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Rep for questions

As I understand it, folks are going to their rep for questions adjusted. This has already happened for some users. When will this process be complete?
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Should we do anything about people answering with Google Trends?

I just read a couple of answers on the same question where both users used Google Trends as evidence of word/phrase usage. The problem is that Google Trends shows search trends, not usage trends. ...
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Has ELU accomplished its mission (so far)?

After a decade and more than 100k questions and related answers, to what extent has ELU reached its goal? which, as stated in the tour link, appears to be: we're working together to build a ...
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What should be done with the questions that contain their own answers?

From time to time, people come to this site to seek confirmation of something that they already believe about some aspect of English language. That is, they post questions of the following kind: I ...
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Fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts

I am looking for a fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts. I did some research but there are too many books and too many directions, I cannot read them ...
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Reopen “How can a word for 'the act of Xing', semantically shift to mean 'the thing Xed'?”

How can a word for 'the act of Xing', semantically shift to mean 'the thing Xed'? isn't a duplicate. I ask about obligation, never mooted at How did 'consideration' ...
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Is this word order question a duplicate of this AAVE question? If so, how?

The question Why you're laughing vs Why are you laughing? asks (paraphrasing): Is the word order "Why you're laughing?" acceptable in colloquial spoken English? The question African American ...
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A few thousand rep points more in one single day are a nice thing, but why?

This morning I found my total rep increased by some four thousand points. I felt it must have been some sort of miscalculation but later I saw this blog post about rewarding the question askers. ...
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Using Abbreviations In The Questions [duplicate]

Is it disrespectful to use abbreviations like sth to ask questions on this site?
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Support for Monica Cellio

Monica Cellio, an active and valued member here for years and a moderator on several other sites, was abruptly dismissed last month, without any reason given but apparently because Stack Overflow (the ...
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Thanks for re-reopening the following question

The following question, besides being formulated in a much more detailed way, offers a lot of good information in answers that the “supposed original one” does not.
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John Lawler's ELU answer links, by topic

This is more of an announcement than a question. But it's intended for Meta. For a class I'm giving, I've recently made up links to my answers here, on various grammatical topics. This list is on my ...
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Do we need a better guide to culture than the tour?

I know this has been asked in one form or another, but I think I'm trying to put a new spin on it. We seem to have a chronic issue of people who just don't seem to understand the culture and purpose ...
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Do we have any information on what the “preferred pronouns” are?

As far as I can tell, this whole mess started with a dispute about not using the pronoun a person wanted to be used to refer to them, but using instead, their name or some other neutral and polite ...
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Have we lost some moderators as a result of recent events?

There's been a very unpopular sacking of a very popular moderator on Stack Exchange, and it seems that "about 35 moderators have either resigned in protest or gone on strike in relation to the chain ...
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Is there any way for a user to know if there is a report on them? [duplicate]

I just had a user comment on a question I posted that there was a 'Report' on myself. He/she deleted the comment fairly quickly, but it left the question as to whether what he/she said was correct? ...
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Proposal to rename 'sociolinguistic' tag to 'sociolinguistics'

sociolinguistic should be renamed to sociolinguistics, to be consistent with general styling of the word and the related tags linguistics and psycholinguistics. A similar request to rename homophone ...
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Can sub-15 rep users flag their own content?

I wondered whether it was possible for a user without flagging privileges to cast flags on their own posts, like how users can delete their own posts. The reason being some people accidentally post ...
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Is it correct that a post is deemed 'well received' if it has comments?

I'm very much trying to understand how this site operates as it feels very inconsistent. In another post (link below) it was stated that a post is somewhat deemed 'well received' if it has comments. ...
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Reporting rude comments

I've noticed a number of unnecessarily rude responses to questions that I've made. Although there appears to be 'flagging' options for some elements, I am unable to do so. Is this due to having a low ...
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Migration of question

I recently had a question of mine migrated from the English Site to the Linguistics site (link below). The question relates to the field of Computational Linguistics which is an amalgamation of ...
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Why was my question and account deleted?

It's this question: “He 'is to be' here by six o'clock.” (deleted) I made an account some days ago trying to find out the answer to a question about what the name of the verb conjugation be + ...
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Grammatical vs incorrect usage

I'm posting this on meta because I think it's POB and more of a discussion of site behavior than on the actual usage of the word. Frequently on this site, the word grammatical is used to mean ...
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Answer no longer shows? [closed]

I had an 'answer' to question I posted (link below) and it's no longer showing. Is there anyway to know whether is this a result of the user deleting the answer and/or removal from admins. If it's the ...
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Is it really true that those who down / up vote and/or close a question do not have to provide any reason why? [duplicate]

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Seeking clarification on the use of “They/Them/Their” as a personal gender pronoun The title is the total question. I ...
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Should we do something about the heavily downvoted answer on “take the biscuit”?

