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Why are tag synonyms so hard to suggest and vote for?

I haven't paid much attention to tag synonyms before, but today I notice there's one question tagged blend-words, and three tagged portmanteau-words. I thought I'd do something useful and propose ...
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Hell is hot, but is it funny?

On August 27 of last year, a poster on the main site asked "What does the idiom “funny as hell” mean?" Four days later, the question was closed for a familiar reason: Please include the research ...
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Why was “What is the difference between '[I] may [be] …' and 'even though … '?” locked?

Overview The question What is the difference between “[I] may [be] …” and “even though … ”? was recently locked. I had posted the following comment: In this context, may normally implies the ...
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ELL and ELU — problems in distinguishing when googling

I've only been on this site for a week, but I've noticed that an awful lot of questions that should go to ELL go to ELU. I also notice when I google: "English stack exchange" that the first hit I get ...
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Would you support systematic testing of proposed quality improvement methods?

TL;DR: Shall we support systematic A/B (and similar) testing of QI (Quality Improvement) proposals, or would advocating for such research simply lead to frustration, i.e., would it be an exercise in ...
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I've clarified my question about mondegreens; can we re-open it? [resolved]

Update: the question has been re-opened and has started getting answers. Thanks to everyone for your votes. Requesting votes to remove the hold tag for this question I had posted. I have made the ...
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Discussion on reopening a specific question: “Do tenses in a time clause never back-shift in reported speech?”

The question Do tenses in a time clause never back-shift in reported speech? (which I'll call The Backshift Question or TBQ for convenience) has an answer that could be considered canonical for back-...
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Flagging Reviews

Sorry if this is a dupe, but I didn't see it all in one place: Since hitting 10K rep, I've been actively reviewing flags, and my disputed flag count jumped from 0 to 15 in a few days. It occurs to ...
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Should I delete my question?

I wrote a nautical vocabulary question ELU, and then realized that people with practical experience about boating might be able to answer it better over on Great Outdoors. I got the answer I needed ...
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Why was “What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated?” locked?

I'm trying to understand the rationale for locking What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated? As it is, the question is lacking a degree of necessary detail. My ...
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What is the legal position re cut & pasting OED entries?

The most recent posts I can find on this subject date from 2015 and earlier. Does anyone know the authoritative up-to-date advice on whether that which is posted to the EL & U site constitutes &...
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Watched tags: design flaw

The title in one of the sidebar boxes isn't right. I hadn't noticed this before, so it may be new, although I don't think we've had any tweaks recently. Or perhaps it's just me and my browser (Chrome ...
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Lower the requirement for voting on tag synonyms

Problem statement The following text is shown about voting and suggesting tag-synonyms: Users with more than 2500 reputation and a total answer score of 5 or more on the tag, can suggest tag synonyms....
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What is the meaning of the “functions” tag?

A recent question asked about determining the "function" of a sentence, which to me isn't a concrete language construct the way that question implies. Seeking more information, I looked into the ...
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An answer was removed, but my flag was declined nevertheless - why?

This is the answer: Mimpi menjadi kenyataan.? Bukan kah segala sesuatu berawal dari mimpi. Selama mimpi kita Masi di tekuni dengan niat & tekad yang keras, pintu kesuksesan pasti kita raih. ...
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Where can I find an English dictionary that I can search by number of syllables, transitive/intransitive, and other grammatical markers?

I need to find lists of English words that meet certain criteria, such as having a certain number of syllables, or being intransitive verbs. Is there an online English dictionary that will allow me to ...
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“You don't have the permission to use this type of flag”

I was trying to flag a question as very low quality, because I couldn't decide between "unclear what you're asking" and "asking to do your homework for you", but then I got this error message. Why is ...
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Should I stay or should I go; my question clearly went wrong; how wrong?

Should I delete my question despite a legitimate answer and comments? Before writing this I read posts here about deleting and improving questions ("Should I delete my question?" etc.). I didn't get ...
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Posts pending review, now around 250

The review queues could use your help. It's up to 250 now. Yours truly.
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Significantly changed question

A user asked this question: What would you call a person who is obsessed with being "normal"? In the text body they asked for: "someone who cannot bear to be different from other people" ...
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What's the tag “obscure-terms” for? Is it necessary?

We have the tag obscure-terms. It has 36 questions and the only thing obscure about them is the thought process that lead people to tag them with this tag. Mostly words that seemed obscure to the OPs, ...
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Flag acceptance rate?

What's a normal percentage of declined/disputed flags for reviewers? 1%? 10%? 25%? I've been trying to help with review queues and I want to make sure I'm not causing more headaches than normal.
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Is asking for people to think up new specific words on topic?

Regarding this question: I need a word for my obscure phobia for hard, smooth structures The questioner seems to realize that his situation is... unique and all the answers are just trying to create ...
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Past Tense in Editor Statistics

Please advise me if this is better suited towards the main site. I posted the question here considering that it is about an ELU feature. My question relates to the Editor Statistics above. My area ...
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Why has this post been put 'on hold'?

