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Criticism should be constructive, not destructive

A word/phrase for "voice change" Every piece of opinion is respected. And more importantly they should be respectful. Lambie's comment as it first appeared, if memory serves, was "Your ...
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Rules about proofreading essays (IELTS etc.)

Can I ask about the grammatical mistakes in a paragraph? For example, I have written an IELTS Task. Is it ok to ask for the correction?
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Are there any usable prosody tools for English sentences?

Below is an example of what I mean. Is there something similar to this but for English? This is a Japanese prosody tools developed by labs at The University of Tokyo. You can try inserting this ...
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An OP repeats his/her question after acknowledging an answer

I have noticed users repeating their questions after acknowledging an answer by posting a comment (that can range from agreeing to just neutral-type commenting). The comment repeats almost to a T ...
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Use of ampersand symbol “&” instead of “and”

I've observed lately the overuse of the ampersand symbol "&" in some posts replacing the word "and". Including some replacements in quoted texts that originally do not use "&". I think that ...
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Comments are constantly disappearing

Why are comments constantly being deleted? Sometimes I write a comment and someone has deleted it less than an hour later. I think people are going overboard with the comment deleting. I don't really ...
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Why don't my comments get answered?

Sometimes when I ask questions, I add a lot of details (and so the post gets lengthy). My questions are usually specific and context based and hence they don't receive a lot of answers. With only very ...
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Why is it that changing a question doesn't affect existing close votes in the slightest way?

I am writing this Meta question as a question I posted on ELL today is currently sitting on four close-votes, precariously on the cusp of being closed. The reason people cite for their votes, I gather,...
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Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners

I thought it would be nice if we had a community maintained guide to ELL written in easy to understand language and arranged to make the most important things to know easy to find. The help center has ...
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Can I ask a question for the second time?

I asked a question in ELL and got one detailed answer which I accepted. But later, I realized I still have queries and that that answer raised further questions. Also, my original question remains ...
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Closing a question while someone is preparing an answer

This may be related to 'Stop answering close-worthy questions!', but I think it is sufficiently different to be asked separately. A few times I have researched and answered a question, but when I go ...
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Question migrated from ELL to ELL meta

A question to which I provided an answer has been migrated from ELL to ELL meta. I probably should know why this occurred, but I don't. I am not upset that it has been migrated (I am sure there was a ...
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Listen and answer [duplicate]

Listen to Neighbours - 001 - Cut by Sukhjinder Singh #np on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/sukhjinder-singh-626913618/neighbours-001-cut This is a link to an audio. I wanna know what the guy ...
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A problem hearing audio [duplicate]

I have a audio from an Australian TV show. I am unable to understand a line in it. Is there any forum where I can upload the audio and someone can listen to it and answer that. The guy was dreaming ...
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Closure of question with answer in comment

Referring to Unable to understand a spoken word This was mod-closed without voting. The closure reason was "off-topic" with an explanation from the mod that "the mystery phrase has been correctly ...
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A review keeps being suggested to me

This is the sixth time in the past 3 hours I am seeing this review being suggested to me, as shown in this picture. However, I have reviewed it a couple hours ago. It keeps coming back after a few ...
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Why don't moderators follow their own rules they impose us?

I am curious about this question. According to Meta guidebook, and and according to the new CoC, Comments should be The comments there do not belong to the new CoC ( At least, the first commenter ...
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Should the following question be moved to ELU?

As far as I know, etymology has never been on-topic on ELL. This recent question asks about the origin of a term and uses, to my surprise, the tag “etymology”. Unsurprisingly, a high rep user ...
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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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Is there a way to improve an edit after I have approved it?

I just approved an edit, but upon revisiting the post, I saw some other things I wish I had improved upon. Since "approve and improve" is a review option, can I make improvements without having to ...
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How should we review format edits?

I am feeling increasingly iffy about where the line should be drawn with regard to certain edits on formatting. For example, this edit struck me as sensible because the editor @Maryam highlighted the ...
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Why the heck do you keep removing my comments telling askers to look things up

Let's see, Exhibit A: How to address a woman in a letter? When writing a letter or an e-mail to a man I know the (sur-)name of ("Smith"), I would write: Dear Mr. Smith, What should I use ...
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Are thanks for the answers unnecessary?

