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What's happened to post formatting?

Posts look different: the most immediate and obvious change is that line-spacing has changed. Quotes are now indented a bit more, too. Old (from here): New: What just happened?
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New user asks: Are requests for proverbs and sayings (as opposed to single-word idiom requests) on-topic?

I am new here since this year; this question is to help me understand the culture. I answered a new question, asking for an equivalent of Catalan 'Gent jove pa tou' or 'Young people soft ...
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Was the question "etc. etc. usage" closed correctly?

This question was closed as being "opinion-based". But I thought that usage questions were on-topic for this site. After all, the asker says "Is there any rule…", not "How do ...
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Why was "What is the difference between '[I] may [be] …' and 'even though … '?" locked?

Overview The question What is the difference between “[I] may [be] …” and “even though … ”? was recently locked. I had posted the following comment: In this context, may normally implies the ...
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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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Why was "What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated?" locked?

I'm trying to understand the rationale for locking What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated? As it is, the question is lacking a degree of necessary detail. My ...
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Can I ask for help in lyrics for songs?

My hobby is to write lyrics on genius.com. I mostly listen to Hip Hop music. Sometimes I find it somewhat challenging to understand what they're saying because a lot of rappers do not enunciate the ...
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Accepted an answer but didn't receive the two reputation award

I have accepted an answer to my question, but my reputations didn't increase by 2. Why did that happen? I haven't reached the daily reputation limit; I think.
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Can an old account be 'merged' if it is no longer accessible by the user?

I am asking on behalf of someone who is locked out of their account due to problems with their Internet Provider and the fact that their email address is with said Provider. Is there any way to access ...
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How to ask questions about the languages themselves?

I have a question about two languages. I want to compare them because they are related to each other. Which SE site fits this type of question? in other words, an SE site for asking about the language,...
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Can we add a category to the current flagging imperatives?

Currently, we have two categories for flagging of posts that should be deleted ASAP: "spam" and "rude/abusive." Posts so flagged get the bum's rush on out of here as soon as ...
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Can someone please help me edit my question better?

I just can't help it. I tried and seems I can't explain well maybe because my English sucks. I understand that maybe my question is not written well and it is not fitting well here, but I quite don't ...
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Why doesn't a letter show up when enclosed in < and >?

I've just discovered that the answer I had given on EL&U was missing something. When I pressed the edit button, I saw that I had written a V and enclosed in < and > i.e. < v > (...
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Can I control the font size?

The font size I am getting for ELU is too small. I do not recall that it was like this before. Have I somehow made a change to my profile that will reduce the size? The font size for ELU is smaller ...
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How to remove an inappropriate lock on this site?

A specific question has been locked inappropriately and without good reason. How can the lock be removed? I know the question I am asking is not a typical question and would fall foul of the rules if ...
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Using internet search engines (Google/Yahoo) 'News' results to count frequency of a word

I'm trying to find a way to export the results/ count the frequency of a specific word 'homeless' in News articles in my country over the past 10 years. I am aware of Google Books NGram viewer for ...
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What is the legal position re cut & pasting OED entries?

The most recent posts I can find on this subject date from 2015 and earlier. Does anyone know the authoritative up-to-date advice on whether that which is posted to the EL & U site constitutes &...
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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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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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Why aren’t my questions being answered

If you look at at profile https://english.stackexchange.com/users/373235/theguradian my questions weren’t answered at all. I assumed that my questions fit the requirements. Where did I go wrong, and ...
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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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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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Why can't a user delete their own question that was just asked and has had no activity?

The reference for this is the question delete a question on here. Update 1: The actual answer seems to be that the user wasn't registered. However, this is not listed as a requirement on our question ...
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Resource for grammatical rules pertaining to mid-17th century English

Salutations to all during this tragic time where all feels quite, quite down, Firstly I hope all are well. Now, onward to my question: I have, for the past half-year or so writ a play based in London ...
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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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Why was "Is there a specific verb for when a person goes “um” and “ah” while they are thinking what to say?" locked?

Why was this question: Is there a specific verb for when a person goes "um" and "ah" while they are thinking what to say? locked? It should probably be closed as a dup of the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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