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What can be done to bring up site quality?

We are now at the point that most questions on ELU get closed. Our 90-day closure rate (10k only) is sitting at around two in every three. Some days it’s worse than that, some days it’s better, but in ...
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How many answers are there on English Language & Usage?

At the time of writing there are 74,223 questions on EL&U. How many answers are there?
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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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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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How do I gain reputation so I can participate more?

How do I gain reputation, I only have one, and to make more you need to vote on people's answers, but I only have 1 reputation and I need 15 to do so, and to answer some ones question, but you need 50 ...
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How does this website earn money?

I love this website and use it a lot. The website is really good and awesome. I was just wondering how the website actually earns any money, as I don't see any single advertisement at all. Is there ...
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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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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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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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“we tried to fix it”

EL&U needs rescuing A few days ago I posted the following: The new theme still sucks. There I said it, and in American English, too. There's an overall sense of claustrophobia, oppression, the ...
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How reliable is 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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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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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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Google Ngrams for the web (not just books)

Google Ngrams is a great resource for provenance tracking of words and phrases in published English books. It is essentially a histogram computer for frequency of word use over the date which allows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are some users with 10k+ rep allowing minor, and I mean, *very* minor edits to pass through?

Recently there's been a spate of questions whose suggested edits consist of deleting "Thanks in advance" type of endings. These suggested edits have to be peer reviewed before they are passed. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's missing on the answer flag options?

There used to be another option: Low Quality Where did it go? Is it only me? Or am I confused? It happens.
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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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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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