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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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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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Stop answering close-worthy questions!

There are two sides to this coin. Some might wonder, "Why are people answering these close-worthy questions?" But others might wonder, "Why are we closing these answerable questions?" Incidentally, I'...
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Why are most of my questions marked as "off topic"?

Let's take a look at the following question: What is the meaning of "will fulfill a prophecy by bringing balance to the Force"? Here's the content of your question, formatted slightly to ...
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Why ONLY some questions asking lyrics meaning are off topic and not all?

I'm glad you've asked this question; I've been thinking about writing a meta post on lyrics for awhile now. Yes, song lyrics (and poetry verses) are in English. However, they are not always as ...
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Should questions like this (like linguistics... see below) be asked and answered on ELL?

Since it is not always obvious how to move from a written English word to its pronunciation questions about how to pronounce a word, especially about less familiar words, seem to me eminently on topic ...
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Which sorts of math questions are on-topic?

I think any math question is on topic as long as it's not about math, but about learning English. Reading aloud Most of our math questions are about how to read a mathematical expression aloud. This ...
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Abolish off-topic tags [etymology] and [resources]

I agree that etymology should be abolished and blacklisted. Existing answers with the tag should either be retagged as appropriate, or deleted.
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Why ONLY some questions asking lyrics meaning are off topic and not all?

The principle What makes some questions about song lyrics off-topic is that they don’t seem to have any real, definitive answer, only interpretations that differ from person to person. An on-topic ...
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Questions about understanding a passage about a specialty topic

I don't think any more-specific ruling is needed than this: Questions about any subject whatsoever, no matter how specialized or esoteric, are on-topic as long as they're not questions about that ...
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demand on research or context for a question

Recently, I have had several posts put on hold because they "lack research or context." However, there are plenty other posts that don't include any research or context at all, but they ...
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Why is meaning mentioned as both allowed and not allowed?

The two aren't contradictory. The problem here is a more wordy reading can't fit there, because as far as I'm concerned, there's a limited area in the "help center" that moderators can ...
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Should questions be disallowed because the OP thought they were about English but they're not?

I've always had reservations about requiring learners to know the answer to their question before they ask it, but the problem with language is that it impinges on so much of life that, even for ...
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Abolish off-topic tags [etymology] and [resources]

I agree that resources should be abolished and blacklisted. Existing answers with the tag should either be retagged as appropriate, or deleted.
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Should we be closing single word requests?

This is an excellent question, but you're not focusing on what I think is the main thrust of the comment (which I will put in bold): Single word requests are off-topic on ELL. We should focus on ...
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I see in hindsight that a question might have been better for ELU. It has close votes now

There is nothing wrong with the question (being posted on ELL).* I think the comment was an unfortunate one. It shouldn't have caused you any concern. It probably should be deleted, as it is not ...
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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as "basic" knowledge

If you're looking for some foolproof flow chart that will instruct you and the rest of the community about what to do for each and every question like this one, then, sorry, you'll be disappointed in ...
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What close reason should I use when closing a question for requesting resources?

You can flag them for migration to here (that is, English Language Learners Meta). We have plenty of resource-request questions, so they are likely to be duplicates, but for migration that does not ...
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Which sorts of math questions are on-topic?

As a pronunciation question about math, I think this sort of question sits in a gray area, and is acceptable in either place. Where is it best suited? I think that depends on what the O.P. is trying ...
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Policy for questions that are entirely answerable with a dictionary

I was in the middle of typing a reply to this question when it was put on hold pursuant to this rule. Apart from the mild annoyance to me (but I'll take the positive that I learned interesting things ...
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Are Parts of Speech / Syntactic Grammar most on topic here? (vs on other SE sites)

I've been active on both sites for some time, and I'm completely at a loss why a regular at ELU would have steered you toward ELL for your first question. As a matter of fact, ELU seems to get ...
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Formal = totalitarian?: Why was this closed?

There's a difference between English Language Learning, and Reading Comprehension Assistance. Just because you are asking about an English test question doesn't mean your question "concerns English." ...
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Translation requests and tag

I think the questions are fine, and we should probably try to come up with a better term for the tag than "translation", because that's not really what they're asking for. In Spanish we say "Hola, ...
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I see in hindsight that a question might have been better for ELU. It has close votes now

I think it's not so much that the question really is "nuanced" - it more that by its very nature, ELL is likely to have a high percentage of users who are interested in knowing what's grammatically ...
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Should questions be disallowed because the OP thought they were about English but they're not?

Saying that the question isn't in scope, and explaining what scope it is in is itself an answer--albeit an incomplete one. The user can then go get the answer in an approrpriate location. The only ...
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Stop answering close-worthy questions!

OK I know some folks really dislike when I say "that's just how things are and there's nothing to fix", but I'm going to say it again. First of all, it only takes 5 people to close a question. I don'...
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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as "basic" knowledge

The core of this question seems to be something along the lines of Where do we draw the line? How much background research can we reasonably expect someone to do before asking a question on ELL? ...
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