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Should we rephrase “Talkative” badge description?

This post was inspired by the bug report posted on ruSO.meta about tranlsation defects. The current description of "Talkative" badge says: Post 10 messages, with 1 or more starred, in chat. ...
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Wording of the title and heading of flag history page

Situation The title of a user's flag history page is "Flagged Posts for $(name)", and its h1 heading reads "Flags for $(name)". Problem with the title The page lists comment flags too, so the ...
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'Unupvote' rewording [duplicate]

I'd like to see the SE term "unupvote" be changed to an actual word. This may seem like petty pedantry, but I thought we were a little different to other Q&A sites?. Let's at least make things ...
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Flags description uses different number of moderators

There is inconsistency with the number of moderators in the recently added section for flag description (emphasis is mine): helpful A "helpful" flag is one that moderators or other trusted members ...
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What is a Post on SE?

As far as I understand, the term Post means either Question or Answer on Stack Exchange Network. Hence should we use the words Question and Answer directly in the user interface for situations when ...
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Fix tooltip for the red tags on the Tags page

According to the latest information from the Red tag set by user without diamond question, not the only ♦ moderators can set the red tags on questions. Hence the tooltip for the red tags on the Tags ...
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Description of single item is weird when flagging the own post

When I flag a post where I'm the original poster I see the following popup where only one item can be selected: There are no items above (and below too), and I’m not sure that current wording is ...
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Reflect the specific of meta sites on meta site’s top banner [duplicate]

I take an Academia site for an example, but almost any other site is affected. To check the issue just open sites in browser private mode. I noticed that top banner of main and meta sites are the ...
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“Your answer couldn't be submitted because you're not editing a good question”

I was trying to edit this question to replace a wrong tag when I got this notice: Emphasis on dialog content: Your answer couldn't be submitted ... ... see: How do I ask a good question? ...
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The “don't forget to vote” message should not be telling me to upvote answers if I found the question useful

So there is this message that I saw for the first time today that says: Welcome back! If you found this question useful, don't forget to vote both the question and the answers up. Here is a ...
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What’s the default for new site in terms of hidden community?

Hide community page contains the following phrase: New sites that you join will be linked to your other communities by default. Is this phase correct? As far as I see new site is placed into the ...
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Are there private questions now? (aka why “Public” for tagged questions?)

In the Tagged Questions view (e.g. support), the title is: Or in words: Public questions tagged [tag name here] Emphasis mine. What does the word "Public" imply? Aren't all questions public ...
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Misleading hover text for 'protect' option

The hover text for the 'protect' option is slightly misleading: disallow answers by anonymous and very new low rep users The word 'new' is off. It doesn't matter if the user is new or not; only ...
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Change the word delete to hidden

Having your post deleted is very demoralizing. You likely don't feel like participating in it again when it happens. It's also intuitively considered permanent. "Deletes" on SE are soft, meaning the ...
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One can't possibly visit a network, right? (aka change “Visit Stack Exchange” wording)

The left part of the top bar now open a nice drop down when clicked: That's nice and dandy, however Stack Exchange is a network of sites, as the banner title itself says. It's not really possible ...
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Why do “Recommend Close” reviews show up as “Close” reviews in the Low Quality Posts review queue? [duplicate]

This low quality review item has two reviews: one (from S.L. Barth) to close and another to recommend close (because Mureinik doesn’t have enough reputation to vote to close). But for both reviews, ...
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Extra comma in search results

If you search option doesn't give a results, such option is used as a text, i.e. quotified. In this case there is an extra comma in the sentence. E.g. searching with option user:0: I hope that ...
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Move the period outside the quotes on the site-analytics page

If you don’t have 25k reputation, the site-analytics page contains a stub text: As you can see on the image, the dot should be moved outside the quotes. Also, on ruSO we need to change the quote ...
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Could we get a better error message for attempting to comment while logged out?

If you logout from site, but still have another opened tab in browser with a question, and try to comment you will get this error message: Is there any reason to use "User" instead of "you"? ...
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Modify message about voting data due to OpenSTV merging into OpaVote

Messages on moderator election page which showing for an anonymous: or logged in user: should be fixed to refer to "OpaVote" which was early an "OpenSTV". Related bug report already fixed ...
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Explicitly disadvise multiple questions per question in help/dont-ask

The help centre’s What types of questions should I avoid asking? is linked in many prominent places guiding users on how to ask questions. However, with respect to too broad question contains only ...
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How many meanings does the word “meta” have?

If there's any word that I've have been so confused with, it's got to be meta. I have seen a few places where it's used in entirely different ways. Meta sites: Here, meta means discussion about the ...
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Better word choice for “Protected” questions

As you all probably know, some questions on the Network are sometimes Protected to: prevent "thanks!", "me too!", or spam answers by new users. For example, this question. When I first read the ...
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“Featured on Meta” is confusing

Whenever a question on MSE is tagged as featured, ALL sites will show a "Featured on Meta" section on the right (desktop web). Meanwhile, among the question filter tabs one reads "featured". That ...
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I suggest that the API doc on Authentication be edited

http://api.stackexchange.com/docs/authentication has a really awkward sentence that I think may be missing something. Perhaps The most obvious work around, making authentication site-centric ...
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Letter case inconsistency in profile page

Each profile page even your own contains an information block on the right side like this: The last string begins with a lower case letter v. I'm pretty sure that here should be an upper case V ...
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Abusive post / offensive comment [duplicate]

Why when flagging a post I see "rude or abusive": But for comment similar option looks as "rude or offensive": Should the text be different? P.S. English is not my native language :)
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What is “review” in context of locked/deleted?

