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As I tried to say in the comments, only registered users can delete their own posts. If you check a user’s profile and you see this, they are not registered: Basically, this user has chosen to post as a guest. There is an orange banner at the top of the page that says “finish signing up for your account” and that’s what needs to be clicked to register the ...


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This would be on-topic, but it would be closed as a duplicate of When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? Anglo-Saxon is a hyphenated compound; Washington–Moscow indicates two ends of a connection. Those instances are similar enough to what's in the existing question to answer yours. NB: This isn't intended to be dismissive of your question! ...


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EL&U is not a transcription service, bluntly, but in the past we have entertained questions which ask about phonological phenomena and accents that can be demonstrated in a clip, e.g. Is D-glottalization a plausible explanation of ambiguity in Donald Trump interview with WSJ? Peculiar pronunciation of 'architecture' British politicians ...


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I appreciate the OP's bewilderment, I do. A similar thing happened to me some years ago: I had posted a question which attracted a fair number of comments, the comments were nearly all on-topic and I thought really useful for anyone intrigued by my question. But the list of comments continued to grow until a moderator transferred all of them to chat. When I ...


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The chat room was deleted automatically for lack of activity. I'm a little surprised that that happens. It's been undeleted, since that's possible, but there's no guarantee it won't disappear again. Comments are ephemeral.


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To answer the immediate issue, I declined your Not An Answer flag because I judged there was no evidence to support that conclusion. The answer is an answer. It's OK for an answer to challenge the premise of the question, or to answer part of it. See the MSE posts on this flag. You may not like the answer. That's fine; you don't have to accept that one. You ...


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SE have implemented a new formatting regime which has also included changes to spoilers (which now require a click rather than hover, so they're more consistent across platforms). All the gory details are on MSE: New post formatting This question and answer is provided purely as a pointer to the main article as not everyone will see the Featured post link.


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Your question was deleted by an automated process known as Roomba: If the question is more than 30 days old, and ... has −1 or lower score has no answers is not locked ... ... it will be automatically deleted. This happens because [a]bandoned, unanswered questions can be a nuisance for readers when they appear in search results. While every question ...


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I can't tell when your question ban was imposed. It's an automated ban imposed by the system and moderators cannot do anything to change it. I have found that you posted a question on March 25, after seeing a warning about the quality of past questions. You deleted that question after eight minutes, but — although I can't see when the ban was imposed — I ...


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Thanks for asking. I was the one who locked out comments on that question. You can see this by clicking on the little clock icon beneath where scores are shown, here just to the left of your opening “There's this old question” paragraph: That gives you the public timeline for that post, which is currently: The ELU mod team delete what are frankly ...


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As mentioned in the Editing Help, you can use two spaces after each line: > This is one line > This is the next line > This line contains *italics* and **bold** produces This is one line This is the next line This line contains italics and bold Alternatively, you can put an HTML line break (<br/>) after each line, but that's more ...


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Merging has to be done by staff, following the procedure laid out in the Help (although it assumes that the later account was created accidentally). Create and register an account, and then while logged in use the contact form, selecting "I need to merge user profiles". Fill in the form, giving as much information as possible. The help panel says &...


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There are generally two courses of action possible. If there are no answers which will be invalidated by an edit, then edit the question to make it clear exactly what you are asking about. You can phrase the question in such a way that it cannot be answered by the nominated duplicate. That is, don't say, "This question is not a duplicate of X because I'...


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The link is there, but it is not in the banner, it is just below it. The way duplicate close banners are displayed was updated a while ago, I'm not sure when exactly, but after this question was closed. All duplicate banners should have been updated accordingly. This question, however, had its duplicate banner edited (http to https in the link) before the ...


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This is definitely a browser setting. It's not part of your Stack Exchange or ELU profile. Chrome shows this behaviour. If you zoom by using Ctrl-mousewheel, that zoom is set for that site, on any tab in the browser. Since all sites (including meta sites) have their own URL, you can set different sizes for any site. It looks like you have set a size of less ...


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The migration option is under A community-specific reason: Clicking on 'This question belongs on another site ...' reveals another problem: Philosophy isn't listed in the so-called migration paths: Only ♦ moderators can migrate questions to arbitrary sites in the network, so you'll have to raise a custom flag, as indicated in the FAQ about migration. The ...


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This happens for all old duplicate closures, look e.g. here for more examples. Back then, the duplicate banner was edited into the post itself: You can start to edit the post to see the 'source code' of the banner. The only way to solve this is to reopen the question, and close it again as a duplicate (and edit out the original banner). We do this sometimes ...


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The browser cache should usually be suspected in cases like this. Of course, if you're used to programming your own router and everything, you probably don't need the level of detail here, but it may help someone else... If you have another browser installed, you can attempt to get to the chat room with that (you don't have to be signed in on that browser; ...


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I think this meta meta post covers the issue of lists in general. That is, no, lists are not allowed because each answer is equally valid. We used to allow list questions on EL&U so long as they were Community Wiki (see this meta question). I think they've been outlawed due to their subjective nature. The example you've linked to does ask for a list, but ...


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The two different versions presented below were written to draw deliberate attention to the historical changes which the lexicon of English, and in a few places its syntax, has undergone following the historical event of William’s Conquest in 1066, for no other event in our language’s long history has brought so much change to our language as that one did. ...


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While the sources suggested by ColleenV, in the comments, are helpful, there is probably no substitute for spending some time browsing around the site and picking up its culture, which can never be fully captured by explicit rules.


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