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Suggestion: single word lookups are off topic

Is it really necessary to ask what a single word means: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/2211/what-does-headcrabs-mean This question seems ridiculous to me unless the meaning of the word ...
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Is the tag “writing” necessary?

It seems that most of the questions I find in English Language and Usage are questions that should be tagged with writing (including the question on when the actual punctuation raised). Using that tag ...
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Why do some people have 101 points when they register?

If you look at the recently registered users, you'll notice some start from 1 point and many start with 101 points. Why?
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Why does “word-definition” appear as a tag synonym?

When tagging a question on English.SE, [word-definition] appear twice as a suggestion when word-def is entered. word-definition (8) word-definition (s) IIRC, the (s) indicates a tag synonym. ...
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Tags and technical terms

I was creating some synonyms for tags yesterday, and I created the tag syntax as a synonym for word-order. I wonder, though, if it should be the other way around. Syntax is the linguistic term that ...
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“Verb” tag showing wrong count

If you look at the list of tags, "verb" shows as being used only once. But if you click on that tag, you see that it's (currently) being used 16 times. Is this possibly due to the existence of the ...
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Versus tag and word-choice tag…redundant?

As of this writing, 40 questions are tagged word-choice and 35 are tagged versus. Almost everything tagged versus could also be tagged word-choice (except for a couple which would be word-order). My ...
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Should questions that request a list of words be CW?

If we accept questions that ask for a list of words (where each word can be combined to make a different list), should those questions be a community wiki? For example, if I ask What are the ...
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Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions?

This being a site about the usage of English, is it appropriate to correct errors of language in people's questions and answers? (By "errors of language", I include mistakes in spelling, grammar, and ...
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Pointless questions and answers

Here is a pointless question: What is the origin of the colloquial term "bum" meaning a homeless person? Just out of curiosity, I was wondering about the history of the term "bum" ...
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Select Your Provisional Moderators [closed]

This community needs to contribute some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators, ASAP. Most site have this discussion starting from the first days. Please read this: Moderators Pro ...
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Does copy and paste infringe copyrights?

I saw many questions which have been answered by copying whole sections from e.g. NOAD. I wonder whether there is a limit regarding the comprehension.
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List of common abbreviations and acronyms (NOAD, ESL, PIE…)

Abbreviations are always a potential source of confusion. Some people might happen to know what OED stands for, and can figure out what NOAD must mean, but others may not be so lucky. Googling for PIE ...
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“Find in dictionary” questions

I've noticed that some of the questions can be answered with a quick online dictionary check. Examples: Origin of the word “goodbye” Meaning of borough Should the site be used as a dictionary? I ...
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Shouldn't there be a necessary tag for the various dialects of English?

Shouldn't there be a necessary tag (a la meta.stackoverflow) for all questions, as some language features and spellings are unique to certain dialects of English, like brit-english, american-english ...
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“Word” tag — useful?

There are currently 20 posts tagged word. Is this tag useful? Most of the questions seem to be word-choice (a tag I created and am not crazy about -- the idea is right, but I don't like the term) or ...
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Too many tags verb/verbs

I've arbitrarily retagged six posts tagged "verb" to "verbs" since there were nine posts tagged with "verbs". Tag explosion is happening and taming is required????
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This is not a site for peeving

I'm really concerned about this question, and others like it that may appear: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/1441/the-most-annoying-misuse-of-word-or-phrase The purpose of this site is ...
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Utterly wrong answers upvoted and accepted

Just now I have noticed two wrong answers which have been upvoted and accepted: "Aaron is a genius boy" Why are days of the week proper nouns? I have also noticed many other wrong answers ...
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Is 'flagging' an appropriate response for someone who doesn't have authority/longevity to vote to close?

Maybe I'm wrong, but this post appears to be not a question. I do not have the rep to do so, and also haven't done it before. I think it will likely sort itself out. But would flagging a post like ...
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How to enter phonetic transcriptions?

I was impressed of some answers (as well as comments) which used phonetic transcriptions. My Question is how can I enter them in the text editor? Maybe it's not possible with an ipad, how do you do ...
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Are these questions real or fake?

