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Are questions about how English worked at a certain point on-topic?

Yes, history of the language is very much on topic. For example, mentions of Old English has ~6200 results, asked starting from the very inception of the site. I don't think this is an exact ...
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Are questions about representing distorted voices via different typefaces and different languages represented by enclosing brackets welcome here?

I don't think it's on-topic here, as it doesn't specifically deal with the English language. I don't know the context of your question (it might be good to add it!) but if you're writing a book, you ...
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Are questions about explaining what the text mean on-topic?

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 ...
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Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity

Word and phrase requests are the most interesting part of this site in my opinion. It's the only time I see idioms and expressions and words I've never seen before and learn new ones. It's always ...
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Holds, duplicates

Holds The data here shows that ELU had the third highest close rate in 2016 in the Stack Exchange network where 51.87% of all questions asked that year were closed. 2017's data is now in and we've ...
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Is asking about a name of a product (not naming it) on-topic?

It depends. If you are essentially asking, "What do you think about some name?", then yes, it's off topic at ELU. The name is predominant, and this is just naming by another name. The basic ...
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How to save EL&U

I'm in favor of it on principle, but I'm not actually convinced that this would "save" ELU. As Mari-Lou pointed out in a comment, it may very well kill it. Take SWR away from EL&U and you ...
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How to save EL&U

I support Araucaria's suggestion, albeit with some degree of uneasiness. To me the most important aspect of English Language & Usage as a resource is that it provides searchable, archived answers ...
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Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity

Of all of the topics on this site, this is the one that I enjoy the most. When it's done well. There's nothing worse that having a question asked without a clear set of guidelines for what type of ...
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Are questions about representing distorted voices via different typefaces and different languages represented by enclosing brackets welcome here?

I don't think that kind of question is on-topic here. I agree with Glorfindel's suggestion to consider Writers, since the help center says Questions on these topics are welcome here: Non-...
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My “shipping” question has been sunk

I was one of the users who voted to keep the question closed, and Tonepoet's answer explains the deficiencies in the question that I too had been concerned about. There'd been fair opportunity to edit ...
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Why are questions about the usage of synonyms off-topic?

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,...
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My “shipping” question has been sunk

I'm not sure since our version of the help center has lacks some information, but it seems like Roomba does take pending reopening votes and duplicate status into consideration, but only from the time ...
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What should and shouldn't be migrated to ELL?

It turns out ELL's meta has the best resource on this here. As I cannot mark something as a cross site duplicate, I'll note the key point of what's considered on topic for ELL: If your question is ...
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How to save EL&U

I have little to say toward the proposal of splitting ELU, and this answer targets the title of the question, rather than the proposal in the body. (It seems to me that while some classify ELU as "big"...
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How to save EL&U

tl;dr - No, I disagree with splitting ELU into enmeshed but functionally separate communities. An alternative is proposed that requires two small programming tweaks. Fundamentally, English Language ...
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