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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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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

There are two distinct, although related, questions here: (1) Is the show-research reason for closing used too much, and, if so, how should its use be limited; (2) Should that reason (perhaps narrowed ...
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Should we amend the help text to expand on proof-reading?

I think the answer is Yes, we should expand the help text, and this is my proposal... The "on-topic" Help page currently has three principal parts: What topics can I ask about here? What ...
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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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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

I think it is broke, and this would be worth at least trialling. Currently there are over 160 questions in the review queue. I confess I don't use the queue much; I simply don't have the time and ...
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Can we use the link replacement tool to fix links to English-corpora.org?

If you’re simply looking for community support or permission to run the existing search-and-replace tool to update the corpora links on EL&U*, you have my support and that of anyone who upvotes ...
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We need a site specific message for our advice page

In EL&U, the problem is not that the standard Stack Exchange advice for writing good questions isn't appropriate. It's that some visitors don't have enough patience or enough facility with the ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

Dictionaries don't necessarily answer super basic grammar questions, so the new close-reason wouldn't easily apply to those types of 'too-easy' questions. Are we just going to migrate all of those? ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Would ELU like to start a trial of only need 3 votes to close/reopen a question? Update April 30, 2021 Community Managers are working to implement this now. No, thank you. To close a question all ...
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What is the point of the Microsoft-Word tag?

TL;DR: We certainly don't need it. It has no point. It's a meta tag, one of the bad ones It is irrelevant to the question if my own Sprachgefühl, Microsoft Word, the editor of my novel, a teacher or ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I created What resources do I need to consult before asking a question? and while that might not be the final revision of that post, I think it's good enough to move forward with the rest of this. ...
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Can we close 'Is the convention for reporting football results universal?' as off-topic?

I think we probably should close it. I am having difficulty conjuring up more than an incidental relationship to English as a language. It does not seem to suggest that it is an English specific ...
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The Incredible Shrinking ELU Banner

This is a file path issue that's happening unintentionally while we prepare new theming assets. It'll be taken care of first thing tomorrow.
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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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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I've looked at your recently deleted posts and there's very few that were deleted as spam or abusive - in general, you average about 1-2 per day from what I can tell, which isn't a lot, and far fewer ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Although implementing this proposal carries obvious risks, it is worth trying because it promises to reduce the number of questions that are closed after being answered. The purpose of closing seems ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

I can't deny I've been remiss in not going through the review queue so often lately. But when I do tackle the "Closevote" queue, I invariably hit my daily limit (20 VTC), because the queue is so long....
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

As my name was invoked regarding drafting text for the close modal and post notices, I thought I might offer some guidance in addition to what y'all have already discussed. What's presented below is ...
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What are [expression-requests] tag for?

status-completed I would merge expression-requests into phrase-requests since the latter addresses colloquial phrases. Thus, they are indistinguishable from each other, so we should go with the more ...
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Unlock "Why use singular they?" then reopen

I don't understand why a post that was upvoted and received five answers could be deleted for any reason. The premise for deleting posts as explained on Meta, emphasis mine Abandoned, unanswered ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

UPDATE After reviewing the stats, it looks like this change has been very much beneficial for you all. While you had been doing in the 40-80% completion range for questions gaining at least one flag ...
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Speaking of comments

I agree, the comments are too long. They need to be pruned. Can I make a request for a few specific comments to stay? Anything I link to directly from the answer, because I'm citing them as ...
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Let's update some links

Good catch. I have updated the two close reasons that needed it. As it's a Friday night and it takes two moderators to change a close reason, it may be a few hours before the updates go "live".
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Activate the StackExchange new tag warning on ELU

Done. Note, this isn't turned on for meta as new tags are far more likely to be needed here (in conjunction with the required tags) as things evolve on the site. But, it's now enabled on the main ...
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Should we burninate the [spelling-checker] tag? (0 posts left tagged)

I wholeheartedly agree, full explanation in my answer of the Word question. Regarding the further steps, I certainly advocate for burnination. Synonym-mapping might not help, because modern spell ...
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My computer does bold on ELL but not on ELU

In comments, Lambie answered: I am happy to report that I re-installed the regular and italic Georgia font (I only had italic bold before) and now I can see this bolding: bold. "on ELU starting ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

I'm a frequent close voter, and I think it's worth a try. There's a double-layered effect where misdirected questions often get answers that are of poor quality, which further increases the queue ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

The evident purpose of this proposal is to make it easier to close bad questions quickly. To the extent that it would promote that goal without producing undesirable side effects, I have no objection ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

The requirements for close-voting have only been reduced recently, but already I have experienced expedited closure for off-topic questions, and I can say it's already an improvement. Much better ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

I wholeheartedly support this observation and the proposed change. It should be noted that this is very close to how that very closing-reason was originally devised here, as General Reference. ...
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