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[acceptability] versus [usage] — does either matter?

In Is [acceptability] a meta-tag? I decided to remove 44 instances of the acceptability tag. I more or less stand behind this decision, though I do acknowledge that there are deeper issues we need ...
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Is [acceptability] a meta-tag?

Is acceptability a meta-tag as described in http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/? If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Every ...
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Since when does peer-reviewed editing exist?

I just edited a question and saw the message saying “You do not have edit privileges. Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed.”. This, in turn, raises two questions and a comment:...
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Extend the list of SE sites presented when a question is being closed as off-topic

Actually, the only listed site is meta.english.stackexchange.com. Is it possible to add other SE sites as well? Would not, for example, Writers and English Language Learners suit in that list?
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Should we require some reasonable research being done? (aka Questions that can be answered by opening an online dictionary)

Despite the apparent consensus (or lack of dissension) on the “Find in dictionary” topic here, I still regularly see questions on EL&U that I don't think are appropriate for the site, because they ...
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Closing questions about how to improve writing

Tips on improving one's English are off-topic for the site. I wanted to make sure that people feel the same way about the following writing related questions that RegDwight brought to my attention: ...
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Closed question still allows answers to be added

This question was closed at 1:29. Yet, at 2:10 a new answer was posted. See the timeline. How is that even possible?
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Wordreference Forum - comparison

What makes this forum better than and different from the English forum at forum.wordreference.com?
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Use of words like “wanna”, “gonna”

I am not particularly happy about the employment of words of this kind in questions, and particularly not in the title of questions. I was almost inclined to downvote this question Somebody has posted ...
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Certain users don't show up in the Users tab

Playing around with the Data Explorer, I noticed two users with remarkably similar handles, Zhak Maarli and zhak maar li. Curious, I went to the Users tab, searched for "zhak", and... got zero results....
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Tag text appears outside box in Firefox 3.0

The screenshot in FX_’s question confirmed my suspicion that tags do not appear properly in my browser. I’m using Firefox 3.0.18 (OK, I’m a Luddite) and the text appears underneath the box instead of ...
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Should I flag my own question to be a community wiki?

Once I figure out the proper form for doing so, I intend to ask two questions about metonyms and professional sports. There is more than one correct answer to the question, so I'm not sure how to ...
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Someone has a chip on his shoulder? Inexplicable downvotes all over the place

Whilst I can comprehend some uptight prude downvoting everything in a thread with awful words referring to breasts, I'm at a loss to understand all the answers downvoted in this thread, which is ...
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Unreadable styling for highlighted tags on meta

When highlighted because the mouse moves over them, the “status-bydesign” tag and some others turn into a weird and unreadable combination of colours: black text on maroon background. Here's an ...
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What do I do when I see an older duplicate question?

I have read Etiquette on duplicate questions , but it doesn't give me practical advice about what to do. I have been trying to track down all questions like "do I need a hyphen in the one handed ...
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Why are comment lists abridged in the middle?

In longish lists of comments the list gets abridged and a "more comments" link shows up at the end, kind of like an ellipsis. Normally, one would expect that such a list would be trimmed at the end, ...
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What should we do about question titles containing vulgar words?

After "What is the difference between 'tits' and 'boobs'?" being censored, it's the turn of "What does 'suck it up ho' means?" to be sanitized. I think we need to come to a consensus. So, what should ...
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How to deal with masked shortened-urls?

Which style of Latin plurals should I use? vs. Which style of Latin plurals should I use? – Spot the difference! The second one has a shortened url; I find this downright rude. What are your views ...
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Timeline looks broken for post with long title

I am looking at the timeline for the Chuck Norris question. Here's what I see: It appears that the design can't accommodate questions with such long titles. When the title wraps to the next line, it ...
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What's with all the serial down-voting on the “boobs” question?

The question What is the difference between “tits” and “boobs”? has a number of answers, and a dedicated group of people appears to have gone through and down-voted every answer multiple times. This ...
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Why did “slang for breasts” disappear because that was a valid question, no?

I don't have the text anymore (caching) so I can't quote it, but I know that the commentary already had some discussion from site-mods saying that it was acceptable, and quoting meta questions here. ...
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Titles that do not describe the question properly should be edited

Before asking my latest question, I searched for "compound sentence conjunction". Most of the questions' title were so uninformative that I had to click through each time to know whether my question ...
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“is that correct?”

I used to always ask "is that correct?", here for example Using quotes when referring to word as word this is the old habit from stackoverflow, because they enjoy closing questions saying "not a real ...
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Formatting: two block-quotes in a row?

If I want to give a quotation, I can set it out as a block-quote and it looks beautiful: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; / Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! But if I want two such ...
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“Common mistake” tag or maybe “confusing words”?

Here for example Differentiating between "written" and "writing" I think I'm asking about common error(writing, but written). I was attacked, because I feel that some people ...
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Should we automatically convert straight ' and " quotes into nicer “…” and ‘…’ quotes?

