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Questions tagged [support]

You need help with the use of one or more of the site's features.

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Retracting flags on comments

I flagged a comment. Later, after some thought and after additional comments from the author of the original comment, I decided the flag was unnecessary. How do I retract that flag? To retract a flag ...
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How to enroll in contest?

I see the contest going on right now on Writing Meta about the tags and Questions. I would like myself to include my question in this contest, but I didn't find a way to submit my entry.
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Can the moderators please delete my question?

I had asked this question a while back.. How do I express a black person? Altough I might have sounded pedantic, something had happened in real life which had triggered that question. Now I am ...
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Do I lose reputation when I downvote things?

I just downvoted a question I found a bit ridiculous, and when I clicked on my profile and looked at my reputation tab, it said "-1 reputation". I don't know what my reputation was beforehand, but do ...
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how-to/help question — badge progress

Sometimes I am able to find it, then I lose it again. I want to see how close I personally am to getting some badges... I know that sometimes I see the list of ALL badges and my progress, but I feel ...
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Motivation -> Psychology-of-writing retagging trouble

I've started retagging The questions under motivation that were about writer's motivation to psychology-of-writing, so that motivation could remain for character motivation only. (Doesn't make sense ...
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What is a positive question record?

In the achievement 'Inquisitive', it says that to achieve it you must maintain a 'positive question record'. What is this?
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How to migrate a question?

One of my questions that I recently asked was put on hold because it would be better on the World Building SE, so how do I migrate it there?
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What timezone is Writing Beta on?

I'm on US East Coast time, and I've been logging in every day, but because of, I assume, a timezone difference, my profile says I've only logged on 8 consecutive days. What timezone is Writing Beta ...
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Can one use Writing Meta as a sandbox for Writing Beta?

I recently figured out that Writing Beta doesn't have a sandbox feature like WB does. Now, people said this was due to WB being a rather different site, therefore requiring such a feature. But still I ...
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The site redesign

I guess this question isn't specific to Writing, more relevant to all Beta SEs, but I don't really know where else to ask. As of today (the redesign kicked in), about half my screen is empty white ...
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Can my question be marked as not duplicate?

I had asked this question quite a while back, I had not chosen the answer for a long time as all the answers were helpful to me and it was proving difficult to choose one. Then I got the message ...
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Writing Critique

Requests to make critiques on topic on this site have come regularly since the site's inception. Every week a score of requests for critique are posted (and closed) on Writing.SE. It seems to me that ...
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Bounty Still Missing

Re. question: Incorrectly Deleted User - user31385. The issue I raised in the question has been resolved, apart from a 400 point bounty that has still not been restored to my account. In the comments ...
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All comments on my answer have vanished, not sent to chat or anything else

For this question, Is it acceptable to use words like "heaven" and "god" when the narrator is agnostic?, my answer (with 80 votes at this writing) had a dozen or more comments, ...
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Incorrectly Deleted User - user31385

My profile (user31385) has been deleted because someone has got the impression that I am under 13. I was born in 1964 and so however much I wish I was younger, I'm not underage for this community. How ...
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Weird reputation

I look at yesterday, and I see I've earned 235 points. Only that shouldn't be possible: 200 is fine. Over that, accepted answer gives 15, so 215 and 230 are possible, but not 235. Then today, I just ...
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Why are our traffic stats so low?

Right now the block on the right side of Main lists the usual stuff: ~6,5k questions, around 20k answers, 100% answered and ~22k users. But one stat seems to be quite far off: We currently have 55 ...
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Can the name of our site in SEDE be updated?

Some time ago the name of Writers.SE was changed to Writing.SE as can be seen in the post This site is now Writing. Today I noticed that the Stack Exchange Data Explorer still uses "Writers". The ...
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A determined duck is following me

Everywhere where I go, there's a duck in the bottom right corner, just staring at me. Why is it there? When did they implement it?
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Are questions about nonlinear narrative design on topic?

Quite simply, are questions discussing nonlinear storytelling techniques (web, bubble, heap), on-topic in this section of the SE-verse?
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How to write a scientific thesis

I wonder if my question about scientific thesis writing is appropriate to ask. Is there supported claim that a scientific thesis should not have many personal pronoun words e.g. we/you/our? I would ...
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Why is question closed with only two close votes?

This question was closed with only two close votes. I have not participated very long on Writers SE. I'm familiar with other SE sites that require five close votes. Two seems like a very small ...
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How Do I Link in Comments?

I'm sorry if this has an obvious answer, but I haven't been able to find it. How do I link in a comment? I know that if I paste the URL, it will automatically become a link. But I've seen several ...
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Question is six years old, need updated answers

This question is six years old. I don't trust the answers, which were written by people who were waxing nostalgic about the past. May I please just ask it again? Or must I set a bounty to get ...
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How do you include pictures at certain positions in the body of the question?

