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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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Embed an audio player

Questions about the pronunciation of a word as heard are probably common for a site for people learning a language. I can imagine questions similar to the following ones: I listened to this [link to ...
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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: (source: stackexchange.com) They'll be joining the existing crew ...
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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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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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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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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on English Language Learners has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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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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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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Unresolved Proposal List

This is years out of date, but there is some history worth preserving, so I’m not going to delete it. As a step toward ensuring that proposals don't languish in a limbo state where it's not clear ...
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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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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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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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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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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election has now started! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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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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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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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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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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2022 Community Moderator Election

The election is now over! You can read the results here! The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase [Completed] Primary ...
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Is moderator Maulik V ok?

I haven't seen moderator Maulik V around for some time. Is he ok? Does SE try to look after their moderators if they go missing? Note: I don't care how active he's "meant to be". I just care if he's ...
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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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Asking a question on the main site cause the question title, and body to be automatically filled

I was going to ask a new question on the main site; when I clicked on "Ask Question," the title and the body were automatically filled with text taken from a previous question I asked on the meta site....
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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A message to ColleenV

I don't know if it is appropriate to post "any way thank you for your service message" here. But I hope this be not deleted. I have been not here for a while, but there was time when I was quite ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Grammar error in Review

I was going through reviews this morning, and (yes, just now) noticed an error in a message: This question doesn't meet a [sic] English Language Learners Stack Exchange guideline. So this post is to ...
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Retag "phrase" as "phrases"

Since we are already using sentences, the questions using phrase should be retagged phrases. It doesn't make sense to use the plural in a case, and the singular in the other one.
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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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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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Request for New Delete Comment: Very Low Quality Answer

Currently, an answer can be flagged as “very low quality”: This often happens when an answer is very short. Most of the time, this means that the author has put forth a response based either on ...
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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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Unicode in comment URLs

How do I handle unicode in the URL put into a comment? For example, adding a link to http://pl.wiktionary.org/wiki/Chińczyk without it breaking on the ń.
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Can it be a bug?

Can it be a bug, or just some counters got out of sync?
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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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2022: a year in moderation

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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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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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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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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