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What does “close as duplicate” do?

I was wondering if "close as duplicate" deletes the question completely, or if it keeps it there with the comments saying "duplicate of XYZ"? (I've been skipping those questions in the review queue, ...
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Closing ancient questions

I have found today a question from 2014 in the VTC queue. What's our stance on those? It was on topic back then, it isn't now - we've changed what we call "on topic". We don't want questions like ...
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What's our stance on writing tool identification requests?

Today we got the question What type of pen is being used here?, which asks what type of pen is shown in a wikihow tutorial. I couldn't find anything on writing tool identification requests on Meta and ...
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The “timelines” tag - another one with two meanings

The wiki for timelines reads: This tag should be used for timelines for an author, such as the amount of time between publishing different parts of a blog series, or for questions about timelines ...
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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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Do we need an 'ethnicity-religion-race' tag?

Ethnicity: an ethnic group; a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like. Search Writing|SE for the word 'ethnicity' and it returns over 100 entries. ...
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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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Documentation, api-documentation and software-documentation tags

I've stumbled on the software-documentation and api-documentation tags today, but funnily enough, there was no generic "documentation" tag that could gather all-documentation related issues. So, i've ...
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How would having the writing challenges on Meta work out?

Okay, bear with me. This may be a horrible idea, or it could be good - you decide. For a while, you've had the writing challenges on chat. Great! Good idea! Unfortunately, the chat... isn't so active....
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Let's break constraints of Constrained Writing

Motivated by ongoing contest, I was looking for less used writing areas on the site and make those areas more exposed, active and open to larger audiences. My first question after the contest's ...
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“Readers” and “audience” tags

We have two tags: readers and audience. The tag wiki for [audience] reads "Those for whom one writes". A.k.a "readers". [readers] is the more popular tag, but it has no tag wiki at all. Should we ...
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Do we have an official policy on answers in comments?

The general policy on stack sites is: Don't answer in comments. Today I commented on a question that had answers in the comments reminding the (reasonably high rep) user of the policy but I couldn't ...
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Misbehaving reputation

My reputation is acting out. Earlier today, I've hit 200 rep. Great. Then, my rep went back down to 185, because an answer of mine, that was accepted this morning, later got unaccepted. That's fine. ...
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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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Feature Request: Can I opt out of the Hot Network Question?

Since this was brought up in another thread, I'll make it a question just so it can be "official". I asked a question yesterday and got 5 great answers. However, the question seems to be a Hot ...
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Do we need a [profanity] tag?

In this question @Cyn used the sex tag since there was no profanity or swearing tag. I feel this tag should be reserved for the questions about sex in writing. Instead I propose we have a profanity ...
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Earning the vox populi badge bug?

I tried to get the vox populi badge a couple of times. The system didn't allow me to go over 32/40 votes. Since 40 votes are needed for the badge, it is impossible. Is that a bug, or am I missing ...
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What tag should be used for questions on typography?

Typography seems to me a part of writing. Things like fonts, kerning, typographical styling (bold, italics etc.), drop caps, small caps... Do we have a tag that covers those? Or do I go ahead and ...
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Can we fix the [accessibility] tag?

I started to add the accessibility tag to a question about image scaling, but was taken aback by the tag wiki excerpt: Making technical writing easy to understand for non-technical readers. The ...
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Migration options?

When I voted to close something because I thought it fit better on Freelancers.stackexchange, I only had options to migrate it to English or ELL -- how does one propose other places to migrate to? (I ...
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food-writing tag

After a discussion with Monica in the comments of this question: Injecting creativity into a cookbook We have added a tag for food-writing Wiki: Use this tag for questions within the genre of ...
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Contest creating questions that are just 2 tags strung together?

An unfortunate consequence of encouraging new questions that use a tag or tags eligible for the contest, is that multiple new users have submitted low quality questions that appear to have been ...
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Serial voting was reversed

Okay, so I get that the system automatically checks for "voting abuse." This is not unreasonable. But the reality of it is a bit, well creepy. I just got a notice that I lost 35 points due to "...
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Follow up question on questions about feedback

In the answer to my previous question it was suggested that I ask questions about very specific types of feedback. In that vain I am considering asking about short stories and novels separately. ...
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Do we need both “feedback” and “criticism”?

