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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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Incorrect reputation history

There's a strange thing going on with my reputation history. On June 30th, I supposedly voted down an answer. I can't remember if I did; it links to this answer and in any case I'm able to downvote it ...
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Is wiktionary a reasonable source to back up answers?

Just stumbled upon a question that was looking for a specific word. The one I had in mind was not there, so I thought I add it as an answer. As all other answers were backed up by links to ...
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What's the policy on using profanity in answers (where appropriate)?

A recent question asked what were some other terms for "to waste time doing ..." I provided the various G-rated options and suggested there were many other R-rated options. Is it OK to list those ...
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My question doesn't belong to me any more

I have asked a question just entering my e-mail address but it doesn't seem to belong me after logging in with same e-mail. What can I do to save my homeless? :/ https://ell.stackexchange.com/...
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Can I post essays for evaluation here?

In TOEFL exam for example they ask you to write essays to test your English level, and I am preparing for the TOEFL. Can I post essays so users can evaluate if my essay is good or not, or they may ...
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Can “What should I do when someone answers my question?” be improved etc.?

Full question: Can What should I do when someone answers my question? be improved by suggesting the OP provide clarification and guidance when the existing answers are not satisfactory? In an answer ...
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Retag “phrase” as “phrases”

Since we are already using sentences, the questions using phrase should be retagged phrases. It doesn't make sense to use the plural in a case, and the singular in the other one.
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Should not “passive-voice” and “passive” be merged?

There are 46 questions using passive and more than 300 questions using passive-voice. Should not the tags be merged? I would make passive-voice the main tags, and passive its synonym.
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Unresolved Proposal List

This is years out of date, but there is some history worth preserving, so I’m not going to delete it. As a step toward ensuring that proposals don't languish in a limbo state where it's not clear ...
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Why did the “system” display two different usernames for the same question, depending on the way you accessed the question?

I do not understand how the site displays usernames. And in the case of the question What is the difference between “get mad” and “ get angry” in this paragraph?, I found this has been very ...
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ELL logo: (too) similar to a cigarette manufacturer's logo?

Is it just me or is the "flag" at the bottom of the English Language Learners logo very reminiscent of the Marlboro logo? If more users have this association, and given the health implications of ...
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Where do we draw the off-topic line?

I was told a few times that the questions shouldn't be asked here. 'Is this correct' questions seem strictly forbidden, and someone implied that people should ask questions that can benefit other (...
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Answering large homework style questions

I recently came across a question (now deleted) which basically took a section of homework style questions and copy pasted them into the question. While I understand that we are all here to help ...
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Help with new “passive” tag

I keep this brief and to the point. Yesterday, I created a new tag distance-expression and only remembered to write a short description when I read this reminder: When you make a new tag, please ...
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When you make a new tag, please write a description

I'm editing this to bump it, because I've been finding a lot of tags with no descriptions and few questions associated with them. If you feel like we need to group a certain set of questions with a ...
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Searches for finding questions that need attention

This is intended to be a place to collect queries that help find questions that could use some attention - maybe they need another answer, maybe the answers need up voting, or maybe the question just ...
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Why are users not being more actively guided to accept?

Long version of the question title: Why are users not being more actively guided to accept (or give feedback that will help lead to an accepted answer)? This question relates to a previously ...
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Why so few acceptances here? [duplicate]

Why do so few questions have an accepted answer on this site? Why do I not see comments written to the question authors, strongly encouraging them to accept an answer, if a good one was written, or ...
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Answering off-topic questions

I have been criticised for answering off-topic "is this correct" questions, which I accept, but others are still doing so without censure. What is going on?
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Informality, modern messaging, and editing

The "acceptable" modes of messaging and exchange of information are constantly evolving. A forum such as this one was unimaginable* just twenty years ago, yet today it can seem positively antiquated ...
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What does it take to have consensus?

Meta is an odd beast. Admittedly, I still don't understand parts of it. Typically, requests the community can respond to get the required attention. They get decided upon, and acted upon. Requests ...
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What am I supposed to do with questions about Historical English (e.g., 'the sticking-place' question)?

My question here is What does ELL want us to do with questions about Historical English and about Etymology? The Help Center page explicity says they are offtopic. Yet some users, including some ...
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How useful are references and should their usage be more encouraged on ELL?

According to the current rules: Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always ...
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What's the difference between [adjective-phrase] and [phrasal-adjective]?

What's the difference between adjective-phrase and phrasal-adjective? Should they be merged? Could we write some tag wiki/usage guidance to make any difference clearer?
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I had a discussion with a moderator, one side of the discussion is now removed

A few days ago, I posted an answer on meta. A moderator questioned the accuracy of aspects of the answer. I had an interesting discussion with that moderator in the comments. It was a very sober, ...
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Hello, could you please reopen my question?

could you please reopen my question? The URL of my question is below. Is 'such' a pronoun in "Such were the extremes of emotion that Mr. Ramsay excited in his children’s breasts"? ...
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After editing a question, what should I do if I understand that sentence is too broad or something?

I usually edit questions that are not very well-formatted. In fact, before reading such a question, I instantly start to edit it. In other words, I read and edit the questions simultaneously. Recently,...
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Why are most of my questions marked as “off topic”?

I always refer my question source which is completely in text form I know my questions related to movies but in text form for this you don't have see the movie for answering my question, just read ...
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Why did my question get so many views?

I asked many questions, but one of them ("in this regard" vs. "in this respect") by far has the most views with 18K viewers. The next one has just 2K viewers. That question seems ...
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How much basic is ELL expected to go?

As per the site rules the "English Language Learners Stack Exchange" is for people who: are learning or teaching English as a foreign language. According to the descriptions given above, ...
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English texts with Russian translation

Can you give me some web sites where I can find English texts for intermediate level with translation to Russian? I going to memorize the texts to improve my speaking skill.
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ELL policy re. salutations and thank-you's in questions

When I come across things like "Hello everyone!" or "My English no good sorry!" or "Thank you for all you help!!!" I routinely edit them out. More than once, though, these edits have been rolled back ...
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Should we not use “verbs” instead of “verb”?

Our tags are normally using the plural, especially when they are about a grammatical category. articles adverbs adjectives modal-verbs Since the last is not modal-verb, should not we also use verbs ...
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Can only one person with less than 2000 reputation approve a edit suggestion?

I gave a edit suggestion and when it was approved I saw that only one person has approved it and that is the question owner with 16 reputation. How? Please explain me. https://ell.stackexchange.com/...
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Information given by users in their profiles

I was editing my profile when I saw there was a place where I can give my email, full name and my date of birth. There on the top it was written "Private information (not shown publicly)". It is my ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

This is with reference to this question Singular or plural usage for 'face' in the sentence There are some formatting suggestions I would like to make to this question. But I am not able to ...
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Past tense of “to lead”

This should not bug me as much as it does, but it is one of my pet peeves, and to see it embedded in an SE site is an affront to my delicate sensibilities. On the form which we use to report ...

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