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Defensiveness when replying to comments

I hope this helps. Some things I've learned: IRL, you can only control your own behavior; the same is true here. If you believe framing a comment in a certain way will guarantee that you won't be met ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Grammar McCawley's The Syntactic Phenomena of English. It turns out that the first three chapters of this classic 1998 grammar are available free on Google Books. The rest of the book is not. This ...
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Should I downvote multi word answers on single-word-requests?

I'd venture to guess that 90% of the time when a question is tagged single-word-request, the only reason the phrase-request tag isn't added as well is because the questioner doesn't know that such a ...
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How do I edit my very-old-questions without pushing it onto the "active" feed?

As @sumelic notes in comments and via the offered link, there is no way to edit any post without bumping it to the active questions feed. I understand SE's philosophy on the matter to be that ...
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How was an OED page made available free of charge?

That would be my comment, so let me explain. Every single day, the OED has a new Word of the Day that it makes free to the world. Eventually, the whole OED will be free ;) And in case anyone is ...
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Why is promoting your product through your user ID not spam?

I noticed this user yesterday and I will be keeping an eye on them. With regard to profiles, self promotion is acceptable there. Profile links are "nofollow"ed, so shouldn't be indexed by search ...
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Memes of English Language & Usage

Meme: Thank you for visiting ELU. Your question is off-topic. Please visit English Language Learners. Origin: ? Cultural Height: Still yet to come. Background: Because 95% of questions asked on ...
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erm... I lost 2,134 in reputation

Black Saturday on ELU: when the reputation stock market experienced a seismic shock, and every user felt the impact! I shall never forget the member who contributed nearly 3500 answers here, almost ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Historical Resources These are books of possible interest to people who are investigating word and phrase origins and want to know what meanings those words or phrase were said to have at various ...
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Should I downvote multi word answers on single-word-requests?

We already have phrase-requests for users searching for multi-word expressions, so a rename is not in order. The tag single-word-requests really is (supposed to be) about single words, and that should ...
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What should one do when one is being trolled?

Of your 67 answers (plus the others now removed), three have been edited by others: Word for "term for inhabitant of" — removed "Go and Google it" and added a real reference instead ...
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Is there a rule that the first correct answer must be accepted?

The faq on Meta states "The bottom line is that you should accept the answer that you found to be the most helpful to you, personally." Stack Exchange isn't a quiz show, so it doesn't matter which ...
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Memes of English Language & Usage

Meme: _________ hits on Google Origin: Possibly Janus Bahs Jacquet Cultural Height: 23,460,000 hits on Google Background: Often used to justify a single-word-request answer, no suggestion can ...
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Making Latin etymology on-topic

Questions about the etymology of English words are welcome on the site, even for borrowed words. Your questions were not rejected by "that is beyond the scope of English" or by "we do not discuss ...
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Will you please insist on explanations for down-voting?

You want to know a secret? These are the literally the top 5 EL&U questions of all time, and every single one of them has downvotes. Do you care about who cast those downvotes? Do you care why? ...
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Suspensions That Are Too Harsh

NOTE: I am not a moderator on ELU, but I do moderate on another Stack Exchange site. Your question about harshness might be better asked on the overall Stack Exchange meta site. Seven days might ...
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Suspensions That Are Too Harsh

The length of suspension is determined by guidelines, as J.R. kindly elaborated on in his answer. We sometimes make suspensions longer than the initial 7 days, but did not feel that your case ...
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Identity Theft: Shouldn't this be prevented?

In most cases, it is perfectly reasonable for many users to have the same name, so it doesn't make sense to force them to be unique. For example, I made a query to find users with the same display ...
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Should I trust a suspended user?

It doesn't really matter. Suspension is mainly a tool for moderators and Stack Exchange employees, which allows them to control the ability of a user to make posts and take other actions on a site. ...
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Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed questions cannot be seen?

Yes, you need at least 250 reputation to see and cast close/reopen votes on your own questions and at least 3000 reputation to do so on any question. This is a screenshot I took of one of my questions ...
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Why do I have so much increase in reputation all of a sudden?

This is the Association Bonus, which is given to all your associated accounts when you reach 200 points on one of them. You can get to your reputation changes from your user profile page: click on ...
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Are most of the people who answer our English questions native English speakers?

We don't have any statistics on whether members of the ELU community are native speakers or not, and that's deliberate. There have been a number of Meta questions asking whether that sort of ...
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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

From my perspective, moderation is only indirectly about teaching people to become good citizens. The goal should be to foster an environment where folks feel free to participate and can enjoy the ...
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Is there a way to report a rude/inappropriate username?

You should flag the post for moderator attention, and specify why you think the username is inappropriate.
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How to discuss something with the mod team privately?

It is unusual to request to speak to the EL&U mod team about one of the current moderators. I understand that you are not asking about contacting the community mod team (which you can do by ...
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About EL&U usage, purpose, and comments

Think of meeting your significant other's extended family for the first time around a major holiday. You'd probably sit at the table and observe how some aunts, uncles, and cousins are more soft-...
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I find this answer is irrelevant to my questions

The answer you have selected has the green checkmark, and that answer will always be displayed first. This is you telling the community that your question has been answered, and as far as you are ...
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Why is promoting your product through your user ID not spam?

This is nothing new, really. Across the network there have been similar users time and time again, and I think there's a consensus: unless there is spam (or some other serious misbehavior) outside the ...
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Seeing the reason behind close votes

Clicking the "Close" link does not commit you to casting a close vote. Once you click the link, a dialog will appear showing a list of close reasons. If others have cast close votes already, a ...
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Should I trust a suspended user?

As regards being told how you should act on the site... If a moderator (with a diamond after their username) instructs you to do or not do something you should comply - but if you seriously disagree, ...

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