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Use of EL&U as a lazy programmers resource [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Python a snake or a programming language? If the latter, why is it choking my dog? I've seen several Questions lately typified by this one, which quite shamelessly solicits ...
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How to compare frequencies of words over time between British and American English on the same graph

Google Ngram viewer allows one to compare the frequencies of a set of phrases over time. It even allows you to restrict that comparison to an American corpus, or separately to an English one. What I ...
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The links posted under a question are split on two lines

See Do we need the "foreign" tag? The links that I see under that question are split on two lines. It happened after I voted to close my question as it is not relevant, now that there are ...
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What's up with the background image

The background image on the main site: It seems to have developed a very subtle "pixelation" effect. Here is enlarged, contrast-enhanced version of the image, making it plainer:    &...
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All mods are equal, but some mods are more equal than others

/about: Dear Jin, this is funny and all, but... but... BUT! (Opera, Chrome, Firefox; Vista.)
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Are questions about online resources on-topic?

Sometimes, questions about English (online) resources are being asked. Are those questions on-topic for EL&U? If they are on-topic, aren't they at least subjective? These are examples of ...
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Lects and [dialect]

Should the dialect tag be used for questions about other 'lects? Sociolects ("is this proper for the boardroom/street/etc.", "how do chavs say _") Ethnolects ("what terms do _ use differently in ...
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Is Python a snake or a programming language? If the latter, why is it choking my dog?

We've been getting a rash of questions asking, essentially, what a programmer should name methods or properties. One such was a request for a word that meant both "add" and "remove" because the ...
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Review my writing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What questions are on-topic and off-topic here? Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence? Would English SE be a good place to post a paragraph or ...
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What are the parameters for determining if a question gets tweeted?

I assume it's automated. I know it's for "interesting questions." Just curious if it's a matter of views, upvotes, or something else.
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“Editing help” page formatting appears broken

The formatting of the editing help page, linked from the sidebar when typing or editing a question or answer, appears quite broken: Notice how the background horizontal lines are in inappropriate ...
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Eeeek! Where did my giant quotation mark go?

I don't care what @nohat thinks. The world is a bleak and barren place without ornamentation. Less is less. Deal with it.
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Is there a way to nix certain words from the auto-search for related questions?

If I started a new question with the title "Pronunciation of 'cat'" the related question helper finds bunches of questions starting with "pronunciation of". This seems to happen with many of the ...
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What typeface is used in the EL&U header?

Which typeface is this? How does it get instantiated into the page? I tried looking at the webpage source with Firebug and it just shows up the following HTML tags. <div id="hlogo"> <a ...
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When will EL&U become a trusted authority on the English Language?

This is pure speculation and discussion for egotistical purposes. Do you think that EL&U will become an unofficial authority on the English language? As in, will be given the trust to coin new ...
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User name-changes and effect on comment clarity

When a user changes names, is there any way for "@" comments using their former name to be changed automatically to their new moniker? Otherwise, it looks like the commentators made a mistake. See ...
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What's the best way to answer when there's a really good answer elsewhere?

In researching the question Which is correct, “buck naked” or “butt naked”?, I found a very thorough examination of this question at Language Log that I linked to in a comment under the OP. I feel ...
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Should the person who asks a question really be the one to pick an answer?

When someone asks a question that has a right answer, should he or she be the one to mark one as accepted? Accepted doesn't have to be correct, but why shouldn't it? With something more subjective ...
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Blacklist the [words] tag

The tag words has been heavily discouraged since the early days of the site. A few weeks ago I manually retagged every question that used words, and there are currently no questions with that tag, ...
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Is the edit queue full?

I ask because I am not seeing an edit link on posts here on Meta.English. If it's not, why can't I suggest edits on Meta.English? I can do it on the main English.SE site.
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What happened to the community wiki checkbox?

As far as I remember, there used to be a checkbox at the bottom of the question form to mark it as community wiki (CW). I don't see it anymore. I assume this functionality changed. How does it work ...
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Minor design tweak

FYI, I have removed the red double quote graphic from the <blockquote> element. The styling was nice when if the post has a giant block of text. However since the new design launched, I noticed ...
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Is there a way to search for …?

A few posts have shown up with crap added to them to extend the character limit past the point of acceptance. One user liked to add periods. I am having difficulties creating a query for ..... Does ...
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Which languages are on-topic?

There is a recent question asking when the grammar of some language ancestral to English branched a certain feature. Since it garnered many votes, I suppose it was on-topic. Which languages are on-...
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Please remove the giant quotation mark from the CSS for blockquotes

The blockquote HTML tag is often used for things that are not literally quotations—for example, in duplicate question notices—so the giant quotation mark is quite often incorrect or misleading. Since ...
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What features are missing from dictionaries? [closed]

What sorts of features are missing from dictionaries? I'm not talking about new words, I'm talking about for any given word. what do current dictionaries not capture about it? What -is- currently ...
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How should I report the author of a quote on English.SE?

