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Why was the question "Go Missing At In" deleted?

I notice that the question "Go Missing At In" was deleted by a mod ~20 minutes after being posted. Why was this done? Shouldn't it have been closed first? Edit: Now we appear to have a dupe.
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Context, context, con-text

There was once a man who was renowned as one who knew English very well. And it wasn't just idle hear-say either, he definitely had earned the reputation. People would come from all over the country ...
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CW Tags: need for them?

In this question, the question of having a CW tag so that community wikis can easily be browsed through cropped up. Could this be implemented?
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Should the following question have a proper answer?

I am re-editing this post hoping to convey the sense of my request: This recent question has been closed as a duplicate but IMO the issue appears to be still open and needs a more definitive answer....
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Would like to reopen and offer bounty for this question

sentence pattern clarification This question has two conflicting answers. When I read each answer by itself, I think it sounds right and good and convincing. Neither one provides documentation to ...
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Can we have regular site cleanups (weekly/monthly, etc.)?

I post this meta because the mod I discussed this with to told me to. There's this "The Great Retagging Event" on Chemistry Meta, where they hunt and retag a bunch of questions within a ...
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What should I do about the comments on this answer?

What would you prefer I do about the comment that's repeatedly being applied to this answer? People keep making the same comment, I object to the comment and/or warn against using the phrase being ...
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What to do with people who just don't listen

I don't have the rep to close questions or shut people down, but perhaps one day I will have. Mari-Lou, bless her, just told me not to feed a troll. Now, I have encountered some of the wickedest ...
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System is blocking acount deletion

I would like to delete my account permanently. It seems your system is deliberately making account deletion a difficult task (to say the least). I appreciate your prompt attention to deletion of my ...
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English language and usage?

English Language & Usage OR English Language & its Usage I think its should be there.. What do you think masters of English language?
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Should up/down voting be disabled on closed questions?

Not to be confused with How do votes work on closed questions? This isn't a question of what the current rules are, but rather a request to consider if it should be this way. Admittedly, I thought of ...
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Change the CSS style for code samples on EL&U

Code samples are largely irrelevant on EL&U (not to mention they starkly contrast with the style/theme of the site), but the specific formatting they provide is not useless. There are two primary ...
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Is it a flaw that you can still downvote with effect on the reputation when the question was closed already?

Yesterday I asked a question which was downvoted and subsequently closed - Fair enough: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/38379/difference-between-classic-classical-and-classy. What is not ...
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How did a 1 rep user post a comment?

How did this 1 rep user (Phillip Mitchell) who has asked no questions and posted no answers manage to post a comment? Opposite of benefit of the doubt? Is this a bug?
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This is what we mean by problems with the climate*

The question What is the wife of a henpecked husband called?, asked five hours ago as I write this, has currently generated a list of highly gendered pejoratives, from shrew to cow, with virtually1 no ...
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We cannot ask questions about parallelism?

This question, in my opinion, seems to be concerned with parallelism. I would definitely consider parallelism as part of grammar. The comments are being needlessly specific. First of all, I don't ...
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Duplicates - A stronger test for duplicate closure

There are hordes of dubiously labeled duplicates on this site. Many tie questions with titles that are so diverse that there is no way a person looking for one the Qs would ever search for the wording ...
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Is it ethical / tolerated to cancel, edit and repost an answer

Two weeks ago I was first to answer a question but I admit in a very concise way (I was new here). The next days I found out that my answer was removed, and in its place there was basically the same ...
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Why has my rep dropped 100 points in one day and what can I do to fix it or

... at least keep it from dropping even further? That's it, basically. Why, and what, and how?
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Please undelete and reopen “Recover against” vs. “recover from”

I've since emended the question; 'commonly-available references' don't answer it. Why was it closed and deleted? This was closed and deleted by members of the community. Maybe different members have a ...
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A non-doctrinal question

A recent question on ELU Link here: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Name is singular. Does it mean that Father ...
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Should a question be closed as a duplicate of a question which only has limited interest?

I asked a question which was similar to one posed a while back. That question was closed because it was deemed to be of only limited interest. I noted that I was aware of the original. Who decides ...
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How to change profile picture?

This is my first question on the meta site and I have absolutely no idea if this would be acceptable to the community. But still, here goes. To change my profile picture, I click "edit" on my profile ...
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Is "Is having sex a hobby?" on-topic? [Undeleted]

Reason I deleted this question: I didn't want to help the question attract other reopen votes as it was closed right after I posted this question. I was also disappointed at the initial comments as ...
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Folklore or official policy?

At this question: Usage of "do not " vs "does not", I saw the following in a comment: As Reg Dwight has said, '[W]e write stuff in comments that is too obvious to qualify for an ...
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Off topic? Future tense versus Future perfect

The Question Future tense and future perfect tense [closed] was marked as off-topic. Admittedly, no sufficient followup for clarification was presented, but I wanted to ask (or at least find an ...
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Why is my question being downvoted without even an explanation?

