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How do I find a question which was deleted?

I have an old question related to Lewis Carol's Jabberwocky poem which was deleted -- for containing apparent nonsense -- but I like it so I'd like to view it again. Is there a feature which would ...
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Blog as Canonical Repository

TL;DR Let's use the EL&U blog as our repository for canonical posts. UPDATE: the site's blog was closed some time after this post was made (it has since been archived on Meta). The blog is ...
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Comment threads that make no sense

I am fairly new to SE and ELU(less than a month old). While going through some questions and answers, I spotted a few comments that made absolutely no sense to me. Comments that appear to at-mention ...
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What are the criteria for being eligible to vote in a moderator election?

Can any member vote, or is there a Reputation and/or other eligibility prerequisite? I think I've been a member for more than a year, yet I never got an election notification.
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How can I delete an “accepted answer”?

I tried to delete the linked "answer" but failed as it was accepted. There are some comments I can't take any more and I would like to delete it. Your help will be much appreciated.
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Do answers get blanked if they receive down votes?

I'm not used to getting a great deal of downvoting on my answers but I have negative 3 on this one. Please help me understand “humbler wall” That's not a problem. People disagree and they are ...
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Are either of these “Dungeons and Dragons”-related questions, good questions?

Is this a good question? "Did "Dungeons and Dragons" give a new meaning to the word "Dungeon"? If so, what meaning was it?" or would a better question be: "How did the meaning of "Dungeons" in "...
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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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Question is on hold - should it be? What is considered a “general reference”?

My question is put on hold for being off-topic: How do I pronounce the name "Aurelius"? Since I wasn't exactly sure what the "general reference" reason actually is (When looking at the Help ...
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Can a user award half their bounty after being AWOL?

Scenario: A user fixes a sizeable bounty on a question then real life intervenes and that user is absent for a week or more. At the end of the bounty period the system kicks into action and awards ...
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Can trusted users propose tag-synonyms without the rep requirements?

See Can trusted users be trusted to suggest tag synonyms without a score of 5 in a tag? (on smaller sites, not Stack Overflow). The top answer is: If, on a given site, there's a big problem with ...
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“possible duplicate of…” is uncapitalised

When we close-vote a question as a duplicate of another question, a comment is auto-generated. This comment reads: possible duplicate of [Title of Dupe Question] For as long as I've been here, ...
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What kind of questions do you want?

I have noticed the influx of ELL type questions. [And the ELL, barely English answers - but that is a different meta] I see a lot of questions where it is obvious that the writer has little grasp of ...
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How to review a long-winded, overly chatty question

In the review queue, I was faced with this question I skipped it, but would like to know how others would deal with it. It seems very chatty and it takes a long time to get to the point. Should I ...
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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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More subscriber information would be helpful

Lots of regular contributors have provided very little or no information about themselves. It is helpful to know a questioner's first language, as often a language group will make consistently similar ...
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Word Frequency on the Web

I was wondering if anyone is aware of a similar service to Google Ngram for words used on the web. To clarify, I'm not looking for the frequency of search terms used on the web (i.e.Google Trends) ...
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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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Follow-up notifications for comments posted on others' posts

When we leave comments on others' posts, we don't get the follow-up notifications unless we have been tagged. But I think that we should get the notifications even if we are not tagged so as to follow ...
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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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Why were my comments deleted?

All the comments I made under the questions referenced in Wordreference cross-posting have been deleted. Why?
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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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Where does the anonymous feedback go to?

When viewing ELU as an anonymous user, you can provide feedback on the usefulness of an answer by clicking on Yes or No buttons. I'm curious as to where this feedback goes and if it is used in any ...
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The “there are suggested edits|flagged posts” indicator refuses to go away

If you have the reputation to review suggested edits, you know that the number of edits is often (read: usually) incorrect. Well, now it's not only incorrect, it also refuses to go away. I've clicked ...
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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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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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Should not most of the CW questions be closed, or locked?

