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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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Tweet button from the same answer always gives distinct link

The same issue, described in Tweet button from the same question always gives distinct link only when posting from answer (instead of question) Checked on my answer to question "What is a term ...
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Election threads after election completion

Will the current EL&U moderator elections thread be available for reading after election? How, for example, to access election threads on past SO moderators elections?
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I propose to elect by 3 quotas, each per one-thirds-contiguously of time-zones

In the current EL&U moderator elections most candidates, except one from UK, are from the USA what is somehow predetermines the situation that I shall be unmoderated for long periods of time since ...
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Language-agnostic linguistics questions

Is EL&U the right place to ask linguistic questions that do not pertain to any specific language? E.g. questions on grammar that is shared by most every language.
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Is EL&U becoming ESL?

Maybe it's just me, but I get the feeling we are seeing an increasing number of English language learner questions. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but is it what we really want? Aren't we going ...
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My rep is not changing upon upvoting

Usually I do not follow my score but in this cas the score was easy to remember - 400. So, I noticed that my reputation has not changed upon upvoting of my question tomorning "How should I give ...
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How should I give links to the same question many times and/or from different boards?

In order to gain publicist degree should/can I: use the same link? many times? in different non-twitter boards (forums, Emails, FB, etc.)? which one? Update: I thought it was clear from ...
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Tweet button from the same question always gives distinct link

I pressed “share link to this question on Twitter" button in "Origin of the meaning of joe" (below FB button) from the same browser and session receiving 4 posts with different links: http://t.co/...
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Misunderstood to have downvoted someone?

I'm not fluent enough in the inner workings of EL&U to prove it, but I get the distinct sense that certain posters suspect me of downvoting them when in fact I haven't. None of the related ...
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Should closed questions really be editable?

I was amazed that this question, which was closed some time ago, appeared on the front page of the EL&U site today. I find out it is because the original poster edited it to add some text. Is it ...
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I'd like to be able to view a single day on my reputation graph

Currently when you view your user profile and select your reputation history, you get a lovely little chart detailing the growth of your reputation score, and you can select a range of dates to see a ...
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Information on the moderator candidates [closed]

This question has been posted on the meta of all the other sites undergoing elections, so just in case you've missed it I'm adding it here. Copied mainly from ChrisF, who has no account here. Yi ...
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Fancy frame on election nomination page overflows

This is how the left-side frame on https://english.stackexchange.com/election/1?tab=nomination looks like in Safari: I know it has already been reported there, but the question was marked status-...
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Side bar formatting problem on the elections page

I've noticed a side bar formatting problem on elections page. The fancy border doesn't stretch with the content ...
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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 to ...

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