Why is this question of getting downvoted? Looking at the FAQ, this is at least an etymology question. I was very careful not to ask anything useless or against policy here. Is it off topic here, to ...
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Why this question was closed?

Does the word "government" in English mean the courts as well? I could not find an answer in online dictionaries. Why it is considered general reference?
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The phrase "The reason for starting the bounty:" is needed

I think the phrase "The reason for starting the bounty:" is needed right before that reason is stated whenever anyone starts the bounty. Take a look here - when I was starting the bounty it really ...
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Offensive and vulgar tags -- merge

We have tags [offensive-language] and [vulgarity]. The former has synonyms including [vulgar]. I've suggested that [vulgarity] should be a synonym for [offensive language].
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Other ways to share information on ELU

This "evil spelling test" question was closed as not constructive. But the question brought up matters of interest to some people who frequent this site (English spelling, spelling in context), and ...
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After 2 un-up-votes, rep shows +5 too high in one place (originally ->(Notification of privileges to up vote and flag, but reputation too low!))

Updated Bug/Question: See these two images: e.se/rep...-> and view of 'accounts' on my profile page -- @ meta.e.se only --: --> Edit:I guess I better add this image too, so you guys aren't ...
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One of our moderators has not logged in since Oct. 23, 2015

I just happened to find this and my questions are: Has this moderator been removed from ELU moderatorship automatically in accordance with the absentee policy? Any moderator who is not active on ...
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veiled racist question (2nd part) [duplicate]

My original question was possibly badly-worded. I do not know how to make it better except to post a new question. If I could, I would delete it, but there are now too many answers to do that. I am ...
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Proposals: EL&U needs more users to improve questions by editing and some ideas to achieve this

I'm presenting this in numbered sections so that people can respond specifically to what they agree or disagree with (please leave a comment such as "Disagree with Proposal 2" or "Agree with Proposal ...
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Closing of 'career vs carrier'

The question 'career vs carrier' was closed as general reference. Though a reference would show that they are pronounced the same, I don't know of any reference that shows that they are pronounced ...
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The simplest answer to the stupidest question never fails to get the most points (still). Why?

I'm not going do adduce any here because that would only distract folks from focusing on the problem. Which is as follows: Well-researched, well-thought out, well-referenced answers to complex and ...
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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

Yeah... we should. Why not? I've been on a spree of downvoting off-topic and very low quality questions (LQQs), so I was expecting to see my reputation drop but it didn't. I also downvoted six ...
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Moderators removing valuable comments

In particular I am concerned about the comments on (removed). Some of the comments pointed out that the answer was off base. The number of comments grew quite lengthy and so a moderator ...
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Should we allow 'semi-translation' questions?

I like to be as lenient as possible in allowing questions on EL&U - it should, after all, help as many people as much as possible to speak English (I assume I'm speaking for all when saying that). ...
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I find this answer is irrelevant to my questions

I have asked this [question] (Is there a word which describes something being both beautiful and ugly at the same time?) on Stack Exchange English and I suspect the user Kris is receiving upvote ...
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Should we discourage the use of argot such as AmE, BrE, ELU, ...?

[With Addendum] Should we discourage the use of argot such as AmE and BrE—even ELU—[added:] in answers to nonspecialists' questions at ELU? Most visitors who find answers here come from ...
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error detection of sentences

I have one book, high school English, without answers. I'm not able to confirm completely by myself. Can I put them here to check the answer? And I'll adhere my answer and comprehension to that. If ...
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Why was this question about discussion of grammar and programming closed?

Is there a forum or discussion group to discuss programmatically editing English grammar and spelling in texts? This is a perfectly good question that can be very specifically answered. It asks about ...
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Single vs Double Quotations

Should we correct punctuation use where people incorrectly use single/double quotations? I frequently am seeing the following quotation rule used incorrectly: In Canadian and American style, use ...
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Ethnic slur in question: what's the procedure?

A question with the following title appeared on the main site yesterday: meaning of "giddy-up" As innocent as that sounds, a quotation used in that question contains harsh language (namely ...
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Close reason. Unclear

My meta-question is about this question Please pardon me for any mistake and kindly correct me. I believe Unclear is synonymous with Vague. I do not understand how is my question vague. Am I not ...
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Why has this question been put on hold as 'off topic?'

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/387381/single-word-or-phrase-synonymous-with-single-word-request My recent question for a single word or phrase that can replace 'single word' as in "what ...
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Are textspeak abbreviations acceptable in answers?

A recent question of mine, How is TLDR used? led to the suggestion that a discussion of the acceptability of such abbreviations in EL&U answers was really a meta question, so I am raising it here. ...
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Serial downvotes

Someone has downvoted each of my questions just now, I don't know why. Each had one upvote, now zero. There aren't many, but I'd appreciate it if the culprit's actions would be reversed anyway. Can ...

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