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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Finished seeing the contents? Now, wait a sec.! Did you vote?

Daily a lot of users visit ELL, see the posts, post questions, take help- and just that they are gone. This is not what StackExchange is meant for. The StackExchange model aims for creating a ...
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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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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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List of common symbols and abbreviations

Symbols which are not defined anywhere mean absolutely nothing. Therefore, I think we should maintain a list of conventional symbols used on ELL.
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Happy birthday, ELL!

One year ago today, English Language Learners entered private beta. A week later, it opened to the public, and since then the questions and answers have been rolling in! So, what have we ...
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Resources for learning English: should we have it at all?

This topic is a kind of survey to figure out if the ELL community would like to have a single, uniform Community Wiki question to keep all of the resources in a single place. Since we are in the Beta,...
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Is the tag word-difference useful since we already have the tag difference?

I saw that we have both word-difference and difference. Is word-difference useful since we already have difference?
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Let's be more careful with closing

So I clicked "review". Then, my eyes popped out of a mixed feeling of surprise, shame and anger. There were 11 posts in the close vote queue! (And I had checked the queue a bit earlier) ...
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What are our thoughts on how ELU is doing at migrating to ELL?

I was very worried when we first decided to allow questions be migrated here from ELU. Now that it's been several months, how is it going? I was prompted to ask this question because three questions ...
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Should we close questions that are exact duplicates of open ELU questions?

Recently one user posted this question (Is this an inversion or other construction?), however it is an almost exact duplicate of this question on ELU: In my opinion questioners should ask their ...
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Indicator of "accepted answer" is not displayed in /questions

When at http://ell.stackexchange.com, the listing shows the green circle indicator for accepted answers. However, when I go to https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions and check the same question, the ...
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How much effort is enough effort?

This recent question was put on-hold by a moderator. The reason we (our site) gave to the OP is: This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason: "...
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Poll: Retag questions with the "grammar" tag, or not?

We've discussed this issue finely in Is This Tag Useful? Episode 1 - The Big Boss (grammar) and A proposed solution to the "grammar" dilemma -- Please contribute your answers to the "...
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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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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language Learners Stack Exchange is scheduled for an ...
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Are answers that merely quote an existing answer on EL&U acceptable?

If somebody asks a question that is similar to a question asked on EL&U, for which the same answer applies to both the questions, is it acceptable to quote the EL&U answer, and use only that ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

This one is pretty straightforward. Solicit contributions, throw out ideas, post preliminary (or finished) designs, and be supportive and respectful of other people’s ideas and creativity. We have ...
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Question about upvoting

I've been wondering if it is appropriate for me to upvote questions and answers. I know that native speakers upvote good questions and answers. But being a non-native, I've been feeling a bit hesitant ...
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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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What are the criteria for surviving to public beta?

What is required for ELL to survive until public beta? I assume that we need: Questions which are suitable for the Stack Exchange model. Answers which are suitable for the Stack Exchange model. That ...
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Short answers shouldn't be converted to comments

When someone posts a short answer, but it's not a comment, it shouldn't be converted to a comment. If it's too short to be useful, it should be downvoted or, if it's very low quality, perhaps even ...
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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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Let's merge [passive-voice] and [active-voice] into a new tag, [passive-active]

We have two tags for grammatical voice: passive-voice active-voice And we have exactly 18 questions tagged with the latter. But every single active voice question also mentions the passive voice! It ...
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Flagging a Question as off-topic

I think, it's a feature request, but feel free to re-tag it if necessary. When you are flagging a question as off-topic, there should be an option: Belongs to English Language and Usage I think, it ...
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How can we encourage current ELL users to be more active?

