As a moderator, I'm often staring at a list of the most offensive content currently available on the site. I keep seeing certain patterns emerge, and I think these patterns are potentially dangerous.
At least once a day, I see a comment chain that looks like:
User1: (unconstructive critici...
Go easy on the bold comments unless you really need to drive it home for a specific user or circumstance. It's really 'grabby' and can steal the show from the questions, as questions seem to follow the formatting of each other sometimes.
I know i used\still do but it's like shouting at each other.
This is his 64th edit. Apparently the OP ignored Mitch's comment.
When young players come to Manchester United and then come to us, there’s a very strong message they get that they are representing themselves and the club, and that they should be a good role model. (...). It would be wrong for me to say that there is never any inappropriate behaviour, because boys will be boys, but that behaviour is challenged.
There's got to be a meta... How to tell someone they're a chatter box. Where in the faq does it broach that at all, after asking for long answers? Don't be chatty is in there somewhere I think. Don't be chatty but we're looking for long answers.
Imagine you google for a question, and the first search result that comes up is a StackOverflow post for exactly the question you need. So you click on it, read the answer... and what does it say? “Just google for it!”
I've seen a lot of questions that can be answered with a simple Google search.
For these questions, an answer can be found by just cut'n'pasting the question directly into the Google search field and scanning the first few hits.
Every new user wants to try out the feature and ask a question jus...
The number of words in the English language is: 1,025,109.8. This is the estimate by the Global Language Monitor on January 1, 2014. The English Language passed the Million Word threshold on June 10, 2009 at 10:22 a.m. (GMT). The Millionth Word was the controversial 'Web 2.0′....
As an average person learning English and a bit of Greek/Latin, I realize suddenly that some words might be related. I go to internet and the best that I can find about their etymology is OED. But, it stops somewhare, without demonstrating me the connection. I resort to other, more informed people at ELU. But, they close my questions because OED does not contain the answer and they need it to let informed people to answer. That is absurd.
I would not bother if you put that explicitly at the welcome page of ELU. Just tell that you deny the research going deeper than EOL and Wikipedia and I will be fine. The problem is that I must presume this by trial-and-punish.
Normal person would use english language community exactly to go deeper.
Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!
@Rathony One of my 3 questions has also received an excellent answer, where informed person supplied the material that I could not find in the OED, but it did not preclude the policy standard closing it afterwards.
Recently, I was informed that introverts look for depth of knowledge whereas extorverts are about breadth of knowledge. This positions horizontal breadth or width as orthogonal direction to the vertical depth so that I started to think that broadness and breadth are not only semantically but etym...
New and Improved; Made-Up Definitions:
Altruistic Vampire -one who subsists on the dopamine released when they help another; for whatever personal motivation: an addict of altruism; someone addicted to answering questions online. -Similar and often found in conjunction, though not to be confu...
I do not understand why do you call the copy-paste from EOD, which does not answer the question, 'a research'. I could include a piece of some inappropriate article from Wikipedia with the same success. I refuse to add meanengless garbage, to clutter my question to make it formally better.
@ValentinTihomirov You're supposed to have supplied us with the links or quotes to both those words, showing that they don't both originate from Latin (they do right?) so why would they sound the same, otherwise wouldn't they?
@Mazura I do not know. Linguists dislike when some linguistics-illiterate boys, like me, ask to check some two words for relationship. Linguists often say that these words are not related PERIOD. I ask for a proof. How do you know that they are unrelated?
@Rathony You must be slow. I explained you why. I told you that I do not want to clutter my question with meaningless garbage. It is very strange 'price', especially when it is supposed to raise the quality.
It's demonstrably provable that all distinct words in all the words lexica eventually derive, through semantic and phonological drift, through one single utterance 'om', the transcendental breath of universal life. The sun at noon is the sun declining, the creature born is the creature dying. — Mitch15 hours ago