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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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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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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 ...
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Are most of the people who answer our English questions native English speakers?

I'm learning English and facing many sentences which I can't understand, so I post here. When I read the answers I suppose that the person who answers is a native English speaker so I accept his ...
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My question got put on hold unfoundedly while three people agree that it is fine

My question got put on hold for "asking others to name a variable", which it does not. You could argue that the question at first was borderline rule-breaking, but the thing is that I edited the whole ...
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Should I delete a question if I made a crucial error in it?

Should I delete my question, Description for a verbal tic that is vernacular among young people in the U.S? Should I post a new one? Should I rewrite the original one? I made an important mistake ...
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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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Could anyone please provide me a feedback on my effort to improve my question?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: When do I use each word? Notes, notices, updates, status, releases, announcements? I asked this question, and it got ...
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Is there an acceptable way of asking this question on ELU?

I need help coming up with a tricky simile. I tried asking on Writers SE but it got closed. I was advised to ask on Writers Chat, but there has been no response. Is there a workable way of setting ...
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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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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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How to ask a question seeking a quotation?

I need a quote from or about the Christmas Truce of 1914. I asked on History SE and have so far not gotten any reasonable bites. Is it possible to reframe this to post on ELU? (I would of course ...
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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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Answer I was going to award the bounty to disappeared

Addressing a formal letter to multiple people with unknown names I set a bounty on that question. User @JOSH wrote an answer, which I was going to award the bounty to. There were two parts to his ...
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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 happens when a not-nice flag on a comment is accepted?

Suppose User A gets carried away and writes a comment that is not in keeping with the "Be nice" mantra. Suppose User B flags it and the flag is deemed "helpful." User B can see a record of that by ...
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Should the following question have a proper answer?

I am re-editing this post hoping to convey the sense of my request: This recent question has been closed as a duplicate but IMO the issue appears to be still open and needs a more definitive answer....
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Would like to reopen and offer bounty for this question

sentence pattern clarification This question has two conflicting answers. When I read each answer by itself, I think it sounds right and good and convincing. Neither one provides documentation to ...
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What's the appropriate course of action for deleting an answer?

Recently an answer of mine was deleted by mods for "not meeting the required site standards". The answer didn't contain offensive material or support prejudiced concepts that might have negatively ...
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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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What's the site policy for serial downvoters? [duplicate]

If users detect the presence of serial downvoters on ELU how should they behave? Are they supposed to post comments to the downvoters telling them to refrain from their improper activity or should ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

This answer from a year ago suggested "Shylock" as a slang term for "debt-collector" and received 4 upvotes. Academics still debate whether Shakespeare's character Shylock in The Merchant of Venice ...
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Did I miss the bounty deadline and if so, is there any way of manually awarding it?

I set a bounty on a question and I think I may have missed the deadline. I upvoted the answer I thought was the best, and I accepted it, but there was no thingie on the left for me to award the ...
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Does deleting former posts add reputation?

I was disappointed to discover that my rep. had fallen from 11 down to 5. I'd appreciate if someone could help me out, thanks :)
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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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How can we use small caps in our posts?

How can we get small capitals to appear in our answer posts? There is no guidance that I can find anywhere. Here's some that I've copied and pasted, but I can't actually get small caps to appear in ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - English

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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How can I understand why an edit does not get accepted and a question does not get re-opened?

How can I understand why an edit does not get accepted and a question does not get re-opened? A few weeks ago I had edited the closed question Is it “re-offend” or “reoffend”? in order to make it a ...
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Finding a post: how do I do it?

I cannot find the thread in which it is written that past tense has a boundary and present perfect has no its boundaries. It is not the title, it is a part of the explanation. Please help me ...
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Naming vs. Single word requests

It seems that naming is off-topic and single words requests are on-topic on this site. How do I identify whether I'm asking a naming question or I have a single word request?
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Information about off-topicness on the on-topic help page

Before I was asking a question, I had a look whether it could be off-topic (help). Since I didn't consider it as off-topic from that page, I asked the question. Quite soon, it received comments to ...
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Please Justify This Deletion

I would like someone that has the ability to see the reasoning for this answer deletion to try to explain why it was deleted. Here I realize this is often an emotionally charged topic, and I suspect ...
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Citation/attribution for quote in blockquote on ELU

As a matter of longstanding practice, and supported by W3C's draft HTML5 specs, along with my own sense of 'the rightness of things', I place citations/attributions outside of blockquotes. Blockquotes,...
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Should the 'language' tag be deleted?

The language seems like the ultimate cop-out tag. It has five questions with an accumulated score of -8, I expect it to sink further today with the question that made me stumble upon it. There is no ...
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Partly link-only answer persists

The question: What do the seasons mean? requires an answer of four parts. Two of the parts do not make any sense to me (unless I visit the out-of-the-site link the poster urges me to). Especially ...
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Dictionary for ELU

There are too many questions, mostly asked by first time users, for which the answers are just synonyms. I know that the users are not allowed to ask questions for which they can get the answer just ...
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ELL ad is out of date

The ad for English Language Learners has the old speech bubble with ELL in it, instead of the new picture. Will you update it? Here is the answer on the Promotional Ads 2016 post.
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Can we reopen this question, please?

Are "whores" and "horse" homophones? The question linked to above is interesting for phoneticians and other linguists because, surprisingly perhaps, there is very unlikely to be ...
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And finally the race is on

After recent debates here on Meta about the opportunity to elect new moderators I see that a decision has been made and, as they say, now the race is on to be elected. It is the first time I have a ...
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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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Why was this flag declined?

I flagged an answer as 'spam', because the content was something like I am Jeff. Jeff Jeff Jeff. etc The post was deleted - yet my flag was declined. Why? For 10k+ers: Short-sighted and Near-...
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What is the best advice for a new user who created two accounts?

From time to time, we see a new question from a new user like this one, passive vs active treatment. When asked to include more context or clarify some points, (s)he posts an answer using a ...
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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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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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