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Why are older posts being edited to remove the [etymology] tag?

I have seen at least 10 (and counting) proposed edits on the review queue from the same lower-rep user. For the most part, they are deleting the [etymology] tag, as seen in this post: The reason for ...
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Why are questions about the usage of synonyms off-topic?

Example question: How is “account” be different with “theory”, “model” or “approach”? This question is closed for being off-topic. One close-voter says: I’m can voting to close this question. A ...
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Website for finding Hypernyms [duplicate]

There are a lot of questions on this Stack Exchange asking "What is a hypernym for ___ and ___". Is there somewhere you can enter a list of words and it will suggest hypernyms? This question ...
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Proposed tag: unword or deanthropomorphize

A common theme on English Stack Exchange is someone who has a certain well-known word in their vocabulary, who understands this word may have undesired negative undertones for certain groups of people,...
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Where can I find the rules of the English SE?

It's been a long time since I was last active on SE in general. Now, in the last weeks I've been super pensive about the role of language in my life, especially the ones I learned as a grown up, in ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What should I do if mods declined a flag I think was legitimate and regard violation of the code of conduct?

There's a user who's been posting pointless, off topic comments where I post genuine questions. Yesterday they chose to necropost on a 3 years and 4 months old question of mine, in a clear attempt to ...
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Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing? [closed]

Where can I find a large corpus of contemporary English writing? I am a computer programmer, and I would like to execute a program which searches the corpus for certain text-patterns. I am willing to ...
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Is it good to migrate questions which are on-topic and have answers?

Question in question: What is the difference between an account and an approach? This question is on-topic on ELU and received two answers. The accepted answer says that the usage of "account&...
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Questions are now being edited to say “grammatically acceptable” instead of “grammatically correct”?

Two questions of mine were edited to change "grammatically correct" to "grammatically acceptable" in the title and similarly in the body by the same moderator. To seek ...
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Would it be appropriate to reopen the “'Home page' or 'homepage'” question from seven years ago?

The question "Home page" or "homepage"? was closed seven years ago on the following grounds: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a ...
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Should we post an identical answer if we provide different (maybe better) research?

I read an answer to a single word request question. It was exactly what the OP had asked, but the answer provides only an article about the single word, no actual definition from a dictionary, or a ...
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Is ELU tag guidance required to “accord” with Linguistics.SE guidance?

Is ELU tag guidance required to "accord" with tag guidance at Linguistics.SE? I ask because a recent update-change I made to the tag guidance for etymology was rolled back by a moderator, ...
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Are word lists forbidden in the rules?

I replied to a poster who asked me to supply a list of words in a particular category, that this was not allowed in the rules. See When I tried to search for the rule, I couldn't find it (or indeed ...
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Is there any way of knowing who is serial down-voting me?

For new users...serial down-voting is strictly discouraged. It requires a certain amount of venom and dedication to go through another user's list of questions and answers and then methodically DV ...
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dictionary for American English

I have already Oxford Advanced Learner´s Dictionary, which I use at my home, but I want another one to my office. So I decided to take rather American dictionary but which one? After reading some ...
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Linked question is absent in “This question already has answers here” banner [duplicate]

I came across this question: Should personal pronouns always be placed at the end of a list? This question was closed eight years ago as duplicate of some other question. That question is not visible. ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

I would like to understand why this question was classified as a duplicate. Is it not a bit stretched? I can see the similarity, but the structures present in the body of each question are in fact ...
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Blatant Grammatical Error [closed]

I have just Googled 'damn or damned' and was presented with a post on your site. Imagine my absolute horror when I saw in the explanation you gave, a grammatical error. You write 'Damn'is a verb........
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Why marked duplicate?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: What is it called to use random error as evidence? Why was this ever marked duplicate? Why not just migrate?
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Problems loading chat: hangs forever

Recently, I cannot access the chat room. I only get this forever message ( I have left it for up to 24 hours and it still hangs) : This started after the last updates around 4-5 months ago. Possibly ...
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How does one appeal a closed question, duplicate?

I understand there is a need to close duplicate answers, but shouldn't there be some clear instructions about what one can do to appeal? I'm not talking about the option to edit (which is clearly ...
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Is the fact that a question is a duplicate a good reason to downvote?

When I first came across this question, it was closed only temporarily and I assumed that it was not a duplicate (otherwise it would have been closed as one). So I went on and did my research and ...
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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 comment; many here are guilty of ...
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Move a question about hyphens and dashes from graphicdesign.stackexchange.com

Few days ago I asked a question whether to use the hyphen or the en dash in cases like Anglo-Saxon England and The Washington–Moscow hotline on https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/. https://...
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The appropriateness of having an 'Italian' tag (no slight intended: I've just become aware of this particular flag)

Isn't having a tag such as italian inviting questions requiring at least some knowledge of Italian? Isn't 'loan-words' sufficient? Aren't cross-language questions more appropriate on Linguistics?
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Reference for the history of the English alphabet

I am looking for a text or book that discusses the history of the English alphabet, as in, how the shapes of the alphabet came to be, why certain sounds are associated with certain letters, and how ...
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Would it still be on-topic to ask a question to define the year? i.e. 2020: The year of…?

