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Has anything changed regarding voting to close for lack of research?

A recent question asked Is it valid to use "We will be pending for her return" instead of, for example: " We look forward to her return"? I was going to vote to close but then I noticed a comment ...
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Payable bounty, but no answers

I don't mean to advertise How did 'consideration' shift to signify grounds and the act of deliberation, then inducer of a grant or promise?, and I don't know how else to ask this, but there ...
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How the heck do you do superscript (and subscript)?

I have been trying to reformat a recent post which calls for superscript to a footnote, and I will be danged if I can see how to do it without getting into (sup) with the little wedgie thingies — ...
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List request tag review

I propose we kill the tag list-request since it is not a good fit for the ELU scope. These questions tend to be too broad or primarily opinion based. This meta was prompted by this recent question on ...
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How should the new Lexico-hosted Oxford dictionary be cited?

I noticed that not long ago (in June) Oxford University Press changed the server that hosted what they used to call "Oxford Living Dictionaries". I used Oxford Living Dictionaries a bit in the past. ...
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Where can I find audio story? [closed]

Alright, hopefully, this is the right place to ask: I understand there are audiobooks, however, I don't like them because they are long pages and it will be better to listen for a small story, better ...
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A question about “people reached”

The system tells me I have 'reached' about half a million people on EL&U in 21 months, which is quite a remarkable figure. Can anyone tell me if this is done on the basis of IP addresses, that is ...
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How can you search pronunciations of words on Youtube?

I'm not sure this is on-topic, but I'm giving it a shot because it's a useful tool in hearing how different people pronounce words. There was a site I used to use where I could type in a word into a ...
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I'm questioning this odd post notice

In response to this question, the following moderator post notice was added: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why ...
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Is this Folk-Etymology Dictionary a reliable source?

I’ve come across the Revd A Smythe Palmer's Folk Etymology (first published 1882) which defines itself as a Dictionary of verbal corruption or word perverted in form or meaning by false derivation ...
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Is this a translation question?

This question about the phrase no stinkin' way has the translation tag. Here is the tag description for translation: Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

A question was asked about ranking the strength of the synonyms of 'beautiful'. It was closed very quickly as 'Primarily Opinion Based'. I think this is misguided. Questions about nuances of words ...
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Have you seen ELU's Greatest Hits Page?

Here it is, whether we're ready for it or not. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits Chosen by algorithm, according to sources, so one must assume they're ranked in order of ...
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Is a question about the Economist's article “Silly Sausages” on topic, or are we too serious to enjoy a linguistic laugh?

This may be too funny to be the subject of a valid question, but see The Economist's article Silly Sausages. The question is: Is there any way to hit back? Downvotes will not hurt my feelings.
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What's the average score for questions in 2019?

Recently I posted an update which asked UPDATE Sunday 23 June, 2019 […] Is it just me or has the quality of questions by new contributors dropped even further? Is there a way to measure this ...
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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I learned after posting this question that our help page is incorrect. It currently states the following: The spam and abusive flags are designed to automatically eliminate truly disruptive posts ...
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Why was the following question automatically deleted as “spam or offensive”?

For anybody without 10K reputation, here is the original question: spelling mistakes A 'sticking plaster' word used by Americans to cover over the huge gaps in their vocabulary. It is one the ...
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List of initial-stress-derived nouns

The Wikipedia page for Initial-stress-derived noun says: Initial-stress derivation is a phonological process in English that moves stress to the first syllable of verbs when they are used as nouns ...
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What makes this question off-topic for ELU?

I was surprised that this question was migrated to ELL: Is there a word where ‘w’ can not be replaced? It seemed to generate some interesting answers, and other than maybe a lack of research (...
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Let's fix the concentration camp question and reopen it

This is the subject question which was closed for being POB -Are US detention centers in the US-Mexico border "concentration camps"? The question has room for improvement, but I feel it is ...
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Are questions about how English worked at a certain point on-topic?

If I have a question about the history of English like “When did [some thing] become incorrect?” or “Was [some thing] different during [some time]?”, would that be off-topic?
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Is there a tool that provides/suggests words that come before or after a word?

Are there any tools/APIs that provide this service? Example: (After) Free Free beer Free pizza Free stuff (Before) Beer Craft Beer Draft Beer Free Beer Cheap Beer Thanks.
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Vote to close! I will delete the question right away, I'm sorry. Please, can someone tell me what not to do next time?

