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Colorblind-friendlier design

I am not sure what color links are on the ELU site, but they are really hard for me to see as I am red-green colorblind. Could we either change them to a color with more contrast or add a bottom ...
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“we tried to fix it”

EL&U needs rescuing A few days ago I posted the following: The new theme still sucks. There I said it, and in American English, too. There's an overall sense of claustrophobia, oppression, the ...
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I'm sometimes unsure about whether to answer a simple grammatical question or to suggest that it is more appropriate for ELL. What are the criteria?

[Before asking this question here on Meta, I did search for duplicates. There are similar questions, but I found no exact duplicates. If they do exist, please direct me to them, and I will delete this ...
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Too many questions that qualify for “Please include the research you’ve done”

I feel that this has been discussed before, and that this problem is never going to go away. I've been going through the review queues since a recent Meta.ELU post about too many questions needing ...
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EL&U's top bar stopped being elegant in 2013

This is how the top bar appears in October 2017 on my desktop. I like the search box, it's larger and it is clear. But it's off-center, it's like a picture frame that's askew, I want to align the ...
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About Reference Questions

It seems that we must once again clarify what questions should and should not be closed with the close reason: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A ...
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On Answering Word Requests

I was recently informed by one of our moderators that: We're looking for answers from experts in the field, not experts at Googling. :) "You have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A ...
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Should we consider going in the other direction with ELU and ELL?

Okay, friends. Here comes the devil's advocate, and he says: As one who has agonized over the blurred lines between ELU and ELL, I now find myself thinking that maybe, after all, we don't need ...
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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: Wrong ...
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Why do ELU users upvote so little, and how can we fix this?

I participate in a number of StackExchanges, and ELU stands out in a negative way compared to the rest: lack of upvotes. Consider this question. At time of writing, six (6) users apparently found it ...
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“Removed OED definition as it is not allowed under my license agreement”

I noticed on this answer: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/182362/37273 the phrase “Removed OED content as it is not allowed under my license agreement” is used a couple of times. What is this ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Over-zealous anti-pleasantries algorithm

In my first answer on ELU, I encountered difficulty in answering succinctly, due to a program built into the site that removes so called “pleasantries”. The question concerns how to write “salutations”...
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Will there be hats this winter (2015)?

People like hats. Will there be hats? Will there be new hats? Hats?
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Commenting to editors

It's possible to address comments to posters and also other people who have left a comment underneath a post. In this situation the commenter or poster gets pinged and is alerted to the message. ...
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We need a site specific message for our advice page

One of the problems that keeps coming up is that many first time users of the site ask questions that are either better suited for English Language Learners don't have enough information for us to ...
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The Incredible Shrinking ELU Banner

Something awful has happened to the top of all our pages. Earlier today they looked like this: But now it has shrunk to a nearly unreadable proportion: The new version is completely shrunken, which ...
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Does a weak question legitimize a weak answer?

For context, I'm brand new to closed post review, hence asking for advice. See this exchange about an old post. The answerer provided an answer with no definition and links only. A word for ...
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Hou tu pranownse Inglish

I've noticed a few questions lately regarding the quirks of English spelling and pronunciation. Mark Rosenfelder's Hou tu pranownse Inglish may be a useful resource for that kind of question. It ...
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All mods are equal, but some mods are more equal than others

/about: Dear Jin, this is funny and all, but... but... BUT! (Opera, Chrome, Firefox; Vista.)
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Rename the [grammar] tag

As noted in this four-year-old question, the grammar tag (and also its misspelt cousin, grammer, which I implicitly include here) is the fourth most used tag on ELU, and it seems to be overwhelmingly ...
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Should the 'language' tag be deleted?

The language seems like the ultimate cop-out tag. It has five questions with an accumulated score of -8, I expect it to sink further today with the question that made me stumble upon it. There is no ...
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Free access to the OED in the Americas (13-19 April 2014) [closed]

This is more of an announcement than discussion but this may be useful for people here ELL: National Library Week All OUP Online products are free April 13-19th To celebrate National Library Week in ...
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Who is this spammer and is this really spam?

I have recently come across quite a number of questions that have been closed by one of our higher rep users as SPAM. This is the latest one which is undergoing an edit war as I write. The posts in ...
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People answering off-topic questions: What should we do?

It happens sometimes that when I vote to close a question which is evidently Off Topic, some user posts an answer. I know it might be legit (although honestly I'm not sure on this), but this ...
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Downvoting newcomers with no explanation or comment

As a newcomer to this forum, I am trying to tread carefully and familiarise myself with the protocols. I realise the question I am about to ask already has been asked in various permutations, but I am ...
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Is spoken language ontologically superior to written language, really?

