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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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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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Who runs Stack Exchange, and how do they fund it?

I wonder how a big web site like Stack Exchange that covers vast intellectual topic areas could operate without having a significant revenue source such as advertising (as Google and Yahoo do) and who ...
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Understanding the Code of Conduct

This question from a new user asked if 'MSc holder in psychology' was grammatically correct. She noted, "This is for my personal statement for my cv", so it was of no trivial importance to the OP. ...
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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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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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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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Are “Book recommendations” allowed?

I see some questions from time to time which ask about book recommendations. I could not find anything related to the book term on the faq page. Is it allowed or should it be allowed? Some examples I ...
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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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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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Answer wrongfully deleted by brigade of trolls?

I had an answer to a moderately controversial question that was just deleted by Community as spam/offensive. The answer was highly-voted (last I checked, +14/-7) and appreciated by OP as indicated in ...
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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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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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I can't submit question. How can I send it?

I'm an EL&U user. I kept posting Q&As for past 10 months without problem. When I was trying to post a question yesterday, a message saying “Your question couldn't be submitted because name and ...
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Commas in Google nGram [closed]

How can I include a "comma" in a Google nGram search? My problem is that I want to search for phrases like, "Yes, I do ." but Google nGrams uses commas to break up query terms, so it returns a ...
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Offered a publicist badge, but what happened?

I got a blue popup asking me to post the question to FB or tweet it to earn a badge. I did, but nothing happened. What is it: a bug, a feature, or a missing carrot?
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Do questions asking for the origin of a word and the etymology of a word ask different things?

Is a question about the etymology of a word asking for its origin? Is a question about the origin of a word asking for its etymology? As I understand it, the origin of a word could be the point from ...
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Delete some useless tags

Moderators, could you please delete the tags pharase, opposites and contradictions? Thanks!
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How to get my question off hold

I recently asked a question here: What are the distinctions between property, quality, attribute, characteristic, feature, aspect and trait? It was shut down for being to broad. It seems my only ...
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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 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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User “John Rock” violates the SE content policy

This user profile: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/21563/john-rock and the 32 other SE profiles linked to it were evidently created to provide link juice for traffic generation through the ...
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When should an answer with a negative score be voted for deletion?

20K users can vote to delete answers with a negative score. In which case should such questions be deleted? Is it enough the answer is utterly wrong? Would not the negative score be enough? The FAQ ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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About answers to heavily edited questions (re alibi)

I wonder what the community policy is respecting question edits that change the meaning, and existing answers to earlier version of the question. I looked around a bit but only managed to find several ...
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Why doesn't fifty-five equal thirty-six?

What explains the discrepancy between the "number of posts awaiting review" highlighted in the header of the site, and the number of posts I actually see for review across all queues I have access to? ...
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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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Formatting poetry

What's the best way to format poetry, where preserving line breaks is important, but extra white space is not desired between lines? I encountered the situation for this question and was not ...
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Why was question 50740 closed?

this is just out of curiosity, but I am wondering why my question here: How to say "She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend" without the possessive "my" was closed? Let me go through ...
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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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Logging into chat: not supported for Android smartphones?

I can access my account on ELU on my Android smartphone just fine (Droid RAZR running Android version 2.3.5), but if I try to enter chat from ELU I get told I need to log in. So I click the login link ...
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Unlock “Why use singular they?” then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to here (if it's still deleted you'll need 10k rep). Sometime a while ago there was a question asked on ELL (here, but it's deleted now) and ...
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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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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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Am I missing something in the requirements for an Electorate badge?

I've voted on over 600 questions and nearly half of those votes were for the questions themselves, yet no Electorate badge. Electorate: Voted on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on ...
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Tag synonym: grammer → grammar

There is an unused tag [grammer], which must be a misspelling for [grammar]. Moderators or anyone with enough rep, please make [grammer] a tag synonym for [grammar].
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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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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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Merge the “vocabulary-building” tag with the “vocabulary” tag

There are three questions tagged with vocabulary-building. The tag should be deleted, and the questions tagged with vocabulary.
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Make “indefinite-articles” a synonym for “indefinite-article”

There were two questions tagged with indefinite-articles, and I changed the tag to indefinite-article. Should we make indefinite-articles a synonym of indefinite-article?
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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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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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EL&U's mysterious 'antedecent' tag

I notice that EL&U currently has a tag labeled 'antedecent', and that seven of the fifteen questions that carry this tag include the word antedecent in their headline. for example, Antecedent of &...
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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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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 ...