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Overzealous “Proofreading” closevotes?

Someone recently closevoted this question, as "Proofreading" (that same person or someone else also downvoted the question, which may or may not mean something): Error in sentence construction ...
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Should we wait for a few minutes before editing a post?

The problem with the editing system is that it allows a user to edit a post while another user is editing it, too. This happened here. P. E. Dant submitted his edit while I was editing the same post;...
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Some curious deletions

This evening, I had occasion to comment on a question that concerned in part a simple disagreement in number. The moderators, for unknown reasons, deleted several useful and instructive comments of ...
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If there is more than one right answer can I summarize the answers?

If there is more than one right answer to a question can I accept one and summarize the answers under the question description with an edit note? For example, a previous question I asked: What is the ...
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Found a question that needs a better answer? Why not offer a bounty?

So we currently only have one featured question, but we have more than a thousand positively scored questions with one or zero answers. If you have earned enough reputation to access all the ...
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Informative vs. Concise: What's the best way to title a question?

A user recently asked a question about a sentence found in the Harry Potter series. The original title of the question was: Meaning of "and yet" in the sentence "He'd just had the best ...
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Questions about understanding a passage about a specialty topic

EDIT: It looks like I was viewing this topicality question from an incorrect perspective. I'll leave the question in place for other site newcomers. If the question seems to make sense and is ...
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Need to confirm this question about the spelling of “Android” is on-topic here

I have the question below: Most of the time when I'm trying to write the word Android, I get the confusion about it's spelling, like will it be Andorid or Android. So most of the time I was written ...
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Lesser of evils on ELL: comment vs. LQ answer

There is endless Q&A here and on SE Meta on comments vs. answers. Some things are clearly comments (e.g., requests for clarification, critique of a post). We have guidance on what constitutes a ...
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What is mean of “specific point” that He/She said by comment

I have a question about my English Language Learners Stack Exchange post: What is all grammar wrong in the question(page)? A comment I can't understand He/She said "specific point",due I "still can't ...
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An emerging pattern of “research” close votes

Recently, and by recently, I mean during the past month or so, we've had an emerging pattern of voting to close questions because they lacked research. More precisely, questions used to be closed ...
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What about a “linguistics” tag to ask the point of view of the linguistics on an English rule?

I would like to ask for "linguistics" tag, because sometimes we need the linguistics point of view on English rules, the question is not for the Linguistics SE, because it's specifically about English ...
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What if I cannot choose the best answer? [duplicate]

What do I do if my question received a few very good answers and each of them is useful? I have had it this way a few times and some of my questions are still left without the best answer chosen. ...
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Comment Templates

Guidance is pretty important, and that's usually emphasized when we notice a new user's downvoted question without any comments. Comments are also ephemeral necessary evils — they're both ...
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Questions with no official answer… redux

I think most meta users must be familiar with the issue of questions being answered in comments. First of all, do people even consider it an issue? It's not a huge deal if people are getting the ...
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Is this site meant for only experts to comment or answer questions?

I seem to be stepping on another member's toes because I made a comment that she felt I should not have made. link to post I do not have to answer or comment and I did not come here to pick nits or ...
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Seeking for clarification: was my question closed for reasons that comply with the rules accepted on this site?

My question was put on hold, and then closed, as falling under the category, primarily oppinion based. The question was about the proper usage of articles in a statement, which is a topic welcomed ...
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undeleting OP-deleted duplicate

Shortly after “ … as if the dog were its mother” - why “were” and not “was”? was closed as a duplicate, the OP deleted the question. I've no idea whether you lose rep points for having your question ...
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Can we reopen this question now it's been edited? (It's been reopened)

I've had an edit of this question here: "Behind each other's back" <-- is 'other's back' correct here? The phrase "each other" causes problems for lots of students. I ...
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Can I write this? Can I say this? Can I speak like this? and e.t.c

I'm starting to notice questions of this kind more and more often. It seems to me that what most people want is to ask us to allow them to do whatever they want to do but not exactly answer their ...
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What off-site resources can I provide when I think it acceptable to give one?

