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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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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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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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"You can’t post new questions right now"

While trying to post, I'm receiving: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from your account because most of your questions need improvement or are out of scope for this site. See the Help ...
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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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How can get help from this community if I can't hear some audio clearly?

Recently I am learning the Cambridge practice tests for IELTS, the listening part is the most difficult for me. Even if I look at the transcripts when I am listening to the audio, I find that there ...
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Cross posting between ELL and EL&U

An example is this: When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? There is no such question on ELL and is only on EL&U, but I am assuming it is not allowed to post this on ELL. Am I ...
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Two questions which are exactly the same

Today when I was browsing the Main site(ELL), I saw a very strange thing. There are two question which are exactly the same!!! Note that I say exactly the same, it's not just a duplicate, it's exactly ...
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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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What should be done if a question is better written, and gets better answers, than a mostly duplicate question?

This question was recently asked. It's a well written question, and has attracted multiple good answers with a lot of explanation and nuance. It looks like it will be a very useful resource for ...
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Why can't I post questions?

I am getting a notice when I click the "Ask question" button: Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. See the Help Center to learn more. I just asked 8 questions, ...
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Screenshots in questions -- What should we do to discourage such behavior?

Today I came across these two questions, this one and this one, where the questioner has simply attached the photo, or may I say screenshot, of the whole page, which essentially appears to be on a ...
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Why are these questions highlighted?

Why are the following questions highlighted? Is this a new update? I've never seen it before. Only two of the questions are highlighted. Links: Why does "elite" rhyme with "beet" ...
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What does "became hot network question" mean?

While checking my question's history (for the first time as I remember), I clicked the tiny clock like symbol beside the vote signs on my question and saw 16 hours ago history became hot network ...
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To move my question to English Language & Usage

I asked this one Is it OK to use "otherwise" after "where"? question assuming it will be very easy and straightforward to answer. That is, a typical question from a foreign ...
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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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ELL's Greatest Hits Page

I came across the Stack Exchange's Greatest Hits blog post on EL&U's meta, and found that ELL has a "greatest hits" page. This page lists the questions that have received a lot of ...
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The consequences of removing an unanswered thread

Sometimes I post some questions on the forum which unfortunately, sometimes, due to some restricting regulations remain unanswered for a long time. I needed an answer to them; that was why I opened a ...
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What should I do if I have another question about an asked question

I had a question about the phrase "tend to" and I found this question which asks about this phrase: meaning of "tend to" But now I have a question about the text example in this question. ...
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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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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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Fixing question titles beginning with "How to"

The topic of correcting grammar in a question has come up before, and there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus. Some argue that it's better to leave things how they are, to give an accurate ...
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What if I cannot choose the best answer? [duplicate]

What do I do if my question received a few very good answers and each of them is useful? I have had it this way a few times and some of my questions are still left without the best answer chosen. ...
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Can I write this? Can I say this? Can I speak like this? and e.t.c

I'm starting to notice questions of this kind more and more often. It seems to me that what most people want is to ask us to allow them to do whatever they want to do but not exactly answer their ...
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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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Is it possible to edit questions that have answers?

I am new to this site. Is it possible here to edit questions which already have answers?
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How to ask an English learner to clarify a question without knowing their current grasp of English?

Let's suppose that a learner asks a question (on this site) about something which would be immediately relevant to any person living in a primarily English-speaking community, and does not provide any ...
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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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Is it ok ask for translation words?

I'm new in ELL site and I've read Help Center. Anyway, I have a doubt, Can I ask a question like "How to translate [word in your language] in English?" or "How to translate [word in English] in [...
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Does asking which part of speech is a part of a sentence make sense?

When studying Italian grammar at school, we got used to classify the parts of a sentence; the purpose was being able to apply some grammar rules we were learning. As such, I tendentially try to ...
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Why are questions about learning English ill-supported here?

In Is pedagogy off-topic?, the answer is that questions asking about techniques of learning English are on-topic here. However, a comment says that "they are usually just ill-supported". Is this true?...
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Is it ok to ask for word suggestions by a native english speaker?

I'm a native english speaker, but with a terrible vocabulary, I sometimes find myself struggling (even after searching through an online thesaurus) to remember words (that I've heard before) to convey ...
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there is a "bad question" on ELL I'm wondering why It's bad

I up-voted this question on ELL and the question got down-voted and looks like it's going to be closed. I was told it's a bad question and I shouldn't have up-voted it, why? I find the words '...
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Need help; I haven't finished signing up

I lost my original post before I finished signing up. What should I do? I can't post this question in Meta forum either due to my small reputation score.
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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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How can I write a better title for my ELL question?

I have an ELL question; but the Stack Exchange format obliges me to write a title not shorter than 15 characters and not longer than 150 characters. So, how do I write a good title? Link to the main ...
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Am I right? No, you're wrong!

The problem: I've recently seen questions in this form: Some title that might need polishing < a lot of background that usually doesn't add to the question >< a question that the OP ...
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Is checking sentences here acceptable?

Sometimes I'm not sure in specific sentence, can I write it here to get opinion about it? Not always I can explain what is the doubt that I have, it's more about the wording (I would like that it ...
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Asking questions about British English expressions and meaning

I'm a native American English speaker and have recently moved to England. Obviously there are a lot of differences of vocabulary, and most are easy enough to figure out with a dictionary, but ...
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Genocidal questions

I can't believe I'm asking this question, but what is this site's stance on morally repugnant questions? On one hand, it is a question about the English Language, so it is a valid question. On the ...
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Why don't people point out secondary question language issues within their answers?

Fact: When people ask questions on this site, often the question itself contains grammatical, stylistic, and other language errors. Premise: The absence of pointing out the correction of all ...
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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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Requests for native speakers to answer questions

I have been seeing a somewhat increasing trend lately of questions which end with a variation of this sentence: I would like to hear a native speaker's opinion, please. Though I am sure that the ...
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What should we do when a user asks about nonsensical English?

Today, someone asked what this sentence means: This first choice of yours is no second best of all. Without additional context, I think the answer is "nothing". And we were informed that there ...
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Enable Question Rate Limit on ELL

The moderators would like to request that the SE team enable the daily question rate limit for our site. A common pattern seems to be that users, in their eagerness to learn English (which is a good ...
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Can I ask question which mainly is a correcting a sentence?

I try to write some scientific text. The sentence I wrote does not sound good to me, and also MS Word gives me this green line to consider the sentence again. In general I don't have any specific ...
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Should the FAQ say something about questions that are asked in order to change text that is going to be used in legal documents?

So far, there are two questions that seems asked about rephrasing a sentence that could be used in a legal context. https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/5590/what-idioms-should-i-use-for-the-...
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When are questions about pronunciation acceptable?

The following question was asked on the main site: How to pronounce 'll after ll? Despite the question being based on something read on a book, I think that pronouncing a word ending with ll ...
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Are questions about a sentence read in a book, for which the context is not clearly described, always acceptable?

I take as example this question, but this question is more about that kind of questions than that specific question. The OP is asking for the meaning of a word he found reading a book, saying that he ...
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What is the OP asking when the question asks to what a word is pointing?

I have seen questions like https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/5558/to-what-is-for-pointing-in-these-sentences where the OP is asking to what a word is pointing. Other questions used point[ing] ...
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