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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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Could somebody fix my question and produce a copy of the answers?

I have an interesting predicament. I asked What does "information porn" mean? with the word porn in the title, and the firewall on the computer I am using is blocking it. This means I am not ...
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Why was this question migrated to meta, when it is not a question about the main site?

I noticed a question, Is there a thesaurus which takes more than one word as an input? and I read it trying to understand why it was on meta. After I read it, I noticed that it doesn't suit on meta ...
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Is it possible to see the real time number of users and stuff?

Is there any way to see kind of basic data of this site, for example, the real time number of users, the time zone distribution of the number, the weekly distribution? If I can do that, I might be ...
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Strange numbering

Is this in the docs? I began this with "7." (seven dot) but it came out as "1." instead. I'm guessing the software thinks I am starting a numbered list, and requires me to start with 1 and not 7. ...
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Is there a way I can view the sum of my theoretical meta rep?

I know I can do a query, but that only updates every month or so, and right now it's stuck at 70, which doesn't help. I could also do the math, looking at this page (133 total), but that could ...
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What's up with the strange characters in some display names?

I assume it's not just me: Why have some users added special characters to their usernames? The list includes: Kit (now KitΘδς) z7sg (now z7sg Ѫ) JSBangs (now JSBᾶngs) Martha (now Marthaª) aedia (now ...
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How do I add a comment?

I have seen people add a comment but I can't see that link anywhere in my questions. Is there a need for a certain amount of reputation to comment?
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Who is “delete”?

I see the user called "delete" at several places in the older questions. However, I can't view his profile or anything. I was just wondering, who is delete? Why can't I view his profile?
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Should we have badges for high-voted comments?

Bronze for 10, silver for 25, gold for 100? I had a notion that there used to be such badges, but I can't be sure.
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Should we limit the number of edits per day on old questions?

Editing a question has the effect of bumping it on top of the front page. Should we limit the number of edits done on old questions? Bumping forty old questions in the front page has just the effect ...
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Tag review: [meaning-in-context]

meaning-in-context has roughly 250 questions. Some of these questions are good; some not as good. Today I saw a question I thought was skirting the danger line and noticed it only had the tag meaning-...
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Why does Lauren Ψ have 7 rep?

Bear with my curiosity here - with no questions or answers, where did Lauren's 7 rep come from, and why?
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Hover text to show total rep score in the “Users” display

When I hover my mouse over the UserName against a Comment, that user's current rep value is displayed. Would it be possible to replicate this behaviour in the "Users" display? And do I need to make ...
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Who is Lauren Ψ and why is she changing posts? (Introducing myself.)

I just wanted to let you all know that I'm a StackExchange employee and I'm working on improving the English Language site. Basically, that means I'll be correcting things like grammar, spelling, ...
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Closing is not bad

Note: This is partially a work in progress, I guess. It is more of a thought dump on the subject because I see a lot of negative reactions to something I consider a good thing. All thoughts, comments, ...
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What happened to the sidebar's chatroom link?

What happened to the "# People Chatting" box in the sidebar? Meta still has it: but it seems to have disappeared from the main site. Is this a temporary glitch? (I'm aware of the "chat" link in the ...
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Is there a thesaurus which takes more than one word as an input? [closed]

When I write a text, I am sometimes looking for a very specific word, which might or might not be present in English (my brain knows that there is such a word, but sometimes it can't provide it ...
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Against single word requests

We've discussed single-word-requests before: Are single word requests always welcomed questions? Are word requests allowed? The consensus of earlier discussions was that these questions are on the ...
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Should we make [politeness] a synonym of [etiquette]?

I would suggest the synonym, but there aren't too many of these questions, and I don't have the required votes in the tags to suggest it. If someone else thinks it's a good idea, could they suggest ...
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Isn't EL&U a special case among StackExchange sites? Don't we need special mod privileges?

What I'm talking about is summed up in this question. This is, unfortunately, a legitimate question about English, however poor in quality and whatever its Beavis & Butthead quotient (off the ...
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Why can't we format question titles?

It would be nice if italics were possible in question titles; is there a reason why we aren't able to?
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Does saying “I have always used [X]” answer a question about which of two words to use?

Looking at this answer (the link is now for 10K users, as the answer has been deleted), for example, I notice that it doesn't answer to the question because The fact somebody uses a word doesn't mean ...
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Lost “start a bounty” button

I wanted to place a bounty on this Question, but I can't find a start a bounty button. I'm guessing this is a regressive bug. Or maybe I'm just going about it the wrong way.
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When a user changes your edits back to their original, pre-edit form

I noticed that a user posted an answer that was obviously grammatically incorrect, so I decided to make an edit/correction, and question where they had found the definition and why they would put it ...
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Why do people need more reputation for EL&U for the same privileges than on some other SE sites?