My question Why is 'weird' given a sexual connotation nowadays?, has been put on hold as 'off topic', for the reason that 'it is not about the English language'. Since it queries the current ...
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Why is the word for origin and destination off-topic?

The question: Word for an Origin and Destination without regard for route [closed] was closed as off-topic. I can't figure out why. I know an (unfortunate) edit to the question indicated naming of ...
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Reminder: You can vote on tag synonyms

We currently have 5 tag synonyms submitted that still need votes. Anyone with voting privileges should exercise them! pejorative-language and derogatory Completed. pejorative-language and insults ...
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User “John Rock” violates the SE content policy

This user profile: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/21563/john-rock and the 32 other SE profiles linked to it were evidently created to provide link juice for traffic generation through the ...
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Improving tag wiki excerpts

I have recently noticed a large number of tag wiki excerpts which are not particularly useful. For example, the mathematics tag wiki excerpt said: For questions about mathematics in English. It ...
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Auto-resolve local URLs in comments too

When local ELU URLs are added to question and answer fields, they are automatically resolved into question titles. For example, if I paste a random link such as this one, Reason for the current trend ...
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Search for common words

I have a question that must have been asked here many times. The question is about using "it is" versus "this is". Attempted to search for it is and this is, with and without quotes, and the search ...
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Why trivial questions on EL&U are being downvoted while on stackoverflow there is competition to answer them?

As far as I have understand basic/simple/trivial/naive questions on EL&U are being systematically downvoted while on stackoverflow there is a hot competition to correct or improve and then answer ...
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Grammar error in Review

FYI, I noticed this on ELL this morning, and it shows up here as well: This question doesn't meet a [sic] English Language & Usage Stack Exchange guideline. Eddie Kal has posted on Meta SE about ...
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Difference between [look-alikes] and [confusables]

I do not think a meaningful distinction can be drawn between the tags look-alikes and confusables. There is no category charter for the first; the second defines confusable as words and phrases which ...
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english.yoda.stackexchange.com belongs on this question does

Why has the "belongs on" message changed to Yoda speak? english.meta.stackexchange.com belongs on ell.stackexchange.com belongs on
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Something to keep your eye on: Question Wizard

So the “Help new users ask better questions” Wizard has been in the works on SO for a long time. It has officially entered the testing phase. Worth keeping an eye on. If it works there, I’d imagine ...
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New theme: fix serif-vs-sans font combinations

In what I hope is the correct spirit of bringing concrete, actionable suggestions for changes and updates to the new theme, I would like to ask for the fonts to be harmonized as tchrist went into ...
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Proposed tag synonym: “get-be” as a synonym of “get-passive”

All of the questions with the get-be tag seem to be about the "get-passive" construction. For example, the top-voted question in the "get-be" tag, Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be ...
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How to browse through this site

I love to browse through bookstores. You stumble across things you had never considered or even thought of. You find books whose existence surprises you. It's always an adventure. I'd love to do the ...
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“…the person or body who/which…” is not only a question about whether to refer to companies with “who” or “which”

"...the person or body who..." vs. "...the person or body which..." As far as I can see, this question does not ask only about whether to refer to companies with "who" or "which". ...
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Review Queue filter drop-down cut off screen

This bug is little more than a minor nuisance, but it strikes me as something that would be easy to fix and improve user experience if it were changed. When you set a filter on the review queue, and ...
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Please consider reopening my question

My question is closed as off-topic. First, my question is not so elementary. It is not about the usual use of past perfect as in When I came up with the idea of climbing all the statues taller than ...
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Community wiki answer changes to normal on migration?

My recent community wiki answer on ELU, on migration to ELL, changed to normal. Is this normal? It's possible that some people on ELL will think that I'm copypasting others' comments for rep.
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What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more? - Not a duplicate

What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more? What's the word for someone who is ungrateful/ not appreciative of the things he has but wants more lavish things? ...
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Let's synonymize “to be” tag with “be” tag. [Completed]

I have suggested to-be be synonymized with be. Related Meta post by @wythagoras: Synonymize and merge the tags [be] and [to-be] https://english.stackexchange.com/tags/be/synonyms (It requires ...
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List of tags that are blacklisted, burninated or under discussion

I had a look at the meta discussions that are about burninating, blacklisting/deleting or creating tags. I made a list of them. Why? It's for two purposes. Firstly, to have an overview about our ...
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Can we improve our sub- and superscript (or: footnote) formatting?

Through the sidebar, I just happened upon this answer on [programmers.se]. If you look at the lower part of the answer, after the horizontal line, you’ll see that the text is smaller. Inspecting the ...
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The answer to this question is great! But the question is closed and a bit hard to find

"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? I think F.E.'s answer here is very good and complete--the best overview on the case of fused relative pronouns that I've seen on this site. But ...
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I thought my question was a punctuation question

If I thought my question was a punctuation question (which would be on topic) and all the experts here thought it was a typography or style question (which is understandably off topic) how is it ...
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Review the duplicate linkage between the 'token list' question and the 'user account' question

The following questions are duplicates: should a list of tokens be called a "token list" or a "tokens list" "User accounts" or "users account" The accepted ...

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