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Should questions like this (like linguistics… see below) be asked and answered on ELL?

There was a very recent question "Why is “threepenny” pronounced as THREP.NI?" on this SE. And the spectacular answer by a very cooperative contributor Void. Under Void's answer, one user ...
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Screenshots in questions — What should we do to discourage such behavior?

Today I came across these two questions, this one and this one, where the questioner has simply attached the photo, or may I say screenshot, of the whole page, which essentially appears to be on a ...
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What does “edit removed during grace period” mean?

This question is showing an edit done almost an hour later. However when I clicked on the revision history, I got this: What does this line mean? Rather, I want to know when it is shown? Also, what ...
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My question reached “10k views” but I haven't earned Famous Question badge yet

I noticed yesterday that one of my questions (Why is “iron” pronounced “EYE-URN” but not “EYE-RUN”?) reached 10k views but I haven't earned the "famous question" badge yet. I thought I would ...
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How many edits is “too many pending edits”?

I was about to submit an edit on a question, when I got this: I do not remember how many edits I did in the whole day, and how many of them are yet pending. So I would like to know when do we get ...
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Why are the deleted answers to a post shown “modified” and prompted at the top?

This is commonly seen that when someone with 1 reputation point writes an all promotion answer, they get almost a dozen downvotes and then the answer gets deleted, either by a moderator, high-rep user ...
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Which sources should one refer to verify spelling according to UK English?

Apologies if this is off-topic here. I was unsure where to ask it. Please migrate to the main site if it is on-topic there. If it is not on-topic in both the main site as well as here, please close it....
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What is the reputation limit upto which an user has the “new contributor” tag under their name?

Today I saw a question which had one answer. The answerer/user/contributor has 816 reputation points. However, the New Contributor is still visible under his name. How is this working? I mean some ...
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Why are these questions highlighted?

Why are the following questions highlighted? Is this a new update? I've never seen it before. Only two of the questions are highlighted. Links: Why does "elite" rhyme with "beet" ...
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What does “became hot network question” mean?

While checking my question's history (for the first time as I remember), I clicked the tiny clock like symbol beside the vote signs on my question and saw 16 hours ago history became hot network ...
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Why does another SE site option only include ELL Meta SE?

So there is this question on main site today which in Justin's opinion and my opinion too, better fitted another SE site altogether. I was trying to flag the question so that moderators could easily ...
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What are some popular EFL textbooks in Japan?

I'm looking for a shortlist of popular EFL textbooks that are commonly used in Japan. I'm mainly interested in textbooks aimed at beginner or intermediate adult learners (including young adults like ...
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Why are the tags not visible as they are inputed?

Just a couple of days ago I was editing a post which needed some formatting and re-tags. So I deleted the tag difference and inserted word-difference to be more clear and specific. Well, I tried to ...
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Grammar books for native speaker?

As a well-read native speaker, I know what “sounds right”, but I often don’t know the formal terminology or rules to explain why to a learner. Are there any grammar books or other resources that can ...
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Is it possible to change the font of THIS site?

My question is very simple. This site has a default font which is kind of boring. See the font of the other English site: Is it possible to change the font of THIS site (https://ell.stackexchange.com/...
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Should posts containing abbreviations be edited?

I have come across many posts lately containing abbreviations such as sth, sb/sbd, pls, ur, etc. At first I had no idea what these abbreviations meant (except for pls). I even posted a comment on the ...
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What are the best open-source free journals for ESL/EFL?

For academics who don't have access to subscription-based online journals, what are some of the best open-source (free) journals related to English language teaching and learning? Peer-reviewed ...
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Why do people post their answers in the comments section on ELL? [duplicate]

I've often noticed that a question is answered in the comments section of the original post on English Language Learners. I haven't noticed this on other Stack Exchanges so I was wondering what the ...
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Where could I learn English as a second language for free in the USA?

Disclaimer: I am new to this forum, so if my question isn't part of the proposal, my apologies. Where could I learn English as a second language for free in the USA? I am a graduate student who ...
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Community edits should be made visible

I am not sure if it is only me, but sometimes I can't see the edits made by Community moderator. And by Community moderator, I am talking about this person or this person. I did not get any relevant ...
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Can I recruit a spot paid type private teacher here?

So, I am the guy who broadcast myself "virtually" in this question (proposal) And as I said in the question, I have a some kind of hobby like YouTubing project for educating myself and those ...
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Using the video cam and open it to the public and ask for the correction of pronunciation etc

This is just a proposal/my personal idea that if students are confident enough to show their faces in public such as [My shameless video] couldn't it possibly be a good idea? (Were you able to ...
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Why is it necessary for the question title to have more than 15 characters?

