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Why don't questions identify the native language of their author?

Why don't questions identify the native language of their author? I'm new here, but it seems to me that it might be useful (and interesting) to know that people who speak a certain language often have ...
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With Lang-8 shutting down, where will we send proofreading questions?

We have a close reason which tells people to use "alternative websites" for proofreading: Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. ...
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Why is meaning mentioned as both allowed and not allowed?

Let me elaborate. A little while after answering a question I came back to check on it and noticed that is was put on-hold. Then I read the hold box and it read, "[b]asic questions on spelling, ...
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Good writing books for Cambridge FCE and CAE candidates? [duplicate]

Well, I've just finished the Cambridge PET course (surprisingly, I was awarded with "pass with distinction") and now I'm studying for the Cambridge FCE course. I realised that the abilities required ...
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“Fixing the grammar should be done in answers not the question”

The question titled Can I use “there” twice in the same sentence? asked whether the following example was correct... There is many food there I initially posted a comment drawing attention to the "...
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Question about uncorrected errors

I have noticed on this forum that answers are accepted, irrespective of minor errors. I am saying this because I have seen some of the answers with wrong capitalization and others with minor grammar ...
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Why do I keep getting this message? “This question body does not meet our quality standards.”

I'm trying to submit a question and I keep getting this message: Request failed This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - ...
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Should I delete my question?

I had asked a question here, then users answered it in comments section. after I read the comments, I feel the question is not valid. Should I delete it?
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Tag Clean-up Proposals

This question is to get help from the community when you come across a tag that needs reworking. Post an answer with the tags in question and what you think should be done to fix them up. If it ...
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Can the OP see my edit that needs peer review?

OP asked a long question, I fixed some typos. My reputation is still low so it needs peer-review. Can OP see my edits yet? The problem is I fixed typos, but there's a shady part where I know they ...
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Couldn't something be done to stimulate voting at the English Language Learners site?

English language learners seem reluctant to cast a vote even after receiving a thorough, time-consuming answer. This is rather discouraging for teachers or English speakers who wish to contribute. ...
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What to do with aspect and tense tags?

I have compiled a list of tags and our possible future decisions about them, which may be subject to change. The primary objective is to decide the fate of tags tagged with "maybe". Among those tags ...
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How can I retract my downvote without upvoting the answer?

This is my first question in ELL Meta. My question is, how can I retract my downvote without giving an extra +1? I've just accidently downvoted an answer in ELL, so I want to retract it, but when I ...
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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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