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How Could ELU Be as Rigorous as the French Language Site

I have recently been taking a look at the French language site that corresponds to ELU. I am struck by a difference. It seems to me that the ELU is often swamped with questions that involve helping ...
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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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What is a good source on the use of the definite article for non-native speakers?

Here's my situation: I'm currently proof-reading something a colleague of mine has written. The content is all okay, but his use (or non-use) of "the" is all over the place, because I assume his ...
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How can I get in touch with a particular user about Pig Latin?

One user in particular here has looked into the area of Pig Latin. How can I contact that person? I cannot comment on the original Pig Latin thread without 50 points, whatever that means.
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News about Edwin?

Does anyone know anything about user Edwin Ashworth? A somewhat exigent and at times infuriating stickler for standards, I find myself missing his droll comments. He's been “missing” since July.
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It's hard to tell whether I've accepted an answer [duplicate]

When I'm looking at an answer to a question that I asked, I find it hard to tell whether I've accepted that answer. vs The difference is clear when they're placed next to each other, but not in ...
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Verification of the meaning for professional page [duplicate]

I want someone to take a look and check if the meaning is correct. It's for a professionnal page so I need to be as good as possible... [Note here, I get the point] Thanks a lot for your time!
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Does ELL migrate questions to ELU?

So, following on from Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018, I may have a theory, but I don’t have the necessary knowledge to figure out if it’s correct or not. The theory is that "...
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What happens to bounties where the user who posted the only eligible answer deletes their account?

I recently posted a small bounty on a question. So far, the bounty hasn't attracted much attention, and my current bet is it still won't before the bounty expires. There was an existing answer on ...
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Can anything go?

I read the following quote today: A lexicographer's business is solely to collect, arrange, and define the words that usage presents to his hands. He has no right to proscribe words; he is to ...
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Repetition in answer of what was already mentioned in original question

I'm going to use this as an example, but it's only one amongst many. Specifically, she already cites 1794 in her question, so I figured you can't rehash that date (relating to the Jacobins) in your ...
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How do I accumulate 50 points? [duplicate]

I seek an answer to a question about my account. It says that I can not comment on an entry until I have 50 points. How do I accumulate said points?
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Which users have close vote privileges both here and on ELL?

Not too long ago, I unlocked the cast close and reopen votes privilege... on ELL. Here on ELU I've had that privilege for a pretty long time, since I just recently unlocked the very last privilege (...
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Ought cross-posted questions be deleted?

Ought different vs differential (adjectives, not nouns) be deleted here because it was also posed to ELL? Why not just close it? Viewpoints appear to differ. Charles Stewart's answer here in Cross-...
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Why does reputation increase by 1?

Normally, reputation increases by 10 if an answer gets 1 upvote, 15 if an answer is accepted, and 5 if a question gets 1 upvote. But on this website, reputation increases by 1 for some of my ...
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Attracting new and interesting questions in 2018

Retreading old ground This has been batted around several times before on Meta, but I think it's worthy of a periodic refresher. With that in mind, it would be counterproductive to duplicate-close ...
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Any book or PDF for over 300 single-worded prepositions

Recently, I came to know that there are 336 prepositions in English via reading an OUP blog: ... . And now the lowly preposition is finally getting the attention it deserves with The Preposition ...
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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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Graphical issue on the activity profile page

Posting here because I don't have a profile in the right state to repro on other sites, but if it can be confirmed to be elsewhere please migrate to MSE. The "track the next one" bar after earning a ...
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Improper merger

The recent question about the early usage of optics meaning “point of view” has been improperly merged into an older similar question. Can you please restore the new original question? Thanks.
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A service that delivers common vocabulary daily?

I have subscribed to Merriam Webster, dictionary.com, and a few other online dictionaries to send me words daily, but frankly, they send me vocabulary that I have never come across in my life and ...
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Is this site a forum? And if it is Can anyone tell me its Sponsor or sponsors?

Is this site a forum and if it is can anyone tell me this sites sponsors?
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Where can I find a comprehensive list of English grammar rules, sentence and question structures?

I need links to some websites containing the comprehensive list of English language grammar rules, all possible sentence and question structures, etc. for research purpose. Thank you.
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Have the purists all gone on holiday?

There's a regular palaver on Meta about the declining quality of questions, the endless flood of questions by English language learners, the proliferation of poorly evidenced SWR answers. Like many ...
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Supported reliable refererence vs unsupported anecdotal evidence

The following recent question has attracted a fair amount of comments with anecdotal personal evidence about if and when the expression in question was originally used. There is even an answer based ...
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When should I use “convention tag” in EL&U?

