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What tag should be used when a question is completely off topic?

This is in reference to Which is the Best Engineering College in Bangalore? It was deleted, but here is the text for anybody who can't view it: i recently completed my 12th class i wanted to do ...
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Comments were moved to chat room, chat room was removed?

10 days ago I asked this one well received question: To avoid repeating "one" As you probably know, there are a lot of questions on Stack Exchange sites that have dozens of comments. 20-30 ...
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Need help in understanding why my question was deleted

My question Modern politically correct English guide (10k only, screenshot below) was deleted. I am asking for help from the community here to understand why this question was deleted, and how I could ...
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First proposal tag wiki rejected

I added an informative text to a tag which had no excerpt. (click to see the case, should be publicly available) To me this seems a reasonable excerpt which is not superfluous, not harming ...
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I can't post comments

Increasingly, I'm finding that when I click on 'Post a comment', the comment box refuses to open. Is it something about my computer?
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Dealing with obstinacy of commenters

Is there a procedure for alerting moderators (without whining) when a commenter appears to be singularly obstinate and disagreeable? I'm thinking, for example, of when a commenter keeps insisting that ...
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Why my question has been locked on comments if it has 1 comment and 1 answer only?

Yesterday I asked this: Precise names for parts of a day (revisited) There's only 1 question and 1 answer. Nevertheless it's been locked "on comments" and the rest of the interaction open. I'd like ...
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Criteria specific dictionaries use to decide on ordering of different senses of a given headword

It's fairly common knowledge that OED lists senses of a given headword in the chronological order research has found printed evidence for: it is a historical dictionary. Equally conveniently, the ...
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How to duplicate formatting of dictionary extract, with italics?

When I quote from an online dictionary I like to duplicate the formatting as much as possible. When using standard > block quoting I can't find a way to have a new line without inserting a blank ...
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Is it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

I've just edited a one-sentence question. After editing, I clicked on the link in the body of the question. It led to a survey posted on the web site of a large fast-food chain: nothing to do with the ...
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Biased downvoting because I told the truth to the answerer

My issue: I am a new member on English Language & Usage. The day before yesterday I asked a question (Nice came from nescius meaning stupid?) here. I then closed out the site as I was busy. ...
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Holding or Closing Questions

Does anyone else find it more than a little irritating, when one spends 10 minutes or more, typing an answer, only to discover it has been closed or put on hold, during that time? The 'closer' gets ...
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What's the general consensus on "Grammarly"?

I use Grammarly almost daily for work and I almost feel like I'm cheating at some points, because I can be a total dunce when it comes to the English language and I can simply never trust myself to ...
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Are questions better if they contain the actual words they reference?

I just had this edit rejected, where someone was using the nonsensical syntax of "f***ing around" instead of "fucking around". Two of the three reviewers rejected the edit with the following rationale:...
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Allophones and Intonation transcripts

I bump into this website on Google, and it has pretty good examples of IPA transcripts with allophones and intonation; however, I could not find such elsewhere. I am grateful for the recommendations ...
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question ban not lifted even after 6 months

Last year I asked a few questions related to proofreading. I was a newbie and did not know about this question ban related thing. I have been wanting to ask one question from last one month but cannot ...
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Difference between [look-alikes] and [confusables]

I do not think a meaningful distinction can be drawn between the tags look-alikes and confusables. There is no category charter for the first; the second defines confusable as words and phrases which ...
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I'm sometimes unsure about whether to answer a simple grammatical question or to suggest that it is more appropriate for ELL. What are the criteria?

[Before asking this question here on Meta, I did search for duplicates. There are similar questions, but I found no exact duplicates. If they do exist, please direct me to them, and I will delete this ...
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Where can I find a book about the whole grammar? [duplicate]

Please, recommend me a book where I can find all(!) English grammar.(literally all grammar)
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Why is this abusive answer not deleted?

https://english.stackexchange.com/a/489085/37273 I've already raised flags on it - it has -4 votes, but isn't deleted. The question is by a high reputation user here.
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Can I ask for the "identification" of a word depending on a meaning? [duplicate]

Basically, I'm thinking about the behaviour of someone I know, and something tells me there's a word to qualify that behaviour. However, I don't seem to remember any word that would suit. Can I ask ...
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Why did my rep and impact drop?

Just curious, but when I opened the site this morning I noticed that my rep had dropped by 32 points, and impact by 1K. There was no notification in the "Recent Achievements" icon. The other icons do ...
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I'm speechless: how could this question by an English learner get misinterpreted as a serious linguistics topic?

Is "the" ever pronounced "knee"? To begin with, it's illogical, and no dictionary or book that I'm aware of has been cited to prove that the consonant portion of "the" should or ...
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Proposal for narrowing the scope of the "reference" close vote

I strongly disagree that "questions that can be answered using commonly available references" should be considered "off-topic" at all, but I can at least understand why someone would want to close ...
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Does the system track and chastize a user after a certain number of NAA flags?

