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No. Voting is private, although details are logged in the database. Access to the details of that data is restricted to staff. Even if you undertake your own detective work and try to see if your rep changes are matched by rep changes on another user [since downvotes on answers cost you 2 points and the voter 1 point], that's a lot of work and is unreliable —...


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This is part of an effort to elicit genuine answers, meaning ones posted using the answer box where they belong. It seeks to address a particularly pernicious variant of the age-old Fastest Gun in the West problem that afflicts our site. Our variant involves shot-from-the-hip, one-liner comments containing proposed answers. These often hit the site within ...


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On another site I have seen a moderator's template comment along the lines of "Comments that attempt to answer the question have been deleted. To answer the question, please use the Answer Box". Wouldn't this be a better solution than locking a question?


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No. [For the sake of debate, I am adding the comments from user 66974.] You could probably find an answer to your current question among those posted to the older question. The risk is of duplicate and POB issues. Both questions ask for a term or a phrase for a bad year, with a lot of negative events. I don’t see how the older question doesn’t fit the “new”...


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An argument can be made (and I believe that at least one prominent EL&U contributor has made it many times) that the tags used at EL&U are completely useless and a waste of time. If so, focusing on which particular foreign language tag(s) should be dumped is rather like trying to to decide which particular deck chair(s) to throw overboard now that a ...


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My reasoning for not migrating is as you have stated. Mods are advised against migrating questions that are on topic where they currently are and have positively received answers. (Moderators can see this help article on migration, point 1. For some reason SE think the details need to be kept secret.) Thanks to ColleenV for pointing out this meta meta post. ...


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Others have responded to the core of your question, i.e. (how) can you find out who is serially downvoting you. I thought a slightly broader perspective might also be useful. It's worth noting that SE uses algorithms to detect suspicious voting activity, which doesn't just include serial downvoting, but also serial upvoting. The underlying principle is that ...


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Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003) is now eighteen years old, and—as far as I know—Merriam-Webster has no immediate plans to issue an updated Twelfth Collegiate. The gap is striking, since previous editions of the Collegiate series tended to come out at ten-year intervals. Here are the dates of release of the eleven editions of the ...


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In my view, the "history of the origin of words and phrases" wording currently associated with the "etymology" tag does not provide an accurate or helpful description of the sorts of etymology-related questions that pass muster at EL&U. To the contrary, a question that asks primarily about the linguistic history of a word is extremely ...


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My understanding, and use, of tags differs from what is suggested by your question. I apply tags after composing the question, primarily as a means of facilitating the attention of others who might be interested in answering the question, or at least interested in reading it. Your question seems to be primarily an expression of your disinterest in etymology ...


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I was cleaning up incorrectly applied tags, and ended up fixing a few bits of infelicitous wordings here and there as I noticed them along the way. You’re always free to edit whatever you want here, and this is no exception, so if you don’t fancy an edit I’ve made, do whatever you feel you need to do to return it to a state that doesn’t get on your nerves. ...


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New answers should contribute something significant to the existing set of answers, not just a dictionary definition. Comments are more appropriate for offering constructive criticism on how to improve an answer. Editing to add a citation to support an answer could also be appropriate. The author can roll it back or improve upon it if they choose, but some ...


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As can be seen from comments, We can edit the post and correct it. Different users of different backgrounds post here so mistakes are unavoidable. Sometimes the speed of people's posting can be challenging and some mistakes may be overlooked unintentionally. As you yourself point out, common mistakes are unavoidable even for English native speakers, let ...


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The browser cache should usually be suspected in cases like this. Of course, if you're used to programming your own router and everything, you probably don't need the level of detail here, but it may help someone else... If you have another browser installed, you can attempt to get to the chat room with that (you don't have to be signed in on that browser; ...


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I think this meta meta post covers the issue of lists in general. That is, no, lists are not allowed because each answer is equally valid. We used to allow list questions on EL&U so long as they were Community Wiki (see this meta question). I think they've been outlawed due to their subjective nature. The example you've linked to does ask for a list, but ...


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Because I believe that fixating on the expletive there mistakes the forest for the trees. Pretending that 1 and 2 are fundamentally different seems unproductive: From the door came a cry for help. From the door there came a cry for help. This is the door from which came a cry for help. Because of case 3 I’ve reopened it, but the existing answers don’t ...


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This question seems to be based on a misunderstanding of the nature of this site. The OP says 'you write . . .', apparently addressing the community of this site as a whole. The answers on this site are, however, not written by the community as a whole; they are written by individuals. It is the individual whose username appears below the answer that is ...


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Questions about 'correctness', 'acceptability', 'appropriateness', 'preference' (all of which are normative terms) are quite suitable on ELU. They are in the proper (hah) domain of sociolinguistics, which is itself "a branch of linguistics" (OED). Answering such questions well may require great expertise and familiarity with the subject (English ...


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The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) is exactly that, and it can be downloaded in its entirety. (On the landing page, there is a place that says 'Download the corpus (and corpus-based frequency data) for offline use'.) The same website hosts several other corpora of English, e.g. the British National Corpus (BNC), the TIME Magazine Corpus (here)...


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From https://gutenberg.org Website Terms of Use Audience This website is intended for human users only. Any perceived use of automated tools to access this website will result in a temporary or permanent block of your IP address. If you want to download many books (i.e., more than ~100 per day) manually or using an automated download software, download ...


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I sympathize with your dilemma, but please note that our site is user-moderated for the most part. Your question on the main has a couple of issues. It is unclear to the average user on EL&U. (hence the "incoherent" answers) It is too localized for our site and probably not suitable. 3K users cannot vote to migrate except to English Learners....


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Here are two different kinds of resources of which I am sure there are many other instances. If you're looking for something for you yourself to mark words that are new to you, to remember them in a list maybe for language learning, there is the Chrome extensions: Readlang If you add it to your browser, it allows you to click on a word to translate it ...


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