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An Editing Manual

UNDER CONSTRUCTION I noticed (or re-noticed, studies say people's attention span on the internet decreases by . . . Oh I love that GIF, it never gets old) that we have an Editor's Lounge. Nice. There ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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How can I inform moderators to rethink about their decision?

I asked few questions on English Language Learners, and one of them is marked as a duplicate: Are "present continuous" and "be going to" interchangeable? I believe the question ...
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So how do we respond to criticism?

link It is a legitimate response, though I do not intend to change what I did in this case. I am fine with saying nothing, but want to understand what is expected. So do I say anything or just let it ...
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As a learner, how do I choose which answer to accept?

After reading some meta questions, it seems there are a lot of unanswered questions, and also that it's not necessarily a problem. I'd still want to know on what criteria I should accept an answer. ...
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This question needs reopening, please

Edit note: Now reopened. Thank you everyone! This question here: 'She was shot by police yesterday' or 'She was shot yesterday by police' was closed as a duplicate of this question ...
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Why was this edit suggestion rejected?

I'm referring to this suggestion. Two reviewers rejected it with the following reason, while one reviewer approved it This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to ...
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Can the Off-Topic Flag Include a Reason that Is “This Is a Request for Resources”?

Right now, the off-topic reasons include: Basic questions on spelling, meaning or pronunciation are off-topic as they should be answered using a dictionary. See: Policy for questions that are ...
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Why do ELL's users ignore bounties?

Can't say I'm surprised by the overwhelming lack of response on the grammar question which currently has a bounty of 50 points. Only @Andrew posted an answer and was repaid by an anonymous downvote. ...
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Help Center translations: your thoughts?

Firstly, let me be clear that I'm not talking about translations of the full content of the entire site. Obviously with user-contributed questions and answers, this would be impossible without a huge ...
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How do you “Hello” ? Attracting English speakers from different parts of the world

So my husband and I had an idea for an ELL ad campaign to attract folks from under-represented English speaking regions to ELL, but I lack the artistic ability to pull it off and my husband is too ...
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Downvoting questions from new users

So I was disappointed to see a -3 score with no guidance at all in the comments for this question: Can I say "something is happened to my phone"? The author obviously was new to ELL and a ...
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Are questions about learning methods on-topic?

I want to ask the community certain questions about pedagogy for online learning. For instance, when practicing listening activities for journalists, whether ELL knows how we can both listen to the ...
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How come I never see any Aussies on here?

They need to weigh in on some of these questions, otherwise I'm just going to assume they say "crikey" and "good on yer" and "shrimp on the barbie" all the time.
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We aren't doing our jobs

One of the most important jobs we do here is to vote on answers. Good answers are meant to be upvoted and bad ones downvoted. The primary reason for this is so that learners who come here looking for ...
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Why can I not layer my hats?

It would seem a lot of fun if it were possible to layer hats, some combinations would be hysterical! It also doesn't seem possible to change the avatar for my profile during this time, or am I ...
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How to transform a personal question into a community one?

Let's imagine I've asked a question, and posted it as a 'personal'. Is there a way to revert it to a community one, where I don't receive rep points? Any help would appreciated.
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Rename 'hyphens' tag to 'dash'/'dashes' (or add 'dashes' tag)?

We currently have a hyphens tag with 54 questions. Some of these questions are not about hyphens but about other types of dashes, i.e. the en dash and (sometimes) the em dash. Which of the following ...
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How to log into the mobile app with my Facebook account?

I scrolled down the page and noticed that you have an available app for mobile users. I decided to download it so that I'd be able to check my answers and also to answer some questions through my ...
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Please suggest a good web site where I can ask what is said in a short part of a video?

I'm already good enough at reading, but I have to focus on listening and also reproducing what I hear in the resources I use for listening practice. When I watch an English video, I don't need a ...
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Is this a hat problem? Date seems to be off

I just got an Mmmm Bacon hat which is described as ask, answer, or vote on December 30th but it's still December 29th??!! Whom do I need to tell?
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Community user locks post, preventing user from making clarifying edits

The question What is the correct form in this case? was (quite correctly, imho) closed recently. I posted a comment asking the OP to edit in further details, with a view to having the closure reviewed....
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Simplifying or changing grammar for non-English speakers

Especially in international forums (which is essentially anything on the "InterWeb"), I find myself simplifying and even "bending" syntax rules to make English more understandable to non-native ...
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Are questions about culture (as it relates to language) on-topic?

Specifically, I'm thinking about "politically correct" language, which is certainly a topical issue (what with the US election and Brexit vote) and one likely to land at least a few English Learners ...
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Should the “correct” answer with mistake be accepted?

If the fact is Nancy is a cat, Mancy is a dog. and I asked a question Is Nancy a cat?" Suppose someone else answers Yes, Nancy is a cat while Mancy is an octopus. It correctly answers ...
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Was my edit rejected for the (inadvertent) tag changes, or some other reason?