Below the body of the locked/deleted post you can see a message: What does "reviews" mean in this context?
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Can we change the inaccurate wording of semi-perm bans?

Look at this: A temporary suspension for 10 years with roughly 8 years remaining. Firstly, is 10 years temporary? I hardly think so. You don't say you temporarily lived in a place for 10 years or ...
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Change the comment help box information for adding a link

Every time I add a link to a comment in Stack Overflow I have to take two attempts because the information provided in the help box is confusing. This is what is currently looks like I never know ...
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Rephrase “Edit answers and questions” privilege

The current 2k reputation privilege says "Edit questions and answers". However, the power to edit questions or answers have already been granted way before 2000 reputation is earned -- these edits ...
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Inconsistent typography in close reason

The text for the close reason “unclear what you’re asking” contains four apostrophes: three simplified typewriter apostrophes U+0027 and one correct typographic apostrophe U+2019. unclear what you'...
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Alias mvce to mcve [closed]

"Please ask a [mvce]". Let's link that to mcve to help avoid confusion, especially to new users. From the mcve page: You may have been told to include a MCVE by some helpful commentatory, or ...
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Make it more obvious that I'm banned only from flagging posts, not comments

Currently, the flag ban notice in the flag summary page looks like that: You are currently banned from flagging - view flags declined in the last 7 days It looks as if I was banned from flagging ...
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Which tense should an edit summary be in? [duplicate]

GitHub specify in a blog post how commit messages should be written, even down to the tense. This is contentious and there is a debate around how they should be written, but the majority go with ...
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Rename “comments” to “remarks”

TL;DR On the Internet the word comment has been widely adopted for a specific use, i.e., (a place to) dump your opinion on someting. SE comments are better than this. Rename them to remarks to avoid ...
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Help Center wording implies moderators are elected even on Beta sites

In the Help Center, under the "Access Moderator Tools" privilege (2k/10k reputation), the wording under "What is Moderation" makes a clear reference to elected community moderators: ...which ...
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Should the front page say “score” rather than “votes”? [duplicate]

This is just a minor detail, but the number we see on the front page is not really the number of votes. It's the score of the question. For example, the number 161 here is the score, not the votes. ...
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Found a typo in the API docs

I was looking through the documentation for creating a new question using the SA API, I think there is a typo: This method return the created question. I think should be This method returns ...
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Changing “This question has been asked before and already has an answer.” when the duplicate was posted before [duplicate]

From time to time, a question A is closed as a duplicate of question B, even though B was asked after A. I find the closure message misleading: This question has been asked before and already has ...
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Just another suggested edit-suggestion suggestion [duplicate]

Instead of seeing: (username) has approved 297 edit suggestions and rejected 121 edit suggestions and improved 21 edit suggestions Can that be rephrased to this? (username) has approved 297, ...
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“trivial, unless absolutely necessary” in edit guidelines does not make sense

The guidelines given to users who are about to suggest an edit are (boldface mine): Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed. We welcome all constructive edits, but please ...
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Go through with renaming “offensive” to “rude/abusive”

About a year ago the offensive flag was subject to some renaming, which finally settled down on rude or abusive. This has the advantage of capturing non-offensive abuses of the site and thus clearly ...
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Help text for successive bounties on same question is unclear

I'd like to suggest an improvement to the text in the bounty help page, in the section on offering successive bounties on the same question: Additionally, if you offer multiple bounties on the same ...
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Could the “makes no sense as an edit” option be reworded to not bite the newbies?

I just rejected a proposed edit from a low-rep SO user that added code where there was none. The proposed edit makes total sense as an answer, but the proposer didn't know that. However, I was not ...
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Area 51 in help center is not written according to trademark guidance

Stack Exchange sites do all have the following page in the help center: Help Center → Asking → What topics can I ask about here? The last paragraph contains the following sentence (emphasis mine): ...
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Reword "Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat?” so it is clear what it does [duplicate]

My suggestion is to change Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat? to Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would ...
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Change the tooltip of “delete” link on your own post

When hovering the "delete" link over my own post, I see: Text: vote to delete this post However, when deleting my own post, the vote is binding and causes instant deletion, so the "vote" part ...
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Rename “Very low quality” in “unintelligible”

This flag reason is rarely used properly. I remember explaining to basically every single highly active user in our chat what it is about. When relying on the UI, all of them had gotten it wrong. ...
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When performing a tag-negation search, move the “not” before “tagged with”

When we want to search for something which is not in a specific tag (or set of tags), the wording of the sidebar is as follows: (sample search) Or in words: (for sake of search) results found ...