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Off-putting comments to new users

I don't want this to be seen as a personal criticism of the relevant commenter, since I'm often guilty of the same "careless" behaviour myself. But I think there's something not quite right about how ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is there a database containing a list of once common, but now archaic words?

Is there a database containing words that were not only once common but also now archaic? I would like to have a list of, say the 100 statistically most frequently used words in 17th, 18th and 19th ...
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Reminder: 10K tools on anonymous post feedback

This post is part of the hidden-feature series started by Mari-Lou A. These posts highlight features of this site that not everyone may know about but can certainly help get an insight into our ...
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Why is my question closed as "unclear"?

What's the correct word to refer to a believer of scientism? I don't understand what's unclear with this question. The comment says: Wait... what is scientism exactly? It sounds like a very ...
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Is EL&U experiencing diminishing returns of question quality?

I think it'd be interesting to statistically find this out. One could take samples from every year of EL&U and compare the amount of average upvoted and downvoted questions to get a more concrete ...
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Determiner question

The question below seems to be very simple at first glance and swifty got closed: Are articles pronouns? However, the answer is not as clear as it seems at first glance. For those of us well ...
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How Did I Simultaneously Make Two Identical Revisions?

I was just attempting to edit Why don't many dictionaries list “would= to be willing” to make the information added in revision 5 a little more presentable, and something rather strange happened. ...
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What's going on with the "coordinating-conjunctions" and "coordination" tags?

I recently asked a question which I tagged with coordinating-conjunctions. When I posted the question, it was automatically changed to coordination. I subsequently made an edit, but it was ...
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Why was my post migrated to ELL?

The post: Is this a complete sentence?: "The man is looking." No reason was given for the migration which was apparently decided by 5 people, all with the same primary interest (single-word-...
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Reference Request: Analysis of "If you have questions, I'll be available after class"

I am looking for resources analyzing the phrase "if you have questions, I'll be available after class." Although this is structured like a conditional, and will sometimes be said with a "then" after ...
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Resource request on use of comma

May I request (I think I may?) an exhaustive resource on the use of commas in the English language, for someone whose first language is English. A book resource would be fine, especially if it covers ...
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Is advice for standardized test allow in the context of writing english?

To give a concrete example, I was preparing for the writing task for the GRE which has an issue and argument essay. I was confused about the difference and other details about the instructions and ...
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Neither questions, nor answers

I just read a sentence that used nor in a way that I found strange (i.e. it seems ungrammatical to me), so I wanted to ask a question about it. Dutifully, I searched if such a question had been asked ...
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I've flagged to remove a warning template, and haven't received a response. Should I panic?

This answer was posted on July 15, received a warning template on July 19, was edited on July 20, and I flagged it to have the warning template removed on the same day, and haven't (as of July 28) ...
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Close window oddity

A week or so ago we updated some links under Closing → Off-Topic. After that, I started noticing something odd under "off-topic because...": The close reasons change order. The number of ...
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How long does an account merge take?

Yesterday, I requested that two accounts (and their rep) be merged; I followed the procedure provided, including the final acknowledgement after activating the two links emailed to me. As of this ...
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Academically sound resources about "The Dane Wall"

I am looking for academically-sound, accessible online resources about the influence of Old Danish on Old English in a region somewhere between northern and southern England. It was referred to as "...
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Auto review comments can save you time

There is an extension available for Google Chrome called AutoReviewComments, which can save you time if you frequent the review queues, or guide new users with your comments, and I've been using it ...
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Plurality of [part-of-speech] tag

OK, firstly I apologise for being a bit pedantic. But I am wondering whether there is a particular reason why part-of-speech is not plural (i.e. parts-of-speech). I only bring this up because it would ...
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'Duped' again...is that a "real word"?

My question, titled what does the phrase "a real word" mean?, from Sept 2015 has been closed as a duplicate of What are the criteria to adopt new words into English?, from Feb 2011. Aside from the ...
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Let's change the canonical question about forming possessives for words which end in 'z' [Completed]

I voted to close the question https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/362525/when-a-name-ends-in-z as a duplicate of Possessive form for a surname ending with "z" (Q1). Unfortunately, ...
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Historical lock instead of closure for high view questions

Today I found this question in my review queue for a close vote. It's mostly my fault because I edited a previously burninated tag out and bumped it to the front page by doing so. Naturally, another ...
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Burninate tags [request] and [polite-request]

Both those tags were exclusively attached to questions with either another something-request tag or the politeness tag. I re-tagged those. Now I move to make them total ashes. Let's burninate them.
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 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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What process is required to get the Help Center text changed?

