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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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Please do not copy *open* questions from ELU on purpose

This is not going to be a question, but it's too important an issue to not be raised. It's been a day, and we're already seeing lots of questions being more or less copied from ELU. Open questions, ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

English Language Learners' second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank ...
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With Lang-8 shutting down, where will we send proofreading questions?

We have a close reason which tells people to use "alternative websites" for proofreading: Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. ...
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

English Language Learners' third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Currently Unresolved Proposal List

As a step toward ensuring that proposals don't languish in a limbo state where it's not clear whether the community wants to move forward with them or not, I'm compiling a list of proposals that have ...
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Questions about pronunciation which are NOT entirely answerable with a dictionary

Earlier today, I saw a question about phonetics: When do I REALLY need to pronounce an s as a z? Yeah, I know the rule that after a voiced consonant, the plural or 3rd person S should be realized as ...
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Free access to the OED in the Americas (13-19 April 2014)

This is more of an announcement than discussion but this may be useful for people here and EL&U: National Library Week All OUP Online products are free April 13-19th To celebrate National Library ...
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Is “Why is 11 am + 1 hour == 12:00 pm?” an English learner's question?

I've been silently ruminating for several days now. Admittedly, I hesitated to say anything because the upvotes my answer accrued finally permitted me to reach that mythical 10k milestone. But, after ...
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English Language Learners Stack Exchange - Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! If you can find your name among the top 72 users in the first two pages here, ...
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Fifty Migration Candidates from ELU > ELL

Some weeks ago now, Grace asked that we please assemble a list of candidate ELU-to-ELL questions instead of flagging them. I compiled such a list based on people’s nominations, but it is a bit hard ...
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Is This Tag Useful? Episode 2 — The Twins (usage and meaning)

The argument for getting rid of these tags is going to be much more straightforward. We have tags like phrase-meaning, meaning-in-context, sentence-meaning etc. just like we have the likes of word-...
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Please reverse the migration of this question to ELL

I'm reliably informed that ELU can do nothing at this point, and that the migration must be rejected here by the powers that be. This was my question on ELU's meta: The question is Can “childs” ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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This question needs reopening, please

Edit note: Now reopened. Thank you everyone! This question here: 'She was shot by police yesterday' or 'She was shot yesterday by police' was closed as a duplicate of this question ...
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Should we have a meta thread for “How to learn English quickly” tricks?

I can state two things with confidence: 1) Asking "What are some good resources for learning English?" is off-topic. However, we have a meta thread devoted to that topic. 2) "What are some good ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 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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Singular tags to pluralize

Per Should we prefer plural in tags?, for consistency with EL&U and other StackExchange sites, I believe the consensus was to use plural tag names for countables. In practice, we have something of ...
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I think it's worth reopening this question

This quesion here was recently closed as a duplicate: double linking verb "be" It was closed as a duplicate of this question here: Present Simple vs Present Progressive The second ...
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When you make a new tag, please write a description

I'm editing this to bump it, because I've been finding a lot of tags with no descriptions and few questions associated with them. If you feel like we need to group a certain set of questions with a ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 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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Please consider committing to the Language Learners proposal

There is a Language Learners proposal. This proposal is focused on how to learn a language effectively and is therefore also of interest to learners of the English language. Hence I decided to post it ...
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Why is our only migration option to “Migrate to meta”?

I thought that we were allowed 3-5 targets for migration. This user's been asking a series of questions that aren't in any way about the English language and should probably be on Academia but I can'...
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Can we please make “Genitive” a synonym of “Possessive”?

They are the same thing. There's no reason to have two tags. Tag genitive (17 questions) is significantly less-used than the tag possessive (104 questions), so it seems that possessive should be the ...
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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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What's the difference between [adjective-phrase] and [phrasal-adjective]?

What's the difference between adjective-phrase and phrasal-adjective? Should they be merged? Could we write some tag wiki/usage guidance to make any difference clearer?
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Help me out here: How would you improve these questions?

I feel like I am flogging a death horse and the dead horse is telling me to keep doing it. Once again, what I would really like to say has been said here: J.R.'s eloquently argued and sufficiently ...
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Is it ever appropriate to ask the same question in ELU and ELL?

This question appears on both ELL and on ELU, but not as a migration. I'm not convinced that it's really appropriate for either, but I'm also not able to articulate why, or certain enough of my ...
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Merge request for two similar questions

Can we merge this question: Two-year program or Two-years program? With this question here: Why is "letter" not plural in "two letter words"? The first question has one upvote, ...
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Please look over the revision history when editing a question

So I just did a "reject and edit" for this question https://ell.stackexchange.com/posts/76087/revisions because the suggested edit was correcting an edit that probably should have been rolled back and ...
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We should make [off-topic] synonymous with [scope]

On our meta site, there are two different tags off-topic and scope. But actually off-topic is the synonyms under scope. Refer to MSO: Also done at U & L.
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How can we have more conversation in chat?

What are some ideas for promoting our chat room, which seems abandoned? We have a chat room that people don't seem to visit much, yet it could really encourage participation in the site. What do you ...
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Should we avoid closing questions about resources for now?

Just in the last few hours a couple of questions about resources have been posted: This one, asking for sources on technical writing, has been closed as Not Constructive. It is in fact a very broad ...
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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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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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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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Changes to the Hot Network Questions List

Updating the Hot Network Questions List - now with a bit more network and a little less "hotness"! There are some very nice new features around the HNQ list. I’m not going to repeat the ...
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Academic plagiarism

I would like to know what the Stack Exchange policy is on helping quaerants who are engaging in blatant professional or academic plagiarism. Should we be doing it, and what should we do about such ...
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A question with 20k views that could have a canonical answer

The question was only posted 8 months ago, but in that short space of time it has attracted over 20,000 views. "Has" vs. "have" The title must be spot on for visitors looking ...
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After editing a question, what should I do if I understand that sentence is too broad or something?

I usually edit questions that are not very well-formatted. In fact, before reading such a question, I instantly start to edit it. In other words, I read and edit the questions simultaneously. Recently,...
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How can we improve our voting system?

Voting plays a crucial role in the health of a Stack Exchange community. I'd like to see some improvements in how we vote and what we vote for. How can we improve it? In other words, how can we ...
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When should I vote to delete answers that I wouldn't flag?

I recently asked When should I vote to delete answers that I wouldn't flag? on the mother meta, but so far haven't gotten a lot of feedback. Since ELL is the only site I can currently directly ...
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Ghost users asking questions (due to migration)

This question is not the first to arrive here from EL&U, and it is not the first where the person who asked the question "does not exist". Of course this makes sense, as the user has made an ...
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“What does this entire sentence mean?” Questions

In my opinion, questions which quote an entire sentence or paragraph and then say "what does this mean?" are simply another variant of proofreading; I want to see a specific point of concern ...
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Canonical Post #2 is up!

I'm pleased to announce that our second Canonical Post is up, thanks to StoneyB! A quick refresher on Canonical Posts, in case you've forgotten: The idea behind Canonical Posts is to take a ...
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Could SE easily support a moderator-editable occasional banner?

In the comments on my answer to WendiKidd's question about a Canonical Post I recalled that during Private Beta we had a temporary "banner" across the top of the splash page, with a message ...
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How can the tag wiki for “sentence-construction” be expanded?

The tag wiki for sentence-construction currently says: For questions about the proper construction of sentences. This is quite a short description, which is probably too generic to be understood. ...