When I include a quote from a book, blog, or a site, how should I report who is the author and from where the quote comes from? Principia philosophiae, René Descartes René Descartes, Principia ...
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How should I report the origin of a word on English.SE?

When I report the origin of a word, how should I write the meaning of the word from which the word derives? I write it in quotes, after the word in that language: Latin minister "servant". I write it ...
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How about adding font embedding for pronunciations characters?

How about adding font embedding for pronunciations characters like the one does at math.SE site? I don't mean to add MathJax to here, only embedding a font will work for this english.SE site.
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Tools for parsing (diagramming)

A number of questions are of the type: 'Can you diagram this sentence?', or 'How do you parse this sentence?'. On the same order of the Google ngram tool, are there any diagramming or parsing tools? ...
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Should questions about pronunciation of a word be closed as “general reference”?

I don't think they should be closed, but considering that it could be enough to look the pronunciation reported in a dictionary, should questions about pronunciation be closed using the "general ...
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Why we cannot delete more than 5 posts per day

I wanted to delete some of my questions and answers that were not helpful to others. From my experience, I learned that I could not delete my answer if it had been accepted, and could not delete my ...
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Proposal: “please-fix-tags” tag

I have run into a few cases where I don't know the correct grammatical terms for the types of words or parts of a sentence I am asking about. One such example is my question How to call attention to &...
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Has anybody heard about someone getting a job by using EL&U or other Stack Exchange Q&A sites?

I was listening to the SitePoint Podcast where they were talking to the founder of GitHub. One thing that really intrigued me was that they were talking about how they would prefer to hire somebody ...
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Alternative standards to IPA

Are there any alternative standards to the IPA for phonetic transcription without the use of special characters? For instance, in this chart of ICAO phonetic alphabet, phonetic pronunciations are ...
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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships — 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the English community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in ...
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Are questions about ununderstood English-language jokes on-topic?

In a song video made by an American acquaintance, there is a joke that I don't understand. I am not a native speaker, and I guess most English speakers would understand what makes his joke funny. Is ...
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Should [history] be a synonym for [etymology]?

I just retagged (well, I don't have retag privileges, so queued an edit for voting) a question that had the history tag to etymology but then I noticed there are 70-odd other such questions. Should ...
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Are interpretations of song lyrics, poems or other creative works on-topic?

Examples (feel free to edit in more): What/who are “toy soldiers”? What do these confusing lyrics mean? What's the deep meaning in the lyrics of “Heavy Traffic” by Elton John? Some questions about ...
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Messages to moderators required on moderated sites

Unlike the community moderated SO, the new sites have specific moderators. But there is no way to contact the moderator other than the "flag post" We don't want every moderator decision to turn into ...
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Usage of [usage]

Our top-rated tag is usage. However this tag is nearly useless: the word usage is right there in the site title, and almost every question on the site could be construed to be about "usage" in some ...
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The plan for [grammar]

The tag grammar is one of our most highly-used tags, though it is, unfortunately, so vague as to be nearly useless. I submit the following proposal as a way to break up this tag into something useful. ...
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Editing of tags bumping old posts

Would it be technically feasible to not bump old posts onto the front page when the only edit to a question was to its tags? I ask because as of right now, only 3 posts on the entire front page are ...
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Merge tags 'nomenclature' and 'terminology'

Answers to this question assert that there is no difference in meaning between these two words. So they should be merged?
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Do we really need to add “NSFW” in question titles?

Two recent questions contain NSFW in the title. Do we really need to do this? I think the title should be enough to understand if one should read the question when being in a specific place. We had ...
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The tag Wiki help block is not correctly rendered

The block that provide a help about tag Wikis is not correctly rendered. The screenshot shows how I see it on Firefox 4.
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What should be done with answers that contain just a link?

In other SE sites, answers that contain just a link (even if preceded by see, try, etc.) are not considered answers, and users are suggested to flag the answer. Is that considered the action to take ...
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Merge the “retagging” and “retag-request” tags

On meta.english.SE, both the tags are used. retagging is used in three questions, while retag-request is used in more questions. The first should be merged with the second, and made a synonym.
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Rename “homophone” in “homophones” [closed]

homophone should be probably renamed homophones, to be consistent with the other used tags.
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Use and mechanics of IPA [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate of: IPA usage, entry How to enter phonetic transcriptions? I notice that for questions where pronunciation is relevant (e.g. "What words are commonly mispronounced by literate ...

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