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What makes a question earn your upvote?

I did a quick edit to "I see" versus "oh really" and noticed that while four people had answered it, it didn't have a single upvote (until I added mine). I think that is a bit odd ...
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Searches for finding questions that need attention

This post is intended to be a place to collect queries to help find questions that could use some attention. Maybe they need another answer, maybe the answers need to be voted on, or maybe the ...
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The downvoting practice on ELL sucks

The downvoting practice on ELL sucks. I suspect many new users get discouraged and disappointed by this practice. This practice is not in the least encouraging to put questions anymore. In my case one ...
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Is there alternative choice for "Extensive reading for academic success"?

"Extensive Reading for Academic Success" is a series of books good for those who are preparing for TOEFL. Each of them includes 80 articles and is much cheaper than other TOEFL books. But I ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Vocabulary tag rework?

The vocabulary tag has 1000 over questions, but unfortunately I'm not very sure how to tag questions with that tag. The description reads: This tag is for questions about a body of words. It should ...
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Downvoting questions from new users

So I was disappointed to see a -3 score with no guidance at all in the comments for this question: Can I say "something is happened to my phone"? The author obviously was new to ELL and a ...
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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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Should we expand the “It’s in the dictionary” close reason to include etymological questions?

Consider the recent question Is cockroach composed of cock and roach?. The post’s title says it all. @FumbleFingers and I both left quick—and perhaps overly snarky—comments illustrating how easily the ...
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Why are my questions no longer being accepted?

Why are my questions no longer being accepted? - That means I am banned from putting questions !!!: You can’t post new questions right now Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from your ...
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Why so many questions about "can I mix tenses in one sentence"?

There seem to be a lot of questions about "Can I have more than one tense in a sentence?" (e.g. I ordered a product on saturday and it has been delivered as well) I'm wondering if there's ...
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Should moderators delete answers for combining terseness with comprehensiveness?

Should moderators delete answers for combining terseness with comprehensiveness? For example, What do you call a language that doesn't use the European alphabet? asked for "a word" or "...
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Providing unsolicited advice in addition to answering the question

The discussion under this question caused me to consider the policy at ELL on unsolicited advice. Consider a situation where there are errors in the examples presented in the original question, which ...
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Election check-in 2023: Who's interested in stepping up and being a moderator here?

One of our most recently elected Moderators, David Siegel, is no longer a Mod here, which leaves Laurel and me as the only active Mods, so we are thinking about holding an election to find someone to ...
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Duplicates: why not be able to choose more than one?

When you opt to close a question due to its being a duplicate, the program automatically churns up examples and you have to choose one. Often, more than one applies, yet there is only one choice ...
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Can you suggest any AI based voice chat robot (such as some website) to practice spoken English?

I see these days, some text based on an AI robot, such as ChatGPT that can input English text, and respond in English, so I can practice my English writing. But I'm not an English native speaker, and ...
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Book that covers less obvious rules for using 'a/an' and 'the' articles

Could you suggest a comprehensive textbook or academic research study that covers all the cases of using articles (a/an and the) in English? I'm having trouble finding a detailed and well-reasoned ...
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Online collocation dictionaries and English corpus search resources

Correct prepositions and collocations in general do not come naturally to a non-native speaker. I had been using www.just-the-word.com to check for right combinations, until it went offline some time ...
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Is historical English interpretation part of ELL's remit?

Since ELL is primarily aimed at English learners (not native speakers) and the guide lines state If you have questions about the following topics, you may want to visit other Stack Exchange sites to ...
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Is it against the rules to make ChatGPT generate a text and ask questions about how that text is grammatical or not?

I made it write poetry and sometimes, the output doesn't seem to be grammatical or correct at all. Is it ok if I base some of my questions on output generated by ChatGPT?
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Can we add a new reason to the "Close" list?

I note that one of our moderators, gotube, has started to remind OPs, who use images of text rather than copy them out, that images cannot be read by screen readers (used by the visually impaired) and ...
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Why are these questions being closed with the proofreading close reason?

As of writing, this question has four votes to close for the community-specific reason that's often referred to as "proofreading". So does this one. While I haven't been around in a while, I'...
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Election check-in - Who's interested in stepping up to help being a moderator here?

As you all know, our community currently only has two active moderators which is a bit low for a site of our size. Therefore, we'd like to hold a moderator election in the coming months. We noticed a ...
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Passage in Progressive Tense

I extracted this passage from 1984 because I am looking for passages written in Past Progressive Tense or Present Progressive Tense. I would think it is written in Present Progressive Tense but I'm ...
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How can I learn Indian English?

