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How to handle harassment?

Whenever my questions on Writing SE get even slightly political (usually in reference to LGBT topics or misogyny in writing), there's a user that downvotes the questions and leaves degrading comments ...
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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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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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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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Newsletter has broken HTML anchor tag

I have subscribed to this site's newsletter. I received the email but it has broken anchor tag at the end. The screenshot is of mobile screen but it is there in web also.
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Can the 'reference' and 'writing' tags be blacklisted?

As this is a dev-level ability and not available to moderators, can someone from the team please blacklist the 'reference' tag? We've come up with other, clearer tags with community input and would ...
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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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Can I post my writing for review here?

This policy discussion is now out of date. Critique questions are off-topic on Writers.SE. Please look for more recent posts on this topic. Would Writers SE be a good place to post a paragraph or two ...
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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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Can I request a moderator remove comments from my question?

On my most recent question a user in the comments has repeatedly been harassing and trolling me, and though I stopped replying, deleted my own comments back to him, and flagged the comments he posted ...
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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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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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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 I revoke a Vote To Close if the questioner fixed the problem?

This question was originally a poll. I said I would VTC if it weren't fixed, gave it a day, voted to close, and then the poster fixed it. Is there a way to remove my vote to close now that it's been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 implement community wiki until we have mods?

We have several questions that really need to be made into community wiki questions, but this is currently a feature of SE available only to moderators. (The users listed as mods also don't have any ...
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I don't understand tag synonyms

Okay, I don't get this at all. When I've seen synonyms elsewhere (even elsewhere here), they just point to the main tag. You can still choose to add the synonym to a question but it will show up as ...
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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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Exact Duplicate Closure — Error

I recently posted a question about technical writing and after accepting answer I was happy with, I opened a new question focused specifically on journalism rather than technical writing (the prior ...
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Creating a new tag?

In the comments for this question, John Smithers and justkt asked me to create a Scrivener tag and write up the tag info. I am fairly new to Stack Exchange and have not a clue how to go about this. ...
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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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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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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. (...
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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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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 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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how to award multiple bounties in the same question?

I just realized I don't get the sentence that says "you can start up to 3 simultaneous bounties". I have picked one answer that gave me the best insight to my question and then agreed with aCVn to ...
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Moderator re-tag requests: [characters] and [character-naming]

characters should excised in favor of character; I'd be in favor of cutting the plural tag out completely. I think character-naming should be synonymed to naming.
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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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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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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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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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Is it OK to ask for proofreading a small text in here?

I have just written a short description (a few paragraphs) for a small software project. Not being a native English speaker, I'm looking for a few people to proofread it, correct mistakes and improve ...