Currently, the question Why is "taking a biscuit" a bad thing in the UK? has an answer which is heavily downvoted (with a score of -19 last I saw), describes activities many people would ...
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Can I undo a bounty that I accidentally opened for the wrong question?

I wanted to endorse a good answer to a question (Why is "taking a biscuit" a bad thing in the UK?) that currently has a seemingly bad answer as the accepted answer—but unfortunately I ...
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When is it reasonable to reject a suggested edit that fixes a broken link in a LQ post?

In most situations, fixing a broken link is a good thing. But a couple of times in the last month I've been unsure whether to approve an edit in the Suggested Edits Queue where the only change was to ...
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How to know how well known (by average american) a word is?

Helping someone with a book title. The best words (like Distilled) are ones he has found people don't know. It occurred to me there might be some sort of resource for that: plug in a word and it ...
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Why there's no box (for me) to answer a question? [duplicate]

I am relatively new in this forum but I have already 101 reputation points from other stackexchange sites. There's no absolutely no help in this subject! Reference: The above problem regards a ...
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How far on the right side of the 'rude' line is implying that British people are irrational?

As a Brit, I found this post rude: I flagged the post and the flag was declined, which is fair enough, but I'd like to know what degree of insulting towards the British is acceptable light-hearted ...
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Please reopen the question about the meaning of 'wong'

I think the following question recently posted by a new user should be reopened: Why is "wong" a bad word? The meaning the OP is looking for is not present in any available online ...
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Is scolding other users in the comments section worthy of a flag?

I've noticed a few users who feel it necessary to scold others for their comments. For example, admonishing people for answering questions in the comments section. The comments section on this ...
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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

In reaction to high failure rates of questions with titles containing the word "problem", the Stack Overflow community long ago forbade these. You couldn't ask a new question with the word "problem" ...
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We need a site specific message for our advice page

One of the problems that keeps coming up is that many first time users of the site ask questions that are either better suited for English Language Learners don't have enough information for us to ...
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Is it possible that some action or someone altered my history?

In yet another seemingly hallucinatory experience, I am being called to task by some users because I "voted" to close a question as a duplicate in a very questionable VTC. As far as I can remember, I ...
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Close reason. Unclear

My meta-question is about this question Please pardon me for any mistake and kindly correct me. I believe Unclear is synonymous with Vague. I do not understand how is my question vague. Am I not ...
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Is it wrong to answer a question that you've voted to close?

I'm no longer a regular on this site. But, in the past I frequently would answer a question for one of the lost souls who accidentally stumbled onto the kllling floor. These questions are usually ...
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Not a regular in this Exchange, wanted to report weird Moderator behavior, is this the right place?

Asking because I found a similar question on meta.stackexchange.com (Is there somewhere to complain about offensive moderator behaviour?) I've been a StackExchange user for years, and contributed to ...
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It’s September again

Eternal September doesn’t end, but does wax and wane with the school season. It’s waxing again. Be prepared to spot and quickly VtC unvarnished orders to do others’ homework. Also please downvote, ...
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Could we have this header on the mobile site?

We have two versions of the header on the mobile version: The standard main site one: And another one, visible in the help pages and review queues Could the alternative header be made default? ...
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English Morphology

Please refer to me the seminal or the most popular book for practicing Morphological word structures (English) with tree diagrams.
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Usage of computer terms?

What resource do you use to research usage of computer terms, such as "checkbox" versus "check box"?
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Would it be worth migrating questions to Writers.SE?

Writing Stackexchange was set up as a public beta 8 years ago, and has pretty good stats. Apparently they can migrate to us: migrated from writing.stackexchange.com 8 hours ago This question came ...
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Is letter-writing still on topic?

Is the letter-writing tag still something we want to do? This answer says that letter-writing is more on-topic than the email tag, but that was 2 years ago, and Interpersonal Skills started as public ...
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Why can't we add video (or even audio) clips to posts?

In a recent question, a new user asked how to classify the accent as heard in a video clip from youtube. However, that required going off-page to hear it, and some users objected to that. I tried ...
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glossary of grammar terminology

I'm looking for a comprehensive reference book that includes definitions and examples of the terms used in grammar analysis. So this would have 'adverb' and 'verb' and their various types, the ...
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Is there a database containing a list of once common, but now archaic words?

Is there a database containing words that were not only once common but also now archaic? I would like to have a list of, say the 100 statistically most frequently used words in 17th, 18th and 19th ...
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Inappropriate replacement of question?

Please see this question on dialect and (specifically) its edit history. While I can’t say that I approve of the original question’s choice of example, I think that the “revision&...
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Why am I not able to receive the “Curious” badge?

I was just going over the badges which I have received and I tried to track my next one. I found that I need to ask 5 well received questions on different days. My badge shows 7/5, but still it is in ...

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