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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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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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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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Congratulations! English Language Learners is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! English Language Learners has already met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites, and today joins in the new ...
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So, you found a sentence or phrase… (Why you should cite your source)

So, you found a sentence or phrase that confuses you, and now you want to know what it means. If your confusion stems from the fact that you are an English novice, then ELL is a good place to ask. ...
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Oligarchy against forum-wide assessment

Two out of four questions I asked previously on this site have been closed: one pertaining to the order of words in a particular context; the other about the meaning of the expression 'chorus line' — ...
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Stop throwing “Proofreading” close reason at questions that are clearly limited to a single point of concern

We have a handy close reason for questions that are basically just "find any problems in this chunk of text". That's fine, because those are terrible questions. They haven't actually gotten to the ...
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Would you like some of EL&U's questions?

A couple of years ago this meta talked about taking question from EL&U: Preparing for ELU to start migrating questions to ELL There has been more than one occasion at EL&U where their ...
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What our learners want to learn

I have seen a handful of questions get closed on ELL, and the close reasons usually start something like this: I'm voting to close this question because it's about a rare or non-standard form of ...
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How much effort is enough effort?

This recent question was put on-hold by a moderator. The reason we (our site) gave to the OP is: This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason: "...
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Is it a bad luck when an English learner (when they are learning) does not feel supported by native speaker?

I often have experience when questioning things related to my English learning process. I will post here as a conversation between a native speaker (NS) and non-native speaker (Non-NS): Non-NS: What ...
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Rules about proofreading essays (IELTS etc.)

Can I ask about the grammatical mistakes in a paragraph? For example, I have written an IELTS Task. Is it ok to ask for the correction?
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How to salvage/improve questions: a guide by example

TL;DR: let's make a catalog of "How to salvage your question" examples. There are a handful of reasons that a lot of our questions on our main site, ELL, get closed on. Except for "duplicate of ...", ...
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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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Can we ask question regarding the song lyrics?

Hello my fellow ELLians, I am wondering if it is a good idea to ask questions regarding the song lyrics? I mean I've noticed that the songs' lyrics sometimes are, from the grammar point of view, in ...

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