I was editing this post which had several mistakes, post, starting with the question title (it was ambiguous). The most reasonable title which I considered writing was "Will vs Would" since ...
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Grammar error in Review

I was going through reviews this morning, and (yes, just now) noticed an error in a message: This question doesn't meet a [sic] English Language Learners Stack Exchange guideline. So this post is to ...
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Help me out here: How would you improve these questions?

I feel like I am flogging a death horse and the dead horse is telling me to keep doing it. Once again, what I would really like to say has been said here: J.R.'s eloquently argued and sufficiently ...
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Poorly phrased questions that give rise to variegated answers

It sometimes happens that a question comes up with very poor wording to the point that readers cannot really understand what the asker is actually asking. I focused on this: "The animals which ...
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How to find books to read at a certain learning level?

I have had English in school, but I have mostly learned English by reading books. I never did homework, never learned grammar or vocabulary, but rather, similar to a native speaker, I took up the ...
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Are questions about English language certifications on-topic?

Is it an appropriate place to ask questions about language certifications like IELTS, CAE and others? E.g. questions about exam format, learning materials.
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How do I input symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet?

How do I input symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet? I have looked at the Editing Help but there is nothing about it.
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Explain to me why you are throwing your close votes at this question

The reaction of some people to this question has me scratching my head, going "You kidding me?" Can we really use lap as an intransitive verb? So I was among the first people to notice that ...
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Is this podcast interview worth trying hard to catch ALL what they say for AN “ELL”?

Today I turned 46 years old, starting to feel the erosion of my skin. "Personally speaking"(big emphasis here), why I am here became more a maintenance of English than trying to pass things ...
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Alternative for Vocabulary.com

I recently find the website vocabulary.com. It helped me a lot to memorize a great number of words, and also mastering its spelling, but unfortunately it doesn't allowed to submit a list of ...
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A website for identifying the different phrases in the sentence

I was wondering if anyone knew of a website that allows you to paste in your sentence and the site will identify the individual phrases in that sentence. For example, I paste in the sentence and the ...
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Reference for decomposing English words

I learned that a good way to grow vocabulary is learning root words and recognize prefixes and suffixes and other parts of a word. So I am looking for a way to decompose a specific word. Is there any ...
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Let's use plain language (this time for real)

If you do not wish to read the entire document, please consider reading only the sentences in boldface. Introduction In an earlier post, ELL members discussed the value of writing answers in simpler ...
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Broader acceptance of revisions from community

Background Discussion has been limited regarding the acceptable extent and nature of revisions for questions, by contributors other than the author, especially over any considerations that might be ...
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What to do with non-English-specific comprehension questions?

In particular, questions like Who exactly is "he" here? On one hand, I understand that someone who's learning English and watching a movie or reading a text in English can think their ...
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Why is my latest question have close vote and downvotes?

I see close votes and downvotes on my last question. Is it not allowed to ask here?
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Why don't my rep points show?

I realize one must participate on Stack Exchange for a certain length of time before becoming a "trusted member" and having upvotes show immediately on answers. I passed the "trusted ...
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Is it appropriate to base an answer on details not included in a question?

A recent question was asking if the usage of the term “cop” was derogatory. A reasonable question, with some background around the context. The (accepted) answer (posted by a moderator) includes this ...
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Idiomatic American English resources

I'd like to improve my spoken English and thought maybe it was a good start to learn how to have a proper conversation, or order a meal in a restaurant, or going into a shop and ask for help for ...
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Grammar Book Recomendation [duplicate]

I searched "Grammar Recomendation", however I could not find any questions and answers on this matter. So, could anyone recommend me some grammar books? I would appreciate to read both basic ...
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To move my question to English Language & Usage

I asked this one Is it OK to use "otherwise" after "where"? question assuming it will be very easy and straightforward to answer. That is, a typical question from a foreign ...
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Is there a limit to how many questions one is allowed politely to answer?

I answered a fair number of questions this morning, and built up a fair bit of rep. Then I went away to do something else. Then I came back to look in, and it seems that a significant number of my ...
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When should a question be edited in these situations?

I have noticed that some editors don’t consider correcting some specific errors in questions. In my opinion, such errors should be corrected so that the asker of the question becomes aware of the ...
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Mods Binging on Reviews. Leave some for the rest of us?

On my History Review page there are approximately eight pages, each with 50 items, where the names of two moderators dominate the close review. In over 400 reviewed posts, I counted the names of only ...
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Flag declined. Low Quality Question removed from Review Queue

I flagged a question that I discovered was left open by a moderator in the review queue. Whenever a moderator casts a vote in the review queue, it is binding and the question is automatically removed ...
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You got anything original to say?

I am wondering what is expected of someone who feels that a contributor has added an answer that is very similar to at least one other answer in the same post. (I may not be able to clearly summarize ...
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Should the “writing” tag be changed to “written-english”?

So writing, which has the description For questions specifically related to written English., has been applied to many questions and very few of them are specifically focused on written English. It's ...

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