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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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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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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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How can get help from this community if I can't hear some audio clearly?

Recently I am learning the Cambridge practice tests for IELTS, the listening part is the most difficult for me. Even if I look at the transcripts when I am listening to the audio, I find that there ...
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Is it me or is it crazy that 70% of the questions on the main page were downvoted at least once?

It's me or is it crazy that 70% of the questions on the main page were downvoted once? I am not sure why this is OK, I think there's a serial downvoter who just downvotes every question for the sake ...
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Should we force people to tell you why they downvoted a question?

What do you call this input, terminal device? Should we force people to tell you why they downvoted a question? Some people seem to downvote people for personal reasons. I feel a reason should be ...
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What to do with old questions without context?

Recently, I have seen a lot of questions that seemed to have no context or shown prior research, especially the old questions. Should we close them? Or leave them as-is as they are old? E.g. At this ...
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Editing old posts

I know that it is fine to edit old posts, especially if the edits help e.g. accessibility and readability. But should I do it a lot? @gotube has edited a lot of old posts, but @gotube is a moderator ...
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Questions with the most views

I was recently reading Glorfindel's helpful answer at How did this question get so many views? and clicked on the link for "here is a list of questions with the most views on the site". That ...
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Cross posting between ELL and EL&U

An example is this: When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? There is no such question on ELL and is only on EL&U, but I am assuming it is not allowed to post this on ELL. Am I ...
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Answering old questions

Is it a good practice to answer old unanswered questions? I've seen some old questions with no answers and am assuming it is fine to answer them. Also, is it bad to do so a lot?
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Canonical post #3 - Passive voice?

There has been a collaboration effort to make a canonical post on passive voice, but it was never posted sadly (asked in 2015), so I would like to give it a try! I understand the amount of effort ...
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Canonical posts

Canonical posts -> CP I think the active users or users who are good at english should make more CP's in my opinion, so we can cite them for duplicates. I understand that it can be extremely time ...
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Should I accept removing thanks edit?

Someone has been suggesting a lot of edits regarding simply removing "thanks in advance" from the post. Should I accept or reject? I've always accepted, but I am not sure if I did the right ...
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Are we getting grumpier? A call for a gentler touch

I am a wee bit concerned that -- and I may simply be imagining this -- the amount of downvoting of questions seems to have increased recently. Whenever I look in the list of Questions, it seems like ...
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Is it normal to be crazy rude and ask irrelevant questions?

What do you call an open food vessel? The first guy asks why there's a discrepancy. Well, I couldn't find any image that perfectly fit the description. Why is he being rude to me? You're asking about ...
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Two questions which are exactly the same

Today when I was browsing the Main site(ELL), I saw a very strange thing. There are two question which are exactly the same!!! Note that I say exactly the same, it's not just a duplicate, it's exactly ...
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Attribution: the good and the bad

Recently, there have been a series of posts when a user's comment has been transformed into an answer or long excerpts have been quoted from various English websites. First of all, just to be clear, ...
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How to get the picture of the custom badges?

I am currently trying to get the picture of the badges used for ELL, any suggestions to how to do so?
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Editing questions

I am assuming that this site follows similar rules to other sites: if your edit is minor you can edit but do not try to edit too many posts or else it will pile up on the home page (unless all under ...
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If a person's score is low for a certain tag but has a high answer count, is their English "bad"?

If someone has a high answer count but low score for a lot of tags, does that necessarily mean they are "slightly worse than others at English"? (Not meant to offend anyone.) Especially for ...
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Is it "rude" to ask a question and answer it instantly?

Another site, Code Golf Stack Exchange, says it's frowned upon to post a question and then your answer, and they said it's best to post it after a few days. Does this site have the same "rule&...
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Should I delete my answers?

Should I delete my answers if they have a score of 0 and are not accepted? As I feel that just clutter the page a little and they aren't helping anyone.
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How do I expand my vocabulary?

I have been learning English as it is mandatory in German schools since Grade 2 (7 Years old). I didn't have any interest in it and was generally bad until I started consuming English media around age ...
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Are these comments on "double negatives" appropriate

In comments responding to https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/195429/91457 the question of double negatives was raised and discussed. In this comment user Foogod wrote: "I don't promise nothing"...
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Is it allowed to add people's comment into one's answer?

Recently I've been answering a lot of questions, and many people have corrected me in the comments (thanks!), but I was wondering if I can add their comment into my answer without crediting them.
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Does mini-moderating help?

In this context, mini-moderating means to help review first answers, questions e.g. and upvote, downvote e.g., but not being an official moderator. But I was wondering, does doing this actually help ...
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Table bug in answer?

