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Cleaning up unanswered questions

Stackoverflow.com has 310,825 questions with no upvoted answers, English.stackexchange.com has only 2 currently (and usually none). Why is this? I know the volumes of new questions are very different ...
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Why are some questions shaded green? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are some questions on the question page darker than others? I've really tried to figure this one out on my own, but I give up. What determines whether or not a question ...
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Are single word requests always welcomed questions?

Are there any cases where a single word request is not welcomed on EL&U? The FAQ clearly states that users should ask "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems." In which cases ...
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Questions asking for technical terms/jargon

I just flagged this question as (potentially) off-topic, and I have flagged other questions like this in the past, but I am not sure if I am right to do so. It seems to me that the correct answer ...
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Should tag definitions be mandatory?

I understand that a tag's name should make it clear what the tag is for, but this is often not the case. For example, we now have grammar and grammaticality. Users will probably need to read the ...
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What is the private beta?

There is that badge, called the Beta, and it says actively participated in the private beta. Is the private beta different from the beta?
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How exactly does EL&U “inbox” logic support @username?

Could one of the tech support guys (or anyone else who definitively knows) explain precisely how EL&U inbox works? Does having @username anywhere in comment text cause that comment to appear in ...
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Why are list questions supposed to be community wikis? Usually those questions do not require on-going editing.

What is the rationale behind making the question a community wiki with list questions? Why should this question require editing by new users? And why should the answers be community wikis? I might ...
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CW Tags: need for them?

In this question, the question of having a CW tag so that community wikis can easily be browsed through cropped up. Could this be implemented?
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What are the actual requirements for the “Copy Editor” badge as well as the “Strunk and White” badge?

I looked up my edits, and I found out that I had 275 edits. However, the Strunk and White Badge says 80 posts edited will get the badge. Is there some kind of a catch, or did I misunderstood the badge?...
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Subheading for comments

We have a subheading for votes, badges, answers, and questions. Could we have it for comments as well, so that we note how many comments we have, and how many votes or flags each of them have?
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Why did this question still have a “duplicate error” link?

In Why don't we pluralize "foot" in measurements? I noticed there was still the link to the duplicate question, even if the question has been re-opened. Should not the link be supposed to be removed, ...
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Could we have a sideboard for tags?

For example, would it be helpful if we had on the side, a list of tags that are synonymous with your question, so that people won't have trouble trying to remember or think-up the tags unnecessarily. ...
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Why do we need an irony tag?

irony appears to have recently been added and it currently has a whopping 5 questions. How many (on-topic, non-duplicate) questions about irony are we expecting?
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Should the contrast of the highlighted OP's name in comments be increased? Use this GM script if you want it changed now.

Spot the OP! Old: New: Here is a link to the Greasemonkey sript (works in Firefox, most probably also in Chrome). George made this for me. I cannot thank him enough: this is great! Note that you ...
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Tags on comments/ assigning tags by others

The system is designed to allow intentional tagging of questions, by the author. I find that I often want to qualify an upvote or downvote in an answer. For example, when I answer I'd like to point ...
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Is the *lingua franca* question to be closed as “General Reference”?

This question asks about the etymology of the term lingua franca. It can be looked up on Etymonline or Wikipedia with satisfactory result. But this isn't a word definition, and I actually found the ...
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conditions for populist badge

I'm a little confused as to the conditions for the populist badge. My understanding is that any answer that has a score of at least 11 and more than double the accepted answer earns it. But how come,...
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In the list of flagged posts, the question author is not rendered correctly

In the list of flagged posts, the author of a question is rendered as shown in the following screenshot. (I removed the part revealing the OP, which is normally rendered.) The graphic covers "asked ...
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Can it be made so that I can view the questions I cast my votes on?

In my profile, it shows the total amount of votes I have cast, up or down, on questions or on answers. Could I please view the questions or answers which I have voted on? Is it possible that this new ...
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Why can't I chat?

I earned the cred, but for some reason when I enter the chat rooms, I receive a ribbon message indicating that I'm not allowed to participate. I'm thinking my English Language & Usage account is ...
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“Is it correct to write x” questions - can we require people to explain why they are asking?

These questions always bug me when they ask about a perfectly normal, acceptable English usage. It just seems like someone whose English isn't that good decided to question the correctness of the ...
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Does giving two answers that say the same thing make sense?

I found these answers from the same user that essentially suggest the same word. Does it make sense to write two answers to say the same thing, and if so, when? What is the purpose of writing a ...
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Why allow comments only when rep > 50?

I really want to comment on this post and want a clarification on an answer that has been posted there. Unfortunately, I do not have enough reputation to leave comments. That leaves me with two ...
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Could the flagging profile be clarified?

