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Why was my question closed?

I am referring to my question here. Within minutes of posting the question it was closed, and I am still confused about why. There are the comments: Maybe it's me, but I don't see the question ...
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How trustworthy is WordNet?

I was browsing old questions and answers and bumped into an odd scenario: Can “paper bag” mean any bag?. An excerpt from the accepted answer: Almost all on-line dictionaries define paper bag as: ...
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How to respond to dictionary/“general reference” questions?

There’s been a lot of discussion already (e.g. here, here) of what kind of questions are too basic — and the rough consensus seems to be that if a question can be answered from just standard reference ...
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Does english.stackexchange.com itself follow American or British (International) usage?

Someone edited my question, moving the question mark outside the quotation marks. This is not correct usage in the U.S., as it is in International English. Which convention does english.stackexchange....
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How do I reverse an erroneous downvote?

I downvoted Karl's answer to this question through carelessness and ignorance, but I can't now reverse my vote. Is there any way round this? I'm still (forelornly, it seems) hoping for more feedback ...
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What's the significance of highlighted Answers in my User Profile?

Can anyone please explain why, in the list of Answers in my User Profile, some entries are highlighted?
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Expanding the list of comments doesn't work

This morning I tried expanding the list of comments of an answer, but it doesn't work. I tried also on Stack Overflow, on How to quickly theme a view? and I was able to expand the list of the comments ...
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When does discussion veer off-topic in questions related to discrimination in language?

This is prompted by a discussion in comments in this question about a gender issue in English. Comments I (and others) made against Caleb's answer gradually veered into a more general discussion of ...
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Delete some useless tags

Moderators, could you please delete the tags pharase, opposites and contradictions? Thanks!
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Why aren't there any unicorns?

The Big ThreeTM sites get sparkly unicorns today. Where are our sparkly unicorns? I feel unloved. Hmph.
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Is it OK to answer to old questions?

I was wondering—if we find an old question without an accepted answer, are we allowed to answer? Or should we expect down-votes for that? I don't know if it's a stupid question but I didn't find ...
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Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic?

Before adding a votable answer to the on-topic-off-topic question I figured some discussion would be appropriate. Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic? Why there's a difference between the ...
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Are minor jokes in answers and questions OK when they are slightly discriminating against certain groups?

Consider this answer: What is the pejorative for people who only practice their faith while at the place of worship? Whited sepulchres. This is what they are called in that noted work of ...
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What happened to the bounty I placed on one of my questions?

I placed a bounty on one of my questions, expecting to select the bounty winner after the 1 week period had ended (assuming that this would allow everyone who might be interested to have a chance at ...
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Are the smart quotes used in question titles seen using all the browsers?

In english.SE, the quotation mark (") used in the title is replaced by a smart quote. Are they visible in all the browsers, in any platform?
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What is wrong with single character edits?

I would be quite happy for someone to correct a minor spelling error in an answer (or question) that I posted. Would that offend some people? Or is there another reason that it is not allowed? This ...
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What is the meaning and function of 'accepted' answer in English Language & Usage forum?

I'm with English Language & Usage forum almost three months, but still not clear about the difference between 'Up-vote' and 'Accepted' answer. What does come up when I click Check (Accepted) mark ...
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What should be done about in-answer or in-question greetings?

I have seen a few questions or answers with "Hello!" or "Hi!" in them. Is it safe to ignore these or should I edit them out? And, since they are new users, is there a tactful way to respond while ...
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Tag excerpt inconsistently displayed

Here is the state of the tag usage as I wrote this question: On the the tags page, usage appears with the first seven words of the excerpt truncated, rendering it mostly useless: Furthermore, the ...
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Merge the “vocabulary-building” tag with the “vocabulary” tag

There are three questions tagged with vocabulary-building. The tag should be deleted, and the questions tagged with vocabulary.
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Blacklist “compounds”

This is a follow-up to Add a Wiki page for the "compounds" tag, or replace it with another tag; when that task has been completed, and no question is tagged with "compounds", we would ...
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Changing accepted answer

Just curious but what happens if you accept an answer after you've already accepted one? Does the original answerer lose the points and the new one gain them? Is it even possible to change your ...
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Add a Wiki page for the “compounds” tag, or replace it with another tag

compounds is without Wiki page. It should be good if the tag would have it, as the tag seems used for different purposes. Edit: I just noticed there is also the compound-sentences tag. Do the tags ...
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Best practice for indicating sources

Is there a best practice for giving sources after definitions, etc. (in posts)? I've typically just added a "from New Oxford American Dictionary" at the bottom but was wondering if there's a better ...
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Removal of the “words” tag

words is used in many questions, but it doesn't seem to have a specific meaning. All the questions are about words, even the one asking about a phrase or a sentence. We should remove the tag.
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Usage of the “history” tag

What is the purpose of history? Isn't there any other tag that would, even partially, be used instead of history? For example, the history of a word is its etymology; if I am asking for the etymology, ...
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Do we need the “foreign” tag?

