No, not what books are you enjoying, but what specifically is this page, that you're reading right now.

On other sites such as forums etc, we may be involved in a "thread". What single word or short phrase would best describe the interactions we have on Stack Exchange.

For more context, I was posting a comment on another site's Meta, and wanted to say:

As mentioned elsewhere on this ...

  • "thread" doesn't work, because we're not a forum
  • "Q&A" just doesn't seem right
  • Normally this would probably go on ELU, but I suppose it's not really off-topic here exactly either. Jun 14, 2015 at 5:27
  • 1
    @NathanTuggy I think it's a good choice for ELL. Learning English is a lifetime job, even for us natives. :)
    – Ben Kovitz
    Jun 14, 2015 at 5:30
  • 1
    I would like to point out that "at this very moment" means, literally, "right now".
    – Mr Lister
    Jun 14, 2015 at 8:52
  • 1
    @MrLister I completely agree. The new title also didn't match the intention of my first sentence "no, not what books...", so have rolled back the edit. Jun 14, 2015 at 9:01
  • 2
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on English Language & Usage.
    – user6951
    Jun 15, 2015 at 3:53

1 Answer 1


If I'm talking with someone in person, especially someone not familiar with StackExchange, I'll call this a page.

On StackExchange, I'll usually call it a question. "A question" can refer to the whole page, including the answers and comments, especially when written on a different page. On the page, the question usually refers only to the question part of the page, excluding the answers and comments.

  • 2
    +1 Exactly my thought! In my opinion, "question" is the right word, not only because the reason mentioned above, but the URL convention emphasizes this. SE assigns a unique ID to each question. For example, the URL of this page at the moment is http://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/59293/what-are-you-reading-right-now-at-this-very-moment; we can also access the same question via its ID: http://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/59293, or its shorthand: http://ell.stackexchange.com/q/59293. Jun 14, 2015 at 7:15

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .