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Should I delete my answers?

There is no shame in an answer receiving no upvotes or not being accepted. Be patient. Do not be discouraged if an answer is not (yet) accepted or has received no upvotes. I have had answers accepted ...
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Election check-in - Who's interested in stepping up to help being a moderator here?

I am willing to run. I log into SE almost every day. ELL is my second site in terms of rep, Law.SE is my first. On ELL I am pretty much always answering, not asking. I have not been a moderator on SE, ...
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Are these comments on "double negatives" appropriate

You seem to be asking or making points about two separate issues here: 1) what a double negative is and whether they're correct in English; and 2) whether prescriptivist comments are acceptable in ...
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Is it allowed to add people's comment into one's answer?

If the comment was about a trivial matter like a typo then perhaps not acknowledging the originator is acceptable. If the comment was a substantive one then you are obliged to attribute it or run the ...
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Where can someone ask about which terms to use when searching ELL?

As far as recommending people search for particular terms with the goal of reducing duplicates, I don't think it would be that useful. This is supposed to be a community of experts, so it is far ...
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What caused these major drops in reputation?

You can only have 3 bounties simultaneously, for a maximum of 1,500 reputation. So that rules out bounties; you can also check the Offered bounties tab on a user's profile to verify. Drops like that ...
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Does mini-moderating help?

Yes, this helps the community a lot. To summarize, have a look at the review page (in a private browser window, if you dismissed the banner, like most people with review privileges): That's right: ...
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Use of the term "idiomatic" is often ambiguous

I generally agree that asking if something is 'idiomatic' is much more layered than asking if it sounds 'natural'. There are plenty of old-fashioned, even archaic idioms that are still part of ...
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Is it allowed to add people's comment into one's answer?

I several times both here and on law.se have edited an answer by adding something like: As a comment by user ABC points out ... This can be useful because comments are subject to deletion or to ...
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Table bug in answer?

You need a blank line both before and after the table. But the fact that it looks like it's going to work is a bug, already reported here: Markdown table preview does not detect missing blank line ...
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Is ELL active due to its large number of questions?

It depends. If it's a 'young' question, only a few days old, and has more than, say, 300 views, like this one, it's a Hot Network Question. You can verify if this happened (since March 2019) via the ...
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Should I flag ‘X or Y’ questions?

I strongly disagree with some explicit assumptions in the question: In some cases, I’ve been flagging these questions for ‘proofreading’ when one is wrong grammatically and the other one is correct; ...
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Is it "rude" to ask a question and answer it instantly?

To add to Glorfindel's excellent answer, one situation where an immediate self-answer would be appropriate is where you had a question about learning English, couldn't find the answer on ELL, figured ...
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Is it "rude" to ask a question and answer it instantly?

Code Golf is a rather unique site in the network (together with Puzzling) which isn't traditional Q&A, but rather ... puzzles. If you create a puzzle, it's ... strange ... to publish a/the ...
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Is it "rude" to ask a question and answer it instantly?

One Law.SE, the site on which I am most active, it is fairly common to post a question and a suggested answer together, so that they post at the same instant. I have done this quite a few times, and ...
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What do I better to study to be a competitive writer in here?

I am not one of those named by the OP on this thread, but I am a moderately frequent responder on ELL. I have no degree of any kind in English, linguistics, nor any related field. My profession is ...
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