Without naming and shaming… we have a “newish” and very enthusiastic user on the main who seems to suffer from impulse control and keeps posting LQ “answers”. Many of these answers are critiques of ...
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english.yoda.stackexchange.com belongs on this question does

Why has the "belongs on" message changed to Yoda speak? english.meta.stackexchange.com belongs on ell.stackexchange.com belongs on
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How did this bizarre edit come to be approved?

A question was posted (no longer visible) , and another user took exception to the format and edited to provide what I would consider to be a defacement. It was certainly never the OP's intent, and ...
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Does Lexico have dictionary entries in American English?

My recollection is that the old Oxford Dictionaries site had entries in both American English and "British & World English", which could be accessed through different urls. Lexico has British &...
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What's an example of a good proofreading question?

I see a lot of potentially poor quality questions when I go through the review queue, but I don't know how I'd recognise a good quality proofreading question. The close message says a specific source ...
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Suggestions about books after assessing the level of English I stand at

Is there a website or something that would suggest me some books to read after assessing the level of English skills I have?
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Is philosophy of language on-topic?

Philosophical semantics also. They are both related with philosophy and the language. I see that philosophy tag is used only 2 times but they are not related with philosophy of language actually. ...
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As a single-word enthusiast, what links/blogs should I follow?

I am looking for resources to follow online for language and single-word hobbyists as myself. Do you have any good suggestions? Mailing list subscriptions, twitter feeds, etc?
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What is the current policy for answering questions?

The Issues I encountered two related issues within the last 24 hours. I'm only using these instances to highlight what some contributers who do not have a high reputation get met with. Earlier ...
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Can we stop voting to close word request questions as opinion based?

While going through the review queue, I've seen a few word/phrase request questions being marked for closure because of being opinion based. Since English is such a rich language, almost every word/...
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Are requests for analyses restricted to single sources (eg McCawley, CGEL) acceptable on ELU?

Are requests for analyses, interpretations, restricted to single sources (eg McCawley, CGEL) acceptable on ELU? Most of McCawley, and all of Huddleston and Pullum, for instance, are not available to ...
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Why is my reputation getting smaller?

So I recently started to post questions on ELU. No prob there. Anyways, when I reached about 95 reputation, it started to shrink for some reason until it was about 83. I ignored it, as usual, and ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

tl;dr: Mean people suck, and we should not help them. EDIT: I don’t actually believe anything mechanical can be done here, and I certainly don’t expect a “closed due to meanness” reason. That’s just ...
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Why was this highly on-topic question closed as "off-topic" and downvoted?

I asked this yesterday: Is "say me" really correct English? Not only was it downvoted, which is weird in itself, but it was actually closed a "off-topic". This time, I simply need to know: ...
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How did a 1 rep user post a comment?

How did this 1 rep user (Phillip Mitchell) who has asked no questions and posted no answers manage to post a comment? Opposite of benefit of the doubt? Is this a bug?
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Move "dont ask" list out of the "do ask" help page

A while ago, I noticed that the Help Center page, What topics can I ask about here? contained a long list of things that users shouldn't ask about. However, there is a different Help Center page that'...
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Coming soon: improvements to close-voting

For those of you who have been following or peripherally aware of the drama around the network the last few quarters, a new chapter has opened, and it seems a brighter one. The company hired a new ...
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Style guide for questions, answers, and comments

Style guides such as those on Wikipedia, Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu have been greatly helpful for me (and many in those communities) in creating well-written, well-formatted, easy-to-understand, ...
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Changes to block quotes in the pipeline

For some reference as to how block quotes used to look like on EL&U before the the theme was overhauled, see English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing! and Make ...
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Tools for parsing (diagramming)

A number of questions are of the type: 'Can you diagram this sentence?', or 'How do you parse this sentence?'. On the same order of the Google ngram tool, are there any diagramming or parsing tools? ...
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What emphasis to use when referring to words?

Let's say I'm asking a question about the word "cheese". Which of the following should I use? I see various versions being used all over, and it'd be nice to have something consistent. Does the word '...
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How can I come up with the family words from a specific word?

For example, I need to list all of the family of words for the giver like gift. For bleed the list would include blood. For speak the list would include speech. For stick it would include sticky. For ...
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Other words for 'said'?

Okay, I admit; I like quotative verbs. Of course, I would prefer to avoid using 'said' all the time. AFAIK there is no canonical question asking for general alternatives to 'said'. I've compiled ...
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

I asked a question on EL&U which was taken upon negatively. It is linked here: “Is "tell advice" not idiomatic over "give advice"?” Let's look up the definition of "idiomatic" from the OED: (...
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For any word, see constituent roots; for any root, see composite words

Definition lookup in Google will show the origin or etymology of a word, usually based on root. Is there an application, web or otherwise, that returns composite words for any given root?
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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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