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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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How long should I keep my questions un-closed?

How long should I keep my questions un-closed? I've already got some answers, but some interesting comments and even some additional answers are still arriving and I wouldn't want that to stop. On ...
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On Migrating and Dispatching: redirecting off-topic question from and to EL&U.

Following the recent complaints concerning the growth of the Stack Exchange Family and where to ask questions, I think it would make sense to help the users and moderators to find the right place for ...
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Trying to find a word from loose pronunciation?

Would it be allowed to ask if a word exist which would loosely correspond to an IPA? Would such a question be on-topic, or off-topic? For example, Is there a word or combination of words that ...
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Can we seek correction/suggestion for a statement of purpose (SOP)?

I went through the faq of english.stackexhange, however I did not see any instruction with regards to seeking help with SOPs. Can you tell if I can seek correction/suggestion for a statement of ...
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Dealing with vote retribution

Apologies if this isn't the right place to answer this question, but I recently ran into the following issue, and wasn't sure how exactly to handle it. On this question, I posted an answer, and ...
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What to do with repeated question types?

StackExchange is all about answering questions and spreading knowledge. However there comes a point where particular types of questions are getting asked repeatedly, despite being relatively easy to ...
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Is 200 reputation not too early for the right of retagging?

Is the privilege of having the right to re-tag other people's questions is being granted here a bit too early? it is currently granted once the user has reached 200 points of reputation, but look, ...
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Offensive/NSFW words: what are the boundaries?

We have already established that this is a language site, and even offensive words are part of language. As such, these may be discussed on the site from time to time, in which case they might appear ...
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Long user name clipping on question page

In this question, the long user name of the person asking the question is clipped by the box it is contained in (OS X Chrome and Safari). I assume that this is not intentional and that the name ...
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Can something be done about the text in the “Welcome New User” box?

At the moment, it reads: English Language and Usage is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for people who love English Language and Usage. It's 100% free, no registration required. ...
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Will I be getting older on my profile here automatically?

Will my "age" value be changing every year in my profile or I would have to change it manually every my birthday?
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Why editing comments is possible for only 5 minutes after their submission?

Why is there such a strange regulation? I understand that it wouldn't be a good idea to allow editing comments if they have already been replied to, but what they haven't? Sometimes I come back to my ...
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Issue with the search page layout

This doesn't quite look right: Opera, FF, IE7, Safari, and Chrome. Check for yourself here: https://english.stackexchange.com/search https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/search
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New Design: Can we increase the contrast between certain items?

I've noticed that some of the elements in the new design don't contrast enough from their surroundings. Example: - Hyperlinks are dark red, so dark that I have difficulty distinguishing them from ...
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Disable Outline for text-boxes

Please disable the outline on focus for the search and INTERESTING / IGNORED TAGS fields. Look these textboxes below:             &...
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Meta required login text is cramped

Surely the text shouldn't intrude on the border?
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Profile text font size

I think the profile font size is too large. Currently: Suggestion:
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New Design Launched

Hi all, As you can see, the new design went live, congratulations on the official launch! If you see any CSS/Styling issues, please start a new question for the bug report, and tag it with "Design" ...
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Does this question qualify as off-topic peeving?

This question solicits the most annoying mispronunciations people have heard. My initial reaction is that this is not suitable for EL&U — but I wanted to check with everyone else before ...
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Could we add tags for domain-specific language questions, such as programming?

I've noticed several questions that are specific to the domain of computer programming. For example: "bound" or "bonded" Marking plural of code words I'd find it useful to tag these sort of ...
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“single-word-requests”, “word-choice”, “vocabulary” and “words” tags

We have these four tags with apparently the same purpose. That's confusing. I think we should create tag synonyms. But what should be the master tag then? I suggest "vocabulary". Do you agree?
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English Site Design

Hi all, I am Jin. I'm the designer who works on the design and CSS conversion for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. I'm very excited about the design for the English ...
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Tag synonym: grammer → grammar

There is an unused tag [grammer], which must be a misspelling for [grammar]. Moderators or anyone with enough rep, please make [grammer] a tag synonym for [grammar].
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Discourage using number of Google results as a source.

It looks like this is happening with some frequency, and is absolutely fraught with problems. Primarily, there is essentially no useful information contained in "x gives 230,000 results, but y is ...
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How can I delete a draft answer?

Occasionally, I start writing an answer to a question, get distracted, come back later to a "there are new answers" message, load the other answers, decide they're the same as (or better than) what I ...
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Fancier “Quote” formatting.

Considering that English.SE is about language, I think there should be a fancier quote formatting for short quotes. (Like a huge quote mark in the background. - This will emphasize the concept of ...
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Asking questions you know the answer to

I was pondering the origins of the phrase "to call a spade a spade" the other night and thought of asking it here but instead Googled it and got the information I wanted. Even though the information ...
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How can I delete my account?

I want to delete my account, but can't find an option to do so. What is the procedure for this?
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Retag request: [adverb] -> [adverbs] [closed]

It appears that [adverb] does not resolve to [adverbs]. I tried suggesting a tag synonym accordingly, but it turns out that my score in that tag is too low, so I am not allowed to do that (in fact, ...
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Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence?

Basically my question is related to the following question: Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions? English is not my mother tongue and mostly i make mistakes in writing which ...

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