link, but I ...
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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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Seeking for clarification: Does my question actually comply with the category of primarily opinion-based?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: A question about the proper usage of articles In my post I sought for comments about a grammatical aspect of a statement; ...
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Why was the following question deleted?

The question An idiom for using power of position to get things done looks clear and provides a sample sentence where to use the expression requested. It got four decent answers and a few upvotes, so ...
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What Just Happened? [closed]

I answered a question (on the non-meta ELU site) about the term "native speaker," after several other answers had been posted. Immediately everything is gone. Was the question deleted? Is my inability ...
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How do I change the subcategory of a flag?

When I first encountered this question, it seemed like the ordinary struggles of a non-English speaker learning the language, so I flagged it to be migrated to ELL. As the original poster's comments ...
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Please reopen the “wont” question

The question has been edited and it appears to be on topic now. OP is simply asking if "wont" is an acceptable wariant of "won't" and if , possibly, there are difference in that respect in AmE vs BrE....
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Technical question: Why is the default footnote type so tiny?

As a compulsive footnote reader, I wish the default footnote font was larger. See, for example, the footnote in this good answer: What do you call someone who is good at everything? If a footnote is ...
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Is there any way to counteract votes placing a question “on hold”?

My feeling is that some questions are unnecessarily placed on hold. A short question like this one (https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/376574/word-for-a-person-who-often-use-technical-...
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Please VTR the “I am happy for you” question

The question has been put on hold as too broad. Actually out of the 10 answers posted. after 5k plus views, users seem to suggest that just three are on spot and useful. OP is asking for the more ...
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Call to action: fill in image descriptions

We had a request a couple of years ago to replace "enter image decription here" with some sort of generic text. I think this is a bad idea, as it doesn't add anything. Shog's comment on the proposal ...
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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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Why is deletion limited to 5 posts a day?

While doing some cleaning up on a number of old answers of mine the system blocked me after the fifth deletion. I have not been able to find this daily limit among the help center rules. Is it a ...
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Reopened: “…word for those random spots/patterns you see when you enter your home after playing outside on a sunny day?”

I had posted this question today: Is there a word for those random spots/patterns you see when you enter your home after playing outside on a sunny day? It was marked as duplicate by Mari Lou A and ...
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Do definition questions need an example sentence?

Do definition questions need an example sentence? Is there a term equivalent to 'mute' but at the level of 'lexis' e.g.. If not I just feel like it's a personal issue with me, even-...
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Is posting an embedded image as part of the answer (e.g. for a word definition) against the site rules?

I'm not asking about the pros and cons of this (that's a different question) but rather simply whether or not this is permitted. If it is explicitly permitted or disallowed, please provide a ...