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No. Signatures are actively discouraged in Stack Exchange; see the relevant meta discussion here In general, taglines and signatures are strongly discouraged, and are likely to be edited out. We don't want to clutter up the questions page with a lot of redundant signature blocks and taglines and so forth. ... Can I use a signature or tagline? Please don't ...


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Now that a couple ELLers have professed their appreciation for the bookmark, I had another thought. What if we "embroidered" our E on the bookmark? It might look something like one of these: or or This might appease those who think the current favicon is too simple, yet not disappoint those who are starting to like the bookmark.


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This was going to be a comment, but as I kept typing, it evolved into an answer. I would like to start off with this quote, which I think encapsulates the reason you're finding yourself at loggerheads. ELL posters don't come here to give you project. They come here to ask their questions. That is a sentiment that cuts both ways. I don't come here ...


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We can bookmark our favorite user's profiles in our browsers and see their latest answers, questions, or comments. For example, this link is the latest answers from Jon Skeet, sorted by newest first. There is a lot of information about people's activity in their profiles and it can be sorted by newest first, so it's not hard to navigate. Turning ELL into a ...


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I think it would be doing a disservice to learners to not use the words we feel most precisely communicate what we are trying to say. I do make some accommodations when I post an answer, like simplifying my sentence structures and linking definitions for idioms or unusual words, but I try not to "dumb down" what I write. I have been a voracious reader for ...


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When the site went live, there was a bit of consternation about the little favicon. One prevailing sentiment was, "We need to at least make the bookmark bigger, but it would be even better if we could use the E, rather than just the bookmark." I didn't really detect much support for the first option, but there were plenty of hints dropped by the rest of ...


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I am going to echo some of what Shog9 explained in his answer to the related question on Meta. If you want good, timely answers to your questions on Stack Exchange sites, the best way is to write high quality questions and to interact with them often. It can take a week or longer sometimes to refine a question and get a really great answer on ELL, mostly ...


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Welcome to Stack Exchange and ELL! Unfortunately, doing this sort of thing (if you make it a habit) is likely to get you edit banned - meaning you won't be able to submit edit suggestions at all. Please, don't add commented out junk just to get around edit limits. As Grace Note says: Remember, when you suggest an edit, it requires multiple other people ...


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I see a few things in your post that need to be addressed in general, since that's how you phrased your question. I do disagree with some of the things you say as to why the posts themselves shouldn't receive close votes. This has two votes to get closed because . . . Wait, so only two? Closing is a democratic process. When someone votes to close a ...


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I think it's like proofreading - there's a big fat gray area. We don't want the site to become a free translation and/or writing service. We want answers to be useful to more than just the person that asked the question, so that we can build up a library of answers catalogued by the questions they answer. If I ask "is this sentence correct?" (whether it is ...


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Honestly, writing titles is hard. Most people are bad at it. Most people are also bad at writing email subjects and similar things. I really don't think there's a quick fix for this; it's simply a life skill that some have, and some don't. A good title is interesting, concise, covers what's most important, and distinct. Memorable and evocative, in other ...


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I fully support the idea of having some proper formatting options for highlighting. That is to say, the ability to add some background color, like blockquote does, but inline and with greater flexibility. Unfortunately, I don't think that SE will be implementing it any time soon. I edit code formatting out of posts when I see it (unless it's used for actual ...


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I really like what Sven Yargs had to say in his answer to this related ELU question: The questions I ask tend to be difficult to answer in a way that clearly and fully disposes of the question .. Accepting an answer means saying that the matter is settled, and often I think it isn't. In other words, not every question needs to have an answer accepted, ...


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The standard practice in linguistics is to distinguish a text being discussed from the actual discussion by putting it in italics: To be or not to be is a conjunction of infinitives acting as an NP. When a lengthy text is under discussion it is distinguished by setting it as an indented paragraph, without italics, like long quotations in ordinary ...


