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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 ...
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23 votes

Renaming ELU to EnglishOverflow

I'm Grace Note, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. I don't disagree with the idea that maybe a name change can be fancy, especially with the confusion between this site and ELL. It's a healthy ...
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Will there be hats this winter (2015)?

People like hats. Okay, um, that's... not really a question, but, we can start off slow. Yes! True. Correct. People do, for the most part, like hats. Will there be hats? What sort of tradition-...
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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 ...
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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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Do something about puerile chat flagging

suspension is a very harsh thing that should usually be left to a mod It's a half-hour suspension per flagged post. And it takes at least 6 people or a moderator to make that happen, per flagged post....
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Can we remove the following from "off-topic" for english?

This strikes me as a very bad idea. In the first place, LitCrit has always been explicitly excluded from this site's subject matter, so adding it would mean a ground-up redefinition. We have no ...
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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:...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

EDIT: Replaced incorrect samples at bottom with true ones showing the difference between faked small caps and real ones, and made all images clickable for enlargement. In The Elements of ...
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Do something about puerile chat flagging

I think the flagging system needs to be measured based on the cost of false positives and false negatives. In this case, you claim that you were incorrectly suspended which (assuming you are correct) ...
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should downvotes be anonymous

I can't disagree with this more strongly. I have never seen anyone complain about anonymous up votes. That is most likely because the user feels validated/rewarded/(insert positive here.) However, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 "...
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A simple proposal towards improving question quality

A few thoughts: I realize the suggested language comes straight from the Help Center, but the word "thoroughly" jumps out at me as sounding kind of, well, cranky. As far as I'm concerned, SE ...
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10 votes

Should askers who never ‘accept’ answers be penalized in some way?

I have asked 28 questions on EL&U and have accepted answers to 5 of them (including one just now), so I would be barred from asking further questions under the proposed one-third acceptance rule—...
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10 votes
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Warning to a user who posts the "same (exact) answer" and answer "without any reference/research"

Because I have once or twice (or thrice) inadvertently duplicated another poster's prior answer—because I paid inadequate attention to the answers already posted—I strongly favor assuming that any ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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