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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we focus more on building a database of answers, or helping individual learners?

Half the time when I see people post a question, there is more focus on the inadequacies of the question than on actually answering it. It shouldn't have been asked because it's a duplicate. It's put ...
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Policy for Research Effort in Questions, and its Strictness

I think we need to start talking about what level of research effort we actually require to keep questions open. We say that sharing your research is requisite, and when questions are straight ...
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Is ELL more lenient on unresearched questions than EL&U is?

I've started becoming more active here recently, and in several cases have answered questions that I would have flagged or called out on EL&U for not showing proper research. My main reason for ...
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Revision of the “dictionary” close reason

At the moment, one of the off-topic close reasons is as follows: Basic questions on spelling, meaning or pronunciation are off-topic as they should be answered using a dictionary. There is nothing ...
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Are you guys for real?

I posted a question I had (Suck er vs suck-up right here.) and you guys put the question on hold as off-topic just because it had the word "sucker". Why is everyone so offended on this forum? I asked ...
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Why is it that changing a question doesn't affect existing close votes in the slightest way?

I am writing this Meta question as a question I posted on ELL today is currently sitting on four close-votes, precariously on the cusp of being closed. The reason people cite for their votes, I gather,...
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Unjustified downvoting even on a question earning three badges, notable question, nice question & popular question

I post questions and give answers on ELL & EL&U. But serial downvoting on some good questions is really disappointing. A moderator should downvote a question or an answer which, he thinks, is ...
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Why are most of my questions marked as “off topic”?

I always refer my question source which is completely in text form I know my questions related to movies but in text form for this you don't have see the movie for answering my question, just read ...
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How much basic is ELL expected to go?

As per the site rules the "English Language Learners Stack Exchange" is for people who: are learning or teaching English as a foreign language. According to the descriptions given above, ...
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Let's get critical: Dec 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love English Language Learners Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive ...
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Rejected migrations (deleted from the original site) are incorrectly locked

When a migrated question is rejected, the destination copy is locked to prevent two copies of the same question being in play at the same time. This is a good thing. Locking is a tool, and this is ...
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Why do I keep getting this message? “This question body does not meet our quality standards.”

I'm trying to submit a question and I keep getting this message: Request failed This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - ...
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If there's only two or three possible contexts for a question, don't vote to close it as unclear, too broad, or Details Please

I see a fair number of questions getting close votes, and even sometimes getting closed, because there's more than one possible answer based on different ways to take the question. Sometimes that's ...
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Why I have “ You have reached your question limit” if I do not have any question bad in my account here?

I do not know really because I have You have reached your question limit does not have any vote closed? because I have this: You have reached your question limit if I do not have question bad?
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String of unresearched, soccer-related questions

I've noticed a string of soccer related questions appearing on the site lately that I think have some issues. See, for example: What does "get down" mean in football (soccer)? What does &...
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What kind of English learner is expected by ELL?

When a new member, who is an English learner, joins ELL, what kind of learner that ELL expects to be? A learner who is only a ‘passer-by’? means they join then ask, and leave anytime or leave if ...
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Comment Templates

Guidance is pretty important, and that's usually emphasized when we notice a new user's downvoted question without any comments. Comments are also ephemeral necessary evils — they're both ...
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Why will my account be blocked?

I was trying asking a question , it says : Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. For help formulating a clear, ...
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Could somebody explain how to get the Curious, Inquisitive and Socratic badges?

I don't understand very well how it is possible to ask a question on 5 separate days or more. I can ask a question in 5 minutes or less. Also very confused about what the phrase "positive question ...
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Can I post essays for evaluation here?

In TOEFL exam for example they ask you to write essays to test your English level, and I am preparing for the TOEFL. Can I post essays so users can evaluate if my essay is good or not, or they may ...
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Standard exam questions welcome here?

I noticed that the "Error Detection" question was closed today, with the reason given "Not a real question". And while the original question was both phrased and formatted terribly, it shouldn't have ...
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What is StackExchange?

Is there a different community? Than English Langage Learners for English Learning? Where can I find the FAQ? How can I learn here if half the resources are on Google?
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How often can I post questions to ELL?

For example I asked one question. What does 'what sticks' mean? And it seems a little small. What if I have ten such questions? Should I combine them or update/edit them into one post? Or ...
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Where is the border between good and offtopic question?

What is difference between my question For all times or for all ages? and for example this one: "Could you please help me" vs "Could you help me please" I understand, that ...
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Is there anything to be corrected?

I have a question about my English Language Learners Stack Exchange post: Is there anything to be corrected?
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Replacing the “Off-topic because this question needs more details” close reason

Of the three standard reasons offered for closing a question as off-topic, the third one is: This question should include more details than have been provided here. Please edit to add the research ...
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Making URLs more readable

One of the most common edits I make is to turn ugly URLs into clean textual references. For example: https://www.google.com.au/webhp?ie=UTF-8#safe=off&hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=URL+...
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How to handle Stale questions with both close votes and bounty?

An old question was brought to my attention. I encountered a question in the "Close Votes" queue. I responded this way: Welcome to ELL! Please share what research you have already done, ...
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Why does this question have close votes?

I'm relatively new to ELL (though pretty experienced with the Stack Exchange network - I work here), so I think there are some nuances here that I'm missing. This question has four close votes at time ...
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Reminder to use the custom “Needs more detail” close reason

I know that it really sucks that this close reason is listed under "off topic"... There's a proposal on MSE to change the close voting system to allow more custom close reasons outside of the "off ...
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What sites and resources can I search before asking here?

Right now I have https://translate.google.ru as the only one instrument for translation. After getting no results from it for translation I don't know where to go and ELL is the only place that come ...