Specification So, I ensure that my questions and answers are only of the highest quality. Nicely formatted, not like a wall of text and generally easy-to-read and understand. Plus, I'm deluded into ...
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How can I Remove the 'Possible Duplicate' Status on my questions?

I've asked two questions recently, both of which were similar to, but also different from, previously asked questions. The first question received a comment from Lauren Ipsum, saying it was a ...
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only community that opens new window when clicking on community in stackexchange pull down menu

Why is this the only community that opens a new browser window when I click on writing community in the Stack Exchange pull-down menu on the top left of the screen? This happens in Chrome, no ...
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'Unanswered' tab results in question that already has answer

I clicked on 'Unanswered' and the first question in the result list had an answer. ? I saw this behavior in other communities as well.
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'jobs' tab on writer SE like in stackoverflow

Has it been suggested to get a 'jobs' tab much like they have in stackoverflow? If not I'd like to suggest it.
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Moving reputation from one user to another

A few months ago, I started using English Language and Usage Stack Exchange. I signed in as a guest and that worked for me for quite a while, using the same computer and browser the entire time. I ...
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Books made from Stack Exchange content

Do Stack Exchange's terms and conditions allow people to publish books from Stack Exchange content? I found a bunch of such books on Amazon by the same "author." For example, this one with content ...
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Incorrect user board?

I just looked at the users tab, and Loren Ipsum only has 750 rep, but she is still at the top... Why is this? None of the users, even the ones that I thought had 10,000+ rep, have more than 750?
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Question About File Format Differences On-Topic?

I want to ask if, for my needs, it would be better to stick with Office Open XML (docx, xlsx, pptx, etc.) or if it would be safe for me to switch to the OpenDocument format (odt, ods, odp, etc.). I ...
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Meaning of “convention” tag?

What does the conventions tag mean? I assume it means writing conventions, but then it dawned on me that it might also refer to conventions about writing, kind of like Comic-Con but about writing. ...
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Are all the tweeted links broken or just this one?

I was looking at https://writers.stackexchange.com/posts/17467/revisions where I noticed that the question had been tweeted. Cool but the #! in the tweet-link causes problems. Is this a common problem?...
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Can I ask for early input from experienced users to make my questions fit the site's rules?

Particularly with being fairly new to this site, I was wondering if there was some way to alert people that a question I ask quite likely isn't going to fit the guidelines for asking questions, and ...
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Mismatch between number of review queues in header and actual queues

Why do I see 5 posts to review in my writers.SE header, but there are none in the queues?
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How did a question get asked without tags?

The SE software requires you to specify at least one tag when posting, and untagged is a special tag that you're not supposed to be able to add directly. How did this question have, as its sole tag, ...
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Closing question: belongs to other SE website

When voting to close a question which may belong to a different SE website, I only see two options: one is Writers Meta, and the other is English. What about other websites? In order to vote for (let'...
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Why do pure literary questions commonly get closed?

On my last question, I was informed that most pure literary questions are closed. Why is that?
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Is there a way to link to content within a post?

While the ability to link to footnotes would be helpful, being at the end of the post makes such notes relatively easy to find. (Returning to the place one was reading could still be a bit of a ...
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question for documentation?

Can I ask questions about writing the following types of documentation listed below on Writers SE? Requirements Architecture/Design Technical End User Marketing
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revision edit upvote

I have someoene who revisioned or edited my question on Writers, can I give them points for them spending there time to make the edit? I know they get automatic credit for it, but can we give credit ...
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How to contact moderators

Recently I answered a question which the mods decided to turn into a comment. I believe this was a misunderstanding based on the way I phrased the answer. I posted a follow-up comment in the original ...
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What is wrong in the following question?

When I want to ask the following, I get Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: It does not meet our quality standards Following English is correct or not? "You probabily know ...
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Problems logging into chat

Status: Solved UPDATE: Aug. 22, 2012, 14:31 : Working. Problem identified to be related to the SE network working with a certain VPN client. As of 07:38 UTC time, I cannot access the chat site (...
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Is the “not an answer” flag discouraged?

I flagged a post (which had already attracted downvotes and a "this isn't an answer" comment) as "not an answer", and it was declined because "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of ...
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Can mods edit the “How to Ask” page?

The "How to Ask" page seems like a really good place to put guidelines for new users, and a general explanation of what to try for with your first questions. But the text seems to be fixed. Is there ...
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Answer keeps getting turned into a comment; help?

I tried to add a community-wiki answer to this week's challenge topic to start a list of questions asked during the challenge week, but it turned my answer into a comment on the question instead. (...