Well, I guess the (long) title says most of it. When people write "an inline quote", it would be nicer if it were “an inline quote” (see the oriented “” quotes instead of ""). Many content management ...
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Why is the reputation numerical value is a link on the parent site, but not on meta?

I mean that number that shows your reputation at the top of the screen (between your name and the orange "badge" icon).
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Thresholds for tag wiki editing set too high?

For an extant tag wiki: To edit this wiki, you must have at least 2000 reputation and hold the bronze tag badge for this tag. To begin a tag wiki: Tag wikis can be edited by users with more ...
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Is the “Code Sample” feature really needed on english.stackexchange?

Is the "Code Sample" feature really needed on english.stackexchange? I mean that feature that is represented by the "101" icon above the question field? I can't think of any possible situation when ...
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Reduce advertising… but what advertising?

At 200 reputation, you are supposed to gain the priviledge of reduced advertising on the site. But, I currently don't see any advertising in the spaces defined on https://english.stackexchange.com/...
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Style guide for questions, answers, and comments

Style guides such as those on Wikipedia, Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu have been greatly helpful for me (and many in those communities) in creating well-written, well-formatted, easy-to-understand, ...
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Should spam posts be down-voted, flagged, or both?

I came a across a spam answer on this question advertising clothes and the like, which I have already flagged for moderator attention. However in this situation is it recommended to down vote the ...
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Review page instructions overflow their box

I just took a look at https://english.stackexchange.com/review, and there's an oops:
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Is Wikipedia an acceptable source?

I have just posted an answer to this question where I cited Wikipedia as the source of my information. Is wikipedia a reliable enough source to go to when citing information of this nature? I ...
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The title border is partially hidden by the page header

I'm exposed to the interface for the first time, and I have this strange feeling that the page is incomplete somehow. After scratching my head and considering the layout and design, I realized that ...
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Does this sort of question qualify as proofreading?

In this question, the person is simply asking "what is wrong with this sentence"? It is not a question about a specific aspect of the sentence, and I am wondering if people think this should qualify ...
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Do you think “parent” link here should be changed to “parent site” link?

Of course, "parent" takes up less space, but the first comers may think it is a link to a board discussing children upbringing.
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Why was my question closed?

I don't understand why this question of mine was closed: This question is addressed to native English speakers who were born and grew up in the USA. Is the upcoming censoring of "...
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Tag hygiene - quotation marks as punctuation v. quotations as famous sayings

If you look at everything tagged quotes, it's a mix of questions about the punctuation mark and questions about famous sayings. It might be useful to tidy this up and split them out. What about: for ...
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Is it OK to ask a multiple choice question, by providing several answers yourself for others to vote on?

Sometimes I might want to ask a question and present several possible answers to it. Presenting these answers as official answers has the advantage that it is easy to see the numbers of votes - as ...
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Can you please move this question to english.stackexchange.com?

I accidently posted this question on stackoverflow and got a good answer there; it wouldn't be fair toward the answerer to delete it. It is already closed, but I think it would still be good to have ...
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Where and how would it be appropriate to discuss descriptivism vs prescriptivism?

I know Stack Exchange does not want endless discussions on subjective topics. I understand the reasons. However, the issue of descriptivism versus prescriptivism, if there even is such an opposition, ...
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Question about English vowels prematurely closed as duplicate

I dispute that this question is really a duplicate: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/7439/why-put-and-cut-sound-different-closed The duplicate question to which the asker is referred ...
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Common accepted online resources [duplicate]

What would be well-known, and in a certain measure reliable, online resources that should be checked before asking a question, or that could help with answering questions? I've got a few listed that ...
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Is there a way to search for questions/answers I've commented on?

If someone replies to one of my comments using the @Martha syntax, SE kindly lets me know about it. If someone doesn't use that syntax, or replies to someone else, I'm not notified, so the only way I ...
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Is it on-topic to ask about the explanation of crossword clues

Question as above. I dont mean asking for the answer, but the explanation of the answer Example - this clue. Rush animal from behind Answer: Reed Eventually figured out both the meanings - but ...
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Open for other languages

Why not open up "english" for other languages? There is no "cplusplus.stackexchange.com" and no "charp.stackexchange.com", so why is there an extra "english.stackexchange.com"? It would be much ...
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How do they make bold-type letters in comments?

How do they make letters in bold in comments? I see bold type in comments every now and then. It's very useful, but I don't know how to do it.
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Find question for low-used tag and retag them.

Would it be correct to search after question which could be categorized under a not-so-much used tag, and then retagging them accordingly? Or should I discuss the scope of the tag before doing ...
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Strange behavior of Markdown with links in comments

I don't know if you're using a customized version of Markdown on this site, but it behaves really strangely in the comments. For example, here is the proper behaviour on questions and answers: ...

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