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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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Alternative websites for proofreading

What websites are available where people can practice writing English, and have their written work corrected by native speakers? (It'll be useful to point people to this question if they've asked a "...
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Should proofreading questions be closed as offtopic?

I saw this question (https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/1291/what-incorrect-usages-are-found-in-my-sentence) which is fundamentally a question of the form: Here is some text. Please tell me ...
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Add a symbol to the user box to identify the user's first language

Should we add a flag or other symbol to the user box to indicate the questioner / answerer's dialect. This would avoid the need for the person posting to say "I'm from New Zealand and we say X", the ...
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Should we change the URL of ELL to something more descriptive?

I've seen a lot of top questions from this site recently, and it always confuses me because I didn't know what "ell" was (I thought the English one changed their name at first). The other Stack ...
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What important factors does this question still lack that should be added to to make it upto the mark?

Which of the questions is correct? Till now, this question has got two TL votes and two down votes and only a single answer that too with no upvotes. So I feel I should be worried now (the question ...
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What's our editing policy?

I am now invited to review proposed edits on this site, and would like some guidance from the Community. This morning I was presented with an edit to this question. It consisted of adding a single ...
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Can we try to distinguish between actual rules and common usage?

I have found that recently many answers and comments have been written in a tone suggesting that their answer is an actual grammatical or linguistic rule of English, i.e. something that must or should ...
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Should we extend topicality to include questions teachers have? [duplicate]

We will hopefully have a user base consisting of people who want to learn English and people who want to teach English. Can we, therefore, extend on topic questions to include questions about how to ...
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Memorandum of Formatting

Inspired by this question, I would like to find a comprehensive list of formatting elements recommended for use when asking and answering here. In fact, I would like to have two lists: For each ...
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Use English alphabet along with IPA

IPA is not known by everyone, especially when the site is aimed for learners. It is expected that people here are likely to be ignorant about it (e.g. myself). Therefore, I suggest contributors here ...
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Should not we close this question?

Spelling of noun for "absorbing" or "absorption" This question is a lazy question from the OP. He did not do any research on his own. The problem can easily be solved by using a ...
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How can we encourage more questions on the main site?

While I'm writing this question, here, the last question asked on the main site was posted 16 hours ago. How can we encourage more questions on this site? Could the reason so few questions are ...
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Lack of Accepted Answers

This is my first time participating in a public beta, so I apologize if this question has an obvious answer or if the behavior I mention is the norm. What I seem to be noticing, as I page through our ...
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Should we upvote more than one answer in the same question?

Let's suppose there's a good question and two or more correct and well elaborated answers. They can even complement each other. But I like one better than the other. Should I upvote both of them, as ...
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How can I subscribe to English Learners newsletter?

I don't see an item on the http://stackexchange.com/newsletters page to subscribe to the newsletter. I am subscribed to several stack exchange newsletters and find it quite useful, so I wish to ...
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Why can't I accept both answers?

In my question What does "do" mean in "What do I do"?, there are 2 answers that are helpful. But when I accept the other one the check mark goes away. Can I only accept one? I want ...
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Are questions about a phrase only heard in a song acceptable?

Is asking a question about something heard in a song acceptable? Songs are well known to twist grammar, change the word order, or change the pronunciation of words. While songs use expressions also ...
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Is it ok to ask for song meanings?

I'd like to know whether ELL is the right place to ask about song meanings and slangs in general. For example, Sheryl Crow starts a song saying "Slappin' leather" which, until some time ago, I had no ...
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Is it ethical to cast 15 downvotes in only 24 hours?

While we are in Beta, is it ethical to cast 15 downvotes in only 24 hours, especially after having cast only 15 downvotes in 10 days? I'm asking because there is an user here that has shown that ...
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Will ELL be attractive to those who don't already use Stack Exchange?

ELL is attractive to me, because I'm used to how Stack Exchange sites work, and I'm by and large happy with how they work. And joining ELL is much easier than joining a non Stack Exchange forum and ...
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How well known is Stack Overflow with non-English speaking programmers?

I'm thinking of promoting ELL to Japanese programmers who use the programming language Ruby. If I wanted to promote a Stack Exchange site to Australian programmers, I'd say "[IT security Stack ...
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What is the ethical thing to do when you realize that your answer is wrong?

