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“What’s wrong with single word requests?”

TL;DR Single-word requests are not the problem, they are just the kind of questions where some problems (in particular lack of guidance) predominantly manifest themselves. Only addressing these ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

For the most part, the first-time posters who submit one-word answers followed by a little filler to meet the minimum character count are not interested in anything more than participating in a quiz-...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

Per Laurel's request, this is one potential wording. The answer is Community Wiki so please feel free to edit for brevity, clarity, and felicity (but if you fundamentally disagree with the listed ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

tl;dr: Leaving these lying around just encourages others to follow their bad example. We don't want that to happen. Deleting is good for the site. SLAs are NARAs We used to have “Not A Real ...
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Is this forum appropriate for teachers of English as a second language?

It depends. English Language & Usage might be what you are looking for if you are interested in the details and nuance of the language. On the other hand, if you are wondering about how to ...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

The message needs to be short and easy enough for less competent speakers to understand To get the best answers, please include the following: A sample sentence showing how the word would ...
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Why is suggesting words on word suggestion questions insufficient?

I see two problems. (i) Your answer is a list of ideas, suggestions, or opinions, not a definite answer. A Stack Exchange answer answers the question, or at least part of the question, once and for ...
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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

I agree with Andrew Leach's comment that closure as opinion-based is a bit odd, given that to some degree all SWRs are seeking an opinion on what might be the right word to use. However, I'm guessing ...
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“What’s wrong with single word requests?”

I accept that we see a ton of bad SWRs every day that show almost zero research effort. Those bad apples shouldn't make us ban the "requests" concept entirely. Sometimes even tech-savvy users like me ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

It is important to get a hopeless answer in the VLQ queue ASAP because: (1) after 7 days, the answer can't be flagged VLQ; and, (2) long before then, it may attract enough undeserved upvotes to be ...
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Can a newly constructed word answer a single word request?

A question asking for people to coin a word is out of scope for this site. A coinage in an answer might be in scope, depending on how well-reasoned it is. If the answer is a coinage which follows ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

Sven Yargs points out that the problem is with poorly supported but otherwise correct answers; tchrist advocates deletion of single-line answers (SLAs) because they are not real answers. MετάEd ...
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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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Three SWRs suddenly closed for being POB

Regardless of one's stance on the desirability of SWRs in general, I cannot see how anyone could fail to agree that at least the first two of the linked questions were unresearched and underspecified, ...
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How can word choice questions be closed for being opinion-based?

The word-choice tag is for questions which are making a choice between a known set of words. Your question is not about choosing the most appropriate from a list you have already curated. You are ...
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Naming vs. Single word requests

If you're able to follow the following steps, your question is most likely on-topic: You have a sentence where you'd use the word. (And not some weaselly sentence like "I should call it _____.&...
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Warn people of the rules for [Single-Word-Requests] before posting

I have a qualm with this, in that we need to consult a community moderator. That makes altering these rules harder if ever deemed necessary. I dislike that the contextual sentence requirement can ...
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Why is suggesting words on word suggestion questions insufficient?

I placed those notices. The reason why we’re looking for longer answers that supply your own explanations is perhaps best answered by this recent guidance from the Stack Exchange CM team about this, ...
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Is this forum appropriate for teachers of English as a second language?

Based on the following statements you made, I believe you will be quite welcome here: I've participated in answering questions and asking them. I strive to develop my understanding of grammar, ...
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Three SWRs suddenly closed for being POB

"It would be more honest to just ban SWRs outright if they are the bane of the site." Exactly so. Sporadically using "Primarily opinion based" as a close reason for single-word requests (and phrase ...
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Naming vs. Single word requests

Unfortunately, I can't think of a simple criterion that can be used to determine if a question is "naming" or not. The class of name requests that seems most solidly off-topic to me is composed of ...
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Should EL&U clarify with other SE sites what constitutes a suitable single-word-request?

No, ELU has nothing to clarify with other sites. ELU's standards are its own to determine. But a good general rule for every site is that if you suggest another site to ask a question on, that you ...
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Are word requests allowed?

I'll preface this by stating that it's Good for the Internet to have a Google-able worldwide-crowdsourced reverse dictionary. The question thus is whether the community here (English.SE) wants to ...
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On deleting low quality single-word-request answers

Once a post has gone to moderation, the resolution is moderator’s choice. Deletion is a perfectly reasonable choice when the post does not belong on the site. Deletion leaves the site clean while also ...
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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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Why I enjoy EL&U users more than dictionaries

When writing a question, above all, it should be your own question, and when writing an answer, it should be your own expert answer. Do not post questions or answers from elsewhere on the Internet. […]...
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Against single word requests

Since this question has been asked, the information in the tag about what is required has been expanded significantly. Back then, all that was said is Use this tag for questions that are about ...
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Redirect for SWRs?

I hate SWRs, but many people like them. They don't really bother us, do they? How do we suffer by letting them be? The only disadvantage I see is that people who mainly answer SWRs will become our ...
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Redirect for SWRs?

It is no secret that I hate SWRs. If we had one or two really good ones every week, I wouldn't mind so much, but we have bunches of crappy ones all the time. I like the idea of directing them to ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

See: Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers A single line answer should be removed even if it's not answering a word or phrase request. It is a comment posted as an answer. Downvotes ...
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