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How do I insert an actual NGram chart into my post?

I know how to include basic hyperlinks, and usually I think that's all I want. But sometimes I'd like to include an actual graph, especially if much of my answer text relates to that graph. Edit 27/...
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Memes of English Language & Usage

Inspired by The Many Memes of Meta on meta.stackexchange. Catchphrases and concepts that spread from person to person are known as memes, which, courtesy the Internet, can now explode across the ...
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Is there a way for formatting my questions and answers?

Other people have such beautifully formatted questions and answers, and I have to do it basic HTML. Are there any special keys you have to use in order to have a 'touched up' post? and can someone ...
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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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What to do against downvote troll?

Someone around here likes to downvote every post of me, of course without giving any reason why he downvote my question/answer. All started one month ago, luckily an automatism reverted the downvotes....
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Delete [pedantic] tag

The user Thursagen, which is suspended for three years (!), added the tag pedantic to several posts. An exhaustive check of the revision histories of all questions with this tag indicates that no ...
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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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Is Wikipedia an acceptable source?

I have just posted an answer to this question where I cited Wikipedia as the source of my information. Is wikipedia a reliable enough source to go to when citing information of this nature? I ...
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Why can't I (101 rep) answer a protected question?

This question is protected: "To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site." I have 101 reputation, so why can I not post an answer?
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Why was my question put on hold?

I'm new here, and thought I had a reasonable question which could start a bit of discussion. It was, admittedly, about something which annoys me... which is why I completely understand the first ...
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Is it okay to flag a question for migration to a beta site

The question A confusing use of a negative seems like it belongs on English Language Learners. I was considering flagging it for moderator attention and choosing a custom reason to say this. But I'm ...
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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 to migrate a question to ELL [duplicate]

This question has been put on hold as being too basic and thus off-topic. I would like to vote for this question to be migrated to ELL rather than deleted, but the only three options I see in "flag" ...
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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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Request to reopen “Is 'deuce' (tennis) a corruption of the French phrase 'à deux de jeu'?” [closed]

This is a request to reopen the question, "Is 'deuce' (tennis) a corruption of the French phrase 'à deux de jeu'?", as per the reasons stated in the question's comments.
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Reopen closed question: 'Is “Why Steven Sinofsky is out at Microsoft” correct?'

I think that this is a perfectly good question and have no idea why it has been closed. The only person to have provided a reason for his/her close-vote as a comment is Fumble. He too has stated that ...
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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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How should I report a pronunciation using the IPA notation?

Should I report the pronunciation as |ˈˌdaɪəˈˌkrɪdəkəl|, or [ˈˌdaɪəˈˌkrɪdəkəl]?
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When is “tweet your answer” button available?

I was trying to reproduce and document the bug I reported in my question Tweet button from the same answer always gives distinct link I opened all my answers in EL&U one after another and this ...
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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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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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What to do with those questions which have received answers in comments?

Take this question, or many others on EL&U where someone answers in comment and OP, despite have got an answer in comment,will satisfactorily forget that question will still remain open and appear ...
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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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Can a mod send me a screenshot of the comments which were under this question?

I asked the question "Why do I pronounce "horrible" so harrhibly?" a while back. It hit the HNQ and generated a lot of attention and chatty comments. Those comments were subsequently ...
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What are the consequences of a suspension?

Before asking this question, I read Mark's similar one (About Suspension, posted on Oct 5 '11 and which got a few replies). In his question, Mark mentioned a member who was suspended but seemed to be ...
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How close am I to getting another gold badge?

I'm not exactly over the moon about the way SE has implemented their decision to grant me the power to unilaterally close questions - but if history has taught me anything, it's that you can't fight ...
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What should be done with the “grammar-checker” tag?

grammar-checker seems a misused tag; in some cases, it seems more appropriate to use grammaticality. Should we remove grammar-checker, or does the tag have a purpose and we should write the Wiki page ...
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How do we get -840 reputation in a day?

Today, I noticed a -840 reputation in my reputation list. It lists the reputation change as below: -75 04:25 removed User was removed -77 04:25 removed User was removed -228 ...
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Reopening prematurely Closed questions

Every once in a while ELU.SE tells me I've earned some more powers to do things I'm not interested in, but the one thing I'd like to know how to do doesn't seem to have a button anywhere obvious. ...
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Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents?

Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents? I'm still trying to wrap my head around how some "and" and "or" are sometimes used with ...
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Why do some people have 101 points when they register?

If you look at the recently registered users, you'll notice some start from 1 point and many start with 101 points. Why?
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My questions keep getting down-voted; is it revenge down-voting?

Nine questions of mine have been down-voted in less than fifteen minutes, and another one has been down-voted one minute ago. It sounds like revenge down-voting to me. Can anything be done, about ...
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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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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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Tag deletion request: [meanning]

There's only one question tagged meanning, it was probably a typo. Please change it to meaning.
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What flag is appropriate for non-English, one-line answers?

In the past two days I have run across two one-line answers that were not in English. One appeared to be in Spanish, the other in Hindi (to the best of my ability to tell; I don't speak either ...
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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 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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Speaking of comments

I've seen that usually a number of 30 comments calls for removal, why not this time? Please move to chat the extremely long trails of comments posted under this question and its main answers.
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How do votes work on closed questions?

I'd been under the impression that once a question was closed, further voting was either not possible, or wouldn't affect reputation. But a couple of hours ago, someone upvoted my answer on Why does ...
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Code sample button

What is the necessity of "Code Sample" button in the "Markdown Editor" of this site?
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Slanty brackets

When using phonemic script, it customary to put the IPA inside slanting brackets, like this: /slɑ:nti brækɪts/ Unfortunately, these often seem to break across lines on SE posts, so we get the ...
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When considered writing an answer to a question, do I have a responsibility to search for duplicates before answering?

Recently a question came up as to whether it's our responsibility to look for previously answered questions on our sister site, English Language Learners. The consensus was no. But someone commented ...
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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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Used up all my votes, but no Vox Populi badge?

Twice since joining this site I have used up all my votes in a day. I thought this should have earned me the Vox Populi badge, but it has not. Is this a bug, or do I misunderstand the badge ...
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By what criteria is a question considered “well-received”?

The notion of a "well-received" question is mentioned in several places on EL&U – such as in the qualifications for the "Curious", "Inquisitive", and "Socratic" Question Badges – but I've been ...
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Is http://www.tinyguru.com violating EL&U (or YOUR) copyright?

Apparently Is http://englishqna.blogspot.com violating EL&U (or YOUR) copyright? was successful. Enough of us were prompted to file DMCA complaints with Google, and that "scraper" website was ...
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My reputation has dropped 400 points all of a sudden. Can anyone tell me why?

Yesterday evening (GMT) my reputation dropped from 6650 to 6218 all of a sudden. Why?
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Many graphical items are not shown in the main site

Since the first moment I looked to questions on EL&U this morning, I noticed something was wrong. This is a screenshot for a random question on the main site. As you see, the page doesn't show ...
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Synonym for the tag “adverb-position”

Can someone who has earned at least 5 points in questions tagged adverb-position, please suggest adverb-placement as its synonym. Or nominate the latter to substitute the former, I don't care which. I ...