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Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners

I thought it would be nice if we had a community maintained guide to ELL written in easy to understand language and arranged to make the most important things to know easy to find. The help center has ...
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Let's bring down the number of unanswered questions

There are currently almost three thousand unanswered questions (questions with no upvoted or accepted answers) on this site. If I recall correctly, some sites actively try to bring this number down to ...
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What is the deal with voting here?

When can 'the' be used before a name? That is just an example. I have noticed that people here don't bother to vote much. Can something be done about it? Now I don't know which one of those ...
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Comments are constantly disappearing

Why are comments constantly being deleted? Sometimes I write a comment and someone has deleted it less than an hour later. I think people are going overboard with the comment deleting. I don't really ...
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What's keeping the site in beta, and what can we do to get it graduated?

Current Status of ELL So far as I can tell, as a beta site, ELL's statistics are superlative: 29.4 questions per day: E̲x̲c̲e̲l̲l̲e̲n̲t̲ (vs. 15 for average) 97% answered: E̲x̲c̲e̲l̲l̲e̲n̲t̲ (vs. 90%...
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Are answers which consist only of block quotes acceptable

This is related to this question on ELL meta about EL&U quoting. This ELL question has an answer consisting only of a quote from quora. Is this appropriate? I edited it to make it clear that it ...
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Questions with no official answer… redux

I think most meta users must be familiar with the issue of questions being answered in comments. First of all, do people even consider it an issue? It's not a huge deal if people are getting the ...
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Answerer to OP: “No one will ever say this.” I comment: “Can you provide a source to substantiate that claim?” Answerer: “I am a Native speaker.”

Questions: (1) What should I do when someone refuses to provide evidence to substantiate their statements, which I believe are incorrect? (2) How should I respond when they tell me to take their ...
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Cite your sources!

I've noticed something recently on this site. It's a weird thing, but it appears to be becoming common. Answers are seen as only being reliable if they have a source. This isn't the case where ...
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Bullying trolls, lack of moderators

I have just joined this site. I smell troll activity, bullying, offensive tones and contributors setting themselves up as quasi authority figures. In addition, queries not being answered, commentators ...
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Why was my answer removed without a reason?

Yesterday, I answered a question on https://ell.stackexchange.com/, however, today when I look at my answer it says it has been removed by this user https://ell.stackexchange.com/users/230/snailcar I ...
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1answer
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Should we delete answers that have no explanations?

From time to time one runs across answers here that offer nothing beyond a bare answer to the question taken in a narrow sense. In particular, there's no general explanation, no attempt to show a ...
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When should I upvote?

Question: Should we upvote when "This is neat. It clears my confusion!" or when "I am an expert at this. I knew this answer is right. And I upvote it as an endorsement"? Wrong information ...
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How useful are references and should their usage be more encouraged on ELL?

According to the current rules: Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always ...
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1answer
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Short answers shouldn't be converted to comments

When someone posts a short answer, but it's not a comment, it shouldn't be converted to a comment. If it's too short to be useful, it should be downvoted or, if it's very low quality, perhaps even ...

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