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Overuse of 'multiple questions' close reason

I don't believe the purpose of the 'multiple questions' close reason is to close any question that strictly includes more than one question mark. Yet that seems to be the way it is often interpreted. ...
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Are 'research/detail' close votes being used too liberally?

Back in 2017 M.A.R. highlighted a 'pattern' of close votes because of lack of research, detail or context. He suggested this was being done too often, and in cases where a question wouldn't be ...
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Odd link colors rule on ELL main

I find it confusing that, on ELL.SE, the links for questions visited are lighter color than those for unvisited questions. This feels backwards to me and I am constantly thinking "I never read that ...
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Announcement: We have our 5,000th question

The Quaerometer ticked over to 5,000 on this question. I urge everyone to click over and shake Theo warmly by the virtual hand ... ... and then pat [genderneutral]self soundly on the back!
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Using symbols without explanation

Several posts use symbols, such as asterisks, without explaining what they are supposed to mean. Because of this, users may not know what they mean, particularly if they are not linguists. Such ...
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Where else for help on English Reasoning Questions?

If StackExchange offers no other helpful site, would you please suggest free, online sources of help? Sadly, I live in an area with barely any native English speakers, and likely no person who has ...
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What can we do to encourage people to participate here in meta?

The title says it all. Do you not participate because you have nothing to say? Do you simply not know about meta? (In which case we'll see no answers to this meta question.) Are you simply not ...
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How to emend or improve my English Reasoning Questions?

I apologise if questions like https://ell.stackexchange.com/q/33447/8712 offended. Especially for those closed, how can my questions that truly involve basic English issues, be revised or improved, ...
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unlocking questions with historical significance

We have a question about "small" and "little" Difference between "little" and "small" It is fairly ancient, however the question seems reasonable. The use of &...
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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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An app for learning phrases and idioms

Does anyone know a tool that will help you learn English phrases and idioms using the following techniques: The phrases/idioms should be ordered by how frequently they're used in speech or writing - ...
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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 been applied to many questions and very few of them are specifically focused on written English. It's ...
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Is there any free online website or software for writing essays?

Is there any free online website or software to assess and give feedback for all four TA, CC, LR, and GR band scriptures in writing essays?
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English textbooks [duplicate]

I am new here. I hope this is the right section to post my question. I am looking for textbooks on grammar. Could you please recommend a good English grammar textbook? Especially on English tenses.
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What's the standard process for getting a closed question reopened again?

If I see a question that's been closed and IMO deserves reopening, what's the intended process for getting it reopened again, both when I think it was wrongly closed, and when it has since been ...
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Why was an edit which improves an imprecise point of the original answer rejected? [duplicate]

https://ell.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/122559 Two reviewers rejected it with the following reason: This edit deviates from the original intent of the post. Even edits that must make ...
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Why was an edit which adds new points rejected?

https://ell.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/122575 (noun) a social butterfly /queen Two reviewers rejected it with the following reason: This edit was intended to address the author of the ...
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We should probably have this option too while recommending deletion

A post popped up in my low quality postbox today, which was, I am not entirely sure but feels like was, flagged. I get the flagger's point. But the issue was that the answer posted to the question was ...
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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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Most comprehensive guide for article usage (a/an/the/no article)

I have been trying hard to understand how to use articles correctly. I read several English grammar books but they mostly provide only 5-6 rules for article usage. However, when I try to understand ...
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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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DO NOT FEED THE BEARS

A question was just asked on ELL, and it needs a lot of work. Here's a screen shot. There are two problems with this question: first, the way the initial question was asked; second, the way a follow-...
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(Completed) Should [answers] be a synonym of [responses]?

Should answers be a synonym of responses? The "answers" tag has no tag information, and has been misused to tag questions that are asking for answers (or corrections to answers) for ...
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Research, research, dictionary, dictionary, do OPs need to look up all the dictionaries on the internet?

Recently a native user started to constantly saying at comment line "XXXX dictionary has this entry", "YYYY dictionary has this entry" so on and so forth. I asked this question ...
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Why do ELL posts need to be edited before reversing a downvote to an upvote?