My question. I followed the requirements, I thought. Thanks for any help. I guess I should wait a while before I delete it, so someone can look at it. Cheers
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My computer does bold on ELL but not on ELU

I have been "instructed" to come here and sort out my issue with bolding and italicizing text. Look at these words after the colon: just look. Do you see those terms, that is, "just look" in bold? I ...
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Cuff word origin [migrated]

I was wondering if the origin of the word (cuff/ to cuff) is Arabic as it exists in Arabic, pronounced exactly the same (kaf) and has the very same meaning (folding the end part of the sleeve or/and ...
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RIP Oxford “living” Dictionaries

Don't know when this happened, but Oxford Living Dictionaries is no more. It is now called Lexico (powered by Oxford) whatever that means… Tsk! You'd think they'd have the decency to consult us ...
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There should be a close-vote option labeled as: “there is no discernible research done before asking the question”

I have heard about cases where people have voted for the closing of a question based on different reasons than the one they clicked on when close-voting. The reason for this is because their reason ...
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If there is a dictionary translating 1:1 a word in english to a word in another language

When you look up a word in the dictionary you usually get a long sentence rather than 1 word. For example: word: a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or ...
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Help with review queues

I have only been active on Stack Exchange for about a month and achieved a reputation on ELU of more than 500 which gives me access to the review queues. Other than the description of the privilege is ...
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Is this type of spammy Q&A permitted here?

This question (now deleted) about the difference between the terms legalization and attestation was posted yesterday. It was posted simultaneously with a self-answer. I thought it was spam immediately,...
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What's the bare minimum I need to add to this answer to meet specs?

I wrote an answer which is, I am told, "not in compliance with local attribution guidelines." What, if anything, do I need to do to this answer to bring it up to code? Do I really have to add "...
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What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
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About closed questions

I am a new member. Can I answer an unanswered closed question? If so, how? I have an answer for a closed unanswered question
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Where can I find a linked list of my answers to deleted questions?

The question Deleting answers with a positive rep balance, which popped up in the Meta queue today, reminded me of a question I've long had about deleted answers. First, some background. When a ...
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Are “commonly available” reference dictionaries too simplistic to answer questions on this site?

I came upon a closed question that suggested there was a simple answer to the question "What is the specific difference between 'fascinating' and 'interesting'?". The question was closed as off-topic ...
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Flag > Should be closed > Off-topic > Belongs on another SE site > Meta or ELL; but no other option

Why does form not offer "other" or sumsuch option when flagging a Question for a mod to move? So I choose "unclear what you are asking", if it's not obvious how a question about Latin inflection ...
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Cross-posting on ELL: which to close first?

Recently, we have seen a spate of cross-posted questions on ELL and EL&U (such as this one on EL&U). I can understand the frustration of a new user looking for an immediate answer to their ...
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Why can’t I answer my first question [duplicate]

Generic term for sunrise and sunset
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Follow up to AI to detect ELL migratable questions

NOTE: MY USE OF MIGRATION AS A TERM IS INACCURATE IN THE QUESTION, SEE MY ANSWER OR COLLEEN’S ANSWER FOR MORE ACCURATE APPLICATION OF THE ALGORITHM. This is a followup post to my last post (...
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Could we maybe have a “stupid test” closing code?

This question asks what is the world that best completes the sentence and why please there are those .... the world cup is a month of volcanic excitement and others who see it simply as ...
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Have any ELU users experienced a recent large loss of rep explained as “User Removed”?

This is not a duplicate of the 2017 question mentioned. That question was about an event on ELU alone, involving a well known (to ELU) single user, and easily comprehended. This question is about a ...
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Is my question regarding all of the different meanings of 'as' fixed?

I asked the question What do all the different meanings of 'as' share in common?, which originally finished with the three following questions: How did "all so" or "so" (alswa) proliferate to ...
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how can I get 50 (something) if you won't let me write one because I have not 50 'credits' I think? [duplicate]

I heard a joke in "the vicar of Dibley" (most episodes do end up with one told by Dawn French, the vicar, to her not so bright friend...) And I could not understand it. I kind of found the answer here....
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Replace “Please show the research you've done” with a clear threshold requirement

Following on from this comment from Sven Yargs, I think we should consider making it clear to users what research we expect. I often see a poorly researched question and assume the research would be ...
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If there is a list of English rhyming words, syllable count, or parts of speech for free download (public domain) [closed]

Wondering if there is a list of English words for free download (i.e. public domain, not creative commons), that contain either rhyming words, the syllable count/breakdown for the word, or the part of ...
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Suggestion: Capping points that can be earned for a single-word request

This may have been discussed before, but I didn't find anything relevant with the search function. I'll be happy to delete if someone directs me elsewhere. There's a limit to how much can be earned ...
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My “shipping” question has been sunk

Yesterday I edited a question that had been closed for 14 months as a duplicate of: What's the source of "shipped" in a romantic sense? The title was edited and changed to Is “...
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What is the best way of dealing with the questions that are too localised?

I understand that once upon a time, there existed on the menu of possible reasons for closing a question one that was labelled too localized. While the label may not have been perfect, it was ...
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Serial down-voting after I asked a question [duplicate]

I asked a question that has been viewed only 4 times so far. But shortly after I've asked it, someone down-voted every post I've made on this site. I know it's not much of a change in reputation, but ...
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Merge tags [difference-in-meaning] and [differences]

A recent tag (about 1.5 months ago) was added under the name difference-in-meaning and is now used by 5 questions, but I believe it is a duplicate of the tag differences, used by 3,513 questions. ...

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