I was poking around with the users list today, and I realized something. If ELL graduated tomorrow, we would have: One user with 20k privileges Two users with 10k privileges Four moderators That's a ...
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When should the "sentences" tag be used?

sentences has the following tag wiki: A sentence is a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate. I notice the tag is being used in questions that: Ask ...
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Proposal: tags for professional/specialty jargons

From time to time we get a question that hinges on what is a term-of-art for some profession or craft. For instance, right now we have this fine question concerning an odd turn of phrase in medical ...
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I comment "What do you think and why?" to a question "Is this correct?" - and someone posts an answer "No - this is incorrect because . . ."

I have a genuine problem and I am quite upset. I have encountered many questions that are of the following type: (a) Is this correct? (b) Which is correct and why? (c) Please help correct this. ...
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Title Cleanup Event (TCE) - An invitation

Q: How should we fix the problem of bad question titles on ELL? A: Basically, my approach consists of three major stages: Make a meta post and teach people how to write good titles. (Done) Edit bad ...
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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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Should we use simple words when possible?

In this answer, Liam W said [emphasis added] 'A Japanese' infers the Japanese person is a thing, and not a person. This is what deems it offensive. 'A Japanese Person' infers the Japanese ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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REQUEST: Posting a supplementary audio clip

(PLEASE UPVOTE IF YOU BELIEVE THE FEATURE REQUEST WOULD BENEFIT ELL) Do you know what would be really cool? The possibility of recording our speech and posting it online, without leaving the ELL site....
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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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Do answers need to be in English?

I'm pretty sure answers need to be in English, and I was going to recommend an answer for deletion that is mixed English and something else, but I can't actually find a meta question or help center ...
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When should a question be edited in these situations?

I have noticed that some editors don’t consider correcting some specific errors in questions. In my opinion, such errors should be corrected so that the asker of the question becomes aware of the ...
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Answer needs to be undeleted

Lambie's answer to "Counter" in "countersteering" an adverb or adjective? which was recently re-opened should be undeleted promptly. I see no valid reason why it was ever deleted. ...
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Tag wiki drafting zone

I've been seeing an awful lot of very substantial wiki suggestions, mostly from one editor. Some seem reasonable enough, although hard to verify thoroughly; some are arguably wrong. Either way, ...
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How can the difference between the "grammaticality" and "grammar" tags be described?

I know the difference between grammar, and grammaticality, but I was wondering how the difference between those tags can be described. Can anybody suggest a sentence that can be used to describe the ...
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Is the minimum character edit limit useful?

I sometimes see a clear, well-framed question with one tiny but glaring error, for example "have" instead of "had" or "loosen" instead of "looser". It's a good question, but a good answer is going to ...
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Is this question on topic?

How much should I trust Wiktionary? The first thought that came to my mind after watching this question was how can this question be on topic. I was so sure about it being closed that I did not even ...
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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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Reasons for downvoting

Regarding downvotes, I think its helpful for the writer to understand why he/she was downvoted. There may be a legitimate reason that will help the writer in future posts. Its also respectful to ...
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Why was my edit rejected, although I consider it substantial?

Following up on several comments I made in a recent Meta discussion, I edited a question today. The OP of that question is asking about a specific passage from an online article. They posted the link ...
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How can I ask about learn tips and tricks

I know that discussion questions are off-topic. But I would like to know a good way to learn new vocabulary. Tips and tricks that help to learn English. Is there any proper way to ask such a ...
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Can we reopen this question? [Subtitle - He asked can we reopen the question?]

In the quest for keeping this site in the best possible shape for our readers, this question "Do you know where's Linda?" vs "Do you know where Linda is?", quite reasonably, ...
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Do we need translation from other languages tags?

It's recently been pointed out that we have a french tag. I guess there are two questions here: Do we want a tag for "finding the right translation in English for a very specific idiom/phrase in ...
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How far does one go when copyediting?

I was editing a few questions but was cautious as to how strongly I should correct orthographic mistakes? I went with the strategy of adjusting the endings of individual words to better capture the ...
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English Reasoning Questions

Please advise me if it's offensive to quote comments like this, but a comment under my OP says that 'This question, in its current form, is more about politics than English.' While this may be, I know ...
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