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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What should I do about the comments on this answer?

If you find such comments so objectionable that they should be removed then I suggest you carry on flagging. There is no guarantee that a flag on one comment will be accepted, though. It is possible ...
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Curious about my question being closed as off topic when I see other similar ones well received

Here is another question to ponder: Since the prefix de- in English often conveys the same sense of negation as the prefix un- does, we might expect the verb deliberate to mean "enslave"; but instead ...
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Curious about my question being closed as off topic when I see other similar ones well received

Whenever a question I've voted to close pops up here, I feel the need to explain my vote. I hope it helps. I also hope it's not insulting. With a small amount of research, you could have found that ...

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