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How should I report a pronunciation using the IPA notation?

Should I report the pronunciation as |ˈˌdaɪəˈˌkrɪdəkəl|, or [ˈˌdaɪəˈˌkrɪdəkəl]?
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It is not possible to use “present” as synonymous for “present-tense”

When I try to use present as synonymous for present-tense, a dialog box informs me that present is used more times than present-tense. When I get the list of questions tagged with present the list ...
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Delete the tag “present”

The tag is not used for any questions; it should be deleted. If we are going to use the tag present-tense, then present should be a synonymous of present-tense.
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Should questions about pronunciation specify which English dialect the OP is interested in?

In a question asking for the pronunciation of a word, should the question make clear to which English dialect it is referring? If the word is pronounced differently in American English and British ...
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Tactical down votes?

On How to pronounce 'router'? my answer has been down voted from a user who answered to the same question, and who first commented my answer with a link to a link to a pronunciation file present in ...
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How should we name tags for tenses, aspects, and combinations of these categories?

Should we use tags like past-tense and future-tense, or we should use tags like past and future? Should we use then, for example, past as synonymous of past-tense (or vice versa)?
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Do questions asking for the origin of a word and the etymology of a word ask different things?

Is a question about the etymology of a word asking for its origin? Is a question about the origin of a word asking for its etymology? As I understand it, the origin of a word could be the point from ...
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Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark?

Do we need a tag for each punctuation mark when there is already the tag punctuation?
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Suggestion: single word lookups are off topic

Is it really necessary to ask what a single word means: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/2211/what-does-headcrabs-mean This question seems ridiculous to me unless the meaning of the word ...
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Is the tag “writing” necessary?

It seems that most of the questions I find in English Language and Usage are questions that should be tagged with writing (including the question on when the actual punctuation raised). Using that tag ...
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Why do some people have 101 points when they register?

If you look at the recently registered users, you'll notice some start from 1 point and many start with 101 points. Why?
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Why does “word-definition” appear as a tag synonym?

When tagging a question on English.SE, [word-definition] appear twice as a suggestion when word-def is entered. word-definition (8) word-definition (s) IIRC, the (s) indicates a tag synonym. ...
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Tags and technical terms

I was creating some synonyms for tags yesterday, and I created the tag syntax as a synonym for word-order. I wonder, though, if it should be the other way around. Syntax is the linguistic term that ...
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“Verb” tag showing wrong count

If you look at the list of tags, "verb" shows as being used only once. But if you click on that tag, you see that it's (currently) being used 16 times. Is this possibly due to the existence of the ...
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Versus tag and word-choice tag…redundant?

As of this writing, 40 questions are tagged word-choice and 35 are tagged versus. Almost everything tagged versus could also be tagged word-choice (except for a couple which would be word-order). My ...
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Should questions that request a list of words be CW?

If we accept questions that ask for a list of words (where each word can be combined to make a different list), should those questions be a community wiki? For example, if I ask What are the ...
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Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions?

This being a site about the usage of English, is it appropriate to correct errors of language in people's questions and answers? (By "errors of language", I include mistakes in spelling, grammar, and ...
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Pointless questions and answers

Here is a pointless question: What is the origin of the colloquial term "bum" meaning a homeless person? Just out of curiosity, I was wondering about the history of the term "bum" ...
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Select Your Provisional Moderators [closed]

This community needs to contribute some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators, ASAP. Most site have this discussion starting from the first days. Please read this: Moderators Pro ...
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Does copy and paste infringe copyrights?

I saw many questions which have been answered by copying whole sections from e.g. NOAD. I wonder whether there is a limit regarding the comprehension.
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List of common abbreviations and acronyms (NOAD, ESL, PIE…)

Abbreviations are always a potential source of confusion. Some people might happen to know what OED stands for, and can figure out what NOAD must mean, but others may not be so lucky. Googling for PIE ...
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“Find in dictionary” questions

I've noticed that some of the questions can be answered with a quick online dictionary check. Examples: Origin of the word “goodbye” Meaning of borough Should the site be used as a dictionary? I ...
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Shouldn't there be a necessary tag for the various dialects of English?

Shouldn't there be a necessary tag (a la meta.stackoverflow) for all questions, as some language features and spellings are unique to certain dialects of English, like brit-english, american-english ...
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“Word” tag — useful?

There are currently 20 posts tagged word. Is this tag useful? Most of the questions seem to be word-choice (a tag I created and am not crazy about -- the idea is right, but I don't like the term) or ...
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Too many tags verb/verbs

I've arbitrarily retagged six posts tagged "verb" to "verbs" since there were nine posts tagged with "verbs". Tag explosion is happening and taming is required????
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This is not a site for peeving

I'm really concerned about this question, and others like it that may appear: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/1441/the-most-annoying-misuse-of-word-or-phrase The purpose of this site is ...
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Utterly wrong answers upvoted and accepted

Just now I have noticed two wrong answers which have been upvoted and accepted: "Aaron is a genius boy" Why are days of the week proper nouns? I have also noticed many other wrong answers ...
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Is 'flagging' an appropriate response for someone who doesn't have authority/longevity to vote to close?

Maybe I'm wrong, but this post appears to be not a question. I do not have the rep to do so, and also haven't done it before. I think it will likely sort itself out. But would flagging a post like ...
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How to enter phonetic transcriptions?

I was impressed of some answers (as well as comments) which used phonetic transcriptions. My Question is how can I enter them in the text editor? Maybe it's not possible with an ipad, how do you do ...
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Are these questions real or fake?

I have to say about the questions so far that a lot of them seem to be quite fake in the sense that someone is asking a question just to get points or to seed the site with questions. What does anyone ...
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Minor interface bug: question titles not getting underlined if single line

I'm using IE8 on XP SP3. If you go to the list of questions and hover the cursor over a question title that only takes one line on the screen, it will not get underlined, as a link would. But if the ...
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What is the opposite of Grammar Nazi? [closed]

Following on from the discussion about Grammar Nazis, is there an acceptable term for people who would consider themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum. It should be slightly pejorative but not ...
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Stack sites should support primary and secondary language when defining user profile

I am not a native english speaker. If you see User profile settings defined by StackExchange, it does not contain primary and secondary languages. It just contains location but a non-native english ...
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Should Strunk & White be a GOLD badge on this site?

Or at least there should be a gold level badge for it.
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Using asterisks, as in fuck or f*ck?

Why do words like "expectorate" sound more posh than words like "spit"? includes two examples of asterisks used to avoid spelling out in full offensive words. Most serious ...
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Reputation for editing questions

I think it could be months before people can edit questions and start fixing things like "english" instead of "English." While the site is still new, can the rules on who can edit questions be ...
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What's my daily vote limit?

I've hit my daily vote limit. But where does it say what the daily vote limit is?
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What is the correct Stack Exchange noun to refer to “the poster”?

Which is best? I think the poster meant... (connotes too much a "poster", i.e. a piece of paper on the wall) I think the author meant... (the person who posted hasn't written enough to be ...
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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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