I have noticed that on EL&U some people seem to take it as axiomatic that only spoken language is real language. This does not seem axiomatic or otherwise obvious to me. Is it just a currently ...
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“Thanks man for not laughing at my question :)”

A question, concise but clear and easily comprehensible to my eyes; two "desperate" tentative answers; a few comments; a series of down-votes and the closing of the question. I think probably no one ...
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How does this website earn money?

I love this website and use it a lot. The website is really good and awesome. I was just wondering how the website actually earns any money, as I don't see any single advertisement at all. Is there ...
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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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We’re going to be on the Grammar Girl podcast! What do we want her to say about us?

As I’m sure a lot of you already know, Grammar Girl is a big deal in the online English/Grammar world. I’ve been talking to her about sponsoring a podcast, and as part of the sponsorship we get ...
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Please don't migrate obviously off-topic questions to ELL - it just makes things harder on the author

This isn't a complaint about the overall migration of questions from EL&U. I think taken as a whole, the migration path is a positive thing. I have started to see a few real stinkers getting ...
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Asked a question which is slightly different than I intended with valid answers. Re-ask or edit?

I just asked a question which was slightly different from what I intended to ask in the first place. Now there are 4-5 valid answers. What should I do now? Re-ask the question, or edit my question to ...
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Who is voting to close all these questions?

I just went though the closure review queue, consisting of a couple dozen questions with close votes. At least 75 percent of these questions were not even remotely closeable according to the ...
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Hold-Reason Suggestion: “More Research Desired” (MRD)

I was reading some posts on improving question quality and narrowing the definition of the General Reference when I had an idea. What does ELU Meta think about putting a question on hold when "more ...
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Dealing with vote retribution

Apologies if this isn't the right place to answer this question, but I recently ran into the following issue, and wasn't sure how exactly to handle it. On this question, I posted an answer, and ...
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Satire source is enough to close a question?

I have a question : No man (or woman) is an island My basic question is whether the following two sentences are correct: “No man is an island.” “No woman is also an island.” Based on my own ...
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Can we add Linguistics SE to the migration path list?

I know they are in beta but the following question begs to be migrated to [linguistics.se]. Distinctive Features of English Dipthongs. I wonder if our passing relevant questions to other SEs would ...
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Proposal for narrowing the scope of the “reference” close vote

I strongly disagree that "questions that can be answered using commonly available references" should be considered "off-topic" at all, but I can at least understand why someone would want to close ...
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The accepted answer check mark is almost indistinguishable between active/inactive

The active vs inactive checkmarks are very difficult to tell apart on this site: When I'm scrolling down the page it's hard to tell which answer I've actually accepted (or if there is one). ...
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when is “primarily opinion based” a valid answer, and not a reason to close?

Possible duplicate of What the "primarily opinion-based" close reason is for. I think there's a litmus test here that is misapplied. As an example, Capitalizing Stages of Diseases is ...
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When a question is closed, tell them the procedure for reopening it

UPDATE: Version 2.1 of the trial is now live. The intention is for the last voter who closes a question to link to the trial in lieu of the link appearing in the notice of closure. Here's a template ...
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This question doesn't have an answer here

This question was recently closed as duplicate and linked to another question: Using "is" versus "are" in a relative clause However by the time it was closed it had generated a ...
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Should this question be closed?

I found no reason why this question is closed. This question asks whether a given phrase is the right usage for expressing a particular action. It is a particular doubt that may arise in a non-native ...
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Request for undeletion and reopening of a question on the main site

A poster asked the question Retriable or retryable? on February 9, 2016. It was closed for lack of research on February 15 of that year. On November 9, site participant sumelic edited the question to ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Roses are red, apples are green

Nearly three years ago, someone wondered aloud: “Is ELU becoming ESL?” (Actually, this bit of soul-searching reaches back to one of this site's first meta questions.) When people who are struggling ...
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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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Is Urban Dictionary an acceptable source?

The reason I ask this is because an answer I gave to a question quoted an Urban Dictionary definition and received 2 downvotes without any explanation as to why. Could anyone please tell me what (if ...
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Hats are coming [closed]

Winterbash 2014 is on its way. It will run from 15 December 2014 to 4 January 2015. For those who are unfamiliar with the Winterbash hat dash, it is a time of festive fun and hats. Each person can ...

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