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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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Can we have a feature to opt-out of “reputation”

Personally I dislike all the game-mechanics stuff (badges and reputation). I appreciate that others like it, but I would like there to be way to opt-out. Questions and answers would just then have the ...
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Is saying thank you in this webboard consider as spam ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etiquette on addressing fellow-users StackExchange seems to be a serious website that everyone interest on the quality of question and answer, i just want to know that is this ...
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Why does it say “Sorry, we can't accept this question”?

I've tried asking a question but the page shows the message: Sorry, we can't accept this question. Here are the exact characters typed into the textbox: Question Title: what's a consumer-tech ...
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Is the description of “Too Localized” accurate for EL&U?

As it is now, here is the content of a "Too Localized" close reason: closed as too localized by MrHen, Robusto, JSBangs, Dusty, F'x 1 hour ago This question is unlikely to ever help any ...
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How to treat borderline duplicate questions?

Examples here: Does the "@" symbol have a name? Edgar Gonzalez asks specifically for a one-word name. What do you call a noun that precedes and describes another noun? In addition to the ...
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Why does our vote limit change?

Just the other day I could cast 38 votes, then yesterday I could only do 32. Is there a factor affecting our vote limits? Perhaps like saving-up?
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What is the General Reference qualification for questions on word or phrase origin?

Piggy backing off of "How important is a word origin?", what level of an etymology question is safe to close as general reference?
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Is it possible to view our flag weights?

Where can I view my flag weight? I want to make sure that I am flagging correctly.
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Why is this happening? Oops

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: Sorry, we can't accept this question. From yesterday I am not able to ask some questions, Why is it happening?
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Etiquette on addressing fellow-users

I had started an answer with "Dear [username] " and I see that this heading was deleted by a moderator. Is this a general policy on this site ? I'm a new user and don't yet know the rules. Needless to ...
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Some blocks on the meta site use the color scheme used by the main site

When I ask a question on this meta site, or edit an existing question, I see these blocks that use the same background color used on the main site.
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The text shown in the Markdown help block is rendered outside the block borders

On both the meta and the main site, the text shown in the Markup help block goes outside the block frame, as shown in the following screenshots.
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Is there a way for formatting my questions and answers?

Other people have such beautifully formatted questions and answers, and I have to do it basic HTML. Are there any special keys you have to use in order to have a 'touched up' post? and can someone ...
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Should this question have been closed?

This question was closed as off-topic, for reasons I can't understand. It's a question about slang (albeit the OP was a bit confused about the original usage as compared to the slang usage), which ...
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How important is a word origin?

I wonder what will happen after knowing the origin of a word. I see 7-8 questions about it everyday. Is it really useful?

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