There are 88 CW questions; of those, 75 questions are not closed. Should not they be closed, or locked? As I can see, there are many questions that should not be asked, basing on the FAQ, as they are ...
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Make more evident those words are links

Right before writing this question, I clicked on the "tools" link on the main site to see if there were questions voted to be closed; to my surprise I was redirected to the review page. I then ...
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Update the timestamp shown when an edit has been done in the 5-minute time frame

I edit a question of mine to change the punctuation and, as I am in my attention-deficit moment, I edited it after 2 minutes to change the punctuation of another sentence. When I pressed the "Save ...
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Change the text shown after the field to add a new answer

Actually, after the form field and the button to add a new answer, the following text is shown: The text could be confuse some users that, from a side, see duplicate questions being closed and, from ...
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What's the best way to format quotes within quotes?

If the source you are quoting itself contains a quote, how would do you format it? You can double up the greater-than signs (>>), but I don't find this sort of double quote clear or pleasing on ...
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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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Split migration off from the closure tree?

There has been a string of meta questions about ELU migrating low quality questions to ELL. The most recent was this one. This question stems directly from that one. To help prevent poor questions ...
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I think the 'idiolects' question isn't a duplicate

LucidityofPower posted Q1 (below) which was closed as a duplicate of Q2. Q1. Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate] Q2. “The thing is, is that…” Q2 is an example of ...
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Are questions asking about the structure of sentences too broad?

I recently asked this question: Parts of speech and functions: "Bob made a book collector happy the other day" The question asks for the structure of the sentence: Bob made a book ...
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Why would one vote to close my question because it has nothing to do with ELL?

Someone voted to close my question for a reason that I do not understand. It looks to be a straightforward question about the usage of word in the English language. What would be the reason for these ...
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Criteria specific dictionaries use to decide on ordering of different senses of a given headword

It's fairly common knowledge that OED lists senses of a given headword in the chronological order research has found printed evidence for: it is a historical dictionary. Equally conveniently, the ...
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What's an example of a good proofreading question?

I see a lot of potentially poor quality questions when I go through the review queue, but I don't know how I'd recognise a good quality proofreading question. The close message says a specific source ...
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Search engine for English idioms?

I am looking for a resources which can provide related English idioms/phrases. For instance, if I were looking up 'to help out', I would find 'to pitch in', etc. Does any such resources exist online (...
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Please consider reopening a question about a fairly recent, politics-specific meaning of 'pivot' [Question has been reopened]

The question is what did Mr. Tester mean by saying to Dennis Muilenberg that you are 'pivoting' in the Congressional testimony of 737 Max? It was closed nine days ago with the following ...
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Revised: Is a question about the Economist's article “Silly Sausages” on topic, or are we too serious to enjoy a linguistic laugh?

This may be too funny to be the subject of a valid question, but see The Economist's article Silly Sausages of June 29, 2019. Silly sausages Europe heroically defends itself against veggie ...
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Is this question, asking for an insulting term, clear enough to provide a good answer as opposed to a laundry list?

I refer to this question: Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything”? I VTC'd on the basis of Unclear What You are Asking, because I didn't find any context. Is the person to be insulted lazy, ...
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New Layout: Editor _before_ author?

I was just confused by something in the layout: Look at any question or answer that has been edited. picture has just one example). The person who most recently edited the question is first, the ...
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Editorial Questions Regarding the Question about Stealing Non-Rival Goods

Why I am Asking There was a little editorial dispute between me and another user, who was not the original author of the question. The complaintant was requesting clarification from the author, ...
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Graphical issue on the activity profile page

Posting here because I don't have a profile in the right state to repro on other sites, but if it can be confirmed to be elsewhere please migrate to MSE. The "track the next one" bar after earning a ...
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Bug in the ELU chat room

For the last couple of days, I've been experiencing a bug in the ELU chat room using Google Chrome. Would you please fix this bug? it's very annoying The bug is : From time to time, when I was ...
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Why was my question concerning the existence of a word put on hold?

I asked a question here Is there a word for somebody who likes to be taken care of and pampered? and it was put on hold because of the following, "Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must ...

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