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Your question was quite interesting! People liked it: it attracted 4 upvotes, along with a detailed, upvoted answer from a reputable user. You should definitely not feel any embarrassment or shame that it was closed¹; you didn't ask a bad question, you simply asked a question that we (as a community, and as a site with a specific set of aims) are not ...


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I've been participating in this site for little over one month, and I keep visiting it every day because I like the idea of contributing to this cultural exchange (I'm actually learning a lot of interesting things, given that I'm not a native speaker). However, I must say that I share some of the uneasiness which the previous posts describe. I've asked ...


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I have compiled the stats for the 45 most recently closed questions (because that's how far back the "Recently Closed" queue in the 10k tools goes). Specifically, that's questions with the following IDs (ordered by timestamp of closure, from most recent to two days ago): 94472, 94491, 91950, 94486, 94517, 94514, 94519, 94523, 90877, 94507, 94494, 94529, ...


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These are the ten newest questions that have been closed: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/51316/what-is-the-origin-of-the-word-visa It's a basic etymology question, and consulting a dictionary will find you the answer. I feel it's akin to asking "What is 14*192?" on the Mathematics site; should we really be answering such a simple question that ...


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I've only been active on this site for a few weeks, but I've gotten the same general impression that the poster here has: The active members seem a little over-zealous in closing questions. I can certainly understand closing blatantly off-topic questions. If someone asks "Who was prime minister during World War I?" or "Who is your favorite rap singer?", ...


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I didn't know there was a US/UK difference on this until the question came up and I looked into it. And so far as I'm concerned, I really did have to "look into it". My first minute on Google failed to turn up anything definitive (like OP, I saw nothing obvious in the link given by the first closevoter). First I had to establish the (to me as a Brit, ...


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Why the question was judged unsuitable for this site This question did not meet the criteria for single word requests, and the original poster never edited it or returned to it in the approximately five days since it was closed (closed Aug 18 at 13:59, deleted Aug 24 at 1:58). The question, stripped of fluff, basically consists of this: Is there a word ...


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Like you, I stumbled on this site by accident. My own first interactions were less than felicitous: I was chastized (rightly, as I see it now) for a sloppy answer, and never officially "on-boarded". I actually have left off using the site twice for extended periods for personal pique over other matters. In spite of difficult beginnings, I persevered, and I ...


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I'm a reader and a rare asker, not an answerer, so basically I'm one of those "eternal newbie" types. I feel the problem that you brought up is pertinent to any Stackexchange subforum, not this one exclusively. A while back I had to leave the financial subforum for a similar reason... I naively came in with a succinct question about making an anonymous ...


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Common ground I originally commented this: You could ask on Writers, but I don't think you necessarily need to ask on StackExchange at all. This is covered by the general references on rhetorical devices. The famous Silva Rhetoricae has this to say: repetition of the same letter or sound within nearby words. Similarly, LiteraryDevices.net: It is a ...


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Too broad does not necessarily mean you, the OP, are asking for more than one answer. It is saying that there are too many possible solutions, the fact the OP accepted "atom", which had nothing whatsoever to do with the term "shit" kind of proved it. The OP's question is specific, clear, well formulated, and it shows research but it is too broad and invites ...


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Here's my take on what happened this week: For whatever reason, EL&U was hit with a lot of inferior questions, all in a matter of a couple of days. Many regulars in the community, somewhat irked by a flood of poor questions, responded with a flurry of downvotes. Many onlookers and askers, taken aback by the outbreak of downvotes, came to meta, to wonder ...


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Why on earth should closure have anything at all to do with the number of votes? "This question shows research effort: it is useful and clear" is entirely orthogonal to "This question does not belong on this site, as defined in the faq" or "This is not a good fit for our Q&A format", let alone "This is an exact duplicate" or "This is too localised".


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Yeah, someone should have simply answered the OP's question. It would most likely take only a minute or two. It would take less time to answer the question than to go around searching for an exact "duplicate"; also the OP wouldn't then have to pore over the "duplicate" thread(s) in an attempt to construct an answer to the original question. On EL&U, ...