I may have found the need for a feature request in the iOS Stack Exchange app, although I would like to have my assumption confirmed. I have raised this feature request on Meta, iOS app does not warn ...
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Simple English please!

I have noticed that on ELL many people give answers using rare/difficult words and constructions. Some write in 'an English' not all learners can yet understand. I know I can, although at times I have ...
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Proposal to merge ELL and ELU

Over the past few years, I have spent some time on ELU and ELL. (I deleted several accounts, so my current account is very new, in case you are wondering.) I understand that ELL was formed because of ...
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Why was this Reopen review item invalidated?

From the timeline of this question, it seems the Reopen review which was initiated after my edit became invalidated. Any idea how this could happen? Three reviewers have voted to reopen, but the ...
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Is it okay to ask questions on ELL even if you're not learning English as a second language?

As I'm a high school student, I was wondering if it's okay for me to ask questions on ELL about grammar and so forth although English is my first language. If so, which topics can I ask questions ...
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Winter Bash 2016: Hats are coming again soon!

It's almost time for Winter Bash 2016! For several years now, Stack Exchange has run a holiday event called Winter Bash! It's a fun little event where users collect "hats" that you can wear on your ...
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Proposal: formal-language, informal-language, and offensive-language

Because no-one had strong feelings about this once taboo was removed, I went ahead and did it. I'm still on the fence about replacing formality with formal-language, so we can tackle that another time....
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Is there a tag for questions about optional uses of “that”?

Many sentences include the word "that". In Standard English, there is a category of situations where the word "that" makes the sentence slightly clearer, but the word "that" is optional. For example,...
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Guide to formatting ELL answers — best practices?

Is there a place on ELL or ELL-Meta that conveys best practices on formatting answers, specifically in the context of conveying English language information? For example: presenting language examples ...
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Proposal: register, formal-register and informal-register tags to replace formality, formal and informal-english

(OK, I'm going to close this out for what I think is a better proposal. I'm going to leave this here if anyone wants to discuss register) In What is the difference between the "formality" ...
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Consolidated grammar tag discussions and a clean-up proposal

I've set up an Editor's Lounge chat room to co-ordinate any tag cleaning events or for our editors to just hang out and share the tricks of the trade. We have fixed more than 332 questions tagged ...
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Let's not dissuade users from adding valuable content to posts

I saw this question on MSE, which is about a question here on ELL! This addition of useful images was rejected in the edit suggestion process. Both of these rejections reasons don't really help the ...
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Academic plagiarism

I would like to know what the Stack Exchange policy is on helping quaerants who are engaging in blatant professional or academic plagiarism. Should we be doing it, and what should we do about such ...
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Do we focus more on building a database of answers, or helping individual learners?

Half the time when I see people post a question, there is more focus on the inadequacies of the question than on actually answering it. It shouldn't have been asked because it's a duplicate. It's put ...
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How to ask an English learner to clarify a question without knowing their current grasp of English?

Let's suppose that a learner asks a question (on this site) about something which would be immediately relevant to any person living in a primarily English-speaking community, and does not provide any ...
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Answering questions about “formal” English

We get a lot of questions from quaerants who are concerned about the use of "formal" English, and I would really like to know how best to answer such questions. What should we tell them? There's no ...
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Extensive edits and bounty allocation by same user

On the following question there was a 150 rep bounty which was allocated to an answer after the bounty proposer had largely edited it. This is an unusual course of action that I have never seen ...
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How can we ask for other moderators to step in?

I raised a Meta ELL question and one of the moderators assumed that I was raising this issue specifically about them (well, I suppose that this new question is specifically about them if only by ...
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Why are we removing kindness and encouragement? [duplicate]

It can take a great deal of effort and courage for a non-native speaker to get started on Stack Exchange which, despite being immensely valuable, can also be rather nit-picky in its moderation. I ...
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Help needed, re: removing accidentally created tag

As I was editing a post, I accidentally clicked "Save edits" while typing (tags). Can someone with the ability to delete tags kindly remove the one I accidentally created ("syn")? Thank you so much. ...
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I demand resignation of a moderator who deleted my on-topic comments

I am tired of seeing my on-topic comments deleted when they are not (1) rude or offensive (2) not constructive (3) obsolete (4) too chatty (5) other... This is not the first time that I witnessed ...
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If there's only two or three possible contexts for a question, don't vote to close it as unclear, too broad, or Details Please

I see a fair number of questions getting close votes, and even sometimes getting closed, because there's more than one possible answer based on different ways to take the question. Sometimes that's ...
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A question with 20k views that could have a canonical answer

The question was only posted 8 months ago, but in that short space of time it has attracted over 20,000 views. "Has" vs. "have" The title must be spot on for visitors looking ...
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Should we delete answers that have no explanations?

From time to time one runs across answers here that offer nothing beyond a bare answer to the question taken in a narrow sense. In particular, there's no general explanation, no attempt to show a ...
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Flaws in the voting model in re. questions

This issue has been addressed scores of times. How can we improve our voting system? touches on some of the concerns which were exemplified today in two ELL questions (votes at the moment of this ...

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