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“Not within the scope of this site”?

I have a question about the usage of an English term and I finally decide to ask on ELU (English Language Usage). I provide some prelimirary research: 1) the origin of the term, 2) usage evidence ...
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Three SWRs suddenly closed for being POB

Yes, I am aware that many users including tchrist ♦, and perhaps eight of the nine EL&U mods, really dislike SWRs (Single Word Requests) but for a mod to shut all three questions as Primarily ...
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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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creepy black boxes in question

On the active page, I see little black boxes instead of…what? It didn't help that Emily's avatar is almost black too, but once inside... Is this black box supposed to be a glyph or an emoji? I am ...
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Closed as dupe points to closed as too broad

Closed as dupe points to closed as too broad. How is that helpful to anyone? My knee-jerk reaction is to vote to reopen the more recent one. Any better ideas? Example: Not a jack of all trades! i ...
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Question about homicidal tendencies

Should this new question new OP be forwarded to authorities?
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Why do I have so much increase in reputation all of a sudden?

(I have no idea where to post this, so if it’s off topic or anything, please let me know where to post it) So I posted a hand-made riddle on Puzzling yesterday (for which I got 20 upvotes:)). ...
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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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Is there a rule that the first correct answer must be accepted?

It seems I have caused offence in my choice of answer to my question today. Have I broken any rules ?
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Is there a rule against posting the same answer on two duplicate questions?

I posted an answer that got a lot of votes. Now the question has been marked a "duplicate", and may be in danger of closing. Would it be alright if I copy and paste my own happily successful answer to ...
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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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How do I add a red title to a link in a comment?

Presently I can only paste a URL into a comment and the word processor chooses what title to say in red. How do I add my own title to the link ?
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Is this another “yellow ax” case?

This recent highly controversial question appears to offer more personal impressions on how the object in question is called rather than a definitive answer. Though AmE users appear to agree on a ...
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When and why will my stuff get deleted? (if it will be)

I really like this website and use it regularly. I have posted a lot of questions and I have attached some pictures to them as well. People on this website have given very good and useful answers to ...
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Identity Theft: Shouldn't this be prevented?

I came across a (ridiculous) question + answer purporting to be from myself while I was looking through 'questions from new users'. It was removed, but I think that this reveals a serious flaw in the ...
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References At Bottom Of Answer? [duplicate]

I have been told that users are required to cite sources to prove our answers, but a) barely anyone I've seen does this and can get away with it and b) what if there are no quality websites explaining ...
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How to leave a comment to Locked Post? OR: please unlock this question

There is a locked question where I would like to leave a comment ("I think this question would work well at Language Learners Beta; if you repost there, please notify me"). I can't leave a comment ...
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How can I view the content of deleted chat rooms that are linked to in moderator comments?

According to Monica Cellio's Meta SE answer to Is chat room transcript link permanent? (from November 2017): rooms with little activity are auto-deleted, meaning that only users with high rep (10k ...
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Another epic question locked

The most famous covfefe question, with nearly half a million views, has also been locked. Though I have no qualms about its being locked, I wonder why in this case, unlike the “yellow ax” locked ...
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Would such a question be kosher or should it be flagged?

Here's a hypothetical situation. Suppose someone asks a question requesting traditional regional synonyms for gay/homosexual, many of which are hurtful, and there's no discernible intellectual reason ...
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How do I delete all my comments?

I'd like to delete my comments here on EL&U and leave my answers pristine as I go through them to make sure that I still agree with what I wrote here 2 years or so ago. Is there a way to delete ...
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Google is a Lexicon, How Do You Like Those Apples?

I'm writing today to debunk the libelous myth you stipulated without citing a single source. I heard back from the OED, Please see link below. Upon noticing drastic differences between Google ...
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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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Why was this question not automatically deleted?

I was reading up on the difference between whoever and whomever today and came across a question with zero net vote, and no answers. I thought that the periodic automatic deletion process would ...
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Reached Question Limit

Can someone tell me why I've reached my question limit on the English Stackexchange site? All my questions are generally positive. I suspect it's because I gave out a 50 rep bounty when I was low in ...
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How can a user with only one rep offer a bounty of one hundred?

This question offers a bounty of 100 and the user has a grand total of one point. I'm sure there is an obvious reason and I am sure I shall kick myself when I am told. But how does this work, exactly ...
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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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Where did the help pages go?

So there is a new top banner bar on my SE pages today, and I can't figure out where the help pages went (links to the Tour, Help Center, etc.). What am I missing?
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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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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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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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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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Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed questions cannot be seen?

A new user with reputation less than 50 told me that she can see no "reopen" button under a particular closed question. Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed ...
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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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Information about info pages!

Have the info pages been introduced recently? (or have I failed to see them so far?).
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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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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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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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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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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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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting? [duplicate]

Despite "helpful" contributions from various Members, this Question doesn't at all have a previous Answer. Without explanation, a down-vote can be very like a slap round the back of the head…...
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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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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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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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