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Mod-Edited comments?

I recently edited a post to make it easier to find and to add some extra tags to it. I had also answered the question. Because I was slightly broadening the question title in order to make the ...
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Excessive downvotes

What can you do against excessive downvotes? In the picture below the votes from today are shown.
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Why was this Reopen review item invalidated?

From the timeline of this question, it seems the Reopen review which was initiated after my edit became invalidated. Any idea how this could happen? Three reviewers have voted to reopen, but the ...
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How to salvage/improve questions: a guide by example

TL;DR: let's make a catalog of "How to salvage your question" examples. There are a handful of reasons that a lot of our questions on our main site, ELL, get closed on. Except for "duplicate of ...", ...
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Question about upvoting

I've been wondering if it is appropriate for me to upvote questions and answers. I know that native speakers upvote good questions and answers. But being a non-native, I've been feeling a bit hesitant ...
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My comment edited by someone else

My comment here did not originally include the google search link. In fact, I intentionally did not do this style of link. However, it looks like I did to anyone reading, and I have no way to correct ...
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Extensive edits and bounty allocation by same user

On the following question there was a 150 rep bounty which was allocated to an answer after the bounty proposer had largely edited it. This is an unusual course of action that I have never seen ...
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How soon do I have to choose the best answer?

I'm still not sure about the system. Could you tell me how soon I have to choose the best answer? Because a few days after posting a question, there is no way for me to accept an answer. Sometimes I ...
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To move my question to English Language & Usage

I asked this one Is it OK to use "otherwise" after "where"? question assuming it will be very easy and straightforward to answer. That is, a typical question from a foreign ...
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Questions with no answers but are answered in comments

I'm pretty new to this site. I was wondering what the accepted practice was with questions like this where OP has been answered in comments but there are no answers to 'accept'. What does the ...
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How do I throw somebody else's hat into the ring?

I'm delighted to see us slouching toward Bethelehem to be born; but I find no provision for nominating anyone but myself. Is this by design or oversight? ADDED: Loong has directed me to a post which ...
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Can the help page be updated?

Critique requests have been off-topic on Writers for some time now. Today, I was looking at this site's help pages and came across this: This is not the right site for questions about: Writing ...
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A message to ColleenV

I don't know if it is appropriate to post "any way thank you for your service message" here. But I hope this be not deleted. I have been not here for a while, but there was time when I was quite ...
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Is moderator Maulik V ok?

I haven't seen moderator Maulik V around for some time. Is he ok? Does SE try to look after their moderators if they go missing? Note: I don't care how active he's "meant to be". I just care if he's ...
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Mods Binging on Reviews. Leave some for the rest of us?

On my History Review page there are approximately eight pages, each with 50 items, where the names of two moderators dominate the close review. In over 400 reviewed posts, I counted the names of only ...
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I think it's worth reopening this question

This quesion here was recently closed as a duplicate: double linking verb "be" It was closed as a duplicate of this question here: Present Simple vs Present Progressive The second ...
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ЯegDwight for moderator

Why on earth am I being called upon to approve an edit by, of all people, ЯegDwight? I urge the powers that be to review this post and confer a diamond upon our Onlie Begetter.
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Can only one person with less than 2000 reputation approve a edit suggestion?

I gave a edit suggestion and when it was approved I saw that only one person has approved it and that is the question owner with 16 reputation. How? Please explain me. https://ell.stackexchange.com/...
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Should questions like this (like linguistics... see below) be asked and answered on ELL?

There was a very recent question "Why is “threepenny” pronounced as THREP.NI?" on this SE. And the spectacular answer by a very cooperative contributor Void. Under Void's answer, one user ...
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Help needed, re: removing accidentally created tag

As I was editing a post, I accidentally clicked "Save edits" while typing (tags). Can someone with the ability to delete tags kindly remove the one I accidentally created ("syn")? Thank you so much. ...
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Deleted comment

I normally wouldn't worry about a deleted comment, but I got a reply to my comment on this question that seems to suggest I should post it as an answer instead (the only reason I didn't in the first ...
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Question migrated from ELL to ELL meta

A question to which I provided an answer has been migrated from ELL to ELL meta. I probably should know why this occurred, but I don't. I am not upset that it has been migrated (I am sure there was a ...
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When should the "meaning-in-context" tag be used?

I am not clear when meaning-in-context should be used. Since the question should always give a context, I am not sure when meaning-in-context should be used instead of meaning. I imagine meaning ...
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Retag "phrase" as "phrases"

Since we are already using sentences, the questions using phrase should be retagged phrases. It doesn't make sense to use the plural in a case, and the singular in the other one.
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Unicode in comment URLs

How do I handle unicode in the URL put into a comment? For example, adding a link to http://pl.wiktionary.org/wiki/Chińczyk without it breaking on the ń.
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Am I expected to delete my correct answer that was downvoted for not being the one selected?

