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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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Basic questions are not so basic

It has come up in other threads that we have a lot of "basic" or "lowest common denominator" questions. However, a few myths about this need to be put to rest. First, we do have a general reference ...
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Can we have some guidance as to what is on- and off- topic on this site?

This site has an FAQ. However, recently it has been made clear that the community-created definition for this site, as expressed in its FAQ, does not always determine which questions are valid and ...
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Update the timestamp shown when an edit has been done in the 5-minute time frame

I edit a question of mine to change the punctuation and, as I am in my attention-deficit moment, I edited it after 2 minutes to change the punctuation of another sentence. When I pressed the "Save ...
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Can I have all my closed questions deleted?

I don't like having them there taunting me. I find them to be useless if they are closed. Is there a way to delete the questions I've asked that were closed?
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Getting our dirty words into one place

Currently we have tags for all of the following: taboo, vulgar, offensive, expletives, obscenity, euphemisms, pejorative, swearing, and insults This is a bit... excessive. So I'm now accepting ...
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Allow one character edits on this website [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is wrong with single character edits? It's fairly impossible to make spelling corrections if there's only one error in the post, and unlike the other SE sites, spelling ...
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What are considered the valid sources of information to be used for question answers for EL&U? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common accepted online resources Are there certain rescources that are discouraged from being used on this site? Is Wikipedia/-tionary not valid? Are there certain ...
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Are we not doing a good job in closing questions that should not suit EL&U?

In the past days, a question has been deleted by a diamond user (not one of our moderators), and some questions have been closed as off-topic because of something that was added to the FAQ (again, not ...
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Am I supposed to keep asking the same question?

At the bottom of the questions I ask, the page shows text similar to the following one. Am I supposed to ask again the same question? The code clearly noticed I asked the question; in fact, it ...
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Change the text shown after the field to add a new answer

Actually, after the form field and the button to add a new answer, the following text is shown: The text could be confuse some users that, from a side, see duplicate questions being closed and, from ...
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Is not liking the answer given for an existing question a reason enough to ask a duplicate/similar question?

Past tense of RSVP Past participle of a verb created from an acronym The OP of the first question declares he asked a different question because he didn't like the accepted answer given in the other ...
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Is this automatically added text, or are 10K users able to see flags for which a text has been provided?

One of the flagged posts shows the following text: Is it an automatically added text, or are 10k users able to see flags for which additional text has been provided?
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Link to propose tag wiki is broken from main tag view

The "would you like to help us create it?" link to propose a tag wiki is broken; it seems to always go to https://english.stackexchange.com/edit-tag-wiki/@tag.Id and this results in a Page Not Found ...
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The button to close a question is shown even when the question is already closed

A question that has been closed has been flagged, surely before the question itself was closed. When I check the flagged posts, I notice the question, and the "close question…." If I click on that ...
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Automatically replace the “enter image description here” when the post is saved

When users attach a screenshot to a post, the system automatically adds the text "enter image description here" as tooltip that is associated to the image. Once the post is saved, it can be replaced ...
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Does it make sense to show the “the questions appears subjective” message on meta for feature requests?

Does it make sense to report the message about the question being subjective for questions on meta? In particular, does it make sense, when the question is probably a feature request?
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Remove the asterisk from “Your flagging history”

In the flag history, the following sentence is preceded from an asterisk, but the asterisk is not used in the flag history, and the sentence is always shown: older flags were not recorded valid/...
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Why 'Meaning of “I've gotten over X” recently' was removed

I do not mean to stir up any commotion here, but today I looked at the list of my answers and realised that one had disappeared on its own. Curious I went to check it out and discovered that the ...
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Avoid allowing users to propose another edit within X minutes when previous edit proposed from same user and for same post has been rejected

In the past days, an anonymous user proposed an edit for a post that added extra text not originally included, and that essentially changed the meaning of the post. As the user didn't see any change ...
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When removing the fraud votes, prevent the same user from voting again on the same questions

If I understand correctly, when fraud votes are removed, it is like those votes have never been done, which also means that who voted is free to vote on the same posts. Instead of allowing the same ...
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What do 'Main User' and 'Meta User' mean?

I find the word 'meta user' in my profile section of English Language & Usage site and 'main user' in meta.english.stackexchange site. What do 'main user' and 'meta user' mean?
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Why is my question getting downvotes?

I don't know if anyone would like to answer me, but it seems like everyone is getting annoyed at everything I do. I asked the question https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/33535/what-is-the-...
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Is there a page that lists all the suggested edits which have been approved, or not?

I know there is a page for the suggested edits approved (or not) from a user. Is there an equivalent page for the all the suggested edits, independently from the user who approved them?
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My questions keep getting down-voted; is it revenge down-voting?

Nine questions of mine have been down-voted in less than fifteen minutes, and another one has been down-voted one minute ago. It sounds like revenge down-voting to me. Can anything be done, about ...
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On a CW question edited by more users, and with a score of ten, who gets the “Nice Question” badge?

The question What are some slang words for "police" in countries besides the US? has a score of ten, and it has been edited from three users. Who gets the "Nice Question" badge? Is it given ...
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When is a flag marked as “disputed”?

How much users does a flag need, before it is marked as disputed? Which flags are marked as disputed? Suppose that a user flags an answer as "not an answer," and I mark it as invalid; then X users ...
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Questions about creationist terminology are unacceptable?

In this question about a creationist term for macroevolution, the introduction to this site for our new user was "I can't see why EL&U should become involved in helping creationists find more ...
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Why is there no method of contacting a moderator regarding actions taken on your behalf?

Since there is no where for me to send a message to a moderator, who has in my opinion, badly abused his power, I'm asking this question. In this question Why do some English speakers pronounce “f&#...
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Why does my drop-down menu differ from my profile?

In my drop-down menu, I got 212 as my reputation, but in my profile, it is recorded as 203. Is this a bug, or is this deliberate? What makes these reputation counts different?
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Can we please have downvotes for comments as well?

I read somewhere that flagging posts put a strain on the moderators, as they have spend extra time deciding if the flags are valid or not. Generally, we can either close questions, or downvote answers ...
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Deleting redundant comments - when does it all end?

Comments made in a "back-and-forth" interchange with one or more other posters sometimes become redundant. I delete all mine, then post one final comment suggesting the other[s] do likewise. The ...
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What is the purpose of the “disciplined” badge?

Which type of behavior is the "disciplined" badge trying to promote? Why users who deleted their own posts, which had a score of at least three, would get a badge?
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Is there a way to format a single letter within a word

On EL&U it would sometimes be interesting to emphasize only one letter in the word (or just a part of the word), however attempting cr**ust** does not give cr⁠ust⁠ but cr*ust* (the ...

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