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"How to ... ?" questions might be wrong grammar. Will it help dropping the question mark for all questions or warning the user or something the like?

I would like to find out by discussion whether and how this can become a good feature request. "How to ... ?" questions might be wrong I see "How to ... ?" questions every day. ...
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Can we actually suspend accounts excessive discussion?

Yes, you read that right, but no, we cannot. Yet here it is: This account is temporarily suspended excessive discussion in comments. I think the "due to" was skipped, and it should read &...
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Errors in blog post "Ask like a human: Implementing semantic search on Stack Overflow"

I probably should have included these earlier, but I didn’t realize at the time of posting. I also realize this post is rather nit-picky, but most, if not all, of these are valid issues anyways. Here ...
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Make tooltip text ending on user tab sorting order consistent. Only the "participation" tab contains dot at the end

Tooltip for "participation" tab contains the . at the end, but there's no dot for all other tabs: I suggest to remove it here as well. Adding the dot to the all other instead I can't ...
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Inconsistent punctuation in the '?' dropdown menu in the top-bar

In the top-bar, clicking on the '?' button (not sure what it's called), opens a dropdown menu for 'Tour,' 'Help Center,' 'Meta,' and 'About Us.' (Meta sites are slightly different, but the issue is ...
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Strictly Necessary cookies text: "then" not grammatically correct

When customizing cookie settings, the following is shown under Strictly Necessary (click for bigger/sharper image): These cookies are necessary for our website to function properly and cannot be ...
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Capitalization for image placeholder

I found out that in process of posts improvement by this user, the phrase "enter image description here" used as a default image description placeholder is often (always?) being capitalized ...
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Add commas to tag list warning

Here don't say 'github chrome' say 'github', 'chrome'
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NLN flag description should have an Oxford comma

Company guidance says to "Use the oxford [sic] comma in sentences."* However, the description of the "It's no longer needed." flag, from the flag modal, says "This comment is ...
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Is attribution required when using LLMs to improve the grammar/formatting of a post?

Let's say a user has posted a question/answer with the following content. The English is slightly convoluted but it's good content otherwise: On enormous territory of park there are lakes, rivers, ...
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Settings are inconsistent on whether descriptions end in periods or not

On the user settings page (your Meta SE one is here) the smaller-font descriptions sometimes end in periods and sometimes don't. This guidance says "Don’t use periods in interface copy unless it’...
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Grammar mistake in Sparkles the Unicorn Game [duplicate]

Page 3 of the Sparkles the Uniform Game has a grammar mistake in the second sentence of the page header: There she is! You have are almost there! Presumably the word "have" was ...
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The "You can accept your own answer in <period>" alert is missing a period․

When trying to accept your own answer too early, you get an alert like You can accept your own answer in 11 hours According to the Stacks design guidelines, it is missing a period; it's a full ...
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"log in" should be "login"

From https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/login?returnurl=https%3a%2f%2farea51.stackexchange.com%2fusers%2flogin-or-signup%2fdelegated%3freturnurl%3dhttps%253a%252f%252farea51.stackexchange.com%26type%...
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There is a full stop missing in the stackstatus header

I think maybe there's a full stop missing in the second sentence of the stackstatus header? It strikes me as odd that the first sentence has a full stop but the second sentence doesn't.
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Make full stop usage consistent in badge descriptions

In the Badges page, out of the 80+ badge descriptions, only 5 have full stops, and the others don't have. The five are: Fanatic, Enthusiast, and the three Tag Badges, it can be seen here: Can this ...
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Missing period in confirm new account dialogue

The following sentence in the Confirm your new account dialogue (this is when you visit a site on the network where you don't have an account and click "Join this community") should end with ...
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Wrong phrasing in defender of the unicorn instructions page [closed]

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?
Vietyank's user avatar
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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 ...
Reinis Mazeiks's user avatar
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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 ...
Darth Vader's user avatar
24 votes
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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. ...
Chris Loonam's user avatar
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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 ...
elika kohen's user avatar
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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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