What is the ethical thing to do when you realize that your answer is wrong? Or someone pointed it out to you and you realize they are right? I'd delete it but I think it would be rude, especially if ...
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Questions in other languages

According to the rules of Stack Exchange, questions should be made primarily in English, however the purpose of this site is to help English language learners, and we assume that many users speak a ...
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Should we have a “determiners” tag?

It seems to me a fairly high proportion of questions on ELU that are concerned with determiners (a, the, some, any, my, its, this, that, etc.) are from non-native speakers asking things like "Which ...
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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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Should we use only the best ten hundred words in our answers?

For the best learning of our friends in this place, should we attempt to write all or our answers in up goer five words? This would help people who do not have a lot of words that they know ...
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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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Community ad ideas for ELL

In order to promote this site, I created a community promotion ad to be placed on related Stack Exchange sites: In a comment on EL&U Meta, Hugo said: It would be good to include some blurb to ...
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Should this question be here?

The question Is the “the … the …” construction governed by some grammatical rule? has recently been asked on ELL. I don't know whether the OP was aware that effectively the same question (Use of ...
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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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Should we begin migrating questions to ELU?

The most serious death threat for ELL has been: TPTB will be watching this very closely and if we basically create a copy of ELU, they will shut ELL down before it sees the light of public beta. ...
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Is there any difference between the “word-request” and “word-choice” tags?

As far as I understand, word-choice and word-request are both about choosing a word, or a phrase. The first could be used when the OP is asking about choosing between two or more words, while the last ...
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What are tags good for?

I find it difficult to understand why we expend so much effort and discussion on tags. I’ve browsed around other SE sites, and I can see that tags serve a useful, perhaps even essential, purpose in ...
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Use a font that distinguishes between “I” and “l”?

When I saw the question Exercises for pronouncing 'I', I thought it was asking about "L" (which native speakers of Japanese and Korean have difficulty with), rather than about "i". Should we ...
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Should we make special excuses for not attempting to search prior asking?

In comments to this question, a somewhat emotional, but still useful discussion has raised. In my understanding, the OP has not made an effort to search for existing questions. Another user suggested ...
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Disable the subjective warning for ELL, like for ELU

English Language Learners has the "Your question appears to be subjective and is likely to be closed" filter, which I triggered with Is "Can I help you" a suitable expression for offering ...
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When should the “meaning-in-context” tag be used?

I am not clear when meaning-in-context should be used. Since the question should always give a context, I am not sure when meaning-in-context should be used instead of meaning. I imagine meaning ...
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The difference between the reputation shown in the “all” tab, and the “year” tab is not 101 for all the users who get the association bonus

My reputation shown on https://ell.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all is different from the reputation shown on https://ell.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=year. ...
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Should the “difference” and “meaning” tags be used together?

The excerpt for difference says (after the pending edit is approved): This tag is for questions about the difference in meaning between certain words, or phrases. The tag is already supposed to be ...
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Can't edit tag wiki in main

If I go to https://ell.meta.stackexchange.com/tags/voting/info , I get a "Propose Tag Wiki" button, but if I go to https://ell.stackexchange.com/tags/phrase-request/info , I don't get a button. In ...
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Tag “single-word-request” in ELL

The tag single-word-request has generated a minor bit of controversy in the past over at ELU, on the basis that such requests are often best answered by something other than a single word. Especially ...
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What to do when an ELL question matches an ELU question?

I realize someone has already asked us to not copy open ELU questions on purpose. However, even if that advice is followed, some questions are bound to be asked on ELL that have already been raised ...
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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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What is Ngram and what is it used for?

I must be dumb, but before entering this site I have never seen the "Ngram" word. So what does it mean? I have seen several answers here cites Ngram stats which seems to be discombobulating me. Can ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

This question has recently been closed as duplicate. But I don't think its a duplicate. Here the asker wants to know what would be called in American English a place like he defines. The question to ...
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Possible Private Beta bug?

I just discovered this on my laptop - I am not sure if it is global however. I just logged out of this site, however I could still access it. I closed the browser, yet I could still access it. I ...
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Why no rep for participating on meta

Why don't we get reputation for votes on questions and answer here on meta? I guess it would motivate people to participate in building the site.
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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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When is “modified” used on the /questions page?

I had a tab open on https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions, while I was writing a question on another tab. (I didn't notice I had two tabs open on the same site; probably a tab was open to a ...

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