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Can you start a bounty on a question that already has an accepted answer?

Can you start a bounty on a question that already has an accepted answer, if you feel that your answer to the question is better than the one that was accepted?
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

I have compiled some stats concerning a few regular contributors to the site and have discovered a huge variation in the frequency with which they up-vote, and also down-vote other's contributions. ...
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Can my answer ban please be lifted?

I last answered over a year ago, and I've recently returned to the site as I want to help and share my knowledge of the English language. However, I still can't answer. I understand that some of my ...
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What is wrong with a discussion of opinion?

The question I raised here has already suffered one vote to close - for being "opinion based". Does not "opinion" lie at the heart of the way language develops? There seems to me a ...
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Vote to close plus an answer

The post that highlights this is When is "sex" sex, and when is it "gender"? I both voted to close and answered the question (apparently not my finest answer). This is not the ...
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Feature Request: Answer/User tags

From time time to time I take a break from this site, and in one of those more-recent breaks, I 'discovered' Reddit. After a couple of months, and one unjustified ban, I came to the realization that ...
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Why was this question removed from the HNQ list?

I would like to know why What is the origin of "playing into someone's hands"? was removed from the HNQ1 list. According to the guidance given in this post In general, we recommend that ...
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How can the Tour screenshot be updated to reflect current standards for questions (and answers)?

I'm new here, and have been reading Meta questions and such as I try to get a handle on things like answers vs comments, what's on topic, etc. I greatly appreciate the thought that has clearly gone ...
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Can we use the link replacement tool to fix links to English-corpora.org?

Context: Due to some sort of falling out, the Corpus of Contemporary English, British National Corpus, and several others moved from corpus.byu.org to english-corpora.org and changed their collective ...
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How do I underline in this forum?

I am trying to post a quote as part of a question. The quote includes a portion of a sentence that is underlined and I can't see how to do that here. It isn't under Styling/Headers, and I've tried [u]...
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Why was a helpful comment removed?

I posted a comment under the following question giving , I presume, some helpful indications on the subject asked by the OP (clearly a new user). The question was off-topic for a number of reasons, ...
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What should ELU's criteria be for removing a question from the HNQ list?

In the announcement of changes to the Hot Network Questions list (HNQ), it says: We're putting the power in the hands of our moderators to remove questions that don't set a good example for their ...
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Website to see frequency of use of words together

Once, an English teacher shared with me a website where you can see how certain words are used with others. For instance, you would see the type of words with which "mandatory" and "compulsory" are ...
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How reliable is Google Ngram?

Ngram seems to be more authoritative than the Periodic Table here on EL&U. As someone with more than a passing interest in the language, I wanted to know how good Ngram is. And on Wikipedia, of ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on English Language & Usage has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Many sites in the network are currently considering whether they would like reduced close/reopen vote requirements, from 5 down to 3, for a one month trial. As the close vote queue almost always has ...
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Can we have an optional dark theme?

Inspired by a post on Economics SE, I switched my Stack Overflow theme to dark from the Settings page. This will be based on user preference and not a site wide change. Can we have a similar option on ...
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Wasn't your issue with so called "opinion based" question opinion based?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Punctuation rule in U.S. English My post wasn't by any means opinion-based. How it is different from questions about "...
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Question deleted in 2011 is on-topic in 2022

I suggest that the following question, which is deleted and invisible to users with less than 10K reputation, ought to be undeleted. What is the English equivalent to the Russian proverb ""...
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What are [expression-requests] tag for?

I think most questions asking for an English equivalent of proverbs or sayings in other languages use 3 tags together - idiom-requests, phrase-requests and expression-requests. An expression 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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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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Proposal for a policy on mentioning slurs

When I say "mention" or "mentioning" I mean it as in the "use/mention distinction". When I say "slur" I mean A derogatory or insulting term applied to ...
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Strong community support for a bad answer; why?

