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The site tour's assertion that "we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about English language and usage" is clearly not the aspiration of the actual site, as we users administer it. The split between theory and practice is largely a consequence of the unreasonableness of the goal of "answering every question about ...


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The change was announced November 13, 2019 and it took a couple of days for everything to sync up. But that was still weeks ago, so I guess you just didn't notice. The change was retroactive, so it's like upvotes on questions were always worth 10 points. Therefore, there's no sudden jump in anyone's reputation graph. Take Yoichi Oishi, for example (who ...


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As long as the answer is clear about what it is, I don't see a problem. If you see an answer saying it shows usage, I'd suggest editing it to say it shows "searches (which may be indicative of usage)". If the answerer objects and reverts, then downvote and comment.


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“Yes you’re right” isn’t a good answer but “yes you’re right and here’s some evidence...” usually is. There’s almost always a way to get evidence for an answer, be it etymology/history, ngram statistics, or expert opinions. (The exact course of action, of course, depends on the specific question.)


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It's not really clear to me if the question is asking about "standard" spoken English or any dialect of English. From the context of the question, it looks like the OP is not a native speaker, so I'd assume the first. But either way, the African American Vernacular English question is not a good duplicate: Standard English: It doesn't give an answer for ...


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Some of the BYU corpora are web corpora. And the best part is that it's freee! iWeb: The Intelligent Web-based Corpus "14 billion words from the Web" News on the Web (NOW) "8.7 billion, Web news, 2010-last month" Global Web-Based English (GloWbE) "1.9 billion, Web, 20 countries" Wikipedia Corpus "1.9 billion, Wikipedia" Corpus of Online Registers of ...


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Just so this post won't be bumped by Stack Exchange for the third and miserable time. I'll post an answer and accept it. We can't fix it if we don't know what y'all would consider an improvement. We could redesign it a dozen times and you still wouldn't be happy... but if y'all think of something you like, we can make a design that uses what you like and ...


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Perhaps it's not a duplicate, but it's not clear to me how your question could reasonably be answered. A priori, any word can undergo a semantic shift to any meaning. As far as I know, there are no known "laws of physics" that would prevent any particular word from undergoing any particular shift. But since you're asking "how can the word 'obligation' shift ...


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I never appreciated the mantra of @Dan Bron: "Rep points are imaginary" until now. Until this change, especially the retroactive part, I took pleasure in seeing rep grow, like a healthy flowering plant. Now, it has become utterly meaningless -- a plastic flower. And the timing of the change feels, rightly or wrongly, clumsy. To directly address the OP'...


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(1) The need for subject-auxiliary inversion in standard English in sentences like "Why are you laughing" (a) has been well covered before on ELU and (b) is quite possibly of ELL rather than ELU standard. (2) The question about the overall acceptability of question forms such as "Why you're laughing?" must hinge upon the register under consideration. ...


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No. This change has been in the works since August (according to the date of the initial spec) and we'd been considering it for several months before that. Personally I've been hoping for this change for years. (And I'm not the only one.) According to the first version of the communications plan, the change was planned for Oct. 29, but it was delayed until ...


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No, the recent return to the original scheme of awarding ten points per upvote to question and answer alike wasn’t done in reaction to anything that recent. I don’t know exact timelines, but based on communications from the community management team to network moderators, the company had been thinking about doing this for a good while now. That means it ...


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An obvious requisite step for all reasonable parties to gain understanding about this kerfuffle is to hear Monica’s side of the story. This podcast interview ala Tyler’s Tech, in which Monica is given full reign to explain what happened, is excellent.


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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 owners of a particular network, remember that old saying that "money talks". Visit the donor page(s) of persons who have been treated poorly and open your ...


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