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Does rhetoric fall under EL&U

Due to organic nature of SE sites, both in their genesis and usage, there are and there will always be cases where there are sites that overlap in their subjects. Classical example are all of older ...
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Consider X flags for closing a question as a vote to close it

As it is now, flags for closing a question are not considered as votes to close it. Would not make sense to consider X flags for closing a question as a vote to close it? X could be a value ...
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Discrepancy between total and yearly reputation count

I joined english.stackexchange in May 2011 and my overall reputation now is 884. But if I check my reputation for the year, it is only 768. Is there any reason for this. Since I joined english....
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Do we need [tag:nuance]?

I just rolled back a tag edit from a very old question that had added nuance. The tag itself currently has 5 questions and... what is it? Do we need it in addition to differences? The reason I am ...
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Formatting comments is such a hassle

In this question: Helper: loose vs. lose I added a comment with the following markup: clarification: by “should be pronounced *loss*” do you mean “should rhyme with *dose*” or “should rhyme with *...
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Code blocks are hard to read on Meta.

The gray background is very close to the code block gray background. The monospace helps, but when working with individual characters it can get very difficult to notice which are in a code block and ...
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What features would you want on a pronunciation search web site?

There have been a couple questions lately with requests for some kind of web site where you can somehow search by pronunciation to find words: Any website to look up words with similar pronunciation ...
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Love seeing questions highlighted… but what is it?

I just wanted to give mad props for highlighting questions I've already voted on in the Questions page. EDIT: I've noticed that I didn't quite get this right. Exactly what causes a question to be ...
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English Stack Exchange swag for top users

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://english.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package ...
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See close votes on my own question

Are users supposed to be able to see how many "close" votes their own question has? I know you have to have a certain amount of rep to close a question in general, but on Stack Overflow's meta, I can ...
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Possible database problems!

The following question was attributed to me, but it is not mine (it is not my writing style, nor was I using this web site back in November 2010; in fact, I only started using this web site within the ...
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When can two questions be in the same question?

What do “socially imposed judgments” and “Keyboard, face, keyboard, face.” mean? The differing opinion here seems to revolve around the idea that the two questions are coming from the same source. ...
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Should users with many down-votes on a meta site be banned from asking questions?

When a user (on a regular or a Meta site) gets a particularly high number of downvotes, it seems an automatic filter kicks in which bans them from asking any more questions, with the message: Sorry,...
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Does the description for the “not an answer” flag need to be re-phrased?

The description for that flag is the following: This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. ...
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My menu is not dropping down, I can't access my inbox, and I can't even comment. What happened?

All the above is not working, and I can't even log off. Is this just my computer, or have I done something to my account?
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Are answers supposed to be sorted by time of writing?

I've noticed today that answers no longer seem to be ordered by the number of votes they have received, and instead are sorted in time order (most recent first). Was this an intentional design change ...
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'Correcting' a down-vote of the question

The guidelines on asking a good questions are known: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/how-to-ask The question that remains is if these should be used to up-vote and down-vote questions or ...
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Should I edit my question if the answers indicate that it was the wrong question?

I recently asked this question, Why are names abbreviated in certain books?, and it is clear from the comments and answers that I actually asked the wrong question (i.e., the question should really be ...
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What does flagging a post because it has more than 20 comments mean?

I noticed that a post has been flagged, from the Community user I guess, because it had more than 20 comments. What is the purpose of that flag, and what should be done in such cases?
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What does the number that appears to the right of the “tools” link mean?

I saw that to the right of the "tools" link was shown a number in a yellow background, but when I clicked on it, I have been taken to the flags page, and the page was empty. What does that number ...
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Graphics cover the text

On https://english.stackexchange.com/tools/flagged, one of the blocks appears as in the following screenshot: The graphic covers the block title.
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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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