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Is it an acceptable practice to downvote other answers that are too similar to previously given answers?

In an effort to make peace and resolve this issue before it turns into an all out feud, I'd like to refocus the discussion on the core issue that started it. One user has taken umbrage at what he ...
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How should we handle single-word-requests that don't have a matching word? [duplicate]

I am digging through the old unanswered questions and periodically someone will be asking for a word that simply doesn't exist.
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Do we want to enable post limits?

The question of posting limitations was brought up several months ago, wherein we learned that there are post limits for some SE sites and not for others. We learned that the limitations are 6 ...
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Should we be leaving comments discouraging users from answering off-topic questions?

It is a bit discouraging to me when a user, especially one with high rep, answers a blatantly off-topic question. I don't at all begrudge them the rep earned by such an answer; I just feel it ...
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Where do we stand on legalese questions?

Recently there have been a lot of questions about legalese. Here are a couple of examples: What’s the difference between “cite” and “cite to”? https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/185890/what-...
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I am worried about being off-topic

Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as: "proper use of the word _______" Both ...
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Extraordinary spike in low-quality questions by 1 rep users

I can't keep up with them, the brand new users who have 1 rep. There's too many, they're swarming the site and often their questions consist of one or two lines with no context. All the following ...
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What's up with the strange characters in some display names?

I assume it's not just me: Why have some users added special characters to their usernames? The list includes: Kit (now KitΘδς) z7sg (now z7sg Ѫ) JSBangs (now JSBᾶngs) Martha (now Marthaª) aedia (now ...
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Are we getting hats this year?

A question on Meta.GD.SE asks whether they want to participate in a Hat-Fest like ELU did last year. I guess that because there isn't a similar question here, it might actually be a foregone ...
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Do questions about emoticons belong on ELU?

A question was published recently in which the OP asked about the proper style for usage of emoji, which as it turned out I guess he meant emoticons since he was talking about using punctuation marks. ...
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Why did so few people vote in the 2012 elections for moderators?

I've been away for a while and last night I checked the results of the elections, which I followed with interest and in which I voted. I congratulate KitFox and Simchona on their election and I hope ...
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What to do against downvote troll?

Someone around here likes to downvote every post of me, of course without giving any reason why he downvote my question/answer. All started one month ago, luckily an automatism reverted the downvotes....
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Undercutting the old duplicity

Recent, well-formulated questions may be closed as duplicates of older, more poorly formulated questions. The answers given for the latter may pose as answers for the former. However, a well-...
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How do we describe “good” and “bad” English?

Many questions have these words tossed around: good / bad valid / invalid right / wrong grammatical / ungrammatical correct / mistake standard / non-standard accepted / not accepted ...
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FAQ On-topic/Off-topic List Revisal

Update: Yeah, so I sort of went on a brief EL&U vacation about a week after I started this topic, and forgot about it when I came back. Any last feedback before we push this live? I've changed ...
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Varieties of abstention in review queues?

When I look through the review queues there are often many which I skip for various reasons. These include: not having a clue whether the answer is good or not, the matter being beyond my ken, a ...
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Proof-reading tag: what to do with it?

Proof-reading is currently explicitly off-topic. That's because finding mistakes in a passage isn't particularly useful: Posters on a site for "serious enthusiasts" should have a reasonable knowledge ...
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What are these weird symbols that keep showing up in certain posts?

For example: ---==,--=.-.,=-==----- What does that mean? I have seen that and its ilk in a few posts by new users. Is that a, you know, thing now? And, I hesitate to ask--feel free to ignore--but ...
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Could ELU place an announcement for beginners linking to ELL?

Because the domain name of english.stackexchange.com uses an ambiguous word in its first element, I think you should prominently place some sort of “announcement” that anyone coming to ELU can always ...
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What's the average score for questions in 2019?

Recently I posted an update which asked UPDATE Sunday 23 June, 2019 […] Is it just me or has the quality of questions by new contributors dropped even further? Is there a way to measure this ...
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Reword General Reference to include research / ELL

This is a spin-off suggestion from Add a 'too basic' close reason. I put forth that we already do have a 'too basic' reason, General Reference, but the wording should be improved. Here is what I ...
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Potentially improved “proofreading” close reason (for the banner)

So, under this question making an appointment with a psychologist I would like to request an appointment with my psychologist and I was wondering if the following sentence is correct: ...
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Editing Questions, Adding Research, and Reading the Original Poster's Mind

One of the multiple-choice options that close voters are invited to select as justification for voting to close a question posted on English Language & Usage emphasizes the absence of evident ...
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Formatting comments is such a hassle

In this question: Helper: loose vs. lose I added a comment with the following markup: clarification: by “should be pronounced *loss*” do you mean “should rhyme with *dose*” or “should rhyme with *...
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I think the question about *infamous* being used for neutral or positive events deserves a second look

This question about why the first Selma-Montgomery march is called "infamous" was put on hold a day or two ago for lack of research. The asker has now quoted the dictionary definition that was ...
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What the “proofreading” close reason is for

This question highlighted a humorously incorrect use of Elizabethan-era English in a television commercial and asked how it was incorrect. In the original version of the question (since edited), the ...
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Are all questions about the reason a word is spelled/pronounced the way it is duplicates of one another?

