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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 tag exists. So no, don't downvote a multi-word answer to a single-word-request question just for being multi-word.


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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 requirements it might be better to make a comment or a different answer). Single word request questions must include: A sample sentence demonstrating how ...


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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 be taken into account when writing an answer to a question with this tag. (Questions may be tagged with both to emphasize that either a single word or a multi-...


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I hate grammar. People just put it against any old question. Its blurb: This tag is about how the grammar works: different grammatical usages, how they can be used, or what they mean. The first 2 newest grammar questions are about punctuation. The next is about word usage. There are some that seem to fit the the blurb, but it's very general and I don't ...


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Burninate. All of the questions with that tag are generally bad (closed or have no upvotes) and all but one have other tags anyway.


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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 be used Provide as much detail and context as you can Tell us which words were discarded after using a thesaurus or a dictionary, and why. If the word you'...


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I support merging to a new meaning-requests tag. Basically, the combined tag would be for all crowdsourced-reverse-dictionary type questions. By their very nature, askers of such questions cannot know ahead of time whether a single word exists to fit the desired meaning, otherwise they wouldn't be asking. If they would really, really, really prefer a single ...


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I am not a mod, but I manually edited all of the questions to remove that tag. It's gone now.


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I've removed this tag; it does not describe the content of the question, and therefore is not a good tag. In the case of the question where this tag was approved, its use is borderline - the question is actually about the meaning of a given phrase, and whether or not it might be perceived as sexist; nevertheless, this question was already tagged meaning-in-...


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Do we need community consensus to burninate? I think we do. Why? Because burninating a tag is not just editing it out. Technically it might be a sum of edits removing the tag from the affected questions. For this we don't need any consensus whatsoever. Every ELU user with 2k reputation has the privilege to edit stuff unsupervised. While trivial edits are ...


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Actually, this feature was introduced in 2010: 2010-07-22: "Info" tab of tags, including a tag wiki and a tag synonym proposal system implemented. Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange So it predates the site by two weeks. This site—and its Community user—were created on 2010-08-05. Visibility has also been noted as a problem before, on other sites ...


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I think we should not allow single-word requests for synonyms and antonyms, at least. Asking for a word that means (or that means the opposite of) XYZ, where XYZ is a description, is typically not a problem. The asker has an idea in mind and lacks a word for it. This is different from a request for a synonym or antonym. I'm looking for another word for ...


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Tags are automatically deleted within a short amount if time if they have no posts. So the proper way to deal with misspelled tags that cover a small number of questions is to re-tag. In this case, neither of the tags have posts associated with them, so these tags should disappear soon. If the misspelling is particularly common and recurrent, it may be ...


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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 the pattern answer of some certificate or English test triggers my concern about a sentence or wording. It can be in the question, but it's not worth a tag. ...


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My vote is yes: die tag, die! (I'd also like to see the very related tag, esl, with 28 questions gone for many of the same reasons.) There are several types of questions that use the [learning] tag: Questions about learning (usually learning English), some of which are recommendation questions example: Where do I learn cursive? Most, if not all of these ...


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I think this is a bad tag. It feels to me like it would be a meta tag. It can't work as a tag for a question by itself. Meta tagging is discouraged because the tags do not describe the content of the question. If a question is tagged work what do you learn about the question? There is the business-language, so we don't need a new one for that. I'm not ...


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The engine only starts awarding Generalist badges once the top 40 tags have at least 200 questions each. Reg tagged and re-tagged a lot of stuff this morning. Thanks, Reg.


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Sure, we might as well try. Some possible advantages, in my opinion: help users choose the right tags. (Not a big advantage, since most users will probably never see this Meta post.) help editors choose the right tags. (A much more significant advantage.) Possible disadvantages: One more thing to keep updated in addition to the tag wikis. If it gets ...


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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 summarily close a question, despite however much better it might than other single word requests be in other respects, and suspect that it actually lowers average ...


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The community manager Shog9 has kindly granted our request. No more questions tagged "words" (or "word") will appear.


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In summary, senses are the meanings of a word/lexeme within a language. The meaning can depend on the context as well. differences tag is used for the differences between the meanings/senses of (related) lexemes. Though, they can be both used in the same question because related words/lexemes are related to each other in sense. Thus, there are different ...


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I think the statistical analysis clearly supports not merging. There would be a higher reverse correlation of usage if they were being used interchangeably. Why would I use word-request? when I need or want one word Why would I use phrase-request? when I would like a 'sentence' or thought to convey something clearly Why would I used word-request ...


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One way of finding what a tag was originally intended for — probably the only way without any tag wiki — is to look at the earliest questions. Very often, a number of questions will have been retagged with the new tag when it was created, and these example questions can only be those in existence at that time. The earliest questions are at the end of the “...


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Tags are meant to provide useful categorizations of the questions. Honestly I think we could do without most or all of the existing language-name tags (I found tags for german, french, japanese, chinese, spanish, and italian just by looking at a few questions already tagged with translation). I don't think having a tag with the originating language ...


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Yes, for consistency, these numbers should also use thousands separators. As the main SE language is English, even for sites about other languages such Russian, then a comma should be used as the separator. Other parts also use thousands separators, like stats, so tags should do so too. Here's some stats from Russian Language Stack Exchange:


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Yes, we should review the questions in the tag, clean them up, and if no objections come up, a moderator should burninate it.


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I have always read the tag label "similarities" as being the flip-side of the very popular tag label "differences." In my experience, "differences" comes up most often when a question focuses on distinguishing between two words that are close synonyms. But the opposite case, where a question focuses on two generally unlike words may have something in common, ...


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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 popular one. It's a clear distinction from idiom-requests. As it stands in our current taxonomy we are using all the expression tags completely synonymous to phrases. Originally ...


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As Mitch already says in the comment, we have tags for different variations of English. They are manifested on ELU in the tags like american-english, british-english, indian-english and australian-english. We do not have tags for geographic regions per se. However, I don't see any reason for that. The amount of questions where it is relevant and not ...


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