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I haven't got a lot of time to argue for someone else's question but I really can't understand why a question that's gained almost 2000 views in a day and has a useful answer and an informative comment, has been closed as general reference. Simply because looking up the word "shot" in a dictionary would have answered the question: shot — 6. a small ...


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The question is unclear because you have done some research and come up with an answer, and have not advanced any cogent reason why what you found is unacceptable. Thus you have answered your own question, and it's not clear what more is needed. If what you found is unacceptable because you have identified your own research as not meeting your high ...


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In the interest of discussing facts rather than speculation, here's some recent data on posts and votes: As you can see, there has been a slight increase in down-voting recently, following shortly after a small jump in questions posted. This would seem to jibe with J.R.'s observation of a short burst of poor-quality questions.


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I'm a mod at Writers.SE. Requests for words and phrases used to be on topic here on EL&U; I'm not certain what the precise current status is on these, but Against single word requests and Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity express the problematic nature of these questions, and (this is my impression on skimming these topics......


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Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests. (emphasis mine) You don't include information on how it will be used. Please also refer to the linked page (About single word requests) for more information.


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The reason given in the closure message can be fairly arbitrary. It's the majority reason. That doesn't necessarily mean that three out of five voted for it, though. There could be 2+1+1 votes for three different reasons. If the last vote is for reason A, then the voting is 3+1+1 and reason A is given in the box; if it's for reason B, then the voting is 2+2+...


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I asked a question about how to request a historical lock for old but seemingly popular questions that don't meet current site standards for preliminary research (or some other criterion) here: How can users nominate old, popular questions for exemption from closure as being of 'historical value'? Since I stated explicitly there that my preference ...


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The question "I am [who/whom] G-d made me" should be reopened. It's about "prescriptive" grammar, so the answer is not intuitively obvious. The example sentence combines two environments that are notorious for causing trouble: the case of the relative pronoun who/whom and case after a form of the copula. The question also touches on several interesting ...


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There is precedent for questions about emoticons. Some of these questions have been well-received, others not so much. I don't think it's wise to have a blanket policy for all emoticon questions; instead, it would be better to evaluate each question on its own, based on the query itself, along with how well it is written, researched, organized, and ...


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This is the most brilliant timing I have ever seen. As it happens, we can merge duplicate questions, and I saw a flag requesting this just before seeing this Meta post. So the questions have been merged and this specific case has been addressed. As for the more general case, we probably should be merging more duplicate questions that have answers. If you ...


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I think both questions would have a happy home on ELL. But since I can't move to migrate them to there, I instead err on the side of 'openness' and vote to reopen persay rather than close pique.


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The only thing I can tell you for sure is that five community members closed it as off-topic. No mods were involved. If even one of them suggested it be sent to Writers, the system would have automagically done that as soon as it closed. I don't know why one of our members thought it would be a good fit there. I am also not certain why, of all the word ...


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Having given a sort of drive-by, "Huh?" to the question yesterday, I wanted to support and elaborate on RegDwight's comment: As far as the English language is concerned, the answer to "I need to differentiate between an adult female dog, an adult male dog and a puppy and am searching for polite terms" is not "goose, gander and gosling". It simply isn't. ...


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First off, the “pairs of nouns” you present are not actually pairs of nouns: Type-1 Noun Type-2 Noun ------------ ----------------------- New Yorker lives in New York diabetic person with diabetes author writes books But even within a given column there is no common thread: The second column always has more than one word in ...


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I agree that this question is not general reference. I edited the question because I felt the user needed help understanding the sourcing information that was requested, and that this was generating significant negativity that was unrelated to the content of the question. As it is edited, it might still be improved with more evidence of other similar uses, ...


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Duplicates are not bad. In fact, they're good: There’s often benefit to having multiple subtle variants of a question around, as people tend to ask and search using completely different words, and the better our coverage, the better odds our fellow programmers can find the answer they’re looking for. [...] I wish people wouldn't delete questions with ...


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