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Wrong phrasing in defender of the unicorn instructions page

Once you reach the defender of the unicorn page, it says There she is! You have are almost there! shouldn't it say either There she is! You are almost there! or There she is! You have her almost ...
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Very minor grammar error in users page for tags: "non community-wiki" should have a dash to be "non-community-wiki"

At https://stackoverflow.com/tags/numerical-methods/topusers (and indeed, the same page for any tag), there is a very minor grammar error at the very bottom of the page: Only non community-wiki ...
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Missing hyphen in "read-only mode" when browsing a post in read-only mode

Seen during yesterday's maintenance period where the sites were in read-only mode. While the network-wide banner, general communication, and hyphen rules (that I know of) mandate the spelling "...
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Should poor grammar be fixed in a meta post where the OP is asking if (their) poor grammar is okay for the main site?

On a Stack Exchange site where users must post in English, a user who said their native language wasn't English asked on its meta site whether having poor grammar should stop them from posting (on the ...
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Too many "and's" in Reviewer Stats [duplicate]

In the Suggested Edits Reviewer Stats, I saw that the Reviewer has no commas and lots of "and"s: Whereas the Editor Stats do have commas and don't run on. Small bug, but can we give the ...
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Typos in Review Suspension help pages

On the help pages for review suspensions (example: Meta), it says reviews negatively effect but it should be "affect". In the same paragraph: access to the Reviews Queue but it should be ...
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I've been getting grammar corrections rejected - resulting in a ban, while in the past every single one was always accepted. Review system broken? [closed]

I've so far been very impressed with Stack Overflow's unique review system, which has been a marked improvement on most any other. Yet, I got banned for reviewing... What I think happened was that non-...
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Grammar error in review: does this affect several SE sites? [duplicate]

A dedicated ELL contributor has just brought a grammar issue in a review queue prompt to our attention (thank you Davo!). Grammar error in Review Apparently the reason description under the "Not ...
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"This question doesn't meet a <SITE> guideline" is incorrect if site name begins with a vowel sound

I was reviewing close votes on Ask Ubuntu, and noticed a grammatical error in the reasoning message: Currently, it says: This question doesn't meet a Ask Ubuntu guideline It should say: This ...
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Pluralization bug in the network profile

This image says it all: As you can see, I'm viewing someone's network profile and it says "1 questions". The same problem goes with the answers, but you don't see that in the image because ...
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So you're saying that multiple close votes from users can total up to one?

I know this is an extremely small grammar problem, and that it is rather pointless to fix it, but when a question has 4 close votes and you hover your mouse over the "close" button for about half a ...
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"review close votes" sounds grammatically incorrect

"Close Votes" is one of privileges. This privilege level unlocks two review queues for questions that may need to be closed or reopened. The name/title of this privilege level, "review close votes", ...
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Grammatical error in consent banner

I found a grammatical error in the consent banner (the banner at the bottom): "understand" should be changed to "understood". So the banner content would become: By using our site, you acknowledge ...
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Definitive grammar resources for usage of neo-pronouns at SE [duplicate]

I am not an English language native, and as such, I may be less sensitive to the difference between open usage of neo-pronouns and plain bad English. In the light of the recent discussions, is it ...
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It should be “large number” of off-topic comments, not “high amount”

See this, one of the notices for why a post is locked (emphasis mine): This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. A link to a chat room will be posted in the ...
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What to do about mistaken copyediting if reverting a bad reversion gets rejected?

What can be done if a well-meaning but misinformed editor changes a question away from standard English and attempts to fix it are rejected as "completely superfluous"? Example This example will be ...
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AI for proper grammar and spelling

I've noticed that there are a lot of people who edit posts. Even though they do an awesome job (I have a large vocabulary, but my grammar could use some work), I've noticed that most of (at least my) ...
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Dash on different line as commenter's username

In the comments section, I have noticed that often if the user's username gets carried over to the next line if it is too long. That is fine, but I have noticed that when this happens, the dash that ...
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Why are questions downvoted because of grammatical errors?

Of what use is it to the community for someone to take the time to down-vote a question I posted because of two typos?
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Vote To Close? Vote to Close

It is commonly held that titles do not capitalize their prepositions. When I open the close dialog I see this: This doesn't seem right. It should read "Vote to Close" network-wide.
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Helping users to keep their post readable and without grammar errors [closed]

I have noticed that a few of the less popular sites (like Blender and 3D printing) often contain questions that are very hard to read, mostly because of grammatical errors. I understand that not ...
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Can I build a bot for Stack Exchange which fixes spelling and grammar?

I've been looking into the Stack Exchange API, and thinking of building a bot. I often see posts by new users that have poor spelling and grammar. I figure that a bot can easily do the job of fixing ...
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Extra space in the "select a browser" message for iOS app

If you tap on some image or another link that cannot be opened in the app, and default browser is not set yet you will see a message: Seems there is an extra space between sentences. This is ...
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Possible double space in the message for already voted for close posts

App Version: 1.6.4 Device: iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) OS Version: Version 10.2.1 (Build 14D27)
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Different tooltip text for Sign Up tab

On the page https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/signup tooltip for Sign Up tab says (emphasis is mine): Sign up to {SiteName} Same tab on the page https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/account-...
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Why does the next tag badge need a colon, but a regular badge doesn't?