I have a question about my English Language Learners Stack Exchange answer: Do you say “2 Byte” or “2 Bytes”? Am I expected to delete my correct answer that was downvoted for not being the one ...
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Who views moderator flags right now?

As far as I'm aware, we do not yet have any moderators here on ELL. That being the case, when I flag a question as "needs ♦ moderator attention", who (if anyone) is notified?
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Can the OP see my edit that needs peer review?

OP asked a long question, I fixed some typos. My reputation is still low so it needs peer-review. Can OP see my edits yet? The problem is I fixed typos, but there's a shady part where I know they ...
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Oops! I was only tagging. Should I go back and delete?

I feel so embarrassed. Jess's questions are usually useful for English learners but I've always noticed their tags were spartan and sometimes irrelevant. So I went on a wild tagging mission, tired ...
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How do I input symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet?

How do I input symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet? I have looked at the Editing Help but there is nothing about it.
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How did I get 42 votes on posts?

Looking at my user profile, I see I have voted posts 42 times, and I have reached the limit for today. How can that be possible, if the limit is 40 per day?
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What does "(deleted)" mean in the page listing my close-votes?

When looking at the page showing my closure votes, I noticed one of the entries shown (deleted). What does that mean? As far as I can see, the question has never been deleted.
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What is to be done when some user suggests edits that are necessary but isn't what OP provided info for?

So I believe I did a mistake today. There were four suggested edits pending when I came in here today. So naturally I thought of looking into them. This was the very first question that came in. The ...
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Reviewing review queues -feature request

One of the jobs that civic minded members are encouraged to do here is to vote on whether certain questions should be closed, need further work, or should remain open. This is only after one has ...
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Merge request for two similar questions

Can we merge this question: Two-year program or Two-years program? With this question here: Why is "letter" not plural in "two letter words"? The first question has one upvote, ...
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Is there a limit for the number of questions, answers or comments a user can make in a day?

I already know I can post a question only once in 40 minutes. At least, I got this message from the system when I tried to post a second question in a period of 40 minutes. But, besides that, aren't ...
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What do the posts with different backgound color mean?

Recently, I was browsing English Language Learners' posts. I found on some posts, the background color is a bit different, some are light yellow, most are white. I would like to know what is the ...
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What comments should I flag on ELL?

The big question This post is meant to gather a consensus on what comments mods and the community consider to be flaggable. When I want to flag a comment, I see this: But what do each of the ...
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Is it fine to use emoji? o_O

As far as I know, ELL (or maybe every site on Stack Exchange) does not allow "chattiness" in comments. But I'm not sure whether the "chattiness" also includes the use of emoji. Actually, I use emojis ...
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How can I subscribe to English Learners newsletter?

I don't see an item on the http://stackexchange.com/newsletters page to subscribe to the newsletter. I am subscribed to several stack exchange newsletters and find it quite useful, so I wish to ...
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Flag declined. Low Quality Question removed from Review Queue

I flagged a question that I discovered was left open by a moderator in the review queue. Whenever a moderator casts a vote in the review queue, it is binding and the question is automatically removed ...
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What is the maximum number of questions I can ask every day?

I have asked three questions in the last 24 hours, and I feel embarrassed because I think I have made the Stack Exchange system busy. I would like to know whether there is any restriction on the ...
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Is there a way to talk privately to a moderator?

A situation has come to my attention that I feel needs moderator intervention. Drawing attention to the situation might make it worse, so I would like to speak privately to a moderator. Is the some ...
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When would I be able to create a tag? Is there a reputation requirement?

I am wondering when I would be able to make tags. I just asked question on the main site regarding the difference between "may" and "can". Prior, to asking the question I reviewed couple of related ...
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How can I insert a Google Ngram chart relatively easily?

I know this question probably belongs to the Meta of Metas, but I figure this is a more familiar place to me. Plus, Ngram is definitely a very important external feature for ELL and ELU users. I was ...
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How can I improve my answers?

I've written three answers. Two of the three have one downvote each and no upvotes. Could you please take a look at them and tell me how I can improve these two answers: Should “Organization” here ...
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How do I privately contact the moderators?

The answers to this earlier question about contacting moderators essentially say flag one of your posts and ask them to create a private room for you. But my current position isn't exactly that. I ...
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An Editing Manual

UNDER CONSTRUCTION I noticed (or re-noticed, studies say people's attention span on the internet decreases by . . . Oh I love that GIF, it never gets old) that we have an Editor's Lounge. Nice. There ...
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If a protected question takes 10 rep, why isn't 101 enough?

I was tempted to add to An adjective to describe a pregnant woman's swollen belly?, but there's no answer button, and the explanation is a minimum rep of 10, and I've got (thanks to association) ...
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Can we reopen this morphology question?

The following morphology question is useful and interesting. The question isn't excellently framed. The OP, of course, would find it difficult to frame in the first place, unless they knew words like ...