So far, there are just two questions tagged foreign. Do we really need it?
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What standards do we want when asking for differences between the meanings of words?

I have noticed a significant number of questions worded as: What is the difference between [first word] and [other word]? Some of differences are really interesting distinctions that stimulate ...
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Tag synonym suggestions

I don't know if there should be a single thread for proposed tag synonyms, but I'll go ahead and leave this relatively generic in case that's desirable (and assuming there's not already a thread for ...
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What should be done with the “grammar-checker” tag?

grammar-checker seems a misused tag; in some cases, it seems more appropriate to use grammaticality. Should we remove grammar-checker, or does the tag have a purpose and we should write the Wiki page ...
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Question view count

Sometimes I notice that the number of views for a question I asked is 1, right after I posted the question. Does the view count include also me?
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What is the daily limit for comment votes?

I just tried to vote a comment, but I got the following message. Daily vote limit reached; vote again in 8 hours. Does that mean there is a limit for the comment votes, or does the message simply ...
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Do flags for moderator attention expire?

When a post is flagged for moderator attention, does the flag expire, or is it visible to the moderators whenever they check the list of the flagged posts? I know that comment flags age away after 4 ...
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On Users page, location is truncated even though horizontal space is used for tags

The user-location span doesn’t use all the available width in the user-info div, though the user-tags div does, thus: CSS bug?
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Do suspended users see when they are suspended and how long they are suspended?

Do suspended users see the This account is temporarily suspended. message other users see? Do they also see when the suspension ends?
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Are we allowed to ask for critiques or opinions?

Couldnt find any documentation on this, but are we allowed to say post a paragraph of our writing for the community to look at and point out say errors, better word choice, sentence formatting, etc?
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Is it possible to recover the OpenID used to log in on english.SE?

My fiancé doesn't remember the OpenID she used to log in on english.SE, and she didn't enable the browser she used to remember the login data. Is it possible for her to get the OpenID she used to log ...
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Is it ok to cross-post questions?

If my question applies to multiple SE sites (e.g. EL&U and Writers), is it ok for me to cross-post the same question to these sites, or is that practice frowned upon? For example, I posted this ...
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Exception to 30 character minimum for answers

Is there any way to create an exception for the minimum answer length for questions tagged "single-word request?" It seems wasteful and inconvenient and seems feasible from a coding perspective.
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Sending a question with translated text to English for checking purposes

I'm not from an English speaking country but on few occasions I have to write some English text. Of course to the best of my abilities. But since this text should be as formal as possible (and ...
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Should peeving disguised as question be closed as off-topic?

As sub-question, would questions containing sentences like "it really bugs me that people keep saying [...]" be considered peeving?
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Why user vgv8 is being suspended again

Why is vgv8 suspended till 03 Dec 2013, after just being suspended recently?
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What happens to spam and spammers?

I've noticed recently some spam posts on EL&U. Maybe there already were before, but I've only started to notice them recently. They are true spams, i.e. some random content with a link inserted to ...
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Are “Book recommendations” allowed?

I see some questions from time to time which ask about book recommendations. I could not find anything related to the book term on the faq page. Is it allowed or should it be allowed? Some examples I ...
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Weird, unused chat room showing up

On the right-side menu of the main and meta sites, the list of chat rooms include an unused, weirdly-named room. I'm afraid it not of much used on the main page, and can even be confusing to users: ...
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What's the difference between “word origin” and “etymology”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do questions asking for the origin of a word and the etymology of a word ask different things? I see in this boards two tags: word-origin etymology What is the ...
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the user signature box drifting into the tag info box

Here is a screenshot: Using Chrome 11 Google Chrome 11.0.672.2 (Official Build 75134) WebKit 534.20 (trunk@78450) V8 3.1.4 User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/...
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Use “single-word-request” for phrases?

If I'm looking for a phrase (not just a word) that expresses a specific concept, should I still use the tag single-word-request?
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Make “indefinite-articles” a synonym for “indefinite-article”

There were two questions tagged with indefinite-articles, and I changed the tag to indefinite-article. Should we make indefinite-articles a synonym of indefinite-article?
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english.SE doesn't render correctly on iPod

I used my iPod to visit english.SE today and, differently from the usual, the site is not rendered correctly; the dominant color is gray, and the graphic elements are not present (e.g., the header ...

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