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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

The OP, @aesking, told the community: To me “to give someone advice” is the most common variant but it sounds phrasally and unidiomatic. However, to be politically correct I think “tell some advice”...
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Inappropriate replacement of question?

I have deleted the question and merged the good quality answers into "Be like" usage. This is one of the more complicated moderator actions I have done recently, so my apologies if I didn't ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

You say: It's not asking about people's opinions, whether they like a word or not, they are asking for an objective comparison. Vagueness is not an opinion. It's a factual recognition that things ...
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Is it really true that those who down / up vote and/or close a question do not have to provide any reason why?

Neither up- nor downvotes require a reason, and this, together with the anonymity of voting, is an important part of the Stack Exchange model. You can find a good number of discussions around this if ...
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Closing on-topic questions as duplicates of questions closed as off-topic

Duplicates should point to a question that has at least one good answer that answers the question being closed as a dupe. In my opinion, the quality of the answers of the proposed duplicate are a ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Objectively, what you did seems to be above board. Subjectively, the use of the word "Sadly" in your new question may have been taken to have cast aspersions on the commenter: Sadly, this comment ...
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Could anyone please provide me a feedback on my effort to improve my question?

Since relevance is not an issue in the case of your question (it's about the English language and its usage), what remains is to express the essence of your question in such a way that can be answered ...
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WD-40 pronunciation question treated badly

It's been reopened and the title has also now been edited to remove the obvious misconception from generalising the particular (which probably contributed to closure).
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What's off-topic about the question regarding the history of a slur?

The question itself was (somehow) reopened by a third set of regular users, hopefully setting the matter, but here are my thoughts as to why it should be kept open. First, I think you're spot-on that ...
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What is wrong with my question and how could I have done it better?

All the following points are very good advice, follow these tips and your question should be "safe" and always appreciated. SWR questions are a very controversial issue on this site. There are ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Your title here is very misleading. Of course it is ok to quote a comment or part of an answer. What is bad about your LL question is the framing. You're disparaging the contents of the quote. You'...
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Why was this question about a single word's pronunciation ("whinge") closed as off-topic?

The What topics can I ask about here? help center page implies, but does not outright state, that simple & basic questions that can be easily answered by looking them up are off topic: If your ...
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Should the following question have a proper answer?

The new question is an exact duplicate of How do I pluralize a name ending in “y”? If you think a more thorough answer is warranted then by all means, write one for the old question. Or if you think ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

No research was indicated in your question. You can google your question title for a start. The results are plentiful and include at least four related questions on this very site, as well as other ...
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Why is the question off-topic?

Close votes happen, even on etymology questions that show research, which are arguably some of the most on-topic questions for this site. That’s nothing new, though in this case I really have no guess ...
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

The post starts off OK. "I was told X is true. I have found evidence to support the opposite, that ¬X is true." However, instead of ending with "Is my argument that ¬X is true ...
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Inappropriate replacement of question?

There's two separate issues going on here. One is my edit, the other is the original content. 1. My edit When I saw this question, my reflex was downvote and close vote, but I decided to edit based on ...
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Please help me improve my question on 'dishonest mistake' (re the term 'honest mistake')

To improve your question, arrange your thoughts in a logical order; make it easy to follow and concise; do not address individual comments either in comments or identifiably in the question: edit ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

On the so-called data: The quality of the 'data' in the first chart is highly dubious. For example, the determinative every is listed as going with uncountable nouns. This, of course, is clearly ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

To add to this, it may be that there is no ordinal scale for beauty. To illustrate this, consider a more obvious example: countries. You can rank countries by many measures to get an ordinal scale, ...
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Please help me improve my babel answer?

Your answer has eight up-votes and four down-votes, so it's more controversial than bad. I suspect the controversy stems from your discussion of "babble", since some commenters disagree that it's not ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

The negative reaction might have been precipitated by any one of three different elements of your question. Firstly, while I don't see any obvious flaw with the core question about which kind of ...
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Is it offensive to use someone's comment as a basis of another question on its own?

Clearly the person you quoted was offended, as I take from this quote from this comment: gaazkam, what you seem to have done there appears very deeply offensive. You need both to rectract it and to ...
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On the recently-migrated question "Need help with understanding the sentence"

I definitely would have edited the question to add the comment. It isn't putting words in his mouth because it is something the OP said himself. It doesn't change the meaning of the question. I think ...
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Why was this question removed from the HNQ list?

The number of HNQ posts removed by Moderators is trivial, really trivial. In 365 days it was just six out of a total of 499 questions. Moderators are trusted to know what they are doing and to make ...
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Why was this question removed from the HNQ list?

I think this was a preemptive removal, due to the political nature of the quote. While a HNQ removal cannot be reversed, I encourage you to voice your opinion on this type of removal here: What should ...
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The "short fuse" question is not opinion based

Reopened! The question itself may be somewhat deceptive: it doesn't look like there's much room to come up with an answer. However, when etymology is seen as a field of ongoing research where ...
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Check to reopen a perhaps wrongly duplicate-closed question on the right indefinite article before a slash phrase (or before a parenthetical phrase)

The answer to that question answers it. Don't write "a/an sea/ocean"; write "a sea or ocean". If you're speaking that phrase, you would say "A sea slash ocean" or "...
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Is this question still off-topic?

I think it should be re-opened. It's not a great question, but leaving it closed is pointless, and I agree with what Mitch said in a comment: closure should be made a temporary status as often as ...
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Closing on-topic questions as duplicates of questions closed as off-topic

Bear in mind that the "off-topic" close reasons include our three custom reasons, and that "off-topic" simply means "does not conform to one or more expectations". Certainly, one of those ...
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