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What does the tag politics stand for?

Politics can be defined from concerning potentially everything (as done by Carl Schmidt) and something that one cannot connect at all with a Q&A on the english language. Thus, there's need for a ...
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Will there be a 2014 Community Moderator election?

I've been a user for twelve months, and I would like to nominate one or more candidates for the position of ELU moderator. Generally speaking, the mods on ELU are doing a great job, with a few who are ...
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Ways to improve reputation that aren't asking or answering? [duplicate]

I would like to have two more reputation points (I have 48 reputation points now) so I can comment on other people's posts here as I need 50 reputation points in order to comment everywhere. But, I ...
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What is the purpose of this site?

Is this site entirely for the purpose of picking the right words for sentences or passages, or are other things allowed? I ask because I looked over the tour and the link I was shown about the scope ...
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Why can't I '@' people at the start of comments?

Often when I type @[person] at the start of a comment, the @[person] disappears without warning when the comment appears, and even when I try to click on the little white box above to auto-select, it ...
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Post with grammar error is sad because it cannot be edited to be grammatical (status: by design?)

The following post needs an edit to fix two minor grammatical errors (I could have sworn those weren't there when I posted, but such is the way of the universe that it often fails to mimic the ...
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Grounds for permanent deletions

What are the grounds for permanent deletion of a question on this group? That is: total deletion with no-one able to see or undelete the question.
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Answers as comments

OK, so I'm new here, and I don't necessarily know my way around, but: It strikes me that on a lot of questions, people will answer the question, but post their answer as a comment to the question. ...
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Questions about English Literature

Questions Requesting Explanation When we fail to find a satisfying or sophisticated answer on the Internet or in our books, can an explanation of poems or dialogs or certain Shakespearean lines be ...
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Does EL&U support an em-dash or en-dash

I'm able to paste an em-dash character. But I was wondering if there's a way to place an em-dash or an en-dash into an answer? The tag &endash; doesn't work. I could not find them among the ...
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On the main site, upvotes aren't giving a reputation change

I apologize for the small picture. There are some of my answers that have been up/down-voted (more up than down), but there is no "+#" next to my two most recent posts. One has 4 upvotes, the other ...
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Reputation is not being updated [duplicate]

This question got me 11 up votes but the reputation was not added. What can be the issue?
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Why was the following question removed from ELU?

The following question asks for the correct expression to use for a specific case of plagiarism: Is it plagiarism when copying something that you have written before? and though it got a ...
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How do I edit my very-old-questions without pushing it onto the “active” feed?

I was just going through some old posts of mine. Thought I could improve them just a tiny bit. I have no intention of bringing them back onto the "active questions" feed. How do I edit them, yet keep ...
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When my question is “ON HOLD”, can the question be seen on the main page?

Are questions that are put ON HOLD visible in the main forum of questions?
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How do I invite a user to chat and mentioning user?

I had thought to chat with a specific user, but I don't see any way to invite anyone to chat, and I am wondering if using the @username formulation will cause a notification to appear in a user's ...
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Should I trust a suspended user?

Sorry for this question, but I still need to understand the different dynamics of this site (site which I find very interesting and helpful). I'd like to understand if I can trust users who are ...
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Making Latin etymology on-topic

English consists mostly of borrowings. Therefore, there is almost no etymology in English itslelf and my questions on the etymology of English words are always stopped by "that is beyond the scope of ...
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Who is the boss here?

After a few weeks spent on this site, there is something I'd like to understand better and I think this is the place where to ask. I understand the are a number of rules regarding how and what a ...
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Techniques to automate quoting from sources

One of the tedious tasks one takes on when answering questions here is citing from online dictionaries. Since we're encouraged to provide more than a simple link we find ourselves performing little ...
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Some comments have a way of disappearing: who can delete a comment, apart from their author? [duplicate]

Who can delete a comment, apart from their author? Because it seems to me certain comments have a way of disappearing… ?!
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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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The Great ELU Tag Clean-up Proposal of 2014

EDIT: So, none of this got done in 2014. Does this mean that we should just give up on tags? Doing almost any of these by hand will annoy people since they would all bump those questions to the top ...
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What is the phase tag used for?