I mistakenly downvoted a question and would like to change it to upvote. However, the ELL system requires the edit first before changing. Why and for what purpose? Anytime I try to change from ...
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Traditional grammar vs. “contemporary grammar” as a vocabulary for talking about grammar with EFL learners

For purposes of talking about English grammar on ELL, what reasons favor using the terminology of traditional grammar, and what reasons favor the terminology of books like A Grammar of Contemporary ...
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Book recommendations for English learners

I'm looking for a book that shows in the majority of the chronological learn (if possible) about the English topics. The ideal is explanatory texts over exercises to learn. For example, Basic English ...
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Resources for advanced spoken English

I am looking for resources for advanced spoken English, where less common vocabulary and grammar are used. To illustrate, Jordan Peterson uses such words as proclivity or finitude in his talks, which ...
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Should questions be edited out of answers?

I came across this answer that repeated the contents of the question verbatim. I made a suggested edit that essentially removed the question from the answer. However, the edit was rejected by the post ...
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To non-native speakers: Do your speech organs get tired while speaking English?

Heads-up: This question is purely opinion-based, I am therefore asking it on Meta. Please let me know if it is off-topic here. I am a non-native speaker of English and have been speaking English for ...
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Suggestion: Markup for an incorrect example

Can we have markup for example sentences, as distinct from actual quotes? And markup to distinguish a correct example from an incorrect one? (Strikethrough is a poor substitute.)
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Why can't we accept our own answers within 2 days?

I self-answered my question How to make this hypothesis in a negative form? Now I want to accept it, but it says that I should wait for 2 more days before I can. Why can't I just accept my answer on ...
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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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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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Please, everyone … details. Please!

I've seen a lot of questions crop up recently, where individuals are giving a very brief snippet of English, and asking questions like these: Is this correct? What does this mean? What is the ...
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Why was this Answer deleted by “Community”?

I'm sometimes accused of being a bit heavy-handed with my closevotes, but at least if I get it wrong, there have to be four other users voting the same way before anything actually happens. Whereas ...
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Why was my answer on the “caps in soccer context” question removed?

From the comments beneath the answer, there is significant disagreement that it is in fact NAA: The NAA review was completed by a moderator. Another moderator chose to delete. Please explain why it ...
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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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Can we update link coloring on ELL to make linked text more easily readable?

Loving the look of the site now that we've "graduated" out of beta! In my professional life, I've become more engaged in designing for readability, and found that the WCAG contrast standards ...
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When question,answer contents are poor, and question , answer do not meet quality standards

Many questions of mine posted to English language and usage sites and to English language learners sites are considered as low-quality posts and incomprehensible. My question is, Are questions posted ...
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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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Should headlines be considered off-topic?

The issue of whether headlines and "headlinese" is on-topic came up because of the question “petition on X” in “Response to We The People Petition on the Protests in Hong Kong”. I don't ...
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How can we ask for other moderators to step in?

I raised a Meta ELL question and one of the moderators assumed that I was raising this issue specifically about them (well, I suppose that this new question is specifically about them if only by ...
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What really is the real impact?

On my profile page, there is an IMPACT block. It says "X number of people reached". But when you hover over it, the tooltip says "estimated number of times people viewed ..." Soooo,...
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Is it really pointless to edit questions to use correct English on ELL?

I would have thought that, on a site aimed at language learners, it would be helpful to edit questions so they at least use correct English. The following edits have had rejections when they ...
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Is there a dictionary that shows pronunciation strictly in IPA?

I am very confused to see that there are many online dictionaries out there that shows pronunciations with phoneme symbols but not strictly IPA. For example, for the word 'entail', the pronunciation ...
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What is the best online service to make your own word cards?

I used to compile my own dictionary on one Russian website. Using several dictionaries as well as surfing the internet, I made about 2,000 entries (it included both words and idioms). Unfortunately, ...
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Challenging DIY listening tests

I'd like you guys to hit me with the most ridiculously hard listening tests (> C2 level) you are able conjure up from the depths of the Web. My criteria for a proper DIY listening test are as ...
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Can a moderator tell me why a user's account was deleted?

I see so many deleted accounts and sometimes wonder why those accounts would have been deleted. Are moderators allowed to tell me why a user's account was deleted? For example: " this account was ...
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How do I privately contact the moderators?

The answers to this earlier question about contacting moderators essentially say flag one of your posts and ask them to create a private room for you. But my current position isn't exactly that. I ...

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