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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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