I'm a bit confused. I used to think that it's good to provide additional information from other sites whenever an answer is submitted but later I realized it's wrong, but not totally. Now another ...
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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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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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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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Questions about pronunciation which are NOT entirely answerable with a dictionary

Earlier today, I saw a question about phonetics: When do I REALLY need to pronounce an s as a z? Yeah, I know the rule that after a voiced consonant, the plural or 3rd person S should be realized as ...
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Perhaps suggesting an edit should not require changing more than 6 letters? [duplicate]

I asked a question, then received an awesome answer. There was only one thing wrong with it. The author used "seems" where it's grammatically correct to use "seem". First, I thought about writing a ...
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What should you do if an accepted answer is wrong?

Earlier today I read a poorly worded question where the accepted answer is founded on a couple of serious misconceptions, and I feel that it will be misleading to learners. I have not provided a link ...
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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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Why are there so many apparently erroneous proofreading close votes?

Even though every once in a while it comes up on meta that people are closing questions as proofreading while they're not proofreading I still often see proofreading close votes on questions which are ...
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How exactly can I earn the Organizer badge?

I'm sorry for asking again, but I have no choice. I tried to ask in chat, but it did not help. I do not know how to earn Organizer badge. I understand I must do something with tags. I tried to add, ...
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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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Could somebody explain how to get the Curious, Inquisitive and Socratic badges?

I don't understand very well how it is possible to ask a question on 5 separate days or more. I can ask a question in 5 minutes or less. Also very confused about what the phrase "positive question ...
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Are there penalties at Stack Exchange for copying answers?

Before Stack Exchange, I participated in a similar site. That site had a requirement: all answers must be different from each other, and users cannot copy content from anywhere including Internet. I ...
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Is it possible to edit questions that have answers?

I am new to this site. Is it possible here to edit questions which already have answers?
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Restore deleted account or reputation from deleted account

I've checked the post related to my issue but I think deleted account can't be restored. I've also see this post but the solution is provided for stackoverflow. Is it possible for this community? I'...
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What does “question eligible for bounty in 2 days” mean?

I want to know the meaning of this sentence below my question: question eligible for bounty in 2 days Could you give me the right meaning of this sentence?
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What is the difference between 'English Language & Usage' and 'English Language Learners'? [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between the two Stack Exchange sites 'English Language & Usage' and 'English Language Learners' (this site).
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Why don't questions identify the native language of their author?

Why don't questions identify the native language of their author? I'm new here, but it seems to me that it might be useful (and interesting) to know that people who speak a certain language often have ...
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With Lang-8 shutting down, where will we send proofreading questions?

We have a close reason which tells people to use "alternative websites" for proofreading: Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. ...
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Why is meaning mentioned as both allowed and not allowed?

Let me elaborate. A little while after answering a question I came back to check on it and noticed that is was put on-hold. Then I read the hold box and it read, "[b]asic questions on spelling, ...
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Good writing books for Cambridge FCE and CAE candidates? [duplicate]

Well, I've just finished the Cambridge PET course (surprisingly, I was awarded with "pass with distinction") and now I'm studying for the Cambridge FCE course. I realised that the abilities required ...
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“Fixing the grammar should be done in answers not the question”

The question titled Can I use “there” twice in the same sentence? asked whether the following example was correct... There is many food there I initially posted a comment drawing attention to the "...
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Question about uncorrected errors

I have noticed on this forum that answers are accepted, irrespective of minor errors. I am saying this because I have seen some of the answers with wrong capitalization and others with minor grammar ...
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Why do I keep getting this message? “This question body does not meet our quality standards.”

I'm trying to submit a question and I keep getting this message: Request failed This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - ...
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Should I delete my question?

I had asked a question here, then users answered it in comments section. after I read the comments, I feel the question is not valid. Should I delete it?
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Tag Clean-up Proposals

This question is to get help from the community when you come across a tag that needs reworking. Post an answer with the tags in question and what you think should be done to fix them up. If it ...
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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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Couldn't something be done to stimulate voting at the English Language Learners site?

English language learners seem reluctant to cast a vote even after receiving a thorough, time-consuming answer. This is rather discouraging for teachers or English speakers who wish to contribute. ...
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What to do with aspect and tense tags?

I have compiled a list of tags and our possible future decisions about them, which may be subject to change. The primary objective is to decide the fate of tags tagged with "maybe". Among those tags ...
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How can I retract my downvote without upvoting the answer?

This is my first question in ELL Meta. My question is, how can I retract my downvote without giving an extra +1? I've just accidently downvoted an answer in ELL, so I want to retract it, but when I ...

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