Recently, I voted to close this question Can anybody understand what she's saying? (it was subsequently deleted by the original poster) based on the answers to this Meta question: Exactly WHY is this ...
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Resources to help with answers to regional difference type questions

Here are three recent question examples, including one asked by me: What do you call the space where you park a car? Parking spot, space, bay or what? This baby-walking device is called a ([prefix]-)[...
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Clarification on tag usage

I'm new to the community and not sure of accepted standards yet, but I'd like to help and not make a nuisance of myself. I made an edit suggestion to add the Hiberno-English tag to this post, but it ...
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Editing posts - feature request

I had a suggested edit to one of my posts here: https://english.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/158765 The editor involved already knew that, because of my baby-level knowledge of syntax, I ...
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Please reconsider the closing of this question and reopen it for a response that actually answers the question

Look at the question that was asked here and not sufficiently answered: What is the difference between "phonetic" and "phonemic"? The question is asking whether there is a ...
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Should questions about the meaning of metaphors be on-topic?

A large number of questions on ELL are asking for the meaning of metaphors. Many are from song lyrics or poetry, about which there are a number of meta questions. Some are from literature, most ...
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Should Google be considered as the ultimate resource for checking sentences?

As I did before and based on the suggestions, I do google to find matches for the sentences/phrases I'm doubtful about. Some times, although sentences seem to be correct, there are no (or few) matches ...
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A possible solution for discouraging the most-duplicated questions

Some questions crop up on ELU with dispiriting regularity. Two recent examples are the use of 'singular they/their', and whether an acceptable singular (and possibly gender-neutral) form of the ...
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Examples of "Great subjective questions"

From EL&U Helpcenter about asking: Some subjective questions are allowed, but “subjective” does not mean “anything goes”. All subjective questions are expected to be constructive. What does ...
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Are there just as many questions posted on ELL that should be on ELU?

I asked a question about changing the site name. So I am also wondering if there are questions on ELL that are really ELU questions - or as many compared to the ELL questions that appear on ELU. I ...
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A new badge? Acceptable?

When I was going through the list of badges, I felt there may be a badge which will be awarded when a user has 250 (or more, whatever seems appropriate) of his answers accepted; it may be a hard-to-...
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policy on 'tangential' answers

Referring to this answer as an example: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/119687/47377 While the answer isn't strictly relevant, the user has obviously put some effort into researching it. On the ...
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Comment deletion notifications

I see that all the comments I made to the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Can I somehow be notified when my comments are deleted?
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Misaligned box edge in privilege description pages

I went to look at the privilege descriptions as a result of a different question (e.g. https://english.stackexchange.com/privileges/edit ) and the "Reputation Required" box has its right boundary ...
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How are these two question different to warrant a downvote in one and upvote in another?

What verb could I use to mean "make less anxious"? Specific verb for "training an apprentice"? I posted the first question and then I got downvoted 2 times because it is "a ...
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Edit supplementary text on bounty

I recently placed a bounty on this question about the "double possessive", but just realised I wanted to make a minor (but to me, significant) change to my "supplementary text" in the "This question ...
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Don't show the "protect" link for questions that are locked

In questions that are already locked, the link to protect it should not be shown, as it is not possible to answer the question. In Favourite untranslatables, which is locked, I can see the "protect" ...
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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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Is there any way I can embed a small piece of recording on ELU?

I want to know whether there are any ways I can embed recording on this site? I have a little piece of recording and I've listened many times but still can't clearly understand what the man is saying. ...
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Etymology of words in translations

Maybe this should be in linguistics but I'll try here... I have had this idea for a long time but productivity has never been part of my character. I'll take full credit of the idea and I am willing ...
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Request to reopen "Resistance decreases with temperature"

"Resistance decreases with temperature". How to interpret this sentence? doesn't seem like an unreasonable question to ask on ELU, but it's been summarily closed with the "justification&...
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Book recommendation about languages from the linguist's perspective

Not sure if book recommendations are allowed, but I'm looking for a reference book that contains details about a wide variety of languages, written for linguists. For example, let's say I wanted to ...
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How can a chat room be deleted?

I have created a chat room by mistake, and wish to delete it. Is there any way I can do that as the room owner? If not, can I ask someone to delete it for me? The chat room can be empty, or it can ...
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Why are questions in SE ELU closed because they are "opinion-based"

I am a non-native speaker of English. When I do not understand a word (because I have never seen it before for instance), I look it up in a dictionary. The dictionary will give me the meaning and ...
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traditional versus modern grammar book

Am I correct in describing A Student's Introduction to English Grammar by E. Huddleston and G. K. Pullum as modern grammar? It makes a distinction between complements and adjuncts, for example. If ...

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