For instance, my 500+ reputation would allow me to cast close and open votes on a number of Stackexchange sites. Here, it requires 3000. Why is that?
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Different ways to assess the quality of questions (also: how to find good and bad questions)

EDIT initially posted question had queries that might have returned wrong results, this is hopefully corrected now /EDIT This is not really a feature request, but more of an analysis of current state ...
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Priority on Close-reason votes

I'd like to give my contribution to the effort of some users in order to solve the current situation on the English SE. I asked this same question to Waiwai933 in his "A look at question quality" as a ...
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Can I flag a single post multiple times?

Why can I flag something multiple times, and why can I get different results from each flag? I flagged a post one day, for "misinformation". Another day, while I was reviewing, I came to the same ...
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FAQ - prescriptive or descriptive?

I understand why this may be considered to overlap with What should our FAQ contain?, but I think I'm trying to address a specific issue related to that which doesn't really fit in the original (which ...
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Which is more trustworthy as a source for UK usages: Google Ngrams or the British National Corpus?

This question was inspired by the comment/chat discussion under this answer. This would be very helpful to know.
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Show native language with the answer

I would like to get community opinion on the possibility of "self-assigned badges"1 that would serve to distinguish for example native vs. non-native English speakers American vs. British vs. other ...
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A look at question quality

Table of Contents This is a really, really, long post. And yes, I hate to create another post on our current "quality" situation, but this post is seriously long to the point where I don't want to ...
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Are (some) compliments in the comments suppressed by moderators?

In a comment to my question, user surfasb made a flattering remark. It has just been deleted, a few minutes ago. Did a moderator erase it? I don't think the compliment was deserved ("best question in ...
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Where to draw the line in “plagiarism” of earlier answers?

I've just been downvoted for "plagiarism", in that I subsequently edited my own answer to include a reference that was already present in someone else's. It so happens that in this particular case I ...
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Is English Language & Usage highbrow?

What level of discourse are we aiming for here? What does our audience expect and desire? What are we capable of providing?
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Negativity on other people's EL&U answers

Is there a good way to handle people on EL&U who seem to thrive off of making others feel their opinions and explanations are inferior or "incorrect"? Is this a forum for constructive, respectful ...
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Should we allow 'semi-translation' questions?

I like to be as lenient as possible in allowing questions on EL&U - it should, after all, help as many people as much as possible to speak English (I assume I'm speaking for all when saying that). ...
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On tag:scrabble, tag:word-games, tag:games

I just rolled back someone's edit to add scrabble. I really don't think we need tags for things like Scrabble, Boggle, etc. Perhaps we can just use the more generic word-games? Also, is there a ...
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Problem with faq: EL&U audience - experts only or students too?

The fine list of frequently asked questions and answers has in its opening paragraph two contradicting notions: The English Language and Usage Stack Exchange is for linguists, etymologists, and (...
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Another Community Moderator

Stack Exchange sites are largely self-policed by the community, but we also need leaders from the site whose focus is to provide additional moderation support and site management as community ...
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The user drop down menu shows a wrong reputation change

My drop down menu shows a change in my reputation of +1, but when click on the reputation link, the page I am taken to shows a different reputation change. The last reputation change is from ...
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On-line list of productive Latin-Greek roots?

Inspired by this question What is the meaning of the suffix 'don'?, I wonder if there is an easy on-line reference that would make this a 'general reference' question. It could easily be on an ESL ...
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Who is EL&U's audience?

I previously asked if EL&U was succeeding. The responses there (mixed in with other answers, comments and chats on the subject) lead me to feel that one of the big questions our community has ...
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What should I do with duplicate answers?

I recently noticed a handful of late answers trickle through that more or less mimic a previous answer. Should these be flagged or downvoted or both?
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Should EL&U be removed from the multicollider, etc.?

A big issue seems to be that, owing to the nature of the kinds of questions that get asked on EL&U, questions that may be interpreted as 'unprofessional' or 'embarrassing' may appear as 'hot ...
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Comment flagging - condition where “please select a reason” warning appears but flag reason dialog does not

I happened to be flagging two comments as obsolete (on this answer, comments referring to a completed edit). I flagged the first, then clicked the second flag button, and upon trying to flag (I am ...
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On the main site, upvotes aren't giving a reputation change

I apologize for the small picture. There are some of my answers that have been up/down-voted (more up than down), but there is no "+#" next to my two most recent posts. One has 4 upvotes, the other ...
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Is EL&U succeeding?

What with all of the hubbub lately, I want to focus on asking one specific question that I think is at the core of the problem/drama: Is EL&U succeeding? This is fairly open-ended and I think ...

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