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Does Puzzling (and in general SE) support British English or American English as official language?
Personally, I prefer American, like most users do.
So, do you mind a mix of both? Or would you like to see only one?
Express your opinion!

EDIT: As 2012rcampion pointed out, there are some word-puzzles were the spelling differences are significative. In those rare cases, would you consider a good habit for the authors to clarify which language they're using?

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  • $\begingroup$ You prefer American English? :-o I thought you were European! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 23 '15 at 21:11
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    $\begingroup$ Link to the corresponding Meta.SE question, for anyone curious: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/23869/… $\endgroup$ – Dennis Meng May 24 '15 at 2:46
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    $\begingroup$ I think 'like most users do' is a bit presumptuous. Have you asked the population of India whether they reach for OED or Merriam-Webster? helpful link $\endgroup$ – Bob May 26 '15 at 0:18
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    $\begingroup$ In cases where spelling matters to the puzzle it is even more important that it should not be editing as you might break the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Bob May 26 '15 at 0:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Bob Indeed; this is why I'm very wary of editing riddles unless they're been solved. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 27 '15 at 19:15
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I support coherent English.

As long as you make sense, it really doesn't matter too much how you spell things. Dialect differences tend to be reasonably coherent to other speakers, so I'm not sure we need to worry about asking for anything other than clarity.

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    $\begingroup$ In some word-based puzzles, the differences in spelling might make a difference. This should be pretty rare enough that it can be handled on a case-by-case basis though. $\endgroup$ – 2012rcampion May 24 '15 at 3:28
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I'm a native speaker of British English, and can't see why I should be forced to speak in a different dialect in order to participate in a Q&A forum. Both are perfectly intelligible to speakers of the other (there may be a few words like pavement/sidewalk which are different, but in general the differences are minor ones of spelling: centre/center, colour/color, travelling/traveling), so both should be considered acceptable.

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  • $\begingroup$ Excuse me if I'm wrong, but would another example being grey/gray? $\endgroup$ – warspyking May 25 '15 at 13:46
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking Yep. And plough/plow is another one. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 25 '15 at 16:32
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Both are ok, and so edits which amend another person's writing from one to the other should be avoided.

Tomato, tomato.

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  • $\begingroup$ I wonder if it's significant that this question has got 2 answers from Brits and one from an American... ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 24 '15 at 10:13
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for pointing out that editing to change someone's valid British or American spelling is wrong because both are ok. $\endgroup$ – Bob May 26 '15 at 0:22

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