In the user profile page you can see progress for the next badges. One for regular (right block) and one for tag badge (left block): Why does a sentence in one case end with a colon, but in ...
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Chat conversations tab's tooltip text is missing an "of"

I noticed an apparent bug in the text when I hover the "conversations" tab in a chat room, it looks like the text is a little grammatically wrong: The text reads: a chronological list ...
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Automatic grammar fixing in questions and answers

I would like to add automatic grammar fix when posting questions or answers. For example, automatically capitalizes i's, when the letter is used as the word I. This is something seriously ...
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Unnecessary "and"s in reviewer stats

I've noticed that the reviewer stats in the review queue contain awkward uses of polysyndeton: user has approved $count edit suggestions and rejected $count edit suggestions and improved $count ...
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It's been 1 days since you asked your last question

There is a bug when you need to take a break from questions. It says It's been 1 days since you asked your last question. And I am personally ticked off when there is bad grammar on a website of ...
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Chat banner has strange grammar

When I traveled to chat.stackexchange.com just now, I noticed that the banner when you're not logged in says this Welcome to The Stack Exchange Network chat! You'll need 20 reputation to talk here. ...
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Are there Common Conventions or Etiquette for Referencing Stack Exchange, and Users? [closed]

Question When writing about Stack Exchange, or citing from Stack Exchange, in research papers, citations, bibliographies, etc.: Is there a Common Convention or Etiquette suggested when referring to ...
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Missing full stop in privileges area

I have just noticed that there is a missing full stop at the end of this sentence (the last one): And as it is really bugging me, I thought that I would report it. Although I give my example as AU, ...
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Typo in the new post activity div on SO and title on other SE sites

The new post activity div which gives info about the number of questions on Stack Overflow says 1 new questions This is grammatically incorrect, but only in the case of 1 question; if there are ...
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possible grammar of "Voting that a post is a duplicate"

Upon voting that a post is a duplicate of another post, a comment under your name is automatically posted that looks something like this: possible duplicate of "<post_name>" This is hardly a ...
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Why is the blank profile sentence not correct?

When a user has not chosen to provide profile details, the boilerplate text is: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. That reads poorly, as noted by this answer on SE ...
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English as a second language - Is it acceptable to edit spelling and grammar? [duplicate]

This question refers specifically to questions posed by individuals that are clearly using English as a second language. It does not refer to people who are making minor mistakes in their native ...
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'x people chatting' tooltip in sidebar doesn't make sense!

Hovering over the 'x people chatting' link in the sidebar shows: 11 users active in 3 rooms the last 60 minutes It should probably be: 11 users active in 3 rooms in the last 60 minutes
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Offer vs. Offered: Tense discrepancy on bounty badges

The description for Promoter says First bounty you offer on your own question. The description for Investor says (emphasis mine) First bounty you offered on another person's question. Could ...
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Awkward grammar on new flag dialog

After the minor overhaul of the flag dialog, I noticed this grammar: "is... spam" and "is... inappropriate" makes sense to me, but "is... should be closed" feels awkward. Update: Now it's "as", but ...
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Chat 'enable desktop notification' should probably be '...notifications'

enable desktop notification and disable desktop notification don't sound right - shouldn't it be plural? You're enabling/disabling it for multiple notifications... enable desktop ...
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Correcting editing-help#code

Here, in the Preformatted Text section, the sentence : Indent four spaces to create an block of preformatted text Should be Indent four spaces to create a block of preformatted text
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Bad grammar here [duplicate]

The word earn used with the word edited is bad grammar. It should be "Edit first post that was inactive for 6 months".
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StackOverflow Careers candidate search user guide uses the term "hone in on" when it should be "home in on"

In the StackOverflow Careers candidate search user guide under the heading tips on maximising search results we have the following sentence Our goal with the candidate search on Stack Overflow ...
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Wrong conjugation of "need" in Stack Overflow Careers house rules

Stack Overflow Careers house rules contains the following line in the Job Listings section Multiple positions needs to go into multiple job listings. The conjugation of the verb need is incorrect, ...
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"560 MILLION pages views per month" [closed]

In huge characters in an H1 element near the top of https://stackexchange.com/performance is: 560 MILLION pages views per month That should definitely be "pageviews" or "page views&...
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Area 51 fulfilled commitment message in rep history is incorrect

Yesterday I fulfilled my commitment for Moderators, and this is the message in my rep history on Area 51 (click to enlarge image): It says "referred user fulfilled commitment", but that message means ...
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Missing comma in "welcome back" message

The autologin message is missing a comma. Welcome back user_name, you've been logged in should be: Welcome back, user_name, you've been logged in. user_name is a vocative, expression of ...
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Weird grammar on the moderator flag dashboard

I noticed that the /admin/dashboard page has some weird grammar: Where should I start? Start at the top. This list is ordered by a combination of number (and type) of issues, the reputation of the ...
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Mass renaming of "How to"-titled questions

Many questions (including mine) happen to be titled How to ... ?, which is not good English. This is bad. Maybe that's how I "learned" the "rule" about How to ...? in the first place... Shall we ...
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