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Why do some avatars have drop shadows?

I was looking at a question today and I noticed that the OP and I have drop shadows beneath out avatars and the person who edited the question and the other answerer do not. Who gets a drop shadow, ...
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Is the list of questions differently cached, on the meta site?

I noticed that when I ask a question on this meta site, and then I click on the "Questions" link, I don't immediately see the question I asked; sometimes I need to click again on the same link, and ...
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Are questions about what heard in an audio clip always welcome?

The main issue I see with those questions is that they are too localized: It's rather difficult that those questions are really helpful for somebody else than the OP. The other problems I can see ...
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Should I prefer IPA or phonetic spelling in displaying pronunciation?

Do enough people know IPA that I can use it instead of phonetic spelling? Or should I use both? I tend to use phonetic spelling just because it seems easy to read, but IPA would definitely be better ...
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When a word used as tag has a different spelling in American and British English, which spelling should we use?

In the case the word used as tag has a different spelling in American and British English, which spelling should we adopt for the tag?
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Should those 10K who link to deleted questions give a warning?

In this question (and I have seen this issue other time) the poster links to other question that can be seen only by a member with at least 10K reputation. Shouldn't the poster give a warning (or ...
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Is the “obsolete” flag applicable even to comments that have already re-written as answer?

In "Agreed" or "agreed to" there is a comment that has been re-written as answer. Is flagging the comment as obsolete correct, in this case? In which other cases should a comment ...
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Can [diacritic] and [diacriticals] be made synonyms?

diacriticals has only one question, and diacritic has at least a few more. I think they should be made synonyms.
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Can [dictionary] and [dictionaries] be made synonyms?

dictionary and dictionaries don't have very many questions, but they do seem to cover the same topics. Is this a valid tag synonym?
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Could [humor] and [humour] be synonymized?

I don't know which you'll want to keep, but they're definitely synonyms.
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The timestamp reported for this question is wrong

If you look at Kosmonaut's profile, you will notice that his only question shows "jan 20 at 0:29" as timestamp. If you look at the question, Central Pennsylvanian English speakers: what are the ...
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The preview of the post doesn't match how the post is rendered when saved

In Why the "meat" in "sweetmeat"? my answer appears different in the preview from where it appears in when saved. Is it supposed to be so, or is there a bug laughing behind my ...
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Where did Lauren Ψ go?

I realized that I still have more edits than Lauren, surprisingly. I also couldn't remember the last time I'd seen her edit, so I checked her activity page, which shows that she hasn't edited ...
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OK, I'll bite: Why was my post closed as unlikely to ever help any future visitors?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/39209/what-other-categorical-synonyms-could-represent-published-content-or-articles-o an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally ...
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How exactly is “Closed as a Duplicate” supposed to work?

This question about "Looking forward/forwards to your reply" was flagged as a possible dup of this one titled Forward vs Forwards. That second "original" just quotes a minimal "cook's tour" of usage ...
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Number of users who edit a question and CW questions

I am used to the fact that when 5 different users edit a question, that is automatically changed to a CW question. Is this still valid? Does the number of editors include also the OP?
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Internal hyperlink bug in FAQ

When clicking on What notation and symbols are commonly used here? in the right hand side navigation in the FAQ, I am led to https://english.stackexchange.com/faq#what-notation-and-symbols-are-...
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On the main site, why are some user names pink?

I have noticed that on the main site, some of the usernames shows in pink, while others are in red. Here is an example: As you can see here, the users Simchona and FumbleFingers' names are in pink, ...
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When I click on the “How do I search?” header, the browser shows me the top of the page

In the FAQ page, when I click on the "How do I search?" header, and the section is expanded, I am moved to the top of the page. That is not what happens with the other headers in the same page, such ...
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Finding “duplicates” for hardy perennials

I'm sure others must have hit this problem after being on EL&U for a while. With some questions which crop up repeatedly, it can be quite difficult to find an earlier related or exact duplicate, ...
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Did some of my answers recently get deleted?

I did a rep recalc yesterday (for the first time in three days) and lost 55 rep. Curious, I found that my number of answers in my profile page went down by 4. Putting 55 and 4 together, I came up ...
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When flagging a flag as invalid, report which flag was flagged as invalid

When you flag a flag as invalid, the flag history doesn't report which flag was flagged as invalid. It would be helpful if the flag history would report which flag was flagged as invalid.
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Add a link to Literature.SE as a choice for migration in an off-topic close vote

This question was closed as off-topic with 3 downvotes. Four minutes later, the poster manually re-asked it on Literature.SE and got 2 upvotes along with an answer. Should we consider allowing ...
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Add a badge for the user who was the first one to vote to close questions, when X% of the voted questions was really closed

Note: I am not referring to flagging; I am referring to voting to close a question. Who has the privilege to vote to close doesn't use flagging, except if the question is spam. The purpose of the ...
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What do you think of these site promotion ideas?

