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Should Scots language questions be considered in the English language community?

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the status of the Scots language with respect to English: Because there are no universally accepted criteria for distinguishing languages from dialects, ...
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Why aren’t my questions being answered

I'll try and help by reviewing some of your questions and pointing out what might be putting people off from answering them. Let's start with Why are most interjections a variation of God/Jesus’ name?...
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How can I rekindle interest in an old question?

Don't be duped No, you can't ask it again. It will just be closed as a dupe. The first rule to remember is that, in general, there is no guarantee you'll get an answer to a question, here or ...
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How can I rekindle interest in an old question?

Tips for Newcomers Avoid posting grammar questions at the weekends. The majority of regular users are away from their computers and generally have lives outside EL&U Create a memorable, or, ...
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Where are our new Yoichis or How I stopped worrying and started to love the ELU-ba-bomb

When I become disappointed with the inflow of current questions on EL&U, I resort to one of two strategies—neither of which involves worrying about how to improve the quality of new questions. ...
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How do I gain reputation so I can participate more?

That's not quite how reputation works. Voting for other people's answers (and questions) gives those people reputation (except on meta). Also, nobody gets reputation from comments, even when they are ...
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Why was my question and account deleted?

It is our policy that when a user account is suspended, any accounts that are created to circumvent that suspension are deleted without notice. If you have further questions or if you want to appeal ...
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Why can't a user delete their own question that was just asked and has had no activity?

As I tried to say in the comments, only registered users can delete their own posts. If you check a user’s profile and you see this, they are not registered: Basically, this user has chosen to post ...
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

I asked a question about how to request a historical lock for old but seemingly popular questions that don't meet current site standards for preliminary research (or some other criterion) here: How ...
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What if senior users could put on hold "proofreading" questions single-handedly?

I've often thought that a "weak" close would be useful - a way for folks with some knowledge in a given area to quickly take a new question off the table so that it could be discussed, edited, etc. ...
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Move a question about hyphens and dashes from graphicdesign.stackexchange.com

This would be on-topic, but it would be closed as a duplicate of When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? Anglo-Saxon is a hyphenated compound; Washington–Moscow indicates two ends of a ...
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Could/Should we create a collection of exemplary questions to encourage high-quality asking?

The idea appeals to me, but in practical terms, I don't think it is really feasible, for various reasons. Mechanical: as far as I know, there is no existing Stack Exchange system that would be ideal ...
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First proposal tag wiki rejected

The Twentieth Century ran from 1901–2000, not from 1900–1999. :)
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Can I ask for help in lyrics for songs?

EL&U is not a transcription service, bluntly, but in the past we have entertained questions which ask about phonological phenomena and accents that can be demonstrated in a clip, e.g. Is D-...
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Should I delete a question if I made a crucial error in it?

You cannot delete that question. You can only delete a question while it is unanswered, or it has only one answer which has not been upvoted. Where you can delete the question, it is reasonable at ...
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Should Scots language questions be considered in the English language community?

I don’t see any value in having a general policy either way on this. I would definitely be against a blanket policy against questions about Scots. As Dan Bron says: If there evolves a more acute pain ...
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Posting questions from "How English Works" and proposing answers

Thank you for asking the meta question before posting your English question. You ask: Can I post my questions and answers here to check them? Or, how can I find the answers for the exercises? The ...
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Could/Should we create a collection of exemplary questions to encourage high-quality asking?

You want a nice collection of exemplary questions? That's easy; simply use this link. Footnote: I once praised Yoichi Oishi's questions in an ELL meta answer. As others have said, I don't think having ...
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How can it be true that this site works by popular vote when no one can vote until they get to a certain reputation?

If you think something isn't accurate, write an answer which is. Currently to cast a downvote here you need to have a score of 125 reputation points on this site. You get those points by making a ...
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Question was WRONGLY dismissed (not closed) as "already answered"

This question has been answered numerous times. A good starting point for researching what would be the best older question to link this one to is this search: [personal-pronouns] i me The older ...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

single-word-requests This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the ...
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Ethnic slur in question: what's the procedure?

This site has traditionally recognised the difference between using abusive / inflammatory language and asking / commenting about it. Usage of such language is frowned upon, to put it lightly, but ...
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How can I rekindle interest in an old question?

One method that has not been mentioned yet is creating a list of bounties with no deadline as a post on meta. Several other sites have done this so far, e.g. Language Learning Stack Exchange. Whereas ...
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Should Scots language questions be considered in the English language community?

Weighing in late here, but this appears to be Scots: The Lord’s my herd, I’ll want for nocht, He gars me tae lie doon In girsie howes, an syne I’m brocht Faar wimplin burnies croon. ...
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Did I ask a question, now deleted, tagged [psycholinguistics]?

The Recently deleted list only goes back a month or so. Moderators do have access to the deleted:1 search criterion, but there seems little point in reproducing the output here. If it's mod-only ...
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Why was my question and account deleted?

I fear there is nothing that can be done. I hope I'm mistaken, but once an account has been deleted that's it. If a moderator deleted an account by mistake then there is a glimmer of hope… No, this ...
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Other words for 'said'?

What you're asking about is compiling a thesaurus. They already exist, and are in the list of reference works which should be consulted. While lists are not expressly mentioned in the Help, they do ...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

I would keep word-choice, the explanation is short and it tells the author to use SWR if they don't know the word they're looking for.
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How do you access "Meta"?

For the first part of your question, yes: you should ask questions about the site on Meta. You can access Meta more or less directly by clicking on the StackExchange icon at the far right of the top ...
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How do you access "Meta"?

As the text on the "Unanswered Questions" tab explains, that listing is of questions with no upvoted or accepted answers: There may be questions which have therefore received one or more answers, but ...
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