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What resources do I need to consult before asking a question?

Asking questions Many questions can be easily answered by searching for a word, phrase, or idiom in a free online dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation, and even some grammar questions (such as which ...
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Why is there no name on this comment except for "delete"?

A long time ago, the username of deleted users wasn't automatically anonymized so users would change it to something else before deletion. This user decided to call themselves "delete" and ...
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Gratuitous personal attacks by poster

Choosing deliberately inflammatory words like gratuitous, crudely, outrageous, slimy, appalling, insolent to publicly describe our community members or their actions sets a tone ill-suited to civil ...
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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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Gratuitous personal attacks by poster

The question is similar to: Why did you murder the man? Instead of: Did you murder him? I have never seen spill the tea, and I do get around. Obviously the user is not accusing you of murdering ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

No M-W is neither outdated or unreliable. It has an active staff of lexicographers working day and... well day... adding news words, marking old ones as obsolete, etc. It is the most reliable American ...
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Are we being encouraged to answer very old questions, or are they just being made more visually pleasing?

Posts are edited for a number of reasons, but all edits must make the post better, especially when it's a post that's not currently on the "active homepage" since space there is limited and ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

The only thing I can think of to quibble with is the fact that MW uses its own special notation to describe pronunciations, instead of using IPA. On the other hand, the IPA transcriptions used by ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

Tangential to the original question, which remains valid, I want to note here that you've misunderstood Araucaria's comment. I don't think Araucaria is anti-Webster, they were responding to a comment ...
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Is posting a word game accepted?

A decade+ later, I think very few people on this site would agree with the 'yes' in the (since deleted) accepted answer. Though the tag word-games has 21 questions, very few of the un-closed, un-...
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Want to complain about a gratuitous personal attack on the main site

You should flag the comment. It's not the done thing to call out an individual comment on Meta, since comments are ephemeral and can actually be deleted by flagging. It appears to me that the post is ...
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What's up with the [usage] tag?

There was just some moderator housekeeping work to be done yet. We almost never remember to ask the system about which ones need merging, let alone do so. I've taken care of that now.
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Seeking cursive writing samples along with a typed version

If you don't mind using older documents and hands, the Library of Congress By the People collections offer many handwritten documents that have been transcribed and reviewed by volunteers. Their ...
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What is the Journalism tag used for?

Going through most of the questions in that tag, they fall into a few groups: Terms used by journalists/terms related to journalism: Is there a word that describes when an editor sends some copy back ...
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Are crazy icons here to stay?

The MSE post is now marked as being status-completed, as of four hours ago, and the icons look normal again. (The bug was a byproduct of a new site, PLDI, leaving private Beta.) So I think this has ...
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How can I delete an "accepted answer"?

If the answer has a score of -1 or less, three users with 20k+ rep can delete it even if it's accepted and moderators can always delete an answer if they so choose. I won't guarantee that I'll always ...
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Where did my old question go?

Questions can be removed by a variety of means. An unnuanced list, which may not be exhaustive, includes votes of the community adverse flags deletion or destruction of the poster's account on the ...
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Why is my question about the etymology of "foundation" off-topic?

The fact that a question is answered does not mean that it is on-topic or should not be closed. The fact that people upvote a question does not mean that it is on-topic or should not be closed. A ...
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What resources/reference can I use when converting sentences from American English to British English?

I think the concept of 'gold standard' is falling out of fashion. Or even just plain old standard. But Wikipedia Comparison of American and British English for vocabulary and grammar. Wikipedia ...
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Seeking cursive writing samples along with a typed version

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (the original second draft) Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the ...
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May I speculate in comments?

I for one (as one of those who provided "an" answer) feel almost anxious about going on participating. Especially because of the "scratching the ridiculous"-level of logical ...
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May I speculate in comments?

We are a shoot-askers-down community with a crew of hawkish eagle-eyed downvoters ready to slay and humiliate new users with the temerity to ask a question that they haven't the vocabulary to ask ...
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May I speculate in comments?

mods may still delete the comments at a whim, without notice. pretty much says it. Note that the lock now on the question only applies to comments: Comments on this question have been disabled, but ...
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Kludge to trick SE to allow edits smaller than six characters by injecting invisible characters

As someone who's a low-rep editor on other sites, I sympathize. But, as someone who's reviewing this type of edit (both here and elsewhere), hacks like these are kinda annoying. There is a little bit ...
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What resources/reference can I use when converting sentences from American English to British English?

The default for most of humanity would be resetting your edition of Word to use British English instead of American English. That should create squiggly lines under all your colors and centers and ...
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