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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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EL&U.SE vs ELL.SE

I'm a monolinguist but have had a bad experience on English Language & Usage (EL&U). Might I break any (site-specific) rule for asking questions here instead of EL&U? Sure I could get ...
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Can I submit a video here for feedback on my pronunciation?

I am trying to improve my pronunciation of English words. For these purposes, I make short videos. That is, I want to know not about a specific word, but in general how understandable my speech is. My ...
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How to further improve English listening?

I can easily understand the conversation from Twitch or Live Youtuber shows. However, when I watch shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime videos, I cannot understand their talks... It looks like I listen ...
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Short rhymed English texts for memorization

I'm searching for short English texts to memorize. Provided that it has: rhyme and assonance easy to repeat (Like:If— by Rudyard Kipling).My experience in learning my mother tongue Arabic in addition ...
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Is there a platform that provides actual education and puts a huge emphasis on students' improvement?

Am I the only one who feels that these English-teaching websites are just a way for teachers to make a few bucks here and there? It seems that the majority don't really focus on the intricacies of ...
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Are grammar and usage beyond the scope of the ELL site?

The question concerned the difference between for and to in terms of a guiding principle: Original question on ELL The moderator posted this under the question: "There are several rules that ...
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What is "slang"?

Moving this topic of conversation from If someone says "That hair tho", does it have a positive or a negative meaning? I am more than happy to (or have someone else) remove the 2 instances ...
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Answering when proof of negative required

Someone asked a question of the form: "What makes these words special grammatically, and are there any others like them". link I am near 100% certain that there is no rule, but, sadly, not ...
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Feature request for "reopen votes" queue: Can it display the reasons for close votes?

When I go through the "reopen votes" queue, it is useful to know why a question was closed. Knowing that, I can more quickly assess whether the problem has been fixed or not. (I still check ...
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I don't believe my answer should have been deleted

This post explicitly asks why people use the phrase in question: I assume people say it just for fun, unless there is a good reason to say it this way, is there? My answer is the only one that ...
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Moderators privileges

Let me start by stating that I am not questioning the right of moderators to close questions or perform any other of their duties. However I have noticed that, recently, more questions are being ...
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In the future, can questions and answers support the <iframe> HTML tag?

Stack Exchange supports a little bit of HTML. For example, we can use <kbd> tags <kbd>Example</kbd> Example Example CAT FACE :3 I was wondering if the English Language ...
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As a native speaker, can I ask a parsing/meaning question?

English is my first language, but I have encountered a text that I cannot parse. I can extract some meaning from it, but on closer inspection it doesn't actually seem to be formally correct. Can I ask ...
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Need help understanding the logic behind the multiple downvotes

Firstly, I'm not asking this question to judge any member's freedom of giving downvotes nor am I judging their decisions. However, I've been wondering why I'm sometimes getting serial downvotes to my ...
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Mark-down tables fail to display on the English Language Learners Stack Exchange

I was trying to answer a question on ELL. I tried to draw a table: | A header | Another header | | -------- | -------------- | | First | row | | Second | row | There is a ...
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Are non-helpful negative comments typical of this site?

This isn't a complaint; I'm just trying to understand what's going on with this site, which I joined only 2 days ago. My first answer, The usage of "would have", received a comment ...
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Vocabulary tag rework?

The vocabulary tag has 1000 over questions, but unfortunately I'm not very sure how to tag questions with that tag. The description reads: This tag is for questions about a body of words. It should ...
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No votes means not trustable?

In this question, the OP pointed out that the answer in the question I shared had no votes, so it was "untrustable": break up or break down? Should no votes mean the answer isn't trustable?...
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Should we take action on posts from experienced users with uncited quotes?

I got a flag quite recently pointing out that an experienced (rep >2k) user had included a quoted text in a post as an example, without specifying the source, or giving either attribution or ...
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What does that mean? (User was removed)

I see this but my account is not removed, I'm still able to ask questions.
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Are there conversation forums? [duplicate]

I have two friends who are learning English and badly need to practice speaking. Are there any sites that help with that? They live in the UK but are surrounded by many nationalities, and having ...
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Request question reopen (and/or explanation for closevotes)

The question Which is correct? do they? or don't they? or have they or haven't they? was summarily closed for reasons that aren't clear to me. Personally, I don't think it's necessarily obvious that ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on English Language Learners has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Are there any recommendable books or websites to learn grammar myths?

There are many methods of phrasing one's words that are not told in a standard grammar book, especially in oral English. If there is a book or website about this kind of myths, it would be very ...
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How to access the comments generated during the nomination phase of the election?

