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"I'm against this question primarily because of the username and icon"

At the very least, claiming to be against a question primarily because of the poster's display name and profile picture, while also dropping a vote to close the question at the same time, represents a ...
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We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service prohibit such use

The rule is to assume fair use, which allows users to (legally) post quotes without permission from the copyright holder. If it's not really fair use (and I think it is, as part of a scholarly work), ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

There are two distinct, although related, questions here: (1) Is the show-research reason for closing used too much, and, if so, how should its use be limited; (2) Should that reason (perhaps narrowed ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

Dictionaries don't necessarily answer super basic grammar questions, so the new close-reason wouldn't easily apply to those types of 'too-easy' questions. Are we just going to migrate all of those? ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I created What resources do I need to consult before asking a question? and while that might not be the final revision of that post, I think it's good enough to move forward with the rest of this. ...
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'Answerable by a dictionary' unsuitable for grammar questions

I agree that questions about grammar, syntax and part of speech are not going to be easily answered by online dictionary sources. What is the best way to clarify this? Do you support editing the close ...
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We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service prohibit such use

The problem is link rot: if you only link and not quote, your answer will become useless once the site changes its structure, which the commercial sites always do. "Terms of service" are not ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

As my name was invoked regarding drafting text for the close modal and post notices, I thought I might offer some guidance in addition to what y'all have already discussed. What's presented below is ...
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How can it be true that this site works by popular vote when no one can vote until they get to a certain reputation?

If you think something isn't accurate, write an answer which is. Currently to cast a downvote here you need to have a score of 125 reputation points on this site. You get those points by making a ...
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What's off-topic about the question regarding the history of a slur?

The question itself was (somehow) reopened by a third set of regular users, hopefully setting the matter, but here are my thoughts as to why it should be kept open. First, I think you're spot-on that ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

As I understand it, the mods intentionally switched to the new "answered by a dictionary" close reason to prevent "easy" questions about grammar from getting closed. See the thread ...
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Why was this question downvoted and who downvoted it?

By design, voting is always anonymous around here. You do not gain the ability to see how someone voted by accumulating more reputation.
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Are we being encouraged to answer very old questions, or are they just being made more visually pleasing?

Posts are edited for a number of reasons, but all edits must make the post better, especially when it's a post that's not currently on the "active homepage" since space there is limited and ...
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How to find particular topics in CGEL?

The CGEL is a huge book and has a correspondingly large index. The topic of gaps, for example, is covered in over twenty different places, in various chapters. The CGEL's terminology differs in many ...
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"I'm against this question primarily because of the username and icon"

I want to address the last part of your question, which was about how we handle questions from non-native speakers. ELU offers gets questions that are quite obviously (based on their content or ...
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Problem with the "Closed" message?

Six months ago, an official MSE post was released where they explained some proposed changes to the closure notices. Though I'm not sure when these new messages will be implemented, the part you've ...
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Why do my questions on the etymology of idioms get closed, yet this one was accepted?: What is the origin of "out of sight" or "outa sight" i?

No question of yours asked on our main site has been “pulled” — whatever you meant by that. Certainly not even one has yet been deleted. You have to date asked exactly three questions on English ...
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Is posting a word game accepted?

A decade+ later, I think very few people on this site would agree with the 'yes' in the (since deleted) accepted answer. Though the tag word-games has 21 questions, very few of the un-closed, un-...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I wholeheartedly support this observation and the proposed change. It should be noted that this is very close to how that very closing-reason was originally devised here, as General Reference. ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

That the answerable-by-a-dictionary reason for closing does not cover even the most basic matters of grammar was pointed out by Heartspring less than an hour after Laurel first proposed its ...
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Is requesting a English word or saying back to its native language on-topic?

Yes, asking for a translation to English is entirely on-topic. But two things should usually be done to prevent it being closed or migrated (these reasons are not actually about translation but ...
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We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service prohibit such use

Technically, you may be right. Practically, legal questions are decided in court, and it's unlikely anyone will be taken to court over this. Morally, each user can make a personal judgement whether it ...
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What can I do to improve my questions that my questions will be accepted again (regrettably I have got the question ban)?

As it says in the MSE FAQ I previously linked for you: To help prevent you from encountering a ban, the system will give you a warning if you are on the road to a ban, and may temporarily prevent you ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I also wholeheartedly support this change. I think that the high closure rates can make ELU appear hostile or unhelpful for new users. "Difficulty" per se is a completely arbitrary and ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

In one of your suggested CV reasons (I guess it would be "usage guidance"?), you included this text: Make sure a link to that dictionary has been provided in the comments before closing. I ...
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What differences are between the American Heritage Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language?

Going by Amazon's descriptions: The American Heritage Dictionary: Fifth Edition is 70,000 entries and 960 pages, a "concise" version The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language,...
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Is the "second" ("secondary") definition any less the definition than the first one? What do you call this?

In most dictionaries, the closer a definition is to the top of the entry, the more common it is in usage (or at least according to the opinions of the editors). However, this is not the case with the ...
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What books about English grammar are the standard for linguists and what for non-linguists?

@alphabet's answer covers professional grammars. The problem with the other category ("people who are neither linguists nor linguistics students") is that there are no "standard" ...
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What books about English grammar are the standard for linguists and what for non-linguists?

For linguistics-oriented texts, most people here seem to be fans of Huddleston & Pullum (2002), McCawley (2nd ed., 1998), or Quirk et al. (1985). Expect a vigorous debate in the comments section ...
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Why was my question locked after edition?

I merely locked it against comments. I did this because, per usual, within a few moments of the question’s appearance people had already begun answering in comments, something which is not allowed ...
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