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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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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 is the preferred way to answer a question about the pronunciation of a word?

Suppose that somebody who is a native speaker of a language where the h is always silent asks a question about the pronunciation of house, explaining that her/his problem is the pronunciation of ho. ...
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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 ...
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Organize [pronunciation] tag?

I'm thinking of making some kind of improvement of pronunciation tag. Say, we have an English Learner who is a native speaker of a certain language. He/she has phonetic habits likewise the other ...
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Should I ask questions I know the answer for to help build up the site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ask even if the answer exists online Pretty simple, Should I ask questions I know the answer for to help build up the site? In most cases, these would be things friends and ...
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Avoiding using Expletives in titles

I think that we should limit expletives on our site, or at least with titles. I think that a few inappropriate words tucked away might be appropriate at times. However, in this question, it is used in ...
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What is a 'rollback'?

Cleanup is a badge that requires you to do/have a rollback. What is it and how do I achieve it?
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Should we prefer plural in tags?

Earlier today I tried to tag a question "nouns", and the system wouldn't let me, saying that the tag noun already existed. Just a minute ago, I wanted to tag another question "adjectives", same ...
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Comprehension questions

The recent question, What does this mean: "The more you fence in Iran, the harder it will be for the rest of the world", seems to be more of a reading comprehension question. This is ...
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Ask even if the answer exists online

Should one ask a question here even if the answer can be found googling the internet? I asked myself for instance what the meaning of rain check is and where it came from. There can be found several ...
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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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Translation Questions

This question has been closed as Off-Topic (I cast the final vote). There is this discussion on Area51 in regards to translation questions but there doesn't seem to be a definitive guide on whether we ...
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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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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 to encourage use-mention distinction?

Almost every answer on the site could use editing to mark the words being used as examples. I don't really feel comfortable editing a bunch of posts just for this reason; plus, I feel like I can't ...
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It seems many of the questions are found on grammar girl. Thoughts?

For many of the questions that have been posted, if I do a quick Google search, a relevant Grammar Girl article with a nice, long, in-depth explanation is one of the top results. Is there something we ...
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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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Should backticks be used or quotation marks while formatting?

I had a suggested edit on one of my posts, that suggested changing the back-tick formatting to simple quotes. I am unsure of what to do in this case. So I figured it would be wise to ask this here. ...
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Good names for tags

How should we choose good names for tags? Currently, I've got two principles in mind. Where practical, use similar tags to those on English Language & Usage, and other Language stack exchanges. ...
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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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Got my own post in a review task

Not sure if this is a bug related to beta sites or if it's more extensive, but when I was going through review tasks, I got one of my own posts as a first post edit. I'm pretty sure this isn't ...
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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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How do we promote our site?

This is rapidly becoming a hot issue across the entire network: how to promote your site and how to reach out to the experts and peers in your industry. We can come up with budgets and promotions but ...
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Continue discussions raised at Area51?

There are some discussions at Area51 that may not be resolved yet. One of the most intriguing is Done! Now restore this site to ESL (“English as a Second Language”), but there may be more. I'm ...
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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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Using terminology when asking or answering

This answer is correct, but it uses linguistic terminology. My concern is that some ELL users may not be familiar enough with English to understand the answer. What are the guidelines for using ...
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Who should the moderators be?

The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from [Stack Exchange management]. Still, bring up these issues in meta. There is a lot of room for ...
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How much editing is too much editing?

Many of our users will not have extensive written English skills. We can't give a lot of feedback about the edits we make in the description box, but those edits might make it difficult for the OP to ...
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What would you say? The elevator pitch is a brief sentence that ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

Much of the FAQ will be somewhat boilerplate: “be nice,” “how to create an account,” “how to ask questions” — it’s all pretty static. Even the sections about “what kind of questions should I (not) ask ...

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