I have to say about the questions so far that a lot of them seem to be quite fake in the sense that someone is asking a question just to get points or to seed the site with questions. What does anyone ...
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Minor interface bug: question titles not getting underlined if single line

I'm using IE8 on XP SP3. If you go to the list of questions and hover the cursor over a question title that only takes one line on the screen, it will not get underlined, as a link would. But if the ...
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What is the opposite of Grammar Nazi? [closed]

Following on from the discussion about Grammar Nazis, is there an acceptable term for people who would consider themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum. It should be slightly pejorative but not ...
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Stack sites should support primary and secondary language when defining user profile

I am not a native english speaker. If you see User profile settings defined by StackExchange, it does not contain primary and secondary languages. It just contains location but a non-native english ...
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Should Strunk & White be a GOLD badge on this site?

Or at least there should be a gold level badge for it.
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Using asterisks, as in fuck or f*ck?

Why do words like "expectorate" sound more posh than words like "spit"? includes two examples of asterisks used to avoid spelling out in full offensive words. Most serious ...
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Reputation for editing questions

I think it could be months before people can edit questions and start fixing things like "english" instead of "English." While the site is still new, can the rules on who can edit questions be ...
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What's my daily vote limit?

I've hit my daily vote limit. But where does it say what the daily vote limit is?
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What is the correct Stack Exchange noun to refer to “the poster”?

Which is best? I think the poster meant... (connotes too much a "poster", i.e. a piece of paper on the wall) I think the author meant... (the person who posted hasn't written enough to be ...
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Comments should have a “deletable by original poster” checkbox?

Often people will leave in a comment e.g. "you might want to fix your ... typo", then the poster fixes it, but the comment remains on, referring to nothing, causing clutter. It would be nice if there ...
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Should we prefer singular or plural in tags?

This being a site about English language, we should be well-equipped to decide about something like this, eh? :) Should we prefer singular or plural in tags, in cases where both would make sense? ...
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Is this site for “English as a second language”?

I'd like to seek clarification on "English as a second language" questions. E.g. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/376/ia-suffix-nouns-for-disorders-and-diseases When should the word “...
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What do we expect from moderators on EL&U?

What do we expect from moderators on EL&U? The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. There ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

This is question #2 in the list of 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta
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No tags for specific words

At present we have several tags for specific words, such as [while], [that], and others. IMHO this practice should be strongly discouraged, lest the tag list just become an English dictionary. ...
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Cancel “Close” operation

We required an option to cancel "Close" operation. This will help peoples who voted for closing a question by mistake.
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Code sample button

What is the necessity of "Code Sample" button in the "Markdown Editor" of this site?
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Synchronization between parent and meta site

My reputation score of parent and meta site is automatically synchronized after some time. But badges are counted differently for both site. Why?
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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) in this site as it will improve vocabulary. I want answer from a moderator.
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Required “Listen” button

Everyone is not familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). How can they pronounced words suggested in the answers? I think a "Listen" button to be add in the position of the answer where ...
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Do we need a 'Site Manifesto'?

It seems to me that the casual visitor to our site would benefit from having some statement of what our community is about and how they should take the answers they find here. I mean more of a ...
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How conservative/progressive are we on English Usage?

It seems as though English users in general are somewhere along the spectrum from highly conservative (who resist changes to language usage) to highly progressive (who embrace changes to language ...
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Need a way to search for stop words

Since this site is about English usage, the standard search engine for the site which filters out "stop words" is going to be problematic since many of the questions on the site will be about stop ...
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Can't search for a question about “that” and “which”

I knew this question was there: When is it appropriate to use ‘that’ as opposed to ‘which’?, but I tried searching for it and couldn't find it. Many usage questions concern function words in English, ...
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Are questions about style guides appropriate?

Over on What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?, I posted the following comment: Interesting question, but this is really about government work, ...
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Does the “usage” tag have any value?

Seems like pretty much every question is a usage question, so keeping around a "usage" tag seems about as pointless as having a "programming" tag at Stack Overflow would be. Does anyone object to my ...
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Should we have a standard way of indicating deliberately malformed sentences?

For example, following common formatting I've seen in English style guides: He went to the shops vs. Him went to the shops * Or maybe italicizing bad sentences: He went the shops
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Are we okay with polls, “List of X” questions and discussions?

Title says it all, really. Users on every SE site since and including SO want to post fun polls, "best of" lists, "how to" lists and discussions about sometimes-only-tangentially-related topics. And ...
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How can we promote this site?

I am wondering who the target audience of the site is. We obviously want to start to attract big minds in the field of English, but does this primarily entail pedantic usagists or students of English ...

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