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Changes to the Hot Network Questions List

Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"! There are some very nice new features around the HNQ list. I’m not going to repeat the ...
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Questions are not lined up vertically

Some questions, at least on meta, are further to the right than others: (Firefox 62.0.2 on Windows 10) In this screen shot, I added red lines to try to show how the columns don't always line up. At ...
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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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Help Center translations: your thoughts?

Firstly, let me be clear that I'm not talking about translations of the full content of the entire site. Obviously with user-contributed questions and answers, this would be impossible without a huge ...
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Academic plagiarism

I would like to know what the Stack Exchange policy is on helping quaerants who are engaging in blatant professional or academic plagiarism. Should we be doing it, and what should we do about such ...
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Lay the [lie-lay-lain-laid] tag to rest

The lie-lay-lain-laid tag is just one example of a tense issue, so everything in it should be retagged to that or something more specific.
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Please look over the revision history when editing a question

So I just did a "reject and edit" for this question https://ell.stackexchange.com/posts/76087/revisions because the suggested edit was correcting an edit that probably should have been rolled back and ...
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We should make [off-topic] synonymous with [scope]

On our meta site, there are two different tags off-topic and scope. But actually off-topic is the synonyms under scope. Refer to MSO: Also done at U & L.
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Tag Overflow shows how tags are related, or need work

Tag Overflow is a great tool for visually comparing: How many questions have each tag. The overlap between tags. Which tags have lots of unanswered questions. You can even filter it by a tag. Piotr ...
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Ghost users asking questions (due to migration)

This question is not the first to arrive here from EL&U, and it is not the first where the person who asked the question "does not exist". Of course this makes sense, as the user has made an ...
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Canonical Post #2 is up!

I'm pleased to announce that our second Canonical Post is up, thanks to StoneyB! A quick refresher on Canonical Posts, in case you've forgotten: The idea behind Canonical Posts is to take a ...
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Could SE easily support a moderator-editable occasional banner?

In the comments on my answer to WendiKidd's question about a Canonical Post I recalled that during Private Beta we had a temporary "banner" across the top of the splash page, with a message ...
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Making URLs more readable

One of the most common edits I make is to turn ugly URLs into clean textual references. For example: https://www.google.com.au/webhp?ie=UTF-8#safe=off&hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=URL+...
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How can the tag wiki for "sentence-construction" be expanded?

The tag wiki for sentence-construction currently says: For questions about the proper construction of sentences. This is quite a short description, which is probably too generic to be understood. ...
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Should we avoid closing questions about resources for now?

Just in the last few hours a couple of questions about resources have been posted: This one, asking for sources on technical writing, has been closed as Not Constructive. It is in fact a very broad ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Can I submit a video here for feedback on my pronunciation?

I am trying to improve my pronunciation of English words. For these purposes, I make short videos. That is, I want to know not about a specific word, but in general how understandable my speech is. My ...
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Vocabulary tag rework?

The vocabulary tag has 1000 over questions, but unfortunately I'm not very sure how to tag questions with that tag. The description reads: This tag is for questions about a body of words. It should ...
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Are you wondering how a candidate’s score is calculated?

One bit of information voters might find helpful that I don't see linked anywhere obvious in the election pages is how the candidate score is calculated: The Candidate Score can range from 0 to 40, ...
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Edits to my answers sometimes generate multiple answers rather than applying the edits

In this question, I answered it, then edited my answer a few times in rapid succession. Each time I used the "edit" link. Now I notice that there are two separate answers, one being an ...
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Are there good Q&A sites other than Stack Exchange for English?

This question might seem to be rather offensive to this site, so kindly pardon me. Since I sometimes have English related questions which are prohibited to ask here, so could someone teach me if ...
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Is it ever appropriate to ask the same question in ELU and ELL?

This question appears on both ELL and on ELU, but not as a migration. I'm not convinced that it's really appropriate for either, but I'm also not able to articulate why, or certain enough of my ...
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A question with 20k views that could have a canonical answer

The question was only posted 8 months ago, but in that short space of time it has attracted over 20,000 views. "Has" vs. "have" The title must be spot on for visitors looking ...
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Help with new "passive" tag

I keep this brief and to the point. Yesterday, I created a new tag distance-expression and only remembered to write a short description when I read this reminder: When you make a new tag, please ...
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After editing a question, what should I do if I understand that sentence is too broad or something?