I always wrote "Thank you for your answer" for the answers in the comment section, but sometimes they were deleted. Is something like that unnecessary?
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Fixing question titles beginning with “How to”

The topic of correcting grammar in a question has come up before, and there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus. Some argue that it's better to leave things how they are, to give an accurate ...
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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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2018 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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I got a review ban that I don't quite understand

I recently obtained the review privilege on low quality posts and suggested edits. While still learning the ropes, I try to be as careful as possible. Today I found out I can't review any more. The ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

ELL Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, July 9th. In connection with that election, as we've done in previous elections, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. ...
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The “Scope” of ELL [closed]

Now, let's see, my last question, was closed as off-topic. (Although the word is translated in my native language, in the image below, I did not want to look at it because I wanted to understand what ...
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What sorts of dictionaries should we use on ELL?

Here on ELL, we have an "entirely answerable with a dictionary" close reason: Basic questions on spelling, meaning or pronunciation are off-topic as they should be answered using a dictionary. See:...
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Old answers help OP gets clear on what they want, but this would make them disqualified. Should new requests be added to the question?

For example, the original revision of the question Is there an idiomatic way to say "go to the path of no way out"? only asked for "the only way to get out is to go backward". After receiving some ...
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Off topic comments growing on my answer

I've answered a question about plural "staff" which has attracted comments solely about plural "water". None has mentioned "staff" (the topic of the OP's question) or has suggested improvements. I'm ...
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Edits to an Answer by the OP

I gave an answer for this question What's the meaning of "be broker than the Ten Commandments"? It appears that the questioner edited my answer. That seems odd. Is there a way for me ...
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Should we close questions about grammatically incorrect sentences when written by an important figure?

Related to this question: Understanding "having to do with this most important summit" If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

I am still pondering over this question that I asked the other day: "High-pitched": one word or two words? It received a close vote very early on for being off-topic, and is currently ...
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Asking for clarification at “Transgender” versus the obsolete term “transgendered”

I recently made a comment at an answer to “Transgender” versus the obsolete term “transgendered”. It was deleted shortly afterwards. Can't copy the comment but from memory it was something like (...
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Extra Moderation

I haven't been active on this site until recent months so I'm not accoustomed yet. But I have been in Stack Overflow main site for a few years and I have not experienced there anything like this. ...
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Why should question contain incorrect source be downvoted?

Why can "core" be a plural form of "core"? This question receives 3 downvotes. One of the downvoter says that because it contains incorrect source. But even so, then why doesn't it show any research ...
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How can I insert a Google Ngram chart relatively easily?

I know this question probably belongs to the Meta of Metas, but I figure this is a more familiar place to me. Plus, Ngram is definitely a very important external feature for ELL and ELU users. I was ...
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Adding the feature of 'favorite' or 'followers'

We all have favorite questions and answers on this wonderful platform. Why can't we have 'favorite' users here? For example, I like J.R.'s, StoneyB's, and a few others' answers and want to get ...
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Conflicting information about bounty expiration date

I've offered a bounty to my question and I got a message telling my bounty has completed and I should award it in the next 24 hours, but when I back to the given question, it says the bounty is about ...
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Flagging thank-you notes

So I was dredging up old posts and flagging superfluous comments that are mainly gratitude as "no longer needed". I have raised about 20-30 flags today. While most of them have been marked helpful, ...
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What does to star a question mean?

What is that star below the number of votes in a question for? What happens when I star a question?
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Misunderstood albeit clear explanations + reasoning versus proof

I would like to know whether the explanation given here: explanation is clear and unambiguous. It seems to me that the comments leveled against it are not fair. If I say in English: "It would seem ...
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How to handle user making incorrect categorical statements?

I will acknowledge that the user whose comments I am complaining about is higher-rep than I am, and thus presumably more helpful and respected. Nevertheless, I have repeatedly seen categorical ...
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Display “link back” links on ELU questions someone has mentioned in an ELL question

During a discussion on EL&U about a link to an ELL question that someone added in a comment, Laurel had an idea to show links on both sites if someone linked a related question on the other site: ...
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Was this chat ban justified?

@snailboat has been biased on my chat ban with our previous conversation. The chat that snailboat is referring to here: https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/43883427#43883427 Is a chat ...
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String of unresearched, soccer-related questions

I've noticed a string of soccer related questions appearing on the site lately that I think have some issues. See, for example: What does "get down" mean in football (soccer)? What does &...
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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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Why sometimes my question shows “modified by”, but the content hasn't been edited?

Why sometimes my question shows "modified by", but the content hasn't been edited? For example, my most recent question shows in the list that it has been modified by a user. But in fact, when I ...

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