In 2016, Mari-Lou A asked a question appropriate for the times. 2016 The Year of ...? "2016 is drawing to an end, and nobody can say it was an unexceptional year. On the contrary, it was ...
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When users express irritation in their answers or comments, is this enough reason to flag them as unfriendly?

I have come across questions that became debates and users got evidently irritated in their answers or comments (I am not the one to judge if on good grounds or not). Is this enough reason to flag ...
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When can we use screenshots?

I was very glad to read an ELL question on screenshots and I totally agree. While reading it I tried to guess when the use of screenshots would be actually allowed, but I would really like to read a ...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

The "Ask Question" form currently suggests tags in the placeholder text: grammar, word-choice, etymology. I would guess that these are the most common tags used. However, are they the most ...
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Are there any good online services or tools for reading text and catching new words?

For example, I started reading a new book and want to highlight unknown words in it. So this service collects my known words and filters them from the others (unknown), then highlights new words (with ...
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Is there a tool to check whether I'm using the top N most common words

Along the lines of Randall Munroe's tool used to determine whether a word is one of the most common thousand words in English (https://xkcd.com/simplewriter/), I'm wondering if there is a tool that ...
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Apparent missing link to the original question

Article when there is an adjective before a noun There is a banner saying that this question is already asked some other place but link to that other place is absent.
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The “needs improvement” close reason doesn't contain an option for migration

When I click the "needs improvement" option I don't see any option to migrate to another website. Is this a mistake?
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Are questions about local dialects necessarily “opinion-based”?

Are questions about local dialects necessarily "opinion-based"? (If not, I believe my question was closed without proper justification)
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Single-word requests. The annoying and constant problem of inexactitude

Here's a simple example of the problem: "What is a word that describes someone who covers the ground quickly" What's wrong with that? Well we don't know what part of speech is required. We ...
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Are there any resources for 18th and 19th Century English Grammar?

I recently asked a question regarding archaic English grammar and one of the comments recommended that I make a resource request here on the Meta. I'm looking for any books or websites that ...
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Would “Is 'maiden name' now considered sexist” be off-topic? Can I ask if née replaces it in the same question?

In a comment I wrote because of the inherent implications of "maiden", these days née is often used instead though it still caries a gender reference, e.g. Sunita Lyn Williams (née Pandya; ...
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Finding snippets on Ngrams before 1800

This is probably off-topic, but recently Ngrams made a schlimmbesserung on their site, and now I cannot find snippets before 1800. example https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=broadcast&...
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How to avoid an “opinion based” question regarding listening comprehension?

As a non-native English speaker I pronounce "bomb", "climb", "thumb" etc... with a clear B at the end. I know I shouldn't, but it's automatic. So, I was interested in ...
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Delete a question on this site [duplicate]

How can you delete a question on this site?
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What are the free resources to learn english online? [closed]

My wife wants to improve her English. It's a paid site to learn english https://id.engbreaking.com/ I wonder if there is any like that that is free?
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Theme of stack exchange sites [closed]

I wonder, what was the first Stack Exchange site? I use Stack Overflow and Server Fault quite a lot. Their names suggest that you have a problem and you need to solve it. If those were among the first ...
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Can we please close this offensive question?

The author of this post has suggested that autism and mutism are defects. “Extremism” sounds like an ideology, by analogy with Marxism for example; or possibly it’s more akin to a behavioural state ...
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What happened to 'protecting'?

Not very long ago, quite a few questions on this site were 'protected', i.e. they were closed to the visitors with no reputation, but were otherwise open. Nowadays one doesn't see that anymore, and ...
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Online Dictionary that shows “Word Family”?

I want an online dictionary where I will look for a word and it will show the definition with the word family. For example: If I search "Enigma" It will show the definition along with the ...
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Why was a question about the origin and meaning of a phrase closed because the origin is known?

Note: The question in question has been reopened. The question 'What’s the origin/meaning of “from belt buckle to shoe sole”?' was closed because Mr Biden consistently gives the origin - his uncle. ...
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Why does Google Ngrams show pronoun usage drop and rise over time?

I was using Google Ngrams to investigate whether feminine pronouns have been used more often in English literature over time, relative to masculine pronouns. I was surprised to find that the ...
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I want to study the various usages of the 17th and 16th century verb “atone”. Other than oed.com, where can I study this verb and adverb?

I'm looking specifically for works that discuss the sense of a cessation of quarrels as found in oed.com's definition for the verb "atone": 1555 W. Waterman tr. J. Boemus Fardle of Facions ...

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