Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica
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Should we fix backticks?
24 votes

I am against. For one thing, I really need code formatting sometimes, as in Proto-Indo-European roots, where Markup (or what is it called?—asterisks and such) messes up my words. Then there are other ...

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Does EL&U have any measures to stop stalker's actions?
23 votes

It appears there is someone who serially down-votes your questions. It certainly looks like that in your reputation history. There is a mechanism that eliminates fraudulent votes, but it is secret, ...

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Google is not General Reference
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22 votes

See JSBangs on why "basic questions are not so basic". I see your point. I definitely think Google is not a general reference as intended. Only if it leads directly to a website that can be ...

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People answering off-topic questions: What should we do?
16 votes

I can understand why people might intuitively want to vote down answers to off-topic questions. But I think it's wrong and contrary to the way the system is supposed to work, because the vote does not ...

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The problem with attractive titles.
15 votes

I think the question is fine and should stay open. It is only to be expected that questions will contain invalid assumptions; I don't think that is much of a problem—on the contrary, because people ...

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Should we make minor improvements to answers?
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14 votes

Minor improvements in general: yes, please! Like typos. However, the big caveat is: only change something if you feel confident that the poster would agree that it is an improvement, or if it is truly ...

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How should we handle users who generate consistently low-quality and off-topic questions?
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14 votes

I propose suspension. The main damage done to this website is the wrong impression a new user gets when he stumbles upon a closed question asked by this guy: he will think "huh, why do people here ...

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No questions for Linguists on EL&U
13 votes

See my close-reason on ELL below for where this question belongs.

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Would this question have been off-topic here?
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11 votes

I think NVZ is right: it may very well have been closed on EL&U, sadly. This site is very close happy about questions that are very interesting but that is not exclusively about modern English (...

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Where do we stand on legalese questions?
11 votes

I see no reason to close questions about legal English as long as they are about the language, not about actual legal interpretation as done in court. Even the definition of a legal term is about ...

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Isn't EL&U a special case among StackExchange sites? Don't we need special mod privileges?
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11 votes

A very good idea. This question may not be the best of examples, but there are plenty of questions that are valid but attract more attention than they are worth. A special flag for moderators would ...

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How can a user with only one rep offer a bounty of one hundred?
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10 votes

The reputation needed for the bounty has already been subtracted, so he had 101 before he placed the bounty. See his reputation history: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/270619/user123456798?...

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Is it really so important in English to find a single word to express a single concept?
10 votes

This is not recent: it has been going on since the beginning, or as long as I remember. Single words no more necessary in English than in most other languages. Although needless wordiness is ...

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Taking action on crowd sourced on-line resources based on SE answers
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10 votes

I see your problem. I think there are two underlying issues here. Our trust in authority. Just because, for example, the Encyclopaedia Britannica says something, we take that as a strong argument. ...

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Why are comment lists abridged in the middle?
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10 votes

Robusto has explained the problem. I propose that a clearly visible button "expand contracted comments" be put either right above the first comment or at the first place chronologically where ...

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Against single word requests
9 votes

I am undecided. On one hand, I personally loathe them; I don't think I've ever answered any. I hardly ever read those questions at all. On the other hand, what will be left of us if we throw them ...

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Bored with the dowdy colors, I seek solace in drink
8 votes

I think the site looks very good, better than any other SE site. It is easy on the eye, balanced, neat—I like it. I vote against any changes unless I get to review and veto them should they displease ...

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What action I can take on closed questions? How those going to penalize me and what steps that I can take to pay back that penalty?
7 votes

You don't need to do anything. The problem is that closing a question looks like punishment, but it is really not intended to be as aggressive as it looks: all it means is that five people on this ...

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what values drive our policy towards question closure?
6 votes

I am strongly in favour of the second set. These are the values we used to hold, two years ago. Then the community became more and more bureaucratic and less friendly to newcomers. This often happens ...

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Is it OK to ask for recordings here?
6 votes

I presume you need a recording specifically because your question cannot be answered otherwise. Then you can phrase the question thus, and suggest that a recording would probably be the best (or ...

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Commas in Google nGram
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6 votes

I don't think it is possible. However, if you just search for Yes I do, Ngrams will include results with commas, because Google normally (and sadly) just ignores all punctuation in its search results. ...

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Is the "Code Sample" feature really needed on english.stackexchange?
6 votes

As Noldorin says, it can be an effective marker of special words or phrases; I use it too. And the mono-space font can be practical. I can understand why you would call the label "code" misleading; ...

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How long should a questionable question remain open?
5 votes

I truly do not understand why your answer was deleted. It was on topic. As to why the question was closed, there is a problem on this site. We used to encourage giving interesting answers to fairly ...

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Is EL&U the Miss Manners StackExchange site?
5 votes

As long as the question is also about English, who cares what else it is about? That question sounds fine to me. Only if it is not really about English should it is closed.

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Should we require some reasonable research being done? (aka Questions that can be answered by opening an online dictionary)
5 votes

This is a difficult question indeed. On the one hand, "what does word x mean?" questions can be (and are often) answered by a quick copy-paste from a dictionary. Those questions annoy me and I usually ...

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Proof reading questions
4 votes

What you wanted to know is specific enough and perfectly fine on this site: whether big and huge are too colloquial in the context of that sentence. At any rate, it does not concern proofreading. ...

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Redirect for SWRs?
4 votes

I hate SWRs, but many people like them. They don't really bother us, do they? How do we suffer by letting them be? The only disadvantage I see is that people who mainly answer SWRs will become our ...

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Would this question be closed as too broad?
4 votes

The answer is "an infinite number", because you can do something like this (I will explain how in these brackets (but the brackets can be repeated ad infinitum (even though it is totally unreadable)))....

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I don't understand what is meant by 'LMGTFY comments'
4 votes

What Andrew and Reg say. I'd like to add that a user who is unaware of our local regulations is by no means "rude". This mode of thinking is known as the Bureaucrat's Trap. His question may be ...

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Are minor jokes in answers and questions OK when they are slightly discriminating against certain groups?
4 votes

Yes, innocent jokes like this are perfectly fine, Left Head. I make them too. A long invective against religion is not OK, of course; but this is a minor thing, just a matter of style. Someone else ...

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