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2011 Community Moderator Election [closed]

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Is there a way to completely hide closed questions?

I keep finding myself reading questions only to notice later that they are closed. Is there a user-preference for hiding all [closed] questions?
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Can the Community user correct the grammar?

I have noticed that the Community user edited a post to correct the grammar. Is that possible, or was that done by a real person?
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How can I peruse the tweets by ELU?

In my Tweeter I searched for Stack Exchange English Language and Usage and received results only on 4 tweets!!!! and then followed sacramental Older Tweet results for Stack Exchange English ...
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Design bug when editing an old revision

Example: Reproduced in Chrome 8, Opera 11, and IE8. This is how it appears in Safari 5.0.5 on Mac OS X 10.6. Edit: Bug is still present. Chrome 14 on Windows 7 looks just like above.
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English Language and Usage: Q and A in English only

Can you point out where is the requirement or discussion that questions and answers should be in English? I didn't find it in the FAQ (except "Languages other than English (including translation)") or ...
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“Possible duplicate” message is difficult to notice

Update 2011-04-27: Jin removed the quotation image altogether here When a question is closed as a duplicate, the duplicate question is selected (by the users who vote to close) and then attached ...
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Offered a publicist badge, but what happened?

I got a blue popup asking me to post the question to FB or tweet it to earn a badge. I did, but nothing happened. What is it: a bug, a feature, or a missing carrot?
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Editing tag wikis produces design bug

The tag wiki edit page has, well, a few layout problems. The title intrudes upon the header. The excerpt box protrudes into the help box. The help box text extrudes from the help box. (Yes, I used ...
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Can you help me find the post?

I have seen a post recently about whether to use a comma before "and" in "A, B, C and D". Can someone help to find the post please? Or if it does not exists, I will post a question then. Thanks!
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Is publicist degree honored according to one shared question or many?

In comments to question What is the difference between 20$ and $20? Michael Mrozek informed about publicist badge that: You have to get 1000 unique IP views in 5 days (vgv8 - this is the ...
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Why aren't Tweets tagged with #?

Wouldn't be it better to tag keywords (with prepended symbol #) in published Tweets? http://twitter.com/stackenglish some examples: "A lost case, that is." http://ur.ly/CNPR #grammar "An RPG" ...
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Publishing a thread on twitter

How was the link http://twitter.com/#!/StackEnglish/status/33529347939770368 made/taken?
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Any guesses why my question was downvoted?

I was surprised to see my question downvoted. I care less about the loss of rep than about why the person might have done it. Can you find anything wrong with the question? Do you think the person ...
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Fancy frame on “How to format” not looking good

I'm guessing this is a dupe of something that was already corrected for "How to ask" (as I don't see the frame there). This was on the edit page (as a low-rep editor) Bump same thing on elections ...
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Is it a better idea to check some resources before answering to the questions?

Before answering to any question, I usually check out some resources to make sure that my answer is a trustworthy one. Of course, I do this about those questions that I'm not 100% sure about their ...
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Should the answers made a little more generic, when possible?

We have a question about the usage of I versus me, and a question about they versus them. The questions are similar, as in both the cases the question is about when to use a personal pronoun in the ...
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Editing questions: Good practice to bold key phrase or sentence in example?

In this question the OP wrote a lengthy example, hidden in which was a longish sentence that illustrated his question. Diverse fields such as medicine, sociology, and marketing require the ...
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Number of pending edits unreadable [closed]

Observe: Firefox 3.6.13 under Ubuntu Lucid, if that matters.
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How about getting rid of the [english] tag?

While we're are at full speed discussing various tags, I would like to bring to everyone's attention that we currently have 15 questions tagged english. I don't think that that tag serves any ...
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Is [single-word-request] a meta-tag, and should it be removed?

I suggested in a comment here that single-word-request is a meta-tag and perhaps should be deleted. The blog entry on meta-tags quoted this: The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not ...
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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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