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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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Should we link to resources for learning English in order to prevent scope-creep?

As discussed in questions like this and this, there is the possibility of scope-creep on this site. Would it be beneficial to link to any resources that are better places than this site to start ...
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Set “modifier” and “attribute” as synonyms of “modifiers”

modifier and attribute (or attributive) could be set as synonyms of modifiers. Modifier should have a meaning that includes the meaning of attribute, or attributive, even though attributive is used ...
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Is the review page visible to all the users?

Is the review page visible to all the users?
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Rename or delete the “cv” tag

There is a question that has been tagged with cv. I think the tag should be renamed to curriculum-vitae, or deleted. Update There are now 13 questions tagged cv.
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2011 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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Are body-language questions on topic for EL&U?

This question is about body language (i.e. a gesture) used in an English-speaking country. Is this on topic for the site?
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Is it easy to spot an educated non-native speaker on a website like this?

There are native and non-native speakers on this website. I can identify some native speakers (mostly by certain colloquialisms) and some non-native speakers (by small deviations from idiom and the ...
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Can we come up with guidelines for “good” dictionary questions?

This subject came up in the town hall chat: how basic is too basic, and more importantly, how do we help users to write questions that are not too basic? "Find in dictionary" questions ...
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Is there a way to search questions that have been recently asked without getting old but recently modified ones?

The Questions link lists both the questions that has been recently asked, and old questions that have been recently edited. Is there a way to get only the recently asked questions?
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Should [grammaticality] be a synonym of [grammar]?

grammar is our fourth most used tag and grammaticality is our seventh most used tag. Yet, it would seem to me that they are used interchangeably. I cannot be sure since grammar does not have a tag ...
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Are there any English language conferences to which SE could sponsor a member?

Stack Exchange sponsors members from SE sites to attend conferences in that field. Since EL&U is a smaller SE community than some of our peers (although I would say, in some cases, of much higher ...
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Tag deletion request: [meanning]

There's only one question tagged meanning, it was probably a typo. Please change it to meaning.
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How should we handle users who generate consistently low-quality and off-topic questions?

I agree so much with Dori's answer in this thread that I thought it was worth making it into a thread of its own. There has been a string of off-topic and low-quality questions (and, to a lower extent,...
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Why were my questions on English meaning, usage and grammar closed and deleted?

I'd like to understand why my questions on English phrases, expressions, words usage, meaning, grammar and/or definitions were closed. What are out of this english.stackexchange.com board in them? ...
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Why is this place becoming so mean (and how to fix it)?

This could just be me, but I'm seeing a big uptake on hypercritical comments and aggressive downvoting lately here. It's like there's a cadre of power users trying to make a name for themselves by ...
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How would you feel about allowing questions in foreign languages and translation questions?

I wonder how the community feels about: Allowing question about English but written in languages other than English? Allowing translations to (but not from) English? I ask because EL&U is almost ...
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: 1am UTC on the 24th / 8pm EST on the 23rd - now! [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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I incorrectly upvoted a post but now cannot reverse it. How can I?

I upvoted a post that, after some time and investigation, happened to be incorrect and misleading. Cf. my question "If prepend is not part of English, why ther's no postpend, subpend? and who ...
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When is “tweet your answer” button available?

I was trying to reproduce and document the bug I reported in my question Tweet button from the same answer always gives distinct link I opened all my answers in EL&U one after another and this ...
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Can't copies of deleted threads be Emailed to authors?

I found many answers to my deleted questions extremely useful and interesting. Can't the copy of deleted threads be email-ed to all authors? or authors be warned to backup them before deleting? ...

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