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Over-zealous anti-pleasantries algorithm

The workaround to your issue is to write a complete, stand-alone answer which does not start with "Dear Prof Smith" or something similar. Your answer as it currently stands does that, with ...
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Suspension from one chat has suspended me from this chat. How can that be?

Chat suspensions are server wide. If you have a chat suspension on chat.stackexchange.com it covers all the rooms on the server, regardless of what site the room is associated/parented with. There's ...
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Why could a 2 reputation user complete a review exercise?

Because it was a review of a suggested edit on their own post, something the post's owner has a binding vote on.
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Why can't I '@' people at the start of comments?

You can't use @ at the start of a comment when you are addressing the post owner and there is no ambiguity about who the comment might be addressed to. The post owner gets notified of all comments ...
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Why is my reputation getting smaller?

There is no automatic rep loss when you reach a certain rep. There is no rep loss when you get flags declined. You did receive 2 downvotes today (23/1/18) as seen on your reputation history. Perhaps ...
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Suspension from one chat has suspended me from this chat. How can that be?

I'm a diamond moderator from another site, the only reason I'm responding is because I saw this post in the live feed of posts I was watching and decided to respond. (I have no knowledge of why or ...
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Is it possible that some action or someone altered my history?

For the sake of your sanity, I can confirm that you really did use the Unclear what you’re asking close-vote reason. You should be able to see your own close-vote history via this personal link, but ...
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Just doubled up on gold Steward badges... badging bug?

The rules are being changed; you're getting one Steward badge for every 1,000 reviews in a queue. See this comment by Stack Exchange staff member @animuson: There's supposedly an announcement about ...
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Suspension from one chat has suspended me from this chat. How can that be?

I've actually been in a similar situation to you, many years ago. The relation between main sites and chat, especially in regard to suspensions, can be frustrating sometimes. So I sympathise with your ...
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Are we no longer allowed to recommend migration to ELL in closing?

To be migrated, a question must be: The question must have been originally posted on our site. It cannot have already been migrated to our site. If it was already migrated hither, then we cannot ...
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Where did my custom avatar go?

Your image's address is https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/08e5993e7842278d5a35f526c6a285e2?s=32&d=identicon&r=PG, so your image was uploaded via Gravatar. The problem is not new; it started ...
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Why doesn't a letter show up when enclosed in < and >?

The system is interpreting <v> as an HTML tag, and therefore it's not shown. Not all HTML tags are supported, but e.g. <b>, to make things bold, works: <b>test</b> produces ...
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are the times on questions deliberately or accidentally imprecise?

According to Shog9, "last seen" is only updated every 15 minutes and thus is not as accurate as other timestamps (e.g. post and comment timestamps): The "last seen" date is only ...
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The Incredible Shrinking ELU Banner

This is a file path issue that's happening unintentionally while we prepare new theming assets. It'll be taken care of first thing tomorrow.
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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I've looked at your recently deleted posts and there's very few that were deleted as spam or abusive - in general, you average about 1-2 per day from what I can tell, which isn't a lot, and far fewer ...
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Six votes recommending deletion, but not deleted

It's because it had a net positive score at the time that six recommends were racked up. There's a notice on it. Eventually if the user doesn't return pretty soon and fix it up, it will probably be ...
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Bug in the late answer queue?

Answers by users with reputation of less than 50 rep go through the late answers queue if the question is 30+ days old. The late answers queue was only implemented in 2012, and initially the rep ...
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Users' Lost Avatars

An MSE question from 20 August identified this as a problem with Gravatar. It's not a Stack Exchange problem: their provider is experiencing difficulties. There is nothing stopping you generating ...
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Cannot close, suggesting a better site? Only meta available

It's not a bug; this is by design. Beta sites aren't presented as targets, which puts both Writers and ELL out of the frame, at the moment. The alternative is to flag the question. But actually, the ...
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Pretty boxes not rendering correctly

This issue has been corrected. Sorry for inconvenience.
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Have any ELU users experienced a recent large loss of rep explained as "User Removed"?

The “oddness” which the OP speaks of is network-wide On Workplace.SE someone asked: Have lots of Users been Removed recently? dated May 19 2019 In the past few days, I've seen a few notifications ...
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Why am I not able to receive the "Curious" badge?

You may have also posted some other poor questions (downvoted, deleted) leading to not having a positive question record. The formula for one's question record is given in this quote from Meta: A ...
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Related tags don't have thousands separators

Yes, for consistency, these numbers should also use thousands separators. As the main SE language is English, even for sites about other languages such Russian, then a comma should be used as the ...
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Badges that were supposed to be awarded

The Curious badge is awarded only when two separate criteria are both met: Asking a question that is open, not deleted and positively scored on 5 separate days Having a positive question record, ...
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Comment Everywhere at 49 Reputation bug?

You probably down-voted answers right after you reached 50 points, or you got some of your posts down-voted. Once the system notifies you about a new privilege, there isn't any way to remove the ...
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Why are all the questions about money?

It's not the top questions, it's active questions. Tag edits bump questions. See Call to action: Let's tidy up the currency tag
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Let's update some links

Good catch. I have updated the two close reasons that needed it. As it's a Friday night and it takes two moderators to change a close reason, it may be a few hours before the updates go "live".
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CSS Color Weirdness

The reason is that the .post-text class, to which the "real" post belongs, has a :visited pseudo-class for links which alters their colour. When you are editing, the edited text appears in a div of ...
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