I desire learning a distinct Indian English dialect. How can I go about it? When I was learning English, I did not have much exposure to Indian English, but I feel like it has many features that are ...
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Are answers written by AI Chatbots suitable for the site?

Relevant question and answer What is the grammar point that we changed the structure "S + V and V" into the structure "S + V, Ving"? Is an answer written by an AI chatbot, such as ...
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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

The question How should I use least in this sentence? Least vs Less was deleted by the OP following critical comments about the example presented. I reproduce the relevant part for the benefit of ...
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Would a community wiki/standard answer on dictionary definitions be helpful?

A look at my question history will show that what might be grouped under the umbrella of 'uncharitable close votes' is a bit of a hobby horse of mine, and I fully accept that the community as a whole ...
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Is my question an attack and a disrespect?

My post at https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/341384/what-adjective-can-be-used-to-describe-this-kind-of-behavior was closed today by moderator Laurel, who also made the following comment: ...
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Should we close a question that is a duplicate on ELU?

In this question, user mjjf correctly comments that the answer can be found on a question asked on ELU. Given how closely linked ELL and ELU are, it feels like the ELL question should be "closed ...
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Resources for learning the proper shape of the mouth and the position of the tongue in pronunciation

Could you please recommend some learning materials (books, videos, websites, etc…) that those who are learning English as a second language can use to train native pronunciation of American English? I ...
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Dictionary which allows specific searches

I am searching for an English and/or American English dictionary which enables me to search, for example Nouns which begins/ends/includes the chunk 'exa' Does anyone know such an online dictionary ...
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Formatting Sandbox – Please test stuff here

What the title says. Use this for testing stuff and gosh I can't believe we didn't have this till now.
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Would it be helpful to have a canonical post on Tense and Aspect? [Proposal stage (incomplete)]

Status Update: Upon discussion with an experienced member of the community who is currently teaching English, I have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible to present any single system of ...
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Are questions about English language certifications on-topic?

Is it an appropriate place to ask questions about language certifications like IELTS, CAE and others? E.g. questions about exam format, learning materials.
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How should I summarize all ELL tags into 4-5 groups/modules?

Not sure if this is a Meta question; definitely isn't appropriate for the main site. More like a chatroom thing I guess, but there's no one there. ELL is a Q&A site for English language learners. ...
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Are requests for part-of-speech tagging in example use on-topic?

We recently had a question where a usage example was given, along with an attempt at part-of-speech tagging, and a request to validate that tagging: Knowing what grammar is used A user then closed the ...
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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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Canonical posts

Canonical posts -> CP I think the active users or users who are good at english should make more CP's in my opinion, so we can cite them for duplicates. I understand that it can be extremely time ...
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What book do you suggest for modern grammar?

Please, if possible, introduce books on the following topics. Modern Grammar, Syntax, Morphology I want to use your experience. Otherwise googling is easier but useless.
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What should be the qualifications for answering questions?

There is currently an open question on ELL which has raised some completely off topic argument in the comments some of which are becoming unpleasant. One contributor is saying you shouldn't answer ...
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Should I flag ‘X or Y’ questions?

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of questions that follow this format: Sentence Sentence with 1 or 2 words changed Which one is correct? In some cases, I’ve been flagging these questions for ‘...
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Re-open request

I'm a bit surprised that two mods endorse closing... What does that mean: "my toes speak English"? ...citing "Lack of context". After failing to find the exact text in Google ...
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large general american audio archive

I'm looking for a large (at least several hours) collection of audio records accompanied by transcriptions (just text, timing is not important) narrated by one person whose accent can roughly be ...
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Resources for learning English

This is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning English and it has been approved by the Community itself. It should be clear that the resources are not written by ...
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As English learner, it is hard for me to grasp shades of meaning between synonyms. Is there a resource available that can help me with this?

As every English learner, I come across many near-synonyms and synonyms, such as 'sad,' 'gloomy,' and 'wretched'. How can I determine which of them conveys a stronger emotional intensity? What words ...
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What should I study to learn academic English that is used for mathematics?

I am looking for material that can be used to teach non-English speakers academic English for mathematics. I meant it might be some basic vocabulary. Any help will be appreciated.
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Which is it? People don't really take the time to understand the questions or I worded them so badly that they are unintelligible?

I don't mind the downvotes. I am here to ask questions and get answers not to score points. But what seems strange to me is how what I intended in some recent questions failed to get across. And I'm ...
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Object complement - good sources

Where can I find a list of the verbs that need an object complement, listed according to whether the object complement is a noun or adjective or both?
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Backing up i.imgur.com images that may be at risk due to their new ToS

Now, you should be using the "add picture" feature in the editor to get an i.stack.imgur.com address for your images in your posts. That is hosting that SE pays for and images there won't ...

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