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This will be a much better site if we all spend a bit more time looking for ways to save questions, and a bit less time looking for reasons to kill them. THIS. Exactly this. (I don't actually have much to add to your excellent post; I just wanted to say that I agree with what you say and wish to subscribe to your newsletter. Also, I'm totally stealing "...


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I’ d like to answer to this question as the principal, or the accused who voted “Reopen” to his own question. I have no intention to excuse. Let’s me simply recount what’s happened. I found my question asking the meaning of “meth, methhead, and do meth” was closed for reason of being off-topic, and I think there was one Reopen vote, but not very sure. I ...


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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 event that there is a legitimate question to be asked with any of the above words. (Thanks for the suggestion, @tchrist) These users are already having a vote ...


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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 if you have improvements that would make the proposal acceptable to you.)


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A moderator re-opening their own question, closed by the community, is clearly a conflict of interest. Moderators are supposed to know the rules and closing reasons, so they typically wouldn't post things that are closeable, so this particular conflict does not seem like a common case. That said, moderators can still have posts that were wrongfully closed, ...


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Putting a question on hold is not bullying. It is a request from the closers to the question asker to improve the question. If you feel you are being bullied then this is a very important matter. You have two options: Come to chat and ping one of the moderators to ask for a private chat so you can disclose the bullying you have experienced, and ...


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Update: This suggestion is now live! You can see the discussion that led up to it here or experience it for yourself on the ask question page. I didn't have time yet to go through all the questions, but it seems like a lot of these questions are single-word-requests. This isn't really surprising considering most of our questions (closed or not) are tagged ...


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My thoughts on this... I had never crossed with a Historical Lock post before, so I firstly tried to understand what it is and what it means. I found this reference on meta. The relevant parts of it, IMHO: What is the purpose of a historical lock? A historical lock preserves content that was very popular when it was originally posted, but is now ...


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Closing a question is not bullying. Where did you get that idea from? I have often voted to close questions, which deserved to be closed. What am I then? A bully? I find your glib accusations highly offensive, and defamatory.


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Well, if you're missing something, I'm missing it too. I have no idea what the close-voters were thinking, but in any case, it's reopened now. (Hint for the future: there really isn't much you can research for a word request. The bad word requests are the ones that don't give a context, and newsflash: two example sentences is perfectly sufficient context.)


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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 community-wiki answer where users can propose new words to be added to and removed from the list. The reason for this is that some words may well be part of a ...


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Using mod privilege to re-open one's own closed question is a conflict of interest. We have a natural tendency to believe our questions are on-topic, otherwise we wouldn't have posted them. Normally, moderators do not act on flags pertaining to their own posts and do not engage in privileged activity involving their own posts (with the exception of editing). ...


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The central problem here is that most of your so-called “questions”: show no research present no theories and expend no effort. That situation alone merits a downvote according to the tooltip guidelines regarding downvotes. To see why, hover over the down-arrow on any question and the following descriptive text briefly appears: This question does not ...


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Teacher: "Billy, how do you pronounce f-u-g-u-e?" Billy: "Foo-gway." Teacher: "No, I'm sorry, that's wrong. The dictionary says that it is pronounced 'fyoog'." Billy: "You asked how I pronounce it."


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I'll give you specific statistics about the five questions you link, but there's no easy way that I can think of to get at data in general: 0 users voted to close 5 questions 0 users voted to close 4 questions 2 users voted to close 3 questions 1 user voted to close 2 questions 7 users voted to close 1 question That at least seems suggestive that there is ...


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The question is unclear because you have done some research and come up with an answer, and have not advanced any cogent reason why what you found is unacceptable. Thus you have answered your own question, and it's not clear what more is needed. If what you found is unacceptable because you have identified your own research as not meeting your high ...


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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 of a hypothetically legitimate question about the word. It'd be hard to talk about the origin, usage or orthography of plz if it's removed altogether. Sure, that ...


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You have a right to be here, and you have a right (it is not off topic) to post questions about Shakespeare's writing. You've gotten upvotes (including mine on occasion) and answers (including mine once). Other people have a right to be here, and to express their (whatever). They have a clear right to express themselves with anonymous downvotes, with ...


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As far as I know, there is no rule against posting on Meta an annotated list of questions that you would like other people to join you in close-voting, or against updating such a list as often as you like. Since questions that have been nominated for closure already appear in a list in the Review queue, I think it's fair to say that this standing or ...


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Everyone is welcome on ELU, not just advanced users of English. Quoting TimLymington, Stack Exchange, as a network, does not discriminate between users. If you ask thoughtful questions and give useful answers, you will gain reputation, acquire privileges, and become more respected; it does not matter whether you are still at school or are a university ...


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UPDATE I go through swings (or is it moods?), some days I feel more optimistic about EL&U's future and permanence on the Internet, other days I feel the website is just doomed. The last week or so has been simply awful. The flood of not low – but extremely low-quality questions – is just too depressing for words. Hmm... maybe I should post that ...


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The help center welcomes expert-level questions about English spelling and punctuation, and about the history of English words.¹ The list of welcome topics is illustrative, not definitive. Expert-level questions about the history of letters, numerals, punctuation symbols, scribal abbreviations, and other symbols which represent English on the page are ...


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Just my thoughts... I'm a big fan of Dan Bron's answer — it's one of a kind, and I've never seen anything like it, and in fact, I think that's the major reason people were interested in the question and how it became a viral hit; a bigger hit than it would have been if it were to hit the HNQ without his answer. I've voted up the answer and the ...


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People are downvoting your questions, not Shakespeare's plays. The reasons are known only to the downvoters (though they presumably include "does not show any research effort; is unclear or not useful").


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[I]t seems that upon reading "How do you...", several of our high-rep users leaped to the conclusion that the OP wanted to know how they, as individuals, would pronounce "deque"... This is the problem that I've noticed most about this Stack Exchange site compared to others that I participate in. Every other site is clearly about getting the best answer for ...


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In my experience, you can't do much to change whether or not the first question someone asks is good quality; you can only change whether the second question they ask is better than the first. I have seen good results if questions are closed with the intent of helping the author bring them on topic and are quickly reopened after an author takes the first ...


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Ongoing war? I thought we were under a Christmas truce... (Actually, I'd regard this as a debate, or a discussion, not a war, but perhaps that shows which “side” has been more prone to use incendiary language in their proclamations.) That said, there have been several allegations made during some soul-searching about closed questions of late. Many ...


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To directly answer your question: There is a second site, English Language Learners (ELL). It is designed for people who are trying to learn English when it is not their primary language. English Langugage & Usage (ELU) assumes that the users already have a fairly advanced degree of knowledge of the English language and are asking more complicated ...


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Answering your questions in no particular order... In general, duplicate questions are not desirable because you end up with answers to the same actual question spread out across multiple question posts. When the next person comes along with that same question, it's much harder to find the answers. That's why duplicate questions are closed before they can ...


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I can tell you what I was thinking when I voted to close it, and my thinking is neatly encapsulated in Mari-Lou's comment below her own answer: "the OP didn't specify". As the question stands, it is unanswerable because we lack information. Specifically: What research was done. This was asked for, and though the OP refers to it it is not provided. I don't ...


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