Can we please make the flagging weight page better? When I go to my profile, and I see my flag weight has changed, I click on the flag weight button, and the thing is, I can't tell which of my flags ...
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Should a limitation be put on downvotes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dealing with vote retribution Should there be a limit of downvotes a user can use on certain other user in one day? Because at the moment, all my reputation is shown to be -2, ...
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“Plurality” tag should not be a synonym of the “plural” tag

"Plural" would be for only for plural forms. "Plurality" works well for questions about when the use the singular and when to use the plural. In some ways it's closer to grammatical-number but that ...
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Suggestions for new badges?

Would it be a good idea if users could propose new badges to apply specially to ELUSE? For example, they could go on to Stack Exchange network, and propose to the top users(people with over 10000 rep?)...
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Requests for coinage

While I'm not entirely opposed to “single word requests” I get pretty anxious when I see questions like this one, where there is (to my knowledge) no real answer, and then people take this as an ...
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Feature suggestion: dictionary lookup on double-click or context menu

Since we have recommended online reference sources, wouldn't it be nice to be able to access these directly from the site? I could see having either a right-click context menu to allow choosing which ...
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Standard format for questions on difference between two specified words

Quite a lot of questions concern the difference between two specified words (often with an example sentence, where OP wants to know which to use). It's much easier to search for an existing Question ...
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Path for adopting EL&U formatting standards

Aside from the relevant place to track these discussions, I believe we should decide the appropriate path for reaching a decision about a particular standard. Community run projects tend to get stuck ...
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Editing Question titles in pursuit of 'standardisation'

Apropos an issue that came up in Comments under the first Answer to this question, does anyone [else] ever edit Question titles in pursuit of 'standardisation'? I say 'else' there because the other ...
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Where can I get a small text proofread? [duplicate]

I've just discovered this site hoping someone could proofread a small description of my new open-source project. However the FAQ specifically disallows it. Would anyone kindly point me to site that ...
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Is there a way to remind the down-voter upon the related answer or quesion is changed?

Down voting is a great way to discourage bad answers, but what if the original answer or question has been improved? I believe providing a way to let the down-votes removable will highly encourage ...
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Google Ngrams for the web (not just books)

Google Ngrams is a great resource for provenance tracking of words and phrases in published English books. It is essentially a histogram computer for frequency of word use over the date which allows ...
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Question about the usefulness of “happy” and “unhappy” at SE

This question arises from a suggestion by FumbleFingers that I post it here for comment. Briefly, some of the questions asked at EL&U SE are overly simple and could be handled by a routine ...
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Usage of parenthesis when reporting the definition of a word

Sometimes, in the definition of a word there is a part that explains the context for which the meaning is valid; for example, for automagically the definition is the following: (especially in ...
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Is there a way to hide answers you don't want to see?

Somewhere between the fine line between downvoting (which I did) and flagging (which I did not), we have stuff like this answer: What are the similarities and differences between "irony" and ...
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What is a community wiki?

I am seeing this term coming up at times. And I had been asked if I wish to do a wiki once. Seems that I should start to get to know something about the term. Hope that someone could help ...
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Why is it not mandatory to provide comments on a down-vote?

At present, users wanting to be courteous leave comments after down-voting a response, but there is nothing that requires a user to do this. I don't much care about the lose of rep. or the down-vote ...
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What's the best way to format quotes within quotes?

If the source you are quoting itself contains a quote, how would do you format it? You can double up the greater-than signs (>>), but I don't find this sort of double quote clear or pleasing on ...
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Help regarding logging in to chat.

I can't seem to log into chat, and according to the Login help, it is because my HTTP cookies aren't enabled. Where can I find these cookies and how do I enable them? (Sounds like a stack overflow ...
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How does/should English.SE regard Linguistics.SE?

Have noticed lately more and more folks are suggesting users commit to linguistics and wait to put their answers there. Is it really a good idea to hold those questions off for quality reasons? Just ...
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How do I insert an actual NGram chart into my post?

I know how to include basic hyperlinks, and usually I think that's all I want. But sometimes I'd like to include an actual graph, especially if much of my answer text relates to that graph. Edit 27/...
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How to treat questions involving a foreign language?

Should we treat questions related to a given foreign language differently depending on their history of interaction with english? For instance, there are currently more than 60 questions involving ...
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Would it be okay to post a question for friendly competition?

I recently asked about the origin of "P.U." in relation to something smelly. It seems likely that it is not actually an acronym, and I thought it might be fun to post a 'competition' to come up with ...
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How should I handle accepting answers when I don't know if they are correct?

I've just asked my first question here, and got some helpful answers. However, I am not by any means an expert on the English language, and therefore lack the capability to discern whether or not the ...
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What are we doing on this site?

I described this site to a friend as "the best place I know to spend time constructively when you should be working". But it occurred to me that I don't know the exact way to describe what we're ...
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how am I notified when someone has responded on meta.english.stackexchange.com

Is my meta.english.stackexchange.com site related to my english.stackexchange.com site? I've had responses on meta.english.stackexchange.com but its not showing up at all (I do not know why someone ...

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