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Why is the question about "the name of a small unluxurious restaurant" so attractive?

It made the "Hot Network Questions" list which is shown on the right of many Stack Exchange pages. It's the successor to the "supercollider" which used to appear in the page header. This will usually ...
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Is asking a question on English usage which is obvious for native English speakers but not so for English language learners off-topic?

Yes. There is a separate Stack Exchange site specifically for English Language Learners (here), and we try to maintain the distinction between the two. In addition, as the explanatory text says, a ...
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Why was this question asking how we should refer to the Christian God migrated to the Christianity site?

As I commented (just before this Meta question appeared) on the question in both places, This question asks about domain-specific language and is more suited to a domain-specific SE site, since ...
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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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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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Why was this grammar question closed as general reference?

Yeah, someone should have simply answered the OP's question. It would most likely take only a minute or two. It would take less time to answer the question than to go around searching for an exact "...
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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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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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Why was this question asking for examples of singular they referring to a specific person put on hold?

I did not close-vote the original question, but reviewing it now I must confess that I had no idea what you were asking at first either. I would suggest chopping/trimming the first few paragraphs ...
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Why do people think this question(Like Niobe, all tears) is proofreading?

The reason given in the closure message can be fairly arbitrary. It's the majority reason. That doesn't necessarily mean that three out of five voted for it, though. There could be 2+1+1 votes for ...
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What is wrong with my question?

Although your idiom request was quite clear, your meta question is of interest regarding ELU questions more generally. This answer just addresses the issue of adding sample sentences, but the ...
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Why was this question closed as "not clear what you're asking"?

First off, the “pairs of nouns” you present are not actually pairs of nouns: Type-1 Noun Type-2 Noun ------------ ----------------------- New Yorker lives in New York diabetic ...
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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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Is asking a question on English usage which is obvious for native English speakers but not so for English language learners off-topic?

If you ask a question (as too many people do) about "which is correct", then, yes. That's not what we're here for. If, on the other hand, you ask something that is about English Language and Usage, ...
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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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Why do people think this question(Like Niobe, all tears) is proofreading?

If an answer was given, and it doesn't say "We're closing this because of bullying" I'm likely to take it on face value and move on. I might even think those people might be jerks and they don't know ...
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Question feedback - Did I do anything wrong here?

The direct answer to your question is that downvotes are as much part of the site as upvotes, and we cannot tell precisely why three people (at time of writing) downvoted the question any more than ...
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Why was my flag declined, and can we close this question?

I sympathize with your opinion that someone who posts a question ought to be able to provide clarification about what he or she is seeking when asked to do so. But I also sympathize with the original ...
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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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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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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 is the question about "the name of a small unluxurious restaurant" so attractive?

On English and ELL.SE, questions like the following are popular: A simple question No single answer Many potential answers Colloquial answers, or regionally specific ones The many potential answers ...
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Why was this question asking for examples of singular they referring to a specific person put on hold?

Lynn pretty much nailed my thought process; (a), I wasn't sure what you were asking for (although your later edit giving a specific example did help), and (b) "give me as many examples as you can find"...
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I need a better answer for why my question was closed, so that I can become a better user

In questions asking for help with straight-up definitions, people here like to hear that you've consulted a dictionary (several of which are listed on this page, which is linked to from the close ...
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Why was this grammar question closed as general reference?

Well, it actually has been answered here. We have many questions on bare conditionals with if-deletion and inversion. It would probably be better to re-open and re-close it as a duplicate of one of ...
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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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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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