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Gentle request regarding the question about the intransitive use of "obtain" in academic writing

This question was first closed with only 2 votes. I left a comment under it explaining how it is a linguistic question, and it got reopened. It then got migrated to a different site without discussing ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Linguistics has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: Please thank them for volunteering! We also wanted to pose a suggestion to the ...
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Clarity or Details. Information; what kind of information should I add for a specific question in the main site?

What kind of information does this question need; is my motivation in asking the question going to help, should I add it? I earnestly don't know what details and information I should add.
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Linguistics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Announcing a "Graduation" election for 2021

Summary: Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on August 23, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back. The timeline: On August ...
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Since when, and why, are all Question titles in the mobile view overview ORANGE?

Did I do something wrong, does it mean anything or is this corporate design gone terribly wrong? And most importantly, how can I turn it off, please?
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Please merge and/or close all similar questions that request recommendations answered by our Reading List?

Don't hesitate at all to edit this post, if you find other duplicates or similarities. Don't these duplicate each other? Basic background reading request, Any solid textbook recommendations to begin ...
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Our Reading List

I commence a Reading List, ordered by ascending year, based on r/linguistics's wiki. But I added books not there, and updated many edition numbers and publication years. That Wiki hasn't been updated ...
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Why was my suggested edit — to Mitsu Haideshi's answer with many separated links — rejected?

Here's my suggested edit. 1. Mitsu Haideshi wrote I would posit two things -- the subject - object - verb word order plus the use of particles, adding in the very unusual use of wa/ga in Japanese or ...
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Please posts links to ling.se questions with 'weird' characters

I would like to check if the new SE-wide changes to fonts have had any adverse effects on the content here. I used to think that Ubuntu font can't handle the graphemes seen here, but it turns out that ...
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Books on linguistics

Before I set out to ask this question, I made sure to go through previous posts to check if anything relevant was already posted. I can't seem to find any such information. Could anyone please suggest ...
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Tag irregulariy: pronoun instead of pronouns

Writing a tag wiki for person I noticed an irregularity in the tags used for parts of speech: They are all pluralised (e.g., verbs, nouns) except for pronoun. Can this irregularity be removed by ...
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What should the site-specific close reasons be?

Stack Exchange has three standard closure reasons, “details”, “clarity” and “opinion. We can add three site-specific reasons (we do so), which I refer to as “language-specific”, “text” and “trees” ...
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How do I obtain statistics about closures, deletions and migrations?

I would like to know how many questions were closed between 1-1-2017 and the present: I would like to compare the official "reason" esp. "language specific" vs. "trees" ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Are questions about translational tools on-topic?

Since translation studies is a part of linguistics, and I guess questions about linguistic tools are on-topic here, I guess questions about translational tools are on-topic as well?
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What steps can I take if my question is closed and deleted?

I have asked [this question] (https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/37822/etymology-of-%C3%85ngstr%C3%B6m?). My question has been cloced as language-specific. After that https://linguistics....
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Why was my question deleted? I'm terribly sorry if I did something wrong but I didn't mean anything mean

This question was downvoted and deleted. Why? It contained a rude word, yeah, it contained that. And what? Can't I ask about rude word? I suppose any word is equal in the linguistic context. Am I ...
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Etymology questions and close votes

Recently I've noticed multiple questions about etymology getting close votes and, in at least one case, actually getting closed. The reason given was that language specific usage and grammar questions ...
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What steps can I take to improve my question?

I asked the question Historical origin of the letters. The edit history is at https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/posts/37254/revisions. I originally asked "How did the letter symbols develop ...
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Why does Spanish have different names for the letters of the alphabet from English?

I asked the question Why does Spanish have different names for the letters of the alphabet from English? on May 13 and I have received a number of comments as well as some answers. However, my ...
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Why is there no International Phonetic Alphabet input method on this site?

To be accepted as a serious international linguistics site; it is my opinion that we should implement an input method for the International Phonetic Alphabet, for example the Type It IPA Keyboard
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What is the etiquette of drawing up a question which explores some very vast principles on a concrete example on Linguistics.SE?

I asked this question on Linguistics.SE some time ago, which was closed as off-topic. Even though I believe some users found the question interesting as well (a discussion took place in the comments), ...
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Are primitive questions suitable for the site?

I am currently learning Modern Hebrew but I am still a complete novice. Since I am learning on my own, I have to answer the questions I have asked myself. Yet, I do not always have an answer and need ...
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How come I've been ripped of 15 points?

