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Simple English please!

There are two sides to this argument. On one hand, people who answer on ELL should be aware that the person asking a question may have limited English skills. We should conscientiously try to not ...
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I demand resignation of a moderator who deleted my on-topic comments

Moderators on graduated sites are elected to the position. We don't remove moderators except for: voluntary resignation, inactivity over long periods, or serious problems, such as violating the ...
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Another "translation question": the ethics of helping professional freelance translators

I think each question should be taken on its own merits regardless of the source of the question or what the asker intends to do with the answers. Our goal is to create a comprehensive reference for ...
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Should accepted answers appear first, just above the highest scored answer? Or should answers appear only in order of score?

The accepted answer should appear on top (this is the status quo). Possible reasons for this: We have the opposite problem to Stack Overflow. Answers on SO often get thousands of views and votes by ...
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The community managers owe the ELL community, the moderation team, and me personally an apology

For those who may not have met me, I’m Philippe - I’m the Vice-President of Community for Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network. I’ve been asked to comment here and share what I can of my team’...
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Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners

Titles are for titles, and questions belong in your question. Please, don't ask a question like this one: There are four things wrong with this question – two are formatting issues, and two are "...
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Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners

How to start a new line on Stack Exchange You type this into your computer: "What is this strange smell?" "The food _________" a) has burnt b) burnt c) was burning d) had ...
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Is ELL getting too PC ("Politically Correct")?

I didn't like the question, and I'm not sorry to see it gone. If someone is truly confused about the words least and less, surely it's not too hard to contrive an example sentence that would raise ...
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Use of the term "idiomatic" is often ambiguous

Unfortunately, "idiomatic" is the correct technical term for "sounds natural to native speakers", and there really isn't a better option to my knowledge other than to lengthily ...
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I demand resignation of a moderator who deleted my on-topic comments

I think the "constructiveness" of that last comment in particular is tenuous at best. I see rather hostile accusations about "reading the OP's mind" along with allegations that one of our most ...
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Is it okay to ask questions on ELL even if you're not learning English as a second language?

You should try to ask questions that would be of interest to those who are learning the language as a second language. We're not here to help you with your homework, but if you can couch your ...
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Let's bring down the number of unanswered questions

I initially wondered, "Would most of the unanswered questions would be poorly-written questions that didn't really need an answer, aside from an initial comment or two?" After I looked through the ...
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Another "translation question": the ethics of helping professional freelance translators

Stack Exchange originated as a site to help professional programmers help each other. The idea of helping people get advice from other experts so that they can do a better job is actually what Stack ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

What is your view on editing a question to correct grammar and style issues? Do you think we should edit answers differently from questions? Some users believe that questions should only be edited ...
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Should the "correct" answer with mistake be accepted?

From the Help Center: Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. It simply means that the author received ...
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Are thanks for the answers unnecessary?

Not only is it unnecessary, it is considered an unwanted practice on the Stack Exchange. The founders of Stack Exchange noticed that one annoying thing about many online forums is that, oftentimes, ...
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Should accepted answers appear first, just above the highest scored answer? Or should answers appear only in order of score?

Answers should appear only in order of score (this is the new behavior on Stack Overflow). Possible reasons for this: The community as a whole may often be better suited to determine what the best ...
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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?

Thanks, your intuition was correct. Moderators can't see more than regular users do in this case, but I've escalated the issue to staff, they've found a pattern and corrected these votes where ...
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Why was my question deleted?

Ever since you joined this site, it's been a little bit hard to tell if your motives are altruistic, or if you are hoping to use ELL as a free advertising platform in hopes of driving increased ...
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So... What exactly is going on with the elections?

Every so often, the higher-ups at SE will ask the moderation team if new moderators should be added. New moderators could be added for a number of reasons, such as: The site is growing, meaning ...
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What's the policy on using profanity in answers (where appropriate)?

There will always be a gray area where it's not clear whether the language is "appropriate". I personally believe that we shouldn't be too squeamish when we are educating, and that using ...
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Question about uncorrected errors

Some time ago, ELL as a community decided that sometimes it's best to leave some minor mistakes in questions, because those mistakes might help other users more accurately gauge the experience level ...
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Can I write this? Can I say this? Can I speak like this? and e.t.c

That's being awfully pedantic in the face of someone seeking help regarding the proper use of English. If someone says, "Can I write {x}?", you can safely assume they mean "Is it proper to…" ...
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Poem analysis on ELL

It sounds as if you want the Literature Stack Exchange. Analysis of poetry is on-topic there.
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What is the recommended action when the top-voted answer is incorrect significantly?

Well, according to the answers to this question: Comment (you already did that) Downvote (I assume you did that as well) Invoke the Meta effect Write your own (correct) answer. I think there's ...
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I name a product with an English word, and many people say it's a bad name. Can I ask why it's bad here?

For this sort of question to be on-topic (and I think it can be) I think you just need to avoid asking "how would you name this product?" I would say "I chose this word to name a product because I ...
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Exactly how practical or useful to a learner is marking his/her question as a duplicate of the canonical answer on the perfect?

Oh, dear. As author of that Canonical Post I quite agree that it is rarely if ever appropriate to link to it as a prior Answer to a Question, much less to cite it as a 'duplicate'. The post itself ...
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