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Discourage “general reference” questions more prominently in FAQ?

At the moment, the fact that “general reference” questions are inappropriate isn’t very prominent in the FAQ. As far as I can see, it’s only mentioned in the section “Why are some questions closed?”, ...
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What are we going to ask Grammar Girl?

We're going to be interviewing Grammar Girl prior to being mentioned in her podcast. This might be happening really soon. So we need some interview questions. The top-voted questions will be asked, ...
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About Suspension

I saw someone's profile with "This account is temporarily suspended for rule violations. The suspension period ends on Sep 20 '14 at 12:21." However, it seems as though the person has been active ...
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How Should Titles Be Capitalized?

Many (most?) titles on Stack Exchange are phrased as questions, rather than traditionally. What Does X Mean? Meaning of X When I do this, I make sure to use Title Caps. It's still a title, after ...
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Would you kindly undo the rejection of my edit and re-open this question?

This suggested edit for this question was just rejected. It was an attempt on my part to incorporate the OP's clarification made in this comment on my answer into the question. The edit was rejected ...
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Make conjunction a synonym of conjunctions?

What about making conjunction a synonym of conjunctions? Since only one question is tagged conjunction it might suffice to retag that one question but it would be more future proof to make synonyms.
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Can 5k users directly approve a tag wiki proposed edit?

As 20k user, I can directly approve a tag wiki edit. Do 5k users have that possibility too, or are two 5k users required for approving a tag wiki proposed edit?
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Does anybody want to help with the Grammar Girl interview?

As I said in this meta post, we're going to be on the Grammar Girl podcast. I think a great way to attract her listeners to our site would be to do an interview with her before hand and write it up on ...
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What does “comment everywhere” mean?

It must mean something different from what I'd thought: this user joined today and has never asked or answered anything, and has 1 reputation. However, this question has a comment by the same user. ...
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Metaphor and metaphors

I see that the site has both "metaphor" as well as "metaphors" as tags. Granted, "metaphors" was only used once, but shouldn't is be eliminated or classified as a synonym tag to "metaphor?"
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EL&U Moderator Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality for ...
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Could someone edit the tags [proverb] and [colloquial] to become [proverbs] and [colloquialisms]?

I like consistency in our tags, and to be consistent, we need to pluralize. Unless we don't mind adjectival tags, in which case we can leave [colloquial] alone.
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Can we fix this grammatical error once and for all?

Its ironic how a site as big and English-focused as this can still let this pass like its nothing. However trivial it may be, it should be fixed.
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Chat hangs while loading

Visiting http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/95/english-language-and-usage hangs at Loading English Language and Usage, Just a second…. This has occurred at least three times in the last few weeks, ...
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Am I missing something in the requirements for an Electorate badge?

I've voted on over 600 questions and nearly half of those votes were for the questions themselves, yet no Electorate badge. Electorate: Voted on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on ...
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We’re going to be on the Grammar Girl podcast! What do we want her to say about us?

As I’m sure a lot of you already know, Grammar Girl is a big deal in the online English/Grammar world. I’ve been talking to her about sponsoring a podcast, and as part of the sponsorship we get ...
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Are you an English student or teacher? Do you want some free food?

If so, I would love to talk to you about the Stack Exchange Ambassadors program. Our goal is to get students and teachers involved in promoting Stack Exchange EL&U. Basically, Stack Exchange wants ...
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Community policing against spam

Noting this question, and an apparent increase in 'spam' here on EL&U, I'd just like to know whether there's a standard response expected from community members and TPTB. Specifically, is it ...
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Notify user of rejected edit

Can we have something in place to notify users (less than 2k) who propose an edit if their edit is declined? More specifically (as it is easy enough to return to the question/answer to see if the ...
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Links to Facebook and Twitter

Sometimes I am invited to post a link to my answer to Facebook and Twitter and other times I am not. What decides?
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Please add to faq section “What kind of questions can I ask here?”

In the https://english.stackexchange.com/faq#close section in the FAQ, there is a close reason: •general reference This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered ...
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What's with the spam?

What is happening with the recent wave of spamming? I flagged as spam more posts today than the entire time I've been on EL&U. I keep down-voting the questions and flagging them, but is there a ...
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Notification of more than one person in a comment

Why it is impossible to notify more than one person (by @ sign) in a comment to a post? (example)
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Users should be marked as native speakers if they are [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Show native language with the answer Stack sites must support primary and secondary language when defining user profile When accepting advice on English language use, it ...
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Don't show the “protect” link for questions that are locked

In questions that are already locked, the link to protect it should not be shown, as it is not possible to answer the question. In Favourite untranslatables, which is locked, I can see the "protect" ...
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Can we edit the related sites section of the FAQ?

