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Yes, it is on-topic. Asking for questions to elucidate the nuance of meaning in words is one essential use of ELU. It is not asking for opinions about the meaning (whether you like or support the situation or not). And it is not asking about the just the social situation and how things have changed. It is asking for knowledgeable responses about the words in ...


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Generally such questions are off topic, unless the text is used merely to illustrate some general feature of English language and usage, and the question is formulated so as to make it clear what that general feature is, and how the question is about it (and not about the subject matter of the text). It doesn't seem that any such question could reasonably be ...


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The What topics can I ask about here? help center page implies, but does not outright state, that simple & basic questions that can be easily answered by looking them up are off topic: If your question is simple and can probably be easily answered by looking it up, then you may find common online internet resources to be of some help. View our list of ...


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I have deleted it until the content is changed.


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Mitch has already explained why the question would be within the topic of this site and the upvotes, together with the absence of downvotes, suggest that there is a considerable agreement about that. The OP, however, seems to be really interested in how to 'minimize distracting irrelevant side discussions'. Apart from being as clear and focused as possible ...


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Such questions are not off-topic, per se. You have generalised from the particular. If there's a "write-in" reason for casting a close vote, then it doesn't get mentioned in the close banner, but it can be inferred from the question timeline and the list of comments under the question. Four close votes (the original plus the three comment up-votes) ...


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