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Since this question has not been closed or deleted, I'll offer an answer. While visibility of the problem is (kinda) important, if you really want to support persons who have been treated poorly by owners of a particular network, remember that old saying that "money talks". Visit the donor page(s) of persons who have been treated poorly and open your ...


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An obvious requisite step for all reasonable parties to gain understanding about this kerfuffle is to hear Monica’s side of the story. This podcast interview ala Tyler’s Tech, in which Monica is given full reign to explain what happened, is excellent.


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There is no new initiative to eliminate answers in comment. They have always been discouraged. The purpose of Stack Exchange is to get expert, peer-reviewed answers to good questions out on search engines for the benefit of the asker and anyone else with a similar question. Answers in comments cannot be downvoted. Lacking full peer review, they are are ...


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I frequently include relevant portions of definitions in my answers. My main reason for doing this is to produce a finished answer that reads as a self-contained explanation, rather than as a suggestion with links for further reading. I don't like to rely on links to do anything more than provide a view of the source I'm quoting, in case readers want to ...


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Don't cite Google as a dictionary. Google has licensed two of the dictionaries from Oxford Dictionaries for their search product: The Oxford Dictionary of English The New Oxford American Dictionary These aren't bad dictionaries, mind you. The ODE is a large single-volume dictionary which gives very good coverage of Present-Day English, including many ...


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I vote for #1, because, if done well, it provides information, and could supply the stimulus for someone else to delve further and perhaps discover an answer. Of course, some (many?) of the answers under Option #1 will be crap, and should be downvoted or converted to comments. Options #2 and #3 preclude the possibility of providing any information. Where ...


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I need to write this in an answer because — although it might be a comment — it needs an image and I can't decide what actually to add a comment to. Please do not flag "for moderator attention" comments which you feel should really be answers. If a comment shouldn't be there, use the "chatty or otherwise unnecessary" flag type: Answering in comments is ...


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Personally, not only do I think posting the answer you suggested in the question would absolutely be a good answer, I also think it's the kind of insightful, thought-provoking answer that is unfortunately difficult to find in single-word-request questions. Don't misunderstand me here, I don't think there's anything wrong with SWRs, but I think we all know ...


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Based on advice from the help center on question deletion, as well as from these SE Meta discussions... How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? When should I vote to delete a question ...it seems well-established that a closed question "that cannot be improved and ...


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What’s the policy on deleting closed questions? Closed questions should ultimately be either deleted or else fixed up so they can be reöpened. The one referenced in this question simply went the former route: deleted two years after closure. Here’s another example of one of those. And also this one. All three of these accord with the guideline that closed ...


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My two cents: Sometimes (or rather, a lot of times), a word means more than one thing. If you're making a case for the word you suggested, it helps if you copy-paste the relevent definition instead of leaving it to the OP to click on a link and wade thorugh the whole entry to find the exact sense you wrote about. Oxford does have a system to link to ...


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Stack Exchange questions and answers are written by you, the members of the Stack Exchange community. Your work is valuable to the community, and you get credit in the form of reputation for the value that you create. Like many institutions, such as schools, journals, and news organizations, Stack Exchange does not permit you to improve your reputation using ...


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There are no rules specific to EL&U regarding usernames. Over on main Meta I could find 3 possible prohibitions: offensive usernames usernames with weird characters usernames as advertising The basic guidelines seem to be: If you find a username offensive, flag it and a mod will deal with it at their discretion. Weird characters in usernames would ...


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I'm having trouble wading through your question so I'll answer what's in the title. Just say something like 'There is no good answer' and give reasons, with content, suggesting why. The question may be too specific and you can give alternatives for less specific versions. There may be an archaic term which may be an answer for a thousand years ago, but no ...


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I haven't looked into the two questions very much yet, so I can't say if they are truly duplicates. However, I can say that the practice of marking questions as duplicates isn't due to some assumption that earlier answers are automatically better. The purposes are: to "[invite] the new Questioner to examine specified earlier Questions for a day or two, ...


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Meta posts and votes on them define policy, in that (insofar as Stack Exchange allows) the community decides how it should operate. Some aspects of ELU are mandated by the company; one such is the attribution policy. In the absence of anything better, then the footnote on this answer with its upvotes is part of site policy. However, I’ll state it ...


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This comment says that I have to copy in definitions for words when responding to single-word-requests etc. Actually, the comment doesn't say that you have to, it merely indicates that you should: quoting the definitions will aid in the long-term utility of your answer. Consider it a "best practice." It seems unnecessary to paste in a definition ...


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I fully agree with Sven Yargs' answer, but I would like to add, and illustrate, why including a block quote from the referenced source is, in my opinion, a good idea. First is a practical consideration. I regularly browse this site on mobile devices. Some of the common references that are used here are decidedly unfriendly to anyone on a slow (or expensive) ...


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I have a few quibbles with this answer. Is this effort even necessary? Has there been some increase in plagiarism lately on ELU? Or some particularly egregious cases? Anything that requires explication of the general policy? This one is merely an issue of style. File it in the category of How to get over ourselves. Can we drop the references in the ...


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First I know you put plenty of effort into this, but let us make no unproven assumptions. I think part of your problem is that you have over-complicated the problem. What Do We Desire? Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than ...


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The comment you linked in your question is for a site that is in public beta phase. When sites are in private beta phase, or public beta phase, it's normal for Stack Exchange staff, especially Community Coordinators, to chime in and close questions or remove comments. That is because, in those phases, a site doesn't normally have moderators, who are normally ...


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