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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 issues, then go ahead and make the edit, including the quotes. If that's the only issue, it's not worth it.


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Account suspension can occur for a variety of reasons. Repeated complaints and flags against a user are amongst those reasons. They are not the only reasons for account suspension. In general, it is considered poor etiquette to call out specific users in posts or comments. If you feel the moderators are not scrutinizing another user closely enough, you can ...


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From my perspective, moderation is only indirectly about teaching people to become good citizens. The goal should be to foster an environment where folks feel free to participate and can enjoy the site. Publicly reprimanding someone is rarely a good way to accomplish that (sometimes it is called for, but not often). If someone just had a bad day or chose ...


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While there is the occasional rude individual, perceived but unintended slight, or even an otherwise polite user acting out of frustration, I suspect that the lion's share of the tension comes from a mismatch between who the site says it's for and who actually turns up to ask questions. Who the tour says EL&U is for: linguists, etymologists, and serious ...


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(I'm not sure that this'll count as an answer. Or even be useful. It's just my ramblings based on the question.) Yep, I totally agree that experienced users commenting can come across as condescending. I know I'm guilty of it - hell, two out of your three example quotes are mine! (That said, I thought I'd done a better job than normal on those of avoiding ...


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It's absolutely fine for you to post an answer regardless of what people have said in comments. If you have a definitive answer that will cover what the OP asked, have at it! The most obvious justification for this is simply: "if the person who posted the comment wanted the chance at upvotes/being selected as the correct answer, they wouldn't have posted ...


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The only reason you should comment on a post is because you see something that needs improving and you want to tell the poster about it. There are plenty of comments that don't fit that description. If the comment is lighthearted banter a moderator will probably leave it alone unless it is flagged. If you think a comment is harmful or noise, please flag it....


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Objectively, what you did seems to be above board. Subjectively, the use of the word "Sadly" in your new question may have been taken to have cast aspersions on the commenter: Sadly, this comment comes without a proper citation, even though it cites "developmental (whatsit)ologists". The primary reason for offense given by the commenter seems to be ...


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There is already a flag reason which mentions closure and migration to ELL, but it may take a little bit of finding. Migration to ELL is a closure reason. It appears in the standard close dialogs which are accessible when you reach a reputation score of 3000. But until then, you can still flag for migration. This last dialog is very similar to the close ...


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For the particular example you give: Allow the OP about 24 hours to respond to your comment; this takes into account differing time zones and the fact that the OP may have a life apart from ELU. Then post your answer, acknowledging the earlier answer and explaining why you are posting your answer. I would like to see a full answer to this question.


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There will be divided opinion on how best to handle this. Some feel that editing the missing info into the OP's answer is spoon-feeding them and not our job. Some feel the appropriate response is to down vote as not useful and move on. Or leave some kind of comment. Your comment is perfect (imo). It's helpful, polite, and encouraging. It indirectly ...


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I've checked your reputation page now, and it appears to me that those serial downvotes are timed mere seconds or minutes apart. The first thing you can do is wait. The system has in place some algorithm that will automatically detect voter fraud and it'll reverse those votes, and you'll get back the lost reputation. If, after waiting for two to three ...


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Commenting is the norm. Yelling isn't. I can see that the yelling got nuked by a fellow mod within less than 15 minutes of it getting posted. While your original comment is still there. That should be a pretty strong indication of what the norm here is.


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Your title here is very misleading. Of course it is ok to quote a comment or part of an answer. What is bad about your LL question is the framing. You're disparaging the contents of the quote. You're coming across like the commenter has done a terrible thing by not providing a reference. All you needed to say was that you're looking for references for ...


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SO could help with setting an expectation of required editing of OP: ?"We understand that if you are confused or stuck it might be hard to word your problem on your first attempt (but please try! (link to how to ask a question) you will get better results)" ?"Most questions will need clarification from you - please be prepared to quickly edit your ...


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This is the first introduction to your pages. Pretty nice, right? Nowhere does it say "Please begin your tour by looking at our standards for answers and questions. Then dive in. You will be encouraged to modify either your questions, or answers, or comments along the way. We hope you find it inviting enough to return and stay awhile." (Can you tell I wrote ...


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It is undeniable that the minimum site expectations of an acceptable answer must be clearly explained to the new member: (1) it should answer the question as asked by OP (2) it should be adequately supported by appropriate references. So we only need create a standard message that says just that and is prefaced by a welcome to ELU. This standard message ...


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You answered it first. But yours lacked depth, details, and formatting, compared to hers. People usually vote up beautifully formatted and detailed answers more. Can't say she copied yours - maybe she did, but there's not enough evidence. Don't go and edit hers.


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As long as the question is also about English, who cares what else it is about? That question sounds fine to me. Only if it is not really about English should it is closed.


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I don't think the question is specifically about manners - it's about whether the phrase "who cares" is off-hand, dismissive, rude, or acceptable. That seems a perfectly reasonable part of "& usage"


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I think it's worse behavior to try to get someone suspended for criticizing your answer. It's fine by me if people are deterred from sharing their views and opinions; that's not what this site is for. It's for sharing answers to questions, and a good answer should be backed up by evidence so that you can be confident that it is correct. If you post an answer ...


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You can't vote (up/down) for your own post. But you still can vote to close, reopen or (un)delete your own posts.


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Use comments to criticise posts, not users. Publicly advising a person can most likely upset them, and the issue is only magnified in the case of online text only exchanges where you do not show your face or body language. If you come across comments that are rude or abusive, just flag them and move on. If there are just one or two isolated incidents, ...


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Write your own answer. You may think your answer is better, and you may be correct. Alternatively, you might be wrong. The other poster may have very good reasons not to include the information that you think should be in there. Writing a more comprehensive answer is just giving a different answer. Do it. If it's better it will be upvoted and this will be a ...


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Another reason could be that, like RaceYouAnytime mentioned, some users downvote answers simply because it's under an off-topic, too-broad, or unclear question, as a means to discourage users from answering them. It's a bad practice, but it does happen.


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Clearly the person you quoted was offended, as I take from this quote from this comment: gaazkam, what you seem to have done there appears very deeply offensive. You need both to rectract it and to apologise and more usefully please, promise the community you will never again do anything like that. More The offended user (I will refrain from naming ...


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In the comments under Andrew Leach's now-deleted answer, you mentioned that you're referring to the following question: Can one correctly hyperbolize the "take with a grain of salt" idiom? One Your deleted answer has the following words, and nothing more. The origin is from the latin "cum grano salis" You claim that another user copied ...


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The purpose of editing is to clarify or otherwise improve a post. Feel free to add citations and attribution when it is clear what the probable sources are (e.g. a direct quote containing many words). The appropriate mechanisms for noting unproven but suspected plagiarism are comments to the suspected plagiariser and, if necessary, flags to moderators. You ...


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I consider this the most important part of the blog post: Too often, someone comes here to ask a question, only to be told that they did it wrong. They get snarky or condescending comments for not explaining what they’ve tried (that didn’t work). They get an answer… but the answerer gets scolded for “encouraging ‘low-quality’ questions.” They get ...


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You did research then come back to find new shitty answer To take a narrow look at your premise that you basically dug up some research and then came back to the question to find a shitty answer I would very likely answer myself. There's two simple reasons for that. Firstly, when the research wasn't that extensive, meaning the answers are likely posted ...


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