I usually edit questions that are not very well-formatted. In fact, before reading such a question, I instantly start to edit it. In other words, I read and edit the questions simultaneously. Recently,...
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Information given by users in their profiles

I was editing my profile when I saw there was a place where I can give my email, full name and my date of birth. There on the top it was written "Private information (not shown publicly)". It is my ...
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Site thumbnail in links shows beta design

I was talking to someone on Skype and sent them the link for ELL. The thumbnail image shows the old beta logo (the letters "ELL" in a light blue speech bubble). Oddly enough, on Facebook it correctly ...
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Does asking which part of speech is a part of a sentence make sense?

When studying Italian grammar at school, we got used to classify the parts of a sentence; the purpose was being able to apply some grammar rules we were learning. As such, I tendentially try to ...
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Reminder to use the custom "Needs more detail" close reason

I know that it really sucks that this close reason is listed under "off topic"... There's a proposal on MSE to change the close voting system to allow more custom close reasons outside of the "off ...
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Site icon on iOS app has a circular background

When viewing the site on the main web, the site icon bookmark is only the bookmark itself. When viewed on the iOS app, it has a beige circle surrounding it (light grey for Meta), which seems ...
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What if we write a glossary post for linguistic terms we use in tags?

Last time it became evident to everyone that a big problem in choosing what tags and tag names to use is that linguistic terminology is incomprehensible for a lot of ELLs while simple and ...
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How can we improve our voting system?

Voting plays a crucial role in the health of a Stack Exchange community. I'd like to see some improvements in how we vote and what we vote for. How can we improve it? In other words, how can we ...
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Why can't we have 'star' for the answers?

I'm simply loving this site. Thanks a ton to the makers. While almost all features are useful, I think it lacks one more feature -favoriting the answer the same way we do for the questions. At times, ...
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"What does this entire sentence mean?" Questions

In my opinion, questions which quote an entire sentence or paragraph and then say "what does this mean?" are simply another variant of proofreading; I want to see a specific point of concern ...
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Not able to get the email for the notifications of ELL

There is a option of getting emails corresponding to the notifications of this site in the link on the topleft corner. I have checkhed the option twice and submitted it but so far I have not been got ...
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Tag description that is possibly unsuitable for an English language site

The description for our (main site's) third most popular tag meaning reads: This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. This sentence seems ..off to me, if ...
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How to further improve English listening?

I can easily understand the conversation from Twitch or Live Youtuber shows. However, when I watch shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime videos, I cannot understand their talks... It looks like I listen ...
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Profile info in contributor's guide?

This answer has been proposed for the Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners (which I recommend). It suggests things that a contributor might want to include in his or her profile. Is ...
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How should we address questions about literary interpretation?

I have seen many questions that ask about how to interpret a word or phrase in the context of a specific literary text. According to the official guidelines, language learners are allowed to ask those ...
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Many comments under my answer

My answer to this question has garnered a gratifying number of up votes, as well as some down votes, and a very long tail of comments, in which people either agree with me enthusiastically (British ...
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Broader acceptance of revisions from community

Background Discussion has been limited regarding the acceptable extent and nature of revisions for questions, by contributors other than the author, especially over any considerations that might be ...
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Bilingual dictionary that explains the meanings of words, not just equivalent words

A bilingual dictionary will typically give you the closest equivalents of a word in Language A in Language B. This is sufficient most of the time, but for words that do not have direct equivalents in ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How can I improve my downvoted answers?

I asked a question here in Meta. I wanted to know if I could offer a bounty and ask ELL users to help me improve my downvoted answers or understand why they are wrong. That probably wasn't a good idea ...
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What sites and resources can I search before asking here?

Right now I have https://translate.google.ru as the only one instrument for translation. After getting no results from it for translation I don't know where to go and ELL is the only place that come ...
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ELL's Greatest Hits Page

I came across the Stack Exchange's Greatest Hits blog post on EL&U's meta, and found that ELL has a "greatest hits" page. This page lists the questions that have received a lot of ...
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What are list of the words describing pecuilar characteristic of animals and birds in English language?

I am looking for the list of the words which describes various peculiarity of animals or birds. E.g. A wise Owl. We say this because we always associate Owl in stories, cartoon, movies etc. as wise. ...
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Is there an online forum where native speakers correct your English sentences for you?

I'm not a native English speaker. but I want a forum which some native ones help others with checking their sentences. In this site, we are not allowed to do such things. I appreciate any help from ...
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