I recently joined English Language & Usage because I enjoy the topic of English language and have (so far) had positive experiences at other Stack Exchange websites. I also wanted to comment on ...
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Unlock "Why use singular they?" then reopen

You may be able to read the question I'm referring to at Why does English use singular they instead of making up a new word for this? (currently re-reopened). Sometime a while ago there was a ...
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I think the 'idiolects' question isn't a duplicate

LucidityofPower posted Q1 (below) which was closed as a duplicate of Q2. Q1. Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate] Q2. “The thing is, is that…” Q2 is an example of ...
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Worth noting: “Staging Ground” coming to Stack Overflow

SO is initiating the trial of a new feature, the “Staging Ground”. This effectively acts as a review process that occurs before a question asked by a new user appears on the main page. It’s something ...
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Does self-deletion of a comment flagged as 'unkind' lock in the flag?

Quite some time ago, a hi-rep user told me in a comment on meta that self-deletion of a comment on the main which has already been flagged as "unfriendly or unkind" will lock in that flag, ...
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If I am NOT running for Mod, but would like to state my personal platform

Recently, Meta has become a little confusing for me... We have Mod elections, and Question collection, but if I am not actively seeking election yet would still like to post my opinion vis a vis site ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is scheduled for an ...
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WD-40 pronunciation question treated badly

We had a potentially interesting question based on pronunciation of a common house-hold chemical.... The question was quickly shoved off without much ado to the closed questions queue and closed.. It ...
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Why does (almost) every answer in this question have a banner?

I admit I'm not overly familiar with how these banners work, but I was reading "What is the word that is used to describe the oversimplification or non-academic discussion of a complex issue?" and ...
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How can I get my candidate score, as in Mod elections

See any election page. Out of curiosity, is this an HTML thing? ...or is this a function of Flair?
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How do I know if my vote has been registered?

I have ordered the four candidates in the current election, but there seems to be no mechanism to check and then confirm/finalize my vote. There is a note that my choices have been “saved” but what is ...
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Why are "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references..." off-topic?

I recently had a question closed for lack of research/ answers being in "commonly-available references". My question is, why is this considered a good reason to close a question? Surely, the ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Is it possible to get publication dates from the BNC?

I was looking up some things in the British National Corpus, and was trying to find the earliest occurrence of a word pattern. Unfortunately I couldn't find any way of seeing publication dates of the ...
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Why I enjoy EL&U users more than dictionaries [closed]

I need to share my heart. Maybe this is a therapy post, but I really mean it. I don't like Dictionary-only answers I don't want to single out any users as examples, because that's not my point. I want ...
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This community should include opinion and subjects which fall under creative English

Creative English and public opinion is a part of English and of communication. If you do not allow for such communication on this site, you will soon become irrelevant and ineffective as happens to ...
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Who will take up the mantle?

Happy new year! tl;dr: there will be a moderator election some time in March. Start thinking about if you'd like to be elected. UPDATE The community management team have let me know they are working ...
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Can you recommend some books on recreational wordplay, like Alphabet Avenue? [closed]

So far, I have found these: The Game of Words by Espy Alphabet Avenue The Dictionary of wordplay by Dave Morice Are there other books like these? Not necessarily in English, other languages (French, ...
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How to stop links in comments taking up the entire character allowance

I don't know if this has happened to you, but I find it excruciatingly annoying when, in a relatively short comment, a link I've included takes up a hundred or even two hundred characters, thereby ...
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Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed questions cannot be seen?

A new user with reputation less than 50 told me that she can see no "reopen" button under a particular closed question. Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed ...
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Can I get my question reopened please?

My question: In English, are trains female? has been closed due to apparently being a duplicate of What is the gender of an aircraft? Obviously, aircraft and trains are not the same thing, and my ...
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My first question

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Planets of the Solar System So far, this is the only question I have asked on English Stack Exchange. But my question is ...
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How can I edit my question that was closed as opinion based?

I asked the question Mnemonic for the planets in Indian English about back in 2020. The question has been closed as opinion-based after less than 2 years. However, I need to ask something about this &...
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What's up with locking new questions?

Recently, I (and others) have noticed that there is a trend to 'lock' new questions. I understand that there is some dispute about the appropriateness of answering in comments; many here are guilty of ...
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Why is my question about "aboot" locked? [duplicate]

Are Canadianisms like "aboot" equally common on the American side of the border, adjacent to it? I understand that people can still answer it, but at first glance it looks like there is some ...
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A resource for finding letter frequencies with certain restrictions

I'm looking for a resource where I can see the frequencies of letters in with respect to their position inside the word and the length of the word. I'd also like to see the frequencies of different ...

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