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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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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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How about allowing people to post entire compositions?

Comparing to stackoverflow or superuser, this site has much less questions, maybe allowing people to post their compositions here to ask for comments? Although word and many spell checkers could fix ...
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American English + British English + Xxx English tags Merger/Umbrella Tag?

We can have specific tags for questions about a specific dialect, but shouldn't there be some form of tag that encompasses anything like this? E.g. dialects ?
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Is it unacceptable to provide more information than the question explicitly asks for?

I suppose of all sites for people to pick apart explicit meanings from questions, this would be it, but I was surprised to get down-voted when I answered a question with more details than the question ...
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Using EL&U SE as writing help for other SE sites?

Occasionally in working on other SE sites I come across a word usage or phrase I am unfamiliar with. Before I've always gone with my "best guess" as to what the correct phrasing should be and edited ...
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What should our logo and site design be like?

Although we haven’t made much progress on the domain name discussion, I don’t think it necessarily too soon to start talking about site design and logo ideas. Does anyone have any strong ideas about ...
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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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Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents?

Is english.stackexchange.com the right place to ask about how English is used (or abused) in legal documents? I'm still trying to wrap my head around how some "and" and "or" are sometimes used with ...
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System message to encourage meta discussion [closed]

OK, so I put up a system message to encourage people to come here and help decide on the essential meta discussions: Help decide the 7 essential meta questions for this site while it’s in beta on ...
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Sometimes upvotes are provocative!

The question may be a very normal one and its answer is also very normal, nevertheless I notice very, very abnormal upvotes for both the question and the answer! On the other hand, some questions and ...
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Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark?

Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark when there is already the tag punctuation?
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Who is the judge in StackExchange?

Is there any guarantee that the accepted answers or the ones with the highest score on StackExchange are the correct ones? On the other hand, couldn't an answer with a low or even a sub-zero score be ...
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“versus” tag: what is it good for?

Can we think of who wants to use a "versus" tag? I use e.g. the "perl" tag or the "c" tag on stackoverflow.com to find things I'm interested in. For example, I can easily imagine someone might want to ...
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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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Tactical down votes?

On How to pronounce 'router'? my answer has been down voted from a user who answered to the same question, and who first commented my answer with a link to a link to a pronunciation file present in ...
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How should I report a pronunciation using the IPA notation?

Should I report the pronunciation as |ˈˌdaɪəˈˌkrɪdəkəl|, or [ˈˌdaɪəˈˌkrɪdəkəl]?
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Delete the tag “present”

The tag is not used for any questions; it should be deleted. If we are going to use the tag present-tense, then present should be a synonymous of present-tense.
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Does the tag “italian-american-english” have a meaning on this site?

Does the tag italian-american-english have a meaning, for this site? Is there an English dialect that is called Italian American English?
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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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Do questions asking for the origin of a word and the etymology of a word ask different things?

Is a question about the etymology of a word asking for its origin? Is a question about the origin of a word asking for its etymology? As I understand it, the origin of a word could be the point from ...
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Should questions about pronunciation specify which English dialect the OP is interested in?

In a question asking for the pronunciation of a word, should the question make clear to which English dialect it is referring? If the word is pronounced differently in American English and British ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers expected to appeal to any of the various English authorities?

I know this isn't like French that has a somewhat recognize but debatable effective governing body. We do have the OED, Websters dictionary, the various style guides like the MLA, Chicago Manual of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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American vs. British vs. Aussie, vs… ?

Questions about usage in different geographical areas are going to come up a lot. Plenty of answers are going to have to distinguish between standard usage on one continent versus another. Is there ...
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Writing style questions

A lot of the questions here could be boiled down to writing style, e.g. Is it wrong to start sentences with "in which case"? What is the correct spelling of "buyer* remorse"? ...

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