I posted an answer, and the table didn't show up! Is this a bug? Here is the link
DialFrost's user avatar
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Where can someone ask about which terms to use when searching ELL?

Someone recently asked a question that had been asked on ELL before. I recommended that he search the site for the appropriate terminology ("singular and plural attributive nouns"), he ...
MarcInManhattan's user avatar
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What caused these major drops in reputation?

Two users with a lot of reputation, e.g. StoneyB on hiatus and J.R. have gotten a drop of reputation near 2022 (first one 7,000, second one 2,000). Is this due a user being deleted, and the upvotes ...
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Is ELL active due to its large number of questions?

I realised that most questions get a few views quite quickly, but most do not get much views, but quite a few questions do get a lot of views, is it just because the question is on the Hot Network ...
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Move comments to chat for extended discussion is not working

When I saw this message here: Please avoid extended discussions in comments. Would you like to automatically move this discussion to chat? I would obviously click it due to avoiding long comments, ...
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Resources for learning the difference between present perfect and past simple in context

Update: I'm not looking for an explanation to the two specific sentences below. I'm looking for a learning resource which gathers examples in the form presented. As Canonical Post #2: What is the ...
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Should I flag ‘X or Y’ questions?

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of questions that follow this format: Sentence Sentence with 1 or 2 words changed Which one is correct? In some cases, I’ve been flagging these questions for ‘...
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Have vs Have Been - How Many Times Can We Answer?

If I do a search on ELL for have been I get 17K+ results. Have vs Have Been yields a more manageable 409 results. This is just for those specific words. ELL, however, is filled with similar results ...
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Election check-in - Who's interested in stepping up to help being a moderator here?

As you all know, our community currently only has two active moderators which is a bit low for a site of our size. Therefore, we'd like to hold a moderator election in the coming months. We noticed a ...
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Descriptivist versus prescriptivist approach in describing 'correct'

I ran across an interesting comment in response to the following question about whoever vs whomever. The OP asked for "correct" usage. I assume they don't care about what's colloquially ...
Nick Bailey's user avatar
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What close reason should I use when closing a question for requesting resources?

I have recently flagged a few questions asking for resources for learning English, which is off-topic per our Help section's on-topic page. As a link to Language Learning is not provided among the &...
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How should we address questions about literary interpretation?

I have seen many questions that ask about how to interpret a word or phrase in the context of a specific literary text. According to the official guidelines, language learners are allowed to ask those ...
Annabeth Yeung's user avatar
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What do I better to study to be a competitive writer in here?

I wonder what kind of degree people have in the English Learner’s Forum. BA in English BA in Linguistics BA in Education I want to be a good writer like James K or Mari Lou-A.
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Rejecting edits that do not improve question. A question of degree

I've rejected several proposed edits recently which, IMHO, only consist of cosmetic changes such as Deleting "Thank you for your help" / "Sorry for my poor English." or similar ...
Peter Jennings's user avatar
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Grammar and gramma tag

I have just seen that there is a question tagged gramma. I believe that the gramma tag should be deleted. Could a moderator perhaps do this?
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What should be done if a question is better written, and gets better answers, than a mostly duplicate question?

This question was recently asked. It's a well written question, and has attracted multiple good answers with a lot of explanation and nuance. It looks like it will be a very useful resource for ...
Richard Winters's user avatar
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Should we close a question that is a duplicate on ELU?

In this question, user mjjf correctly comments that the answer can be found on a question asked on ELU. Given how closely linked ELL and ELU are, it feels like the ELL question should be "closed ...
Richard Winters's user avatar
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Use of the term "idiomatic" is often ambiguous

I often see questions asking "Is ____ idiomatic?" I learned a while ago when answering a question like this for the first time that there are two possible meanings - "Is _____ an idiom?&...
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Questions with (multiple) Answers but no votes

Fairly uniquely amongst the stacks I belong to I often see Questions on ELL with answers (sometimes multiple answers), but no votes on the question itself. While asking about things like this on meta ...
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Why was this question of mine closed?

Why was this question closed? the right way to introduce a vivid recollection in English The explanation there says: Questions asking for someone to find and correct errors or improve the phrasing ...
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Is it permanent suspension, or temporal one? [duplicate]

I’ve got suspended. Will I be forever suspended? I appreciate those who has helped me by now, especially James K, Kate Bunting and Michael Harvey. You will be remembered in my mind forever. Thank you ...
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Google Define Links

One of the most useful ways to get to the common definition of a word is to simply search for "define X" in Google or a browser address bar. This then gives you a definition of the word as ...
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Can we make tag “Philosophy of English Language”?

I think discussing language without philosophy is meaningless. What’s your opinion?
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