Can a dev update this FAQ section about related sites to include: professional linguists and others with an interest in linguistic research and theory, ask on Linguistics literary enthusiasts ...
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Is the “somebody else answered while you were typing” notification working?

Yesterday I found that I'd answered a question a minute or two after somebody else (with overlap) and thought I had just not seen the notice that you usually get when someone answers while you are. ...
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I can't log in to chat

I keep getting this error: Your login data seems too old; please log in to any StackExchange site, possibly logging out before. I have cleared my cookies, and logged in and out of EL&U several ...
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Mis-printed English.se T-shirts

We have mailed out the swag packages for our top users. Some of you have already received them. Unfortunately, I made a terrible error. I misspelled the site URL on the T-shirt in the vector file I ...
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[Etiquette]Edit our answer with information from another answer?

I made an answer for Appropriate preposition to go with "concerned", and noted that although I acknowledged that for could be used, I didn't knew in which context. In the meantime, Dan Ray ...
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Why the Greek letters in usernames? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's up with the strange characters in some display names? I noticed this trend of late: users appending Greek letters to their usernames. Why or when did this suddenly ...
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Check out this limerick contest we're sponsoring

I spoke with some of you in chat the other day about questions that would be relevant to this limerick contest we're sponsoring on Sentence First, and I just wanted to let you know it went up today! ...
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Is the error message picture from “Alice in Wonderland”?

Is the error message picture for the English Stack Exchange from "Alice in Wonderland"?
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What is the meaning of the numbers shown in the dialog to vote to close a question as duplicate?

When I vote to close a question that is duplicating another one, I get a list of questions with some numbers. What is their meaning?
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Is this question off-topic or is something else wrong with it? [closed]

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/41245/how-can-this-technical-message-be-made-clearer is getting silently down-voted, so I'd like some guidance on whether it is considered off-topic or ...
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What is the difference between the “appropriate-questions” and “on-topic-off-topic” tags?

When I was adding a tag to another question, I noticed there are two tags that apparently have similar meanings: appropriate-questions and on-topic-off-topic. When should those tags be used?
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Are questions about gestures on-topic?

This question was triggered by What does the gesture to touch the side of your nose with a forefinger mean? but it is generally referring to any question about gestures. Are those questions on-topic ...
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How do votes work on closed questions?

I'd been under the impression that once a question was closed, further voting was either not possible, or wouldn't affect reputation. But a couple of hours ago, someone upvoted my answer on Why does ...
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Closing of 'career vs carrier'

The question 'career vs carrier' was closed as general reference. Though a reference would show that they are pronounced the same, I don't know of any reference that shows that they are pronounced ...
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Are questions about terms like “RSVP” on-topic?

Technically, RSVP is a French term, or to be more exact, an abbreviation for repondez vous s'il vous plait. It seems to have found its way into the English language as a fairly common term. Are ...
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Please re-open the “oldest profession” question

Please re-open Why (and since when) is prostitution called “the world's oldest profession”? . Talking about a well-known euphemism that's used in polite company (even Ronald Reagan has referred to ...
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What tag to use when asking what word or expression is appropriate to express an idea?

I just asked this question: What is a word or expression to describe anxiety about the passing of time? It's my first question on English SE, though I am a long-time StackOverflow user, so I ...
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How can Community offer bounties

Why does American English pluralize certain singular nouns? has an open bounty of +500 from the Community. How does that work?
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A user has 2 active bounties

From the FAQ: There can only be 1 active bounty per question and per user at any given time. Somehow one user has 2 active bounties right now: both on this question and on this one. Perhaps it ...
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“Citizen Patrol” badge mis-titled

The explanation for the "Citizen Patrol" badge is simply "First flagged post", which is admirably concise, but wrong. It should be "Flagged first post", because the badge goes to the flagger, not the ...
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Should not the flag history page report that “disputed flags” include also the flags that have been marked as invalid from the user?

As far as I understood, when I flag a flag as invalid, my flag will always be marked as disputed. If this is the case, should not the flag history page report that fact? For example, a note as the ...
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Could someone synonymize [neologism] and [coin]?

21 [neologism] vs. 2 [coin]. I don't have the required upvotes in the tag to suggest the synonym. Could a mod do this?
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Inputting responses to single-word requests [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exception to 30 character minimum for answers a) If a question is clearly a 'single-word request', shouldn't it be possible to click submit with just one word in the text box -...
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How to both preserve and correct an OP's mistake

I made a mistake in my question, and commentators have corrected the mistake. Rather than correct the mistake (thus rendering the comments out-of-date and making an answer look silly), do you think it ...
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Are questions about teaching English welcome here?

Are questions about how best to teach the English language welcome here? For example: "Is this text/word/structure appropriate for students of this level?" "How do I break down this rule of grammar ...

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