What happened to "accented velars" in Anatolian? What's going on here?? How come I'm down 15 points?? I'd like some explanation.
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Why are questions about CFGs and related stuff so unwelcomed by the StackExchange Linguistics users?

I've found myself engrossed in studying the formal language/grammar theory lately. Yet, I can't solve every problem I stumble upon along the way. From my experience, StackExchange Linguistics users ...
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Most common close reasons

Not a question, but an FYI for those who are interested in some site stats. Intrigued by user6726's impression that "no syntax trees" was one of the main close reasons on this site, I asked the ...
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Tags "dependency grammar" and "dependency"

I noticed some activity in adding dependency to some questions that are already tagged with dependency-grammar. At the time of this writing, there are 6 questions in dependency and 49 in dependency-...
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Updating FAQ for conlang questions

The community discussed Should we include Conlangs in our scope? a few years ago. It was decided then that conlang questions will remain on-topic at Linguistics SE. However, Constructed Languages SE ...
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Why is there an existing downvoted bountied question with an accepted downvoted answer?

It is very weird to see a question which obviously doesn't belong here is still existing. Furthermore has a bounty on it (I know it's user's discretion) and has an answer by someone. Now even though ...
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Classifying theories of syntax

To build on my other question (still closed despite the complete revision): do you think it would be helpful to have a wiki page outlining the existing theories of syntax and the relations between ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Does the no-tree rule improperly conflate two valid reasons to close?

One of the main reasons for question-closure (someone else can figure out the stats) is "questions about drawing trees". Two rationales have been given for this rule: (1) we don't do people's homework ...
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Would Noam Chomsky get any answers in this forum?

Do you think Noam Chomsky would get any answers in this forum, or would his questions be closed by moderators as off-topic, because they have more to do with math and computer science than with ...
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Why is this question getting so many down votes?

Could Gothic ahs (ear of grain) and Turkish ak (white) be cogante? , by user Nurlan, is receaving many downvotes, however, for me, it is but a simple question of someone with a doubt. Of course, once ...
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Can we stop closing questions by people that don't know the subject?

Can formal semantics of linguistics be defined to eliminate semantic paradox? There was only one person that responded that knew the first thing about formal-semantics. It really seems to me that ...
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How to deal with assumptions taken from Wikipedia?

A frequent sentence I've been encountering on Linguistics Stack Exchange for some time now is "According to Wikipedia X is true" or "Wikipedia defines Y as Z". The question often involves asking why ...
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Is "one or more" numerical problem that exists at least in two languages really "language-specific"?

I have posted the following question here; it took me a lot of time to isolate the problem, to format the question, to edit it and to discuss with commenters about it. I tried to understand why it was ...
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Possible Troll?

The user "Bill" here just posted a (closable as off-topic) question identical to a (closed as off-topic) question posted in ELU by the user "Nelson".
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Why wasn't "Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary?" migrated to Latin.SE?

Why hasn't Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary? been migrated to Latin or Language Learning SE? Have these Greek-specific questions all been migrated? Undeniably ...
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Please support the Area 51 Proposal for Greek!

Click here to support the 4th try! For the record, here's the 1st attempt by someone else and my 2nd, 3rd attempt by me.
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Serial downvotes on my questions: Reply

I have a question about my Linguistics Stack Exchange post: Is Sanscrit a realy mother language? Would "jk - Reinstate Monica" like to tell us how he almost daily downvoted old posts of this user ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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May I ask question about identifying of foreigner's name?

I heard some person's name, who's is foreigner for me and did quiet sure that I heard it right because couldn't find it on the Internet. So I would like to ask what name there are similar to what I ...
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Winterbash 2019

You may have noticed that another winter bash is going on: a snowflake icon in the top bar, maybe some hats coming around, see people wearing hats on their avatars. In the previous years I have taken ...
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Banning the Nazi ugly word "Indo-Germanic"

The word "Indo-European" was coined by Young in the early 19th century. Some Germans like Bopp just translated it as "indo-europäisch", as most people do around the world. Unfortunately, to the dismay ...
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Where can I ask for a translation?

I tried to find what I was looking for elsewhere. That led me to this site. I saw a question similar to my own in the history section. I asked there. I got chewed out for it. I searched for someplace ...
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What should be done about "language-specific grammar and usage"?

In my experience, "language-specific grammar and usage" seems to be the most popular close-vote reason on this site. And it certainly makes sense—we get a fair number of people asking about the usage ...
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Closure: How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'?

Why was How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'? closed? The users who voted to close gave this specific ...

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