Not all feedback is criticism, but all criticism is feedback. Do we need both, or maybe they should be merged? (6 questions currently have both tags.)
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Why was my revision rejected?

This question What are the best techniques to show a character's emotions as seen by the POV character? had received a close vote supposedly because it was "asking what to write". I didn't think ...
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Request to open question about writing a good comment

How to write a Stack Exchange comment? was recently put on hold as too broad, but how is it more broad than How do you write a Stack Exchange answer?? If anything, my question on comment technique was ...
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How does a question become a Hot Network Question?

I see that one of my questions became a HNQ -- what did it? Was it active here and THEN became "hot", or did I use some words that drew the HNQ attention, and then it got more views? I just want to ...
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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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Sorting out tags about pictures

So we've got: illustrations — 29 questions — created Dec 14 '15, first asked Nov 21 '10 Worth a thousand words Questions about using images in a work. How to find an illustrator, how to ...
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Why the down-votes?

As of right now, the question How much time do you spend writing one page on average? has received zero up-votes and four down-votes. Number of comments explaining the down-votes? Zero. Personally, ...
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“Constructed-language” and “conlangs” tags

For some reason we have both constructed-language and conlangs. Could they be either made synonyms or merged?
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Tag proposal - Podcasting?

Update! I crossed the 150 rep mark, so I AM creating the podcast tag and adding it to my own questions. I hope a few others also choose to use it! Podcasts have some unique writing challenges, and ...
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Writing.SE On-Topic summary

Many users have expressed confusion about what, exactly, is on-topic on Writing; even the mods have to look things up in meta. It's time to collect our many discussions of what's on- or off-topic in ...
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How do we improve the signal to noise ratio?

I'm admittedly relatively new to Writing.se. However one thing I have noticed is that unlike other stack site there are a lot more opinion based questions that generate lots of answer of varying value....
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Proposed contest: let's recognize some generalists!

This is a proposal for a contest, not a contest announcement (yet). Please help refine the idea, and then we'll run it. The Generalist badge is a milestone for sites and not just individual people. ...
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The tag “paper”

The tag paper deals with two subjects that have nothing to do with each other: physical paper (the stuff one writes on) and academical papers. I don't think a tag that deals with two unrelated ...
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10 questions a day

We have a few strategies to graduate WritingSE out of beta status. I am trying to catch up on the issues (so this is probably naive), Do I understand correctly that the main issue is that we are not ...
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Singing the song of angry men

Nigh three weeks ago, we made official our request to exit beta. During this time, efforts have been made to keep attention on the request: @ChrisSunami offered a bounty on the question in order for ...
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Can we force people to comment before giving them the right to downvote a question?

I am not sure if I am imagining things, but some people might be downvoting questions illegitimately, so in order to prevent them from doing that can we force them to comment and tell people what's ...
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Why is there a tag for [ellipsis]?

So we have a question asking about "ellipses." Which is the plural of ellipsis. Except it's not. The post itself is kind of a non-sequitur, because the poster used the ellipsis tag and the plural ...
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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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Fixing [young-adult] tag

Currently, the information on young-adult reads: This tag should be used for questions about fiction that is intended for readers approximately aged between 16 and 25. A common abbreviation is ...
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Should we answer questions about homework assignments?

Over the past few days, we have run into the same disagreement over two different questions: How to write an introduction letter as a professor? and College Essay - Thesis and Topic - Hard to ...
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Posted an answer to an on-hold question

This question has been put on hold at 18:36 server time. I have posted an answer to it at 18:59 server time. Which should not be possible. I have started writing an answer when the question was still ...
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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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Would we be interested in holding a question drive (contest)?

In the distant past we talked about having a question drive and later held a genre Q&A contest, but that was all years ago. I recently saw an answerathon contest on another site, and that got me ...
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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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“not an answer” flag went to the wrong place?

To the best of my understanding, "not an answer" flags should send an answer to the "low quality" review queue. Then, if someone disagrees with the flag, it gets "disputed". An answer I flagged as "...
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Where should we advertise our site in 2019?

Last year we collected ideas for ads to run on other SE sites. This year I have a two-fold question: where on SE should we advertise (and how), and are there places outside of SE where we should be ...

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