I searched the convention tag, but the top google search result says, "the convention tag has no usage guidance." I have no idea which sense does this tag relate to. When should I use this tag?
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Novel that demonstrates all of English [closed]

Wondering if there are any books (ideally novels of some sort, but poems might be nice instead too) that are explicitly dedicated to demonstrating as many features of English as possible. A typical ...
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Top 10,000 English Verbs (Open Source List)

Wondering if there is an open data "verb list" of all (or many) of the English verbs. A search reveals many "Top 100 English Verbs" or "List of Irregular English Verbs" and related content, but I'm ...
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Tags! Huh, what are they good for?

…absolutely nothin' Seriously, I have nothing against tags per se, they have their use but why does EL&U need that monolithic "Watched Tags" box on the right-hand side? The two boxes take up so ...
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Imgur error: “Failed to upload image; an error occured at imgur”

I can't seem to upload images. I've tried a few times over the past hour or so, with no luck. I tried uploading an image that I've previously added to an answer with no problem, and tried in both ...
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“Learn More” button misplaced in privilege tracker popup

When you go to a high-enough-rep user's Activity page (here's mine) and click on the privilege progress bar, you'll see a popup like this: That button should be on the same line as the dark blue ...
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Why can't you actually delete your own answer?

You completely misunderstood a question, you no longer have a valid answer to supply, yet your stupid mistake has to hang around for everyone to see FOREVER. Here is an example of what I see, please ...
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“ELU updated site theme is ready for testing” is ready for voting, but still not visible

"ELU updated site theme is ready for testing" has been vigorously voted on. It turns out that currently it is 25 down and 10 upvotes. 34 down and 13 upvotes. At a net of -21 votes, it is ...
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Did Dictionary.com get rid of its difficulty index?

I started looking for this feature to start an answer for: Tete-a-tete commonly known in English? I'm pretty sure Dictionary.com used to have a little side bar where it said something like "most ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Jaded user meets new contributor…

The jaded user is myself. The new contributor is (was) Replica Foxtrot who posted this question What does the phrase 'Putting the Spring' mean? I am reading the book about the Simpsons and I ...
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Question was WRONGLY dismissed (not closed) as “already answered”

I'm referring to this post. The link they dismissed it with did not answer the dismissed question. So, how do we non-mods request that the dismissal be reversed? (I did not post the dismissed ...
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The Incredible Shrinking ELU Banner

Something awful has happened to the top of all our pages. Earlier today they looked like this: But now it has shrunk to a nearly unreadable proportion: The new version is completely shrunken, which ...
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Please help me improve my babel answer?

I have authored an answer to a SWR. While I believe my suggestion provides a near precise answer to the asked question, it seems to be rather unliked. I understand the word may be rare, but an ...
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Double scrollbar in First Posts Queue

When reviewing first posts I noticed there are two scrollbars: Here are links to some reviews that I saw this on: https://english.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/303268 https://english....
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Why do comments get hidden?

I've noticed a lot of comments get hidden, including mine sometimes. What is the rationale for hiding them? I couldn't find the answer.
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Flagging & reputation points

I tried finding an answer by searching, but in vain. If we flag a comment or a question, do we lose rep pts.?
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Are there any proper guidelines to write an answer?

I am looking for SE or SE ELU answer writing guide. Recently, my (accepted) answer was edited – screenshots removed – with this comment. Some of the information contained in this post requires ...
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Posting a verbal analogy

I need help with solving verbal analogies, but don't know which forum would be the right one. ELU? ELL? Puzzling? Also, would I need to cite the source? And could I do several in one post? Here'...
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Are the downvotes against my answers fair?

I know that we all sometimes think our answer is good or acceptable when in fact it isn't. Sometimes we fool ourselves in the moment, other times we stubbornly hold to our position. I've been a ...
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How can we do a better job of having users not write answers to blatantly off-topic/not well-written questions?

I preface my question with a comment by five-year member Janus Bahs Jacquet: No it's not. Neither version is correct, because both lack subject-auxiliary inversion. Additionally, the question shows ...
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Is this a valid question under computer tag?

Is this a valid question under computer tag? Is there a word for each component of a Time. There is no description or guidelines for computer tag. So, how to use this tag, if there is no ...
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Why do people upvote (+10) SWRs and users answer them (6+ answers) despite the OP showing zero research?

Asked less than 14 hours ago: Is there a single adjective for “mercenary-like attitude”?. The question has +10, and there are six answers as of now. But the question shows no research. Why is it that ...
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On Answering Word Requests

I was recently informed by one of our moderators that: We're looking for answers from experts in the field, not experts at Googling. :) "You have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A ...
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How to make the pink boxes

In answers to questions here, I keep seeing text enclosed in pink boxes. I searched in vain for how to format that. Here is an example:

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