I found this phase tag and I am wondering what it is used for, since it does not have any description in it.
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Proportion of Mass? Checking if this question is ok

I thought I better run this past the meta before asking it on the main site. I've been directed here from Biology.SE regarding good scientific language, see the question below. https://biology....
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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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What does “Edit removed during grace period” mean?

I found this phrase on one of the edits that I made today. What does "Edit removed during grace period" mean? Does it mean that the OP is on kind of suspension and (s)he is not allowed to edit? I ...
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Seeing the reason behind close votes

I wanted to review a first post, and noticed that there were already a few close votes on it. As I don't see anything outstanding that would warrant closing the question, but I don't do review that ...
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What's being done to protect users' copyright?

I previously asked this question here on ELU Meta and on Meta too: Mass infringement of our copyright From the information that I got from the answers to that question from Meta and from ELU I ...
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Badges that were supposed to be awarded

I have had badges in the past not get awarded to me. For example, the one that won't be awarded to me currently is the curious badge. It has that I have more than 5 positive questions asked but will ...
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Can questions on meta earn the It’s Always 5 O’Clock Somewhere hat?

If one were to ask a question on meta when it's 17:01 on Friday somewhere in the world (say, Bangkok), which is subsequently upvoted, would it be hatworthy?
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Creating a new tag and changing/deleting it, reputations to create a tag seems too low

It seems obvious that either the OP of this question, "Secretariat" vs. "Directorate" created the tag or another user created it and it has been abandoned. What's the right ...
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Detect question ban

I currently don't have any questions to ask. However, yesterday I asked a question that received mostly negative attention but attracted one answer that was not upvoted. Here is a link: Modern use of ...
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Need guidance on how to deal with review of flagged posts

I have recently gone over 2,000 rep, which means I can review flagged posts. I can barely understand some posts, and editing them to relevance is beyond me, but possibly not beyond some of the site's ...
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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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Chat: how do I use it right?

Now that I've figured out how to get to chat, I see that there's kind of a lot there. I see all sorts of weird things there. Before I ask about what's appropriate behavior, I'd like to know just how ...
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Blacklist the [words] tag

The tag words has been heavily discouraged since the early days of the site. A few weeks ago I manually retagged every question that used words, and there are currently no questions with that tag, ...
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Is exchanging emails and/or posting links to personal blogs and/or sites allowed?

If, say, I wanted to continue a discussion of someone's question or answer in my personal blog or through email: would I be allowed to post a link? Or, alternatively, if I wanted to get in touch with ...
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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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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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Is there a list of moderators and diamond moderators for ELU? If so where is it?

It's pretty normal on forums to have lists of moderators. However, after looking around I haven't found a list for ELU. Am I just looking in the wrong place or doesn't such a list exist? If not why ...
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Are there any limitation to the number of posts for a certain period?

Are there any limitation to the number of posts for a certain period? Suppose, I want to ask more than six questions within one hour. Does this act go against the rules of this website? What is the ...
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What should one do when one is being trolled?

Sometimes, power gets to people's heads. Certain members here have been monitoring my questions, answers and comments closely. My crime? I believe that humor a) makes people happy b) helps the ...
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Is there any way I could view the comments of a particular user?

Time and again, I have seen people making comments (polished and polite) here which I think I could borrow and use at other relevant places later because I often feel like I am at lack of words and ...
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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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Why has my rep dropped 100 points in one day and what can I do to fix it or

... at least keep it from dropping even further? That's it, basically. Why, and what, and how?
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Please migrate my (closed) question to Writers.SE

My question, Word (or shorter phrase for) "evaluate the relationship between"?, was closed as "off topic" for this site. I think that it is a good question — it has five upvotes and ...
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Please either burninate the “correct” tag or merge it into “grammaticality”

We have 38 questions tagged correct. This is a horrible meta-tag that does no good. It should either be removed altogether and put on the blacklist, or possibly merged into the grammaticality tag.
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Defensiveness when replying to comments

Maybe I am too blunt sometimes. However in most cases I find that a comment pointing out a weakness in someone's answer or comment is taken well. Speaking personally, I've often edited my own answers ...
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Can't figure out how to apply tags on Main

I am brand new to Stack Exchange. I think I am being particularly thick & dense.. I just can’t work out how to ‘Apply a Tag’ to my question on The English Language & Usage Site? I did (...