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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

Yes, but not for trusted users the 'old hands' This ban should only be implemented for new users. I suggest that users with the Established User Close/Reopen privilege should not be limited, in the ...
marcellothearcane's user avatar
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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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

No, we should not adopt this proposal! Vote this answer up if you think the proposal should not be adopted. If you disagree, upvote the corresponding aye-answer. (Feel free to add your own answer ...
tchrist's user avatar
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Commenting to editors

You actually can already do this; you have to manually figure out the editor's username, rather than having it "pop up" for you, but if you guess correctly the editor will be pinged. See meta FAQ here:...
1006a's user avatar
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16 votes
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Proposal for selective blacklisting

Yes, yes, yes: just do it already! The suggested title ban would definitely be a good thing: it places a hurdle on blindly asking proof-reading questions, and might cause posters to think about which ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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16 votes
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

Per Laurel's request, this is one potential wording. The answer is Community Wiki so please feel free to edit for brevity, clarity, and felicity (but if you fundamentally disagree with the listed ...
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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

Yes, with proper scrutiny There should be a new meta post in which (an updated version of) the list of banned words is posted as an answer, for everyone to see. That post should have a separate ...
JJJ's user avatar
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14 votes

Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting?

You want to know a secret? These are the literally the top 5 EL&U questions of all time, and every single one of them has downvotes. Do you care about who cast those downvotes? Do you care why? ...
Dan Bron's user avatar
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14 votes

Over-zealous anti-pleasantries algorithm

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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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12 votes

Opening up the clubhouse: defacing the "no girls" sign

I don't see the point of this. This primary is only going to eliminate one candidate, so your proposal could only frustrate the ambitions of a single person. Your post uses wording that suggests that ...
herisson's user avatar
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12 votes

Do the upvotes gained on ELU meta affect your reputation?

Questions and answers on Meta do not earn you reputation. The only exception, network wide, is questions on Meta Stack Exchange, the network meta. There is a reason for this. Reputation relates to ...
Catija's user avatar
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12 votes

Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

The message needs to be short and easy enough for less competent speakers to understand To get the best answers, please include the following: A sample sentence showing how the word would ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
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Can we use the link replacement tool to fix links to English-corpora.org?

If you’re simply looking for community support or permission to run the existing search-and-replace tool to update the corpora links on EL&U*, you have my support and that of anyone who upvotes ...
Dan Bron's user avatar
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12 votes
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Can my answer ban please be lifted?

This is not something which anyone has any control over but you, I'm afraid. Please see the MSE post on the subject. Automatic bans never expire or "time out". This means that you cannot ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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Opening up the clubhouse: defacing the "no girls" sign

Although your proposed solution is quite clear, I don't understand the problem you are trying to solve. You seem to be making certain assumptions for which I do not intuitively see any arguments, ...
oerkelens's user avatar
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11 votes
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What about having a 'Gatekeeper'?

It would be good to have questions put into an initial review queue where users could edit (with 2000 rep) or vote to close or release (with 3000 rep), but that would be a major change which would ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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11 votes

New theme: Color of visited links

This problem is even more apparent if you look at the colours used in the list of questions itself. Here are two questions on ELU: I've already visited "Irreponsible person" but I've yet to visit "...
Jason Bassford's user avatar
10 votes

Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

In my opinion a video wouldn't help. I think the real problem is there is no indication on the way to posting a low quality question that indicates exactly that fact to a new user. I agree with P. ...
Helmar's user avatar
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10 votes

Poll: additional question types that should or shouldn't be added to help/on-topic

Off-topic: Transcription Requests. We have had discussions about this before, particularly at Exactly WHY is this question Off Topic? Or not?, and as a couple of answers there state, a transcription ...
Hellion's user avatar
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10 votes

Goggles 'g' . IPA script

Unicode confusables FTW: Latin small letter g: g Latin small letter script g: ɡ The former is regular "g", which can be either single story or double story depending on font (right now it is double ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Please vote on this proposal to ban from question titles certain words whose posts we usually end up closing and deleting

There are some problems with this proposal. One is that this is a website about English Language & Usage, so every word we outright ban is going to be a word that can not be used in the title ...
Tonepoet's user avatar
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9 votes

Feature request: unflag

As of 2016 this is possible for post flags but not comment flags. Simply click on "flag" on the post to bring up the flag dialog, then "Retract Flag":
Laurel's user avatar
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9 votes

Should we fix backticks?

Generally speaking we should start with trying to reduce the amount of newly created posts with that kind of markup by creating awareness for the style that we do want to have on ELU. I am pretty ...
Helmar's user avatar
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9 votes

One answer to a Q. is suited to ELL, but the other answer is suited to EL&U

I composed a response to this question several days ago but didn't post it because it seemed tangential to the question that TrevorD raises. The interesting comments (most recently Araucaria's and Dan ...
Sven Yargs's user avatar
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9 votes

Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

I'm opposed to it being a compulsory video. Some people may lack the bandwidth or technology to play a video, or may have difficulties being verified as watching the video. Also, some users may have ...
Golden Cuy's user avatar
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9 votes
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Can we remove the editing time on the last comment in a series of comments please

Personally, I think this is a bad idea both practically and theoretically. Practically, it adds complexity for no reason. If somebody else comments while you are in the process of editing your ...
Tim Lymington's user avatar
9 votes
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Where can I find a linked list of my answers to deleted questions?

Using the special search term "deleted:yes" along with "is:answer" should return a complete list of your deleted answer posts. According to this Meta SE post, this search option is only available to ...
herisson's user avatar
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8 votes

Should we fix backticks?

I am strongly against this for one reason only: it encourages and validates the misuse of backticks. On the rest of the network, as it is we already have quite enough trouble training users (...
Lightness Races in Orbit's user avatar
8 votes

Can a placeholder text be added to the question body box?

Yes, I love this idea. SE Devs should definitely add it. Quick and easy, and should be harder to ignore than the "How to ask" (which is off to the side).
AndyT's user avatar
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8 votes

Suggestion: Prominently clarify that asking homework questions is not cheating

I'm taking my moderator hat off here. I don't want this answer to be construed as EL&U policy (unless it's agreed that it should be). I think I disagree with your definition of cheating. To me ...
Matt E. Эллен's user avatar

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