As most of you know, I've been working on promoting EL&U for the past couple of weeks, and I'd love to have some help brainstorming. Here's a list of some ideas and things I've been trying out so ...
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Should it be on topic to ask questions about what to say in given situations?

I realize that there was previously a discussion on whether questions of politeness are on topic. However, recently there have been some questions such as this one on replying to a favor, this on ...
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Updating address for swag delivery

Reading this recent question, I realise: my address has changed since I originally gave it; is there a way to update it, for me and anyone else in this situation? (I revisited the form and submitted ...
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What does “rejected” mean in the migrated page?

Looking at the statistics page for the migrated questions, I read the word rejected. Does that mean it is possible to reject a migration before it is done, or it is referring to the questions that ...
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Are questions on paragraph meanings on-topic here?

I am having a lot of trouble understanding the meaning of paragraphs from articles. Is english SE the right place to ask for help?
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Do we need more “fun” questions?

One of the questions asked today was on the influence of popular media on the vernacular. It was not closed at time of this question, but there was an ongoing discussion in the comment. The OP brought ...
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Don't show the “Edit Summary” field the first time a post is edited within the grace period

When you edit a post within the 5 minutes period, the new edit is not considered a new edit, and a new revision is not created. If you just created a post, and then you edit it before 5 minutes are ...
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Is it a flaw that you can still downvote with effect on the reputation when the question was closed already?

Yesterday I asked a question which was downvoted and subsequently closed - Fair enough: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/38379/difference-between-classic-classical-and-classy. What is not ...
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10k tools flags page display problem

I think this is due to the recent changes to the formatting of the 10k tools (rather than me upgrading to Firefox 6.0): (I've grayed out the questions and names to protect the innocent. Obviously, ...
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What is accept rate?

I keep on seeing percentage of accept rates beneath account info showing at answers or questions. what I don't get is, what are they? what do they do?
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Make more evident those words are links

Right before writing this question, I clicked on the "tools" link on the main site to see if there were questions voted to be closed; to my surprise I was redirected to the review page. I then ...
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A question voted to be off-topic and better suited to writers.SE has not been migrated

When should one use a section sign (the link is only for 10k users) has been voted as off-topic and better suited to writers.SE by 5 users, but the question was simply closed. https://english....
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Is only one user able to flag a flag as invalid?

As it is now, only one user is allowed to disagree with the original flag; who selects "invalid flag" when somebody already selected it is disagreeing with the original flag, but also with who is ...
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People answering off-topic questions: What should we do?

It happens sometimes that when I vote to close a question which is evidently Off Topic, some user posts an answer. I know it might be legit (although honestly I'm not sure on this), but this ...
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On flagging posts with lots of images

I flagged this answer with the note "pictures are a little excessive" and the flag was dismissed as invalid. I would like to publicly note that this is a terrible, terrible precedent. The images are ...
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Should [indefinite-article] and [definite-article] be merged into [articles]?

Some time ago in chat, the question of merging indefinite-article and definite-article into articles was raised, and I want to get further input into this. A preponderance of the following reasons, ...
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Jump Section; We seriously need them

We need a jump section. When you try to find a question, there is a list of them running up to 9,000 questions. However, it is frustrating to go through every page trying to find it. We should have ...
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Can a comment upvote “bump” a thread?

If you see this soon enough, you should be able to click here and see that a question was just bumped to the top of the "active" page. The last activity for hours was me posting a comment, and it ...
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We have a web log, so now what?

I have recently found this English Language and usage blog. There is no content there. I said in this call to arms post that I would like to participate by posting lessons or explanations for ...
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Amount of reputation gained for one vote

How much reputation do you gain for upvotes in questions or answers? How much rep do you gain for different types of badges? Is there a place that tells you all this?
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Will the revenge down-vote script kick in, in this case?

Recently, a user posted several questions within the space of about a half hour. I downvoted four of them because I felt that they were poorly researched, and because they were out of the scope of the ...
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Can we declare “How did this euphemism for a profanity originate?” as off topic?

Growing up there were literally hundreds of different euphemisms we used when we could not swear. They all seem to show up here in origin questions. Seeing as where they came from really is rarely ...
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The strange bug: Sorry, this is a duplicate of

I have got a bug. I have used other web browsers - the same problem, so it seams that it's server side restriction. Please, could anybody help me. Any tricks or tips are welcome!
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Where is the chat?

I don't know if someone asked this (I checked and it seems not so) and I just noticed that the chat button is no longer there. There is this "Blog" button instead with the "new" badge next to it. ...
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Reasons for the merging of some of the tags

Why did some of the tags get merged? origin got merged with etymology, and I can't use the origin tag anymore. There is a difference. "origin" is used for where the phrases came from, "etymology" is ...
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Questions about etiquette

There seems to be a growing number of questions about the "proper way to say/write ..." in the English SE. I have also run across a few questions in Programmers SE that might be better suited for a ...

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