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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

Just because I want to be the first to say it. Me no likey :( The original EL&U theme used to be beautiful. In 2010, the site's designer explained “Alex and I agreed on the design direction for ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

See al­so these re­lat­ed and some­what more pa­tient MSE posts of mine: Why do some parts of the stan­dard theme use dif­fer­ent fonts than the rest of the site? Un­chang­ing font size, lead­ing, ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

The contrast here on the "load new answers" bit is completely unreadable: There are plenty of tools out there that tell you whether the contrast is tolerable or not. Please use them, because this ...
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How reliable is Google Ngram?

Google Ngrams has problems for ELU questions: it is not speech, which is often the unspoken context of questions, even though we only research things through print. it is not the web, which has more ...
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Answers in comments

Option 3: Answers may be made in comments where the question is off-topic but we still wish to help the asker. This seems to be standard practice; we try to be helpful.
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Is 'damn' offensive?

I understand why keeping the site from being offensive is important policy and good practice. However, I don't believe censoring the word "damn" accomplishes anything besides muddling titles and ...
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Why I'm absent for a little while

Kit, we wish you all the very best of luck. In this site you are a most essential part. Take your time, and hang in there until you're well. Zeal in modding must now wait - your health comes ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

I flagged it. I'm a woman of color (but not Black), and find the use of this example offensive and, in particular, unwelcoming. Americans do NOT use "colored" in the twenty-first century, and we don'...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Welcome to our new moderators! Farewell to simchona and thank you for your service! And finally, a big thank you to all the candidates. It is a scary thing to put yourself out there like that and ...
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Regrets of a youth misspent

I tried to think of what the risks and benefits of editing old answers would be. Risks Someone might judge the modified answer and Downvote. Someone might believe the edit was self-promotional. ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

The problem for Lou Reed was, "people of color" just didn't scan. Apart from "the N word," the casual use of which should always be discouraged, the way to refer to African-Americans has changed over ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

A number of site participants feel that one major problem at EL&U is that bad questions remain open too long and take too much effort to close; some of these participants have argued in favor of ...
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Is it unethical for a user who has answered a question to post a negative comment on somebody else's answer?

Is it unethical for any user to post a derogatory, belittling negative comment? Yes. Let's be clear about what we're taking about. "Derogatory" or belittling comments are never OK, whether you've ...
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Why I'm absent for a little while

It's not right that Kit should miss the Hat Dash. I think this "hat" expresses how we all feel about you:
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The antithesis of a serious problem: What do you do when you have hit 200 daily rep with hours to go, and have a good answer to a new question?

If you wait with what you consider to be a good answer, someone else might beat you to it. You'll then be posting a duplicate answer, which is Not A Good Thing To Do. Don't forget that although you ...
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English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing!

status-planned There's a weird problem causing the offset letters in the banner. It's being looked at but will be fixed (on all of the sites getting hit by it). The status completed tag on tchrist's ...
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Is this type of spammy Q&A permitted here?

In this case, the links contain more than just a link: ?utm_medium=stackexchange&utm_source=dd&utm_campaign=hqbl&utm_content=attestation UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module utm_source:...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

A perennial issue at EL&U is whether the site is unfriendly toward low-rep users and especially newcomers. Do you view clubbishness or hostility/rudeness toward recent arrivals at EL&U as a ...
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Support for Monica Cellio

Since this question has not been closed or deleted, I'll offer an answer. While visibility of the problem is (kinda) important, if you really want to support persons who have been treated poorly by ...
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Why aren’t my questions being answered

I'll try and help by reviewing some of your questions and pointing out what might be putting people off from answering them. Let's start with Why are most interjections a variation of God/Jesus’ name?...
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Should Scots language questions be considered in the English language community?

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the status of the Scots language with respect to English: Because there are no universally accepted criteria for distinguishing languages from dialects, ...
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Is changing quotation marks from German style to English style a constructive edit?

In and of itself, yes it is constructive. The "German" quotation mark style is not used in any version of English that I know of. However, it's not a substantive edit. If there are other formatting ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

tchrist A number of site participants feel that one major problem at EL&U is that bad questions remain open too long and take too much effort to close; some of these participants have ...
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Is SE enforcing "no answers in comments"?

There is no new initiative to eliminate answers in comment. They have always been discouraged. The purpose of Stack Exchange is to get expert, peer-reviewed answers to good questions out on search ...
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Is using "colored girls" as an incidental example offensive or unwelcoming?

If you get feedback that someone finds an example you used offensive, and the bit they find offensive isn’t crucial to your answer, you should find another example. For every person that feels ...
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If the question is worth answering, it is worth upvoting

If the question is worth answering, it is worth upvoting No. The upvote has specific meaning attached, shown in a tooltip: This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear Any voter ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

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Is "english stackexchange" full of downvoting trolls?

English Language & Usage attracts many different types of participants, including hundreds of regular and semi-regular contributors who have accumulated enough reputation to be entitled to upvote ...
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How can I rekindle interest in an old question?

Don't be duped No, you can't ask it again. It will just be closed as a dupe. The first rule to remember is that, in general, there is no guarantee you'll get an answer to a question, here or ...
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How does this website earn money?

Advertisements Advertisers can "purchase a campaign" to run relevant advertising on certain sites. This page (also here) lists all the sites included: In addition, ads now run on all main Stack ...
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