During the nomination phase of the election, under each candidate's self-nomination form, there was a comment thread. I found those comments quite valuable in helping me decide whom to vote for. I ...
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Lack of "will-future" tag

Our site doesn't have a tag for "will-future". For such a basic part of English grammar, and for a site with as much question depth as we have, its not an oversight. This tells me there's ...
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Nomination Criteria for Moderator Elections

It is very easy to be a candidate in a moderator election. Only three requirements are needed: To be 18 or over To have earned 300 reputation points (equivalent of thirty upvotes) Not be suspended ...
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Profile info in contributor's guide?

This answer has been proposed for the Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners (which I recommend). It suggests things that a contributor might want to include in his or her profile. Is ...
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What is the Minimum Number of Candidates?

What is the minimum number of candidates needed for an election of moderators to proceed to the final, election, phase? What happens if there are not enough?
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Are you wondering how a candidate’s score is calculated?

One bit of information voters might find helpful that I don't see linked anywhere obvious in the election pages is how the candidate score is calculated: The Candidate Score can range from 0 to 40, ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The election is now over! You can read the results here! The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase [Completed] Primary ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language Learners Stack Exchange is scheduled for an ...
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Why so many questions about "can I mix tenses in one sentence"?

There seem to be a lot of questions about "Can I have more than one tense in a sentence?" (e.g. I ordered a product on saturday and it has been delivered as well) I'm wondering if there's ...
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Answer needs to be undeleted

Lambie's answer to "Counter" in "countersteering" an adverb or adjective? which was recently re-opened should be undeleted promptly. I see no valid reason why it was ever deleted. ...
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How can get help from this community if I can't hear some audio clearly?

Recently I am learning the Cambridge practice tests for IELTS, the listening part is the most difficult for me. Even if I look at the transcripts when I am listening to the audio, I find that there ...
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Is it me or is it crazy that 70% of the questions on the main page were downvoted at least once?

It's me or is it crazy that 70% of the questions on the main page were downvoted once? I am not sure why this is OK, I think there's a serial downvoter who just downvotes every question for the sake ...
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Should we force people to tell you why they downvoted a question?

What do you call this input, terminal device? Should we force people to tell you why they downvoted a question? Some people seem to downvote people for personal reasons. I feel a reason should be ...
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What to do with old questions without context?

Recently, I have seen a lot of questions that seemed to have no context or shown prior research, especially the old questions. Should we close them? Or leave them as-is as they are old? E.g. At this ...
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Editing old posts

I know that it is fine to edit old posts, especially if the edits help e.g. accessibility and readability. But should I do it a lot? @gotube has edited a lot of old posts, but @gotube is a moderator ...
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Questions with the most views

I was recently reading Glorfindel's helpful answer at How did this question get so many views? and clicked on the link for "here is a list of questions with the most views on the site". That ...
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Cross posting between ELL and EL&U

An example is this: When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? There is no such question on ELL and is only on EL&U, but I am assuming it is not allowed to post this on ELL. Am I ...
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Answering old questions

Is it a good practice to answer old unanswered questions? I've seen some old questions with no answers and am assuming it is fine to answer them. Also, is it bad to do so a lot?
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Canonical post #3 - Passive voice?

There has been a collaboration effort to make a canonical post on passive voice, but it was never posted sadly (asked in 2015), so I would like to give it a try! I understand the amount of effort ...
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Canonical posts

Canonical posts -> CP I think the active users or users who are good at english should make more CP's in my opinion, so we can cite them for duplicates. I understand that it can be extremely time ...
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Should I accept removing thanks edit?

Someone has been suggesting a lot of edits regarding simply removing "thanks in advance" from the post. Should I accept or reject? I've always accepted, but I am not sure if I did the right ...
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Are we getting grumpier? A call for a gentler touch

I am a wee bit concerned that -- and I may simply be imagining this -- the amount of downvoting of questions seems to have increased recently. Whenever I look in the list of Questions, it seems like ...
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Is it normal to be crazy rude and ask irrelevant questions?

What do you call an open food vessel? The first guy asks why there's a discrepancy. Well, I couldn't find any image that perfectly fit the description. Why is he being rude to me? You're asking about ...
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Two questions which are exactly the same

Today when I was browsing the Main site(ELL), I saw a very strange thing. There are two question which are exactly the same!!! Note that I say exactly the same, it's not just a duplicate, it's exactly ...
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Attribution: the good and the bad

Recently, there have been a series of posts when a user's comment has been transformed into an answer or long excerpts have been quoted from various English websites. First of all, just to be clear, ...
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