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Comments should have a “deletable by original poster” checkbox?

Often people will leave in a comment e.g. "you might want to fix your ... typo", then the poster fixes it, but the comment remains on, referring to nothing, causing clutter. It would be nice if there ...
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Should we prefer singular or plural in tags?

This being a site about English language, we should be well-equipped to decide about something like this, eh? :) Should we prefer singular or plural in tags, in cases where both would make sense? ...
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Is this site for “English as a second language”?

I'd like to seek clarification on "English as a second language" questions. E.g. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/376/ia-suffix-nouns-for-disorders-and-diseases When should the word “...
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What do we expect from moderators on EL&U?

What do we expect from moderators on EL&U? The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. There ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

This is question #2 in the list of 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta
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No tags for specific words

At present we have several tags for specific words, such as [while], [that], and others. IMHO this practice should be strongly discouraged, lest the tag list just become an English dictionary. ...
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Cancel “Close” operation

We required an option to cancel "Close" operation. This will help peoples who voted for closing a question by mistake.
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Code sample button

What is the necessity of "Code Sample" button in the "Markdown Editor" of this site?
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Synchronization between parent and meta site

My reputation score of parent and meta site is automatically synchronized after some time. But badges are counted differently for both site. Why?
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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) in this site as it will improve vocabulary. I want answer from a moderator.
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Required “Listen” button

Everyone is not familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). How can they pronounced words suggested in the answers? I think a "Listen" button to be add in the position of the answer where ...
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Do we need a 'Site Manifesto'?

It seems to me that the casual visitor to our site would benefit from having some statement of what our community is about and how they should take the answers they find here. I mean more of a ...
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How conservative/progressive are we on English Usage?

It seems as though English users in general are somewhere along the spectrum from highly conservative (who resist changes to language usage) to highly progressive (who embrace changes to language ...
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Need a way to search for stop words

Since this site is about English usage, the standard search engine for the site which filters out "stop words" is going to be problematic since many of the questions on the site will be about stop ...
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Can't search for a question about “that” and “which”

I knew this question was there: When is it appropriate to use ‘that’ as opposed to ‘which’?, but I tried searching for it and couldn't find it. Many usage questions concern function words in English, ...
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Are questions about style guides appropriate?

Over on What manual of style should I use for technical writing for US Federal Government documents?, I posted the following comment: Interesting question, but this is really about government work, ...
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Does the “usage” tag have any value?

Seems like pretty much every question is a usage question, so keeping around a "usage" tag seems about as pointless as having a "programming" tag at Stack Overflow would be. Does anyone object to my ...
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Should we have a standard way of indicating deliberately malformed sentences?

For example, following common formatting I've seen in English style guides: He went to the shops vs. Him went to the shops * Or maybe italicizing bad sentences: He went the shops
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Are we okay with polls, “List of X” questions and discussions?

Title says it all, really. Users on every SE site since and including SO want to post fun polls, "best of" lists, "how to" lists and discussions about sometimes-only-tangentially-related topics. And ...
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How can we promote this site?

I am wondering who the target audience of the site is. We obviously want to start to attract big minds in the field of English, but does this primarily entail pedantic usagists or students of English ...
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Writing style questions

A lot of the questions here could be boiled down to writing style, e.g. Is it wrong to start sentences with "in which case"? What is the correct spelling of "buyer* remorse"? ...
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IPA usage, entry

English is a spoken language; its phonetics vary largely and are an important part of "knowing" English and asking questions about it. We will undoubtably deal with questions related to English ...
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American vs. British vs. Aussie, vs… ?

Questions about usage in different geographical areas are going to come up a lot. Plenty of answers are going to have to distinguish between standard usage on one continent versus another. Is there ...
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Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers expected to appeal to any of the various English authorities?

I know this isn't like French that has a somewhat recognize but debatable effective governing body. We do have the OED, Websters dictionary, the various style guides like the MLA, Chicago Manual of ...
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“Grammar Nazis”

I'm no fan of the phrase, but it's going to come up (often). Do we need... to flag it as offensive? to have a FAQ recommending against its use? to "suck it up"? to indicate that while one can self-...
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What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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What should the theme of the site be? [closed]

One of the seven questions we should answer before the end of the beta is "What should our logo and site design look like?" We need to consider several aspects of our site's design: What's the ...

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