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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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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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Single-word-request rule clarification needed

I agree with Andrew Leach's comment that closure as opinion-based is a bit odd, given that to some degree all SWRs are seeking an opinion on what might be the right word to use. However, I'm guessing ...
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What do we consider "consensus" for burnination?

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 ...
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Information about info pages!

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 ...
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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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Should we get rid of the "learning" meta-tag?

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: ...
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Canonical post tag?

That's a meta tag. According to the blog post on meta tags: The reason meta-tags are a problem is that they do not describe the content of the question. They describe some other aspect of the ...
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ELU tagging guideline

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 ...
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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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What tag should be used when a question is completely off topic?

You can't add untagged to a question; that tag only appears when a question is migrated (and none of the original tags exists on the destination site) or when all tags on a question are pruned. If you ...
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Shouldn't some questions be region dependent?

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-...
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Should we get rid of the tag "similarities"?

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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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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What do we consider "consensus" for burnination?

Disclaimer This discussion has been primarily started by my assertion about this question posted by me where I assumed +10/-4 to mean a pretty strong sign of community support. Please aim any ...
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Merge tags [difference-in-meaning] and [differences]

We can get rid of difference-in-meaning as it is being used inconsistently as a synonym for either differences or word-choice. Since there are so few instances I've gone and cleaned them up.
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

single-word-requests This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the ...
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The appropriateness of having an 'Italian' tag (no slight intended: I've just become aware of this particular flag)

An argument can be made (and I believe that at least one prominent EL&U contributor has made it many times) that the tags used at EL&U are completely useless and a waste of time. If so, ...
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Let's burninate [o-ou]!

I'd vote against it, although I don't feel strongly about the matter. Sure, it's only got 9 questions. So it's not super popular, but that also means it's not doing that much harm. Nine is at least ...
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Should we get rid of the tag "similarities"?

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 ...
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What separates 'conversation' questions from 'dialogue'?

You're right the two tags are related — as indeed the system shows. Conversation is an unscripted interaction between two or more persons. Dialogue, as "a feature of a book, play or film," is a ...
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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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Should the tags 'saying' and 'proverbs' be merged?

I suggest proverb and saying are quite different both in meaning and use. A proverb is typically advice or an old expression of a common truth. If a new phrase were coined, such as "Make America Great"...
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How do we deal with more than 130 empty tag wikis?

When you edit a tag wiki there is an edit rejection option along the lines of "this edit only describes the topic of the tag and not how it should be used". Blank tag wikis are not considered to be a ...
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What's a good name for a tag about expressions like "fish and chips" and "red, white and blue"?

conjunct-ordering I just noticed that this term is used in the paper John Lawler linked to, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/haj/worldorder.pdf It seems like a good description to me, although ...
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Information about info pages!

No, they are as old as the hills. Looking at the history of the single-word-request info page, for example, there is That one is over six years old. It's now at revision 17. These are the pages ...
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Seeking [answers] about these tags on meta

I don't have a problem with any of those tags, and I'm not even certain that the lack of any information for them is much of a problem either, I'm afraid. However, I haven't checked whether the ...
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Is this a valid question under computer tag?

You can think of a tag as a way to steer your question to a particular group of experts. Experts have the ability to filter questions by tag and see just the questions they will be good at answering. ...
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When should I use "convention tag" in EL&U?

"The X tag has no usage guidance" means that the tag has no tag wiki/excerpt. You can see the full wiki by clicking on a tag, then clicking on "Learn more...", which in your case should take you to ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

I would keep word-choice, the explanation is short and it tells the author to use SWR if they don't know the word they're looking for.
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