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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 an introductory phrase explaining how to write a salutation. The correct salutation would be Dear Prof. Smith, Prof. Johnson, Prof. Lee, and Prof. Chun, (note ...


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The What topics can I ask about here? help center page implies, but does not outright state, that simple & basic questions that can be easily answered by looking them up are off topic: If your question is simple and can probably be easily answered by looking it up, then you may find common online internet resources to be of some help. View our list of ...


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Most of the regular contributors to this site would probably agree with Anton in principle that the newcomers to this site should feel welcome. His post, however, makes a couple of assumptions that are debatable. First, Anton seems to assume that everybody who posts one or two things on this site is eager to learn its customs and become a long-term ...


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Hello, You can put an empty HTML comment at the beginning of the post with <!-- -->. This will suppress the detection of pleasantries. Unfortunately this does require you to add extra stuff yourself and I don't think SE will turn it off for a situation that's probably almost never encountered. But at least the answer won't have extra fluff around it. ...


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Sorry for causing confusion. The appropriate flag for content that is just nonsense is "rude or abusive" because posting nonsense is rude (deliberately unhelpful). Flagging it as "rude or abusive" also helps get it deleted automatically, the same as a spam flag. If you are unsure if someone is either deliberately posting nonsense or ...


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My earliest acquaintance with Tom Dalzell's work involved two books he wrote for Merriam-Webster: Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang (1996) and The Slang of Sin (1998). Both are rather scattershot presentations of their subjects, with little documentation of early print occurrences of the slang terms listed. As a result, I very rarely cite either of ...


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The banners that purport to state the reasons for closing on this site are, more often than not, misleading. This is because (1) the banner displays only one 'reason' from a short menu or standard reasons, which is chosen by some algorithm out of the different reasons that different voters may have picked from the menu, and (2) people often vote on the basis ...


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