As a hypothetical example, should we close Why are "put" and "but" different in their pronunciation? as a duplicate of Why is "chore" pronounced differently from the &...
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Writing a better help page on “How do I write a good answer” [updated]

New users often give answers that are too short or that have other problems that may cause them to be considered "very low quality" (which means they are often flagged for deletion). People can leave ...
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It’s September again

Eternal September doesn’t end, but does wax and wane with the school season. It’s waxing again. Be prepared to spot and quickly VtC unvarnished orders to do others’ homework. Also please downvote, ...
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Introducing the Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program [closed]

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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What are we going to ask Grammar Girl?

We're going to be interviewing Grammar Girl prior to being mentioned in her podcast. This might be happening really soon. So we need some interview questions. The top-voted questions will be asked, ...
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Is it any use answering or commenting on a question that was asked years ago?

Is it any use answering or commenting on a question that was asked years ago? Or is it just 'un coup d'épée dans l'eau' (a strike of the sword at water), meaning a complete waste of time?
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The antithesis of a serious problem: What do you do when you have hit 200 daily rep with hours to go, and have a good answer to a new question?

I don't often hit the 200 daily rep ceiling (only 8 times in two years), and am looking for guidance on what to do if it happens fairly early in the day. Do you compose and save up answers to new ...
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Continued recommendations that things be moved to ELL

I've seen a number of questions (including one of mine) receive comments along the lines of "this would be a more appropriate question for the English Language Learners (ELL) site". While I understand ...
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Where SHOULD you ask opinion-based questions?

As many of us have seen, questions are sometimes closed for being primarily opinion-based. I don't object to this at all and I see it as a good thing, but it also begs the question - is there a ...
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List of FAQs and canonical posts

Based on the recent question: Let's change the canonical question about forming possessives for words which end in 'z' [Completed] and its predecessor: Please change the canonical '...
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Requests for coinage

While I'm not entirely opposed to “single word requests” I get pretty anxious when I see questions like this one, where there is (to my knowledge) no real answer, and then people take this as an ...
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Why is this place becoming so mean (and how to fix it)?

This could just be me, but I'm seeing a big uptake on hypercritical comments and aggressive downvoting lately here. It's like there's a cadre of power users trying to make a name for themselves by ...
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Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

I propose that a new formatting directive be added to access the font’s small capitals. For example, <smcaps>some text</smcaps> would work, but I encourage discussion on any syntactic ...
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Is there to be no end-of-year frivolity this year?

At the end of 2015, there was a welcome spurt of frivolity on ELU Meta. I refer to Shall we just toss the Winter Hats into the bin? and Please air your grievances here. I thought maybe this outburst ...
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Deleted answers vs deleted questions

What's the reason why a deleted answer, unlike a deleted question, remains visible on the site? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to have it removed once the OP decides, for whatever reason, to delete ...
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Is the new “site analytics” cool enough to bother about rep again?

This is somewhat a self-centered question, but I love this site and yet at the same time feel my interest flagging recently, so I'm looking for some guidance from others who have and remain loyal and ...
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Moderators’ policy on hectoring

What should we do about hectoring? A flurry of hectoring[1] comments has appeared both on the main ELU site and also here on ELU’s meta. I seek clarification on the following questions three: What ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

On deleting low quality single-word-request answers established the consensus that single line answers (SLAs) to single word requests (SWRs) shall be deleted, however the highest-voted answer argues ...
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Should we do anything about people answering with Google Trends?

I just read a couple of answers on the same question where both users used Google Trends as evidence of word/phrase usage. The problem is that Google Trends shows search trends, not usage trends. ...
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Confusion of purpose due to implied contradiction?

I decided to try and understand the purpose of this site better, so I looked at the definition on the tour page: English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for ...
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Are we not doing a good job in closing questions that should not suit EL&U?

In the past days, a question has been deleted by a diamond user (not one of our moderators), and some questions have been closed as off-topic because of something that was added to the FAQ (again, not ...
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Are interpretations of song lyrics, poems or other creative works on-topic?

Examples (feel free to edit in more): What/who are “toy soldiers”? What do these confusing lyrics mean? What's the deep meaning in the lyrics of “Heavy Traffic” by Elton John? Some questions about ...
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How trustworthy is WordNet?

I was browsing old questions and answers and bumped into an odd scenario: Can “paper bag” mean any bag?. An excerpt from the accepted answer: Almost all on-line dictionaries define paper bag as: ...
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As a newcomer I would like to say Thank You

It is immediately evident that ELU runs as well as it does, is as informative as it is and stays as courteous as it does because of the hidden contribution that goes on, constantly, behind the scenes. ...

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