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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

I didn't like the question, and I'm not sorry to see it gone. If someone is truly confused about the words least and less, surely it's not too hard to contrive an example sentence that would raise ...
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An emerging pattern of "research" close votes

The "Please edit to add the research you have done" part of that close reason is easy to abuse, but it does have a purpose. I think that the "lack of research" attitude could be ...
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Let's rewrite the "Proofreading" close reason

Here's a tweak of Nathan's text that tries to concisely define proofreading as part of the close reason. Questions asking for someone to find and correct errors or improve the phrasing of a block ...
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Explain to me why you are throwing your close votes at this question

Not a downvoter nor did I vote to close, but the quote is obviously referring to oral sex. No vulgar terms, indecent or offensive words were used but the description is explicit, it doesn't leave much ...
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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

I think certain language should be avoided on sites like ELL, not so much because it is deeply offensive, as because it is likely to trigger exactly this sort of debate. I propose a new law of ...
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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

Ultimately, like it or not, these offensive words and phrases are a part of the English language. I don't think that closing questions based on example sentences that might offend someone is justified....
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Explain to me why you are throwing your close votes at this question

It's not just a valid question.  It's an interesting and productive question. There do exist edge cases such that transitive verbs in their ordinary transitive senses don't have explicit semantic ...
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Why is this question about "noun for splitting" off-topic?

It isn't. I don't know why two people voted to close it, but as far as I can tell, they were wrong. The close reviewers unanimously agreed on that. (Some people would make the argument that this is ...
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I see in hindsight that a question might have been better for ELU. It has close votes now

There is nothing wrong with the question (being posted on ELL).* I think the comment was an unfortunate one. It shouldn't have caused you any concern. It probably should be deleted, as it is not ...
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Closing the first question as a duplicate of the second question

Take a look at Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers? The consensus in deciding things like duplicates is highly situation-...
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Why are there so many apparently erroneous proofreading close votes?

I think that the discrepancy is caused by different understandings of what "identifying a specific source of concern" looks like. Some folks would like to see an explicit statement of "I'm not sure ...
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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

I do not think it would have been appropriate to change the original poster's example from "gay" to "silly". One or both of the following analyses applies: Perhaps the original poster thought "gay" ...
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EL&U.SE vs ELL.SE

Yes there are things which would be on-topic on the ELU.SE site and not on-topic on the ELL.SE site. ELL is aimed at those who are learning English. Questions need not be from people who are actually ...
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Why are these questions being closed with the proofreading close reason?

Listing multiple possibilities and asking which ones are correct was (is?) a technique used by certain folks to get around having their proofreading questions closed. In addition to getting the "...
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What to do with old questions without context?

My two cents: feel free to vote to close if you stumble upon them, but don't go actively hunting for them. Closing a question is most effective before it gets an answer; afterwards, it's more of a ...
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Is this question really unclear?

From the OP's profile page I see a lot of questions that share the same characteristic: lack of details. The verb "equate" in mathematical sense The question although clear consists of just ...
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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

This isn’t an explicit response to the question, but I want to point out where we might have been able to handle this situation a bit better. Also, I want to make perfectly clear that questions about ...
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Will this question be put "on hold" as proofreading?

King ordered Mary to work in Court, but she doesn't like it because she thinks by this way king will meet her always & she also thinks king will seperate her & husband. It's a long sentence. ...
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Should this question be closed?

No, not proofreading. Proofreading would be something like: Hi can you tell me if this sentence is right? "The marketing director showed the annual profits to distribute equally between the ...
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If there's only two or three possible contexts for a question, don't vote to close it as unclear, too broad, or Details Please

What I notice about the questions Nathan has used as examples is that they are conspicuously bare of any explanation from the author of what prompted the question, what they find confusing about it, ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Why is this question about "noun for splitting" off-topic?

Yes that's the idea. Also it would have been a better/more detailed/acceptable question (in my mind) if you had listed some of the synonyms you had found and mentioned why they weren't acceptable, or ...
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I see in hindsight that a question might have been better for ELU. It has close votes now

I think it's not so much that the question really is "nuanced" - it more that by its very nature, ELL is likely to have a high percentage of users who are interested in knowing what's grammatically ...
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Let's rewrite the "Proofreading" close reason

This was the final close reason that we got to fit within the character limits: Questions asking for someone to find and correct errors or improve the phrasing are considered requests for ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Can we add a new reason to the "Close" list?

While posting images of text is a problem, I don’t think it makes an interesting question out of scope for the site. Also, it is a problem that can easily be corrected by the community by transcribing ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Are 'research/detail' close votes being used too liberally?

I think that you are focusing too much on the reasons someone might put something into the close queue versus the reasons a question actually gets closed. For What does 'to come over one's ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Should we expand the “It’s in the dictionary” close reason to include etymological questions?

Proposed rewording inspired by Paul Tanenbaum's comment and a post on EL&U: Questions that can easily be answered by a reputable online dictionary are off-topic. See Policy for questions that are ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Should we expand the “It’s in the dictionary” close reason to include etymological questions?

I agree that etymology questions, like the one you cited, should be off-topic as answerable with a dictionary search. That said, I'm one of the users who think that no questions of the format "...
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Explain to me why you are throwing your close votes at this question

I wasn't a downvoter, but I WAS a closevoter - which I now regret doing. I never explicitly commented myself. At the time I simply saw my closevote as endorsing the ...because YUK! reaction given by ...
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