Linked Questions

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How helpful is it to add “Hope this is helpful!” to an ELL answer?

Google tells me there are about 70 instances of Hope this is helpful on English Language Learners. I don't like to come across as a grumpy ole git, but it seems to me this level of "chattiness" isn't ...
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3answers
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Have we forgotten our mission?

I unilaterally reopened a question today. Here's my paraphrase of the original question: In this phrase, which preposition(s) would be correct: Put the pen ..................... the book? I'm ...
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1answer
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DO NOT FEED THE BEARS

A question was just asked on ELL, and it needs a lot of work. Here's a screen shot. There are two problems with this question: first, the way the initial question was asked; second, the way a follow-...
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2answers
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Robo-reviewers on ELL

Occasionally, Stack Exchange receives suggested edits that replace a valid answer with spam. One particular answer on ELL has received this treatment fifty-two times (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 ...
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5answers
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Can't ELLearners be expected to do internet searches?

This question bothers on me on two accounts. First, it seems to be a pretty easy combination of words. Look up each word in the dictionary and then put the meanings together. But the main thing is ...
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2answers
247 views

Downvotes are your friend; use them, please!

Downvotes are a good thing. They separate the good content from the bad, and make a user aware that something is wrong with their question (or answer). Downvoting is an integral part of the Stack ...
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1answer
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What does OP mean?

Obviously, it means the person asking the question, but what does the acronym actually stand for? And, I apologize for not being able to find the answer. If there is something I should have read ...
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3answers
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Should questions be disallowed because the OP thought they were about English but they're not?

This question — "Do PC screens in Australia scan from bottom to top?" -- explain the humour please — raises what I think is an interesting meta point. I've seen a few questions ...
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2answers
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Let's be more careful with closing

So I clicked "review". Then, my eyes popped out of a mixed feeling of surprise, shame and anger. There were 11 posts in the close vote queue! (And I had checked the queue a bit earlier) ...
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2answers
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Welcoming new members

Today A4KASH asked "Passive form of “John is painting his room" on English Language & Usage, but there user Matt Эллен suggested him to ask on English Language Learners: "This question is only ...
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3answers
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Closing questions because of lack of clarity/broadness/etc

Something has come up frequently, and it's that many questions are closed or put on hold simply because the way it's worded is not clear as to what the question is, or it's too broad in asking for ...