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Should we avoid calling questions that have answers in other SE sites as "duplicate", which already has a specific and different meaning in SE?

In short, yes. I would advise against calling these duplicates. However, I feel given the discussion here, this deserves a little bit more of an answer. I don't think it's desirable or realistic for ...
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Pile-on down voting without a single comment explaining why or how to edit, is this how a site should work? How close was my guess?

If I was to guess why the downvoters downvoted, it's because user30007 is repeatedly bringing up the issue with little meaningful discussion coming of it and has garnered a bad reputation. Examples of ...
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Are my comments being poorly received?

You weren't specific about the negative feedback, though uhoh's given some possible examples. For myself, I like to periodically read the closed questions guidance and our code of conduct to remind ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

Astronomy SE is a bit odd (in my view) in having no policy on closing homework questions. If homework-type questions get answered regularly (whether they actually are homework or not) the site will ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

Well, uh, this is embarrassing. As the user who put these comments onto the post, I've learned the consequences of doing so. Originally, after seeing several posts that turned out to be homework ...
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Pile-on down voting without a single comment explaining why or how to edit, is this how a site should work? How close was my guess?

I have now added a comment explaining my downvote. When I receive a downvote, I try to learn from it. That's easier if a reason is offered, but sometimes I don't get one. That's life. This site is ...
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Why was my flag to an answer containing "advertisement content" declined?

I had to do some digging to figure out the sequence of events (despite being the one who handled all of these), but I think I've pieced it together. It looks like you accidentally flagged the ...
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Pile-on down voting without a single comment explaining why or how to edit, is this how a site should work? How close was my guess?

I think there might be two possible reasons for the downvotes. I am, however, not a psychologist, so these are just my guesses. The topic has been discussed before often enough. Some people are "...
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Should we avoid calling questions that have answers in other SE sites as "duplicate", which already has a specific and different meaning in SE?

Technically you are correct. We should avoid calling things duplicates unless they are clear duplicates, and if the duplicate is a carbon-copy of the same question on two different StackExhanges, we ...
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Stop the off-hand "this sounds like a homework question" comments that offer no guidance and raise false flags?

In the early days of the internet I got suckered many times into doing people's homework for them. The "thanks for doing my homework, sucker" comment I received on the last time I did ...
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