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What Are The Implications of Closed Questions on Authors?

Your question was quite interesting! People liked it: it attracted 4 upvotes, along with a detailed, upvoted answer from a reputable user. You should definitely not feel any embarrassment or shame ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Grammar McCawley's The Syntactic Phenomena of English. It turns out that the first three chapters of this classic 1998 grammar are available free on Google Books. The rest of the book is not. This ...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

My problem with the "General Reference" justification for closing questions is a bit different from the one raised here by phenry: Too often people vote to close a question on that basis ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Historical Resources These are books of possible interest to people who are investigating word and phrase origins and want to know what meanings those words or phrase were said to have at various ...
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Commonly-available reference issue

The OED is paywalled, but many people in the US and UK can get access to the OED for free through their local public libraries. This unfortunately leaves out quite a few people of the world. However ...
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Why was this grammar question closed as general reference?

Yeah, someone should have simply answered the OP's question. It would most likely take only a minute or two. It would take less time to answer the question than to go around searching for an exact "...
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Proposal: Add a "too basic"/"uninteresting" off-topic option

Perhaps what we need is an insufficient research close reason. We can and should downvote for a lack of evidence of research, but there's no legitimate close reason for that. Maybe there should be? @...
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Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

Worst idea ever. If we give them the link, we are completely defeating the whole point, we are just doing what they want and training them to be gimme-the-codez beggars. This has been raised many ...
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Is this question about Boners too simple for E.L.U. or not, and if it is, should it be migrated to E.L.L?

The question, as asked, provided no context and no explanation for why the asker was asking, and we can thus only conclude that they are asking for the meaning of a phrase of the form "give someone X",...
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Show Me the Reference!

The only one of these questions that I had anything to do with was Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? I was very much in favor of keeping this question ...
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Why was this grammar question closed as general reference?

Well, it actually has been answered here. We have many questions on bare conditionals with if-deletion and inversion. It would probably be better to re-open and re-close it as a duplicate of one of ...
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Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

The strongest argument in favor of this change is that it forces close-voters to mean what they say when they assert that an answer is available in a general reference. Unfortunately, to the extent ...
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Commonly-available reference issue

I don't see a problem with quoting from non-free resources if all the rules are followed. Specifically, we require answers provide enough content in the answer that it doesn't matter if the link works,...
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Proposal: Add a "too basic"/"uninteresting" off-topic option

You're right users do abuse the general reference option to close questions because sometimes to actually explain the reason why in the "other reasons" box which pops up is, at least for me, ...
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How does the current version of the "cyan" pronunciation question not show research?

The timeline available to moderators shows that the question was closed with five votes, then you edited it and it was reopened with five votes. It's now had five different people vote to close again, ...
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Show Me the Reference!

Results: Seven questions cited. Two were reopened immediately prompted by the OP's provocation. One, as soon as it was re-opened was immediately closed as being a duplicate, Is it correct to use an ...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

I too voted to close the question. But before I did, I saw the correct answer had been given in the comment section by two users and an answer had also been posted. How many answers of onomatopoeia do ...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

I was the first to closevote the onomatopoeia question, and I freely admit if it had been asked a couple of years ago I'd have cited "Too Basic" as the reason. Since that's no longer available, I ...
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Proposal: Require a whitelisted URL to close as General Reference

Not the best idea ever Let us take this example of a question that is currently on the road to being put on hold: Present perfect or past perfect? I saw this question in my review queue, it is a ...
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Show Me the Reference!

Well, for the only one I voted to close on, Is it incorrect if the last word following a comma ends in a full stop and doesn't feature an “and” before the last word?: I searched list comma "without ...
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Proposal: Add a "too basic"/"uninteresting" off-topic option

The reason you're looking for already exists, and it's called "general reference". Personally I would word it a little differently, but fundamentally I wouldn't change it. "Linguists, etymologists,...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

As one of the closers, I, too, will offer you a brief(er) response to "How the hell is the guy supposed to look up the answer when he doesn't know the name of the thing he's supposed to look up?" The ...
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