Questions tagged [scope]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why.

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Proposal to merge ELL and ELU

Over the past few years, I have spent some time on ELU and ELL. (I deleted several accounts, so my current account is very new, in case you are wondering.) I understand that ELL was formed because of ...
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The “Scope” of ELL [closed]

Now, let's see, my last question, was closed as off-topic. (Although the word is translated in my native language, in the image below, I did not want to look at it because I wanted to understand what ...
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An emerging pattern of “research” close votes

Recently, and by recently, I mean during the past month or so, we've had an emerging pattern of voting to close questions because they lacked research. More precisely, questions used to be closed ...
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How do I determine whether a question fits on English Language & Usage or on English Language Learners?

It's been less than ten minutes since I've been on this page and already I have a dire need: A checklist on: how do I determine whether a question fits on English Language & Usage or on English ...
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What is the difference between 'English Language & Usage' and 'English Language Learners'? [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between the two Stack Exchange sites 'English Language & Usage' and 'English Language Learners' (this site).
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What is the difference between the “English Language & Usage” and “English Language Learners”?

What is the difference between the "English Language & Usage" and "English Language Learners"? Could anyone clarify the differences? Which questions should I ask here, and which ones should I ask ...
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Are questions about learning methods on-topic?

I want to ask the community certain questions about pedagogy for online learning. For instance, when practicing listening activities for journalists, whether ELL knows how we can both listen to the ...
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Is pedagogy off-topic?

In In what order to learn English? was raised the question whether questions about how to learn English where on topic or not. My take at it is that questions which are specific to learning English ...
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Where do we draw the off-topic line?

I was told a few times that the questions shouldn't be asked here. 'Is this correct' questions seem strictly forbidden, and someone implied that people should ask questions that can benefit other (...
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Can questions about the IELTS exam be asked here?

I am wondering if I can possible ask questions regarding IELTS/TOEFL exam here in ELL. Why I am asking is because in case I ask, someone can vote down my question and say this is not the right place ...
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I see in hindsight that a question might have been better for ELU. It has close votes now

This question has now got two close votes. One user commented: Where is the value to a new learner of English in this protracted slap fight? When I posted this I didn't know it was such a nuanced ...
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I name a product with an English word, and many people say it's a bad name. Can I ask why it's bad here?

I name a product with a word that may be not common to native English speakers, but common enough to be listed in a reputable dictionary. Some people say that it's a bad name, even though I haven't ...
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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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Should I close a question because the answer is “typo”?

What is the grammar of “the blur the protect the identity” After the problem has been identified as "typo", I realize that this should be close because, well, typo is not a proper English grammar. ...
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Policy for Research Effort in Questions, and its Strictness

I think we need to start talking about what level of research effort we actually require to keep questions open. We say that sharing your research is requisite, and when questions are straight ...
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Call to stop answering off-topic questions

We get a lot of great questions and a lot of great answers on ELL, and I'm super happy with that. But one thing I've been noticing a lot recently is we have a tendency to post answers to questions ...
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Are questions asking for resources on-topic?

I just posted this question: Is there any website where I can speak online to volunteers to practice my English pronunciation? It's rather a trial question (I don't really need the answer). The ...
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Why is “non-native speakers” part of the by-line for ELL?

I've looked at other questions on ELL vs ELU and asked a related question over on ELU. I've often seen what appear to be reasonable questions on ELU get the "You should look at the ELL site" treatment....
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Policy for coarse language in posts

Recently the question has been raised about if (and to what extent) we should allow coarse language in our posts here on ELL. No one is trying to tamp down on free speech, and I know this has been ...
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Is “spelling words from Japanese” off-topic?

Is there a strategy Japanese ELLs can use to spell English words derived from Japanese? received two close votes and was closed by a diamond moderator. I don't understand why it's viewed as off-topic....
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What is our expert self-serving, self-sustaining audience?

Stack Overflow is a site by programmers, for programmers. Programmers ask and the same group of programmers answers. Since askers are also answerers, the community can thrive. Gaming is a site by ...
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Are definitions on topic?

I know that if a question has an answer elsewhere on the internet, it's still on topic. However, there are multiple highly respected dictionary sites. Now it seems obvious to me that if those sites ...
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What to do with idioms?

There are currently 3 questions in idioms tag. Typically, they are formulated like this: Someone said, "up to you". Does it mean that I'm located higher (up) than the speaker? And typical answer ...