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Would it be useful to have these in tag wikis instead? That way it is community-editable but still goes through peer review (unless you have the reputation), whereas here on meta, either you can edit it, or you can't, and while there is some peer review in that the post owner gets notified, it's probably not fair to leave it to them to rollback any changes ...


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For what it's worth, using the WebAIM Contrast Checker to compare #31aa9a (the unread question text title color) and the white background returns a contrast ratio of 2.86:1. This narrowly fails WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines for headlines. That said, darkening it to meet the standard of 3:1 doesn't change the color all that much: Moreover, this contrast ...


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So I am opposed to this, not because it means extra work for me but because it hides important work that the community does, without really adding (in my opinion) much benefit. The community collaborating on a first post to either edit it or explain to a new user how to interact with the site is a very valuable part of the site. We learn from each other ...


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The two buttons are a little unintuitive because they aren't up/down controls for the score, they are two independent buttons: "add up-vote" and "add down-vote". Because you are only allowed one vote per post, adding an up-vote replaces any existing down-vote (and vice versa). It doesn't "remove" it. To remove an up-vote or down-vote, click the same button ...


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No! That would be proofreading and evaluation. And, ELL does not entertain such requests. Various online tests are available to check your English level. You may try one or many of them. One such test is here. You may google it for more.


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First, people already have the ability to flag comments that contain answers, so I’m not sure what you mean by: So my proposal is to have the ability to flag the comments which contain answers. Second, I’m not in favor of any sort of heavy-handed, loss-of-rep approach. Suspensions can be meted out by the mod team for repeat offenders. That’s pretty much ...


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The other answers have some advice specifically about dealing with comments that seem like answers. I would like to speak more generally about rules and penalties and whether that is the right approach for our community. This is a volunteer community. Almost everyone you encounter on this site is here to help others or get help. Very little of what happens ...


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I think that adding audio recordings needs to be viewed similarly to adding an image. We discourage people from adding images to their answers just because it makes them more eye-catching, but sometimes they are really helpful. In my opinion, audio recordings need to have descriptions of their content, (just like images), not be too long (images shouldn't be ...


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These options are called migration paths and sites can have five of them (one of them must be the site's own meta). Requests for migration to another site are to be carried out by flagging the question for moderator attention, as indicated in the FAQ about migration (which also contains some nice flowcharts): If you think so, you can flag the question for ...


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I think this would be a major issue for several reasons. First, and most simply, there's no way to force people to say where they're from or what their native language is... and there's no way to make them tell the truth. Yes, it would be helpful but if it's really important for the question, ask in a comment. There are some other downsides to this... ...


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I think that you can create this feature for yourself instead of waiting for the developers to decide whether it's needed. The interesting thing about searches in SE sites is that you can bookmark them so you can go directly to your customized view of the site. If you search for "is:question closed:no" then click on "active" or "newest" or whatever you ...


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Filter by tag to include only [grammar] and [pronunciation] questions in the queue. (Assuming questions are tagged appropriately, of course, but that's another story.) You can also filter by close-vote type (duplicate, off-topic, etc), although that doesn't distinguish between Proofreading and Details Please. For filtering questions outside a queue, the ...


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Should we be sensitive to the fact that many of our frequent readers are struggling with English? Absolutely! But what is the best way to accomplish this? I don't think that restricting answers to a list of "acceptable" words is the best to do it. Instead, I try to use some of these: Including links for words, idioms, or figures of speech that may not be ...


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While ELL is still in Beta we are limited to the formatting possibilities of standard SE Markdown. When we graduate we will be given the opportunity to design our own stylesheet, but I don't imagine we'll be privileged to introduce new Markdown notations. I suspect we will be limited to selecting an alternative realization for the Code marker—perhaps ...


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You are confusing the user 'accepted' answer feature with questions that are 'unanswered'. A question is considered "answered" when it receives an answer with at least one up-vote. Have a look at this blog post: OK, Now Define “Answered”. But the "accepted answer" feature does serve the purposes you are attributing to it. The accepted answer feature is ...


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