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Should grammatical errors be corrected while editing a question?

I have noticed that some editors don’t consider correcting grammatical errors in questions, why is that? In my opinion, grammatical errors should be corrected so that the asker of the question becomes ...
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Mods Binging on Reviews. Leave some for the rest of us?

On my History Review page there are approximately eight pages, each with 50 items, where the names of two moderators dominate the close review. In over 400 reviewed posts, I counted the names of only ...
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You got anything original to say?

I am wondering what is expected of someone who feels that a contributor has added an answer that is very similar to at least one other answer in the same post. (I may not be able to clearly summarize ...
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Should the “writing” tag be changed to “written-english”?

So writing which has the description For questions specifically related to written English. has 251 questions and very few of them are focused on written English as opposed to spoken English. It's not ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

English Language Learners's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please ...
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When would I be able to create a tag? Is there a reputation requirement?

I am wondering when I would be able to make tags. I just asked question on the main site regarding the difference between "may" and "can". Prior, to asking the question I reviewed couple of related ...
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Pride & Prejudice in a Learning Platform

ELL & ELU -- are two nice platforms where we can enrich and enlighten ourselves through discussion. I've joined there recently. These two learning platforms are really useful. At the same time, I ...
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Impose a sentence on [sentence] (again)

(if you're wondering about the pun in the title, that's a Stack Exchange meme for tag-related Meta questions) The sentence tag currently has 17 questions and no tag excerpt or wiki. IMHO it's a very ...
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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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Is there a good duplicate target for “What's the difference between the infinitive and the present participle?”

I keep seeing questions like this every day: What's the difference between jump and jumping? Why would I say I like to jump up and down instead of I like jumping up and down? Every time I see ...
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Bilingual dictionary that explains the meanings of words, not just equivalent words

A bilingual dictionary will typically give you the closest equivalents of a word in Language A in Language B. This is sufficient most of the time, but for words that do not have direct equivalents in ...
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Nominations and current moderators in 2020

I know that some elections normally happen on a regular basis, but it's curious that none of the currently listed 4 moderators have been nominated (by themselves or others) to continue in their duty. ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language Learners is scheduled for an election starting ...
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New user asking multiple low quality questions about the same source material

In the last month (5 March - 4 April 2020), one user (with two different accounts) has asked nearly 50 questions about The History of Spiritualism, Vol. I by Arthur Conan Doyle. The questions can be ...
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The American English learning counterpart of 'Cambridge English in Use'

I am seeking for help on searching resources for learning American English collocations, phrasal verbs, idioms, and pronunciation skills. My background is mainly an advanced English learner who uses ...
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More advice than asked for

Should we give as much advice as possible about the piece of text presented in the question? Sometimes a piece of text quoted has several issues, but the asker only wants advice on one bit of the text....
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Why does the wrong grammatical term have to be preserved?

I understand the reason discussed in one of my other posts (My Suggested Edits intend to improve accuracy was considered as "does not make the post even a little bit easier to read"), that ...
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Why is this badge that is awarded very fast, considered “rarest”?

Why is this happening?
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What can be done about a user that repeatedly posts low-quality questions?

I'm sure this is by no means a new issue, but recently a number of new users have emerged with a barrage of low-quality, if not blatantly off-topic questions. Most of them quote a phrase and ask "is ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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My Suggested Edits intend to improve accuracy was considered as “does not make the post even a little bit easier to read”

I proposed a Suggested Edits recently and was rejected. I guess it is important to use accurate term to ask questions, and "I love playing cricket" is gerund rather than present participle. So, I ...
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Feature request: Timer presentation

Here and there, timers apply in connection with editing. As editing can require extensive research in parallel, a presentation of still left time would be very helpful. This would prevent well-...
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We need to be more careful with suggested edits from low-rep users

https://ell.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/100816 This edit'd have fixed at least one typo in the original question. Seems two reviewers both missed it. It is not easy for low-rep users to ...
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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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What is the best source for the IELTS general writing task 1?

I'm preparing for the IELTS (General) exam, but I couldn't find a reliable source out there in which the writing task 1 has been presented in depth. Is there anybody to help me? Thanks in advance. ...
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Is there a way to measure progress in grammar skills?

I want to learn about all basic aspects of English grammar. I already has a book and tests, but It wouldn't track the progress in my opinion. For example, like in IELTS you can track your listening ...
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Tidying up “slovenly” usages in question text

It strikes me as "ironic" (whatever that means! :) that we often get questions asking how something should be "correctly" expressed, where the question itself gratuitously includes irrelevant "...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why is “somebody” showing the link to the Monica controversy?

On the front page of the ELL, (Q&A), I see a link to the recent update on Monica issue J.R. and ColleenV expressed their resignation, am I correct? Then why don't other moderators or any kind of ...
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How to search for an English word

I am a non-native English speaker/learner and one of the problem I have ever had was how should I search for an English word when I know it in my native language and I also know its meaning. Does ...
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How do I remember a word if it's too fancy to use and too rare to come across it very often?

For example, lately, I came across the Latin expression 'bona fide'. I don't remember I've seen it before (so, I suppose, it's used relatively rarely) but if I do encounter it in speech or writing, I ...
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How do I remember a word if it's too fancy to use and too rare to come across it very often? [duplicate]

Sorry if this site is not meant for such questions, it's not yet entirely clear to me what is and what's not. For example, lately, I came across the Latin expression 'bona fide'. I don't remember I've ...
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Answers of newbie learners. Examples from literature

I'm newbie in English. I have no problem with most of my questions at my level, I have no need to ask about. And I'm active user of literature examples database. Examples from this base really very ...
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Is it just me or does this word [𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝗹𝘆] look odd to you too?

On my computer the word "𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝗹𝘆" in this question looks as though it is boldfaced but in fact it appears to come pre-formatted. Does it look boldfaced to you too? It actually is non-formatted. ...
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How to decide whether an answer would be useful to learners or not?

(Note: this is just my opinion) I'm referring to the comments from this thread. Is it our duty to decide whether an answer would be useful to a learner or not, considering that there are different ...
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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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I am not sure how I should go about asking a question about coarse language

I have read through these two related discussions, but I am still worried about the reaction of some site users, and frankly potential downvotes simply due to the existence of expletives in my planned ...
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I am resigning as moderator

I have been trying to write this post for weeks. This is not the magnum opus that I hoped it would be, but it will have to suffice. I have resigned as moderator of English Language Learners effective ...
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When the Chips Are Down

Maybe you have been aware of the Monica problem on the Stack Exchange, or maybe you have been blissfully unaware of the bubbling brouhaha. My version of the events goes like this: the Stack Exchange ...
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Looking for a dictionary with standard American English example for foreign learners

Here is the thing. As a foreign learner, for example, when I look up sticker, I also need to learn common usage and scenario for it. This is what I mean standard examples. Is there a specific verb for ...
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Don't use correct grammar topic

It's my first question about my English, I usually use basic world and structure for ask some technique question for other stackoverflown users but i never can use true structure or grammar. I ...
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How can I improve my downvoted answers?

I asked a question here in Meta. I wanted to know if I could offer a bounty and ask ELL users to help me improve my downvoted answers or understand why they are wrong. That probably wasn't a good idea ...
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Can I offer a bounty to get ELL users to write an answer explaining why my “downvoted answers” (will be linked) are wrong and how I can improve them?

So I come here everyday, like many of you, to learn and improve. I don't just ask questions, I take the time to answer some too from time to time. I also contribute to the community by commenting, ...
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Software to check pronunciation automatically?

As a non-native English learner, I wonder if there is some software that can check the pronunciation automatically: a user speaks into it, and the program reports some type of assessment, like “you ...
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Sentence structure grammar books

Could you advice to me literature to classify correct English sentences structure? Russian grammar book provides incorrect names of grammatical structures hence I'm confusing to find a little more ...
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Why was my question deleted?

https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/228720/what-are-subject-pronouns-and-how-are-they-used Did I not follow some rule?
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Too much intervention by moderators creates subtle but a big problem

I am referring to this edit. The OP is almost entirely erasing the content, and changed the first title to a completely new question. (At least it seems to me.) I think the mod tried to salvage the ...
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I comment “What do you think and why?” to a question “Is this correct?” - and someone posts an answer “No - this is incorrect because . . .”

I have a genuine problem and I am quite upset. I have encountered many questions that are of the following type: (a) Is this correct? (b) Which is correct and why? (c) Please help correct this. ...

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