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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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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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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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Is it on topic to ask about English advice given by ChatGPT?

I am the one who asked the question mentioned in the question. Regarding whether my question should stay closed (because it employed a chatbot as a resource) or be reopened, here is my opinion: I ...
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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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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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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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Is it on topic to ask about English advice given by ChatGPT?

I don't see a valid reason to close this question. In fact, I am strongly tempted to reopen it right now. As I understand it, this question was posted by a human user. That user put a grammar question ...
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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 ...
Alan Carmack's user avatar
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EL&U.SE vs ELL.SE

Yes there are things which would be on-topic on the ELU.SE site and not on-topic on the ELL.SE site. ELL is aimed at those who are learning English. Questions need not be from people who are actually ...
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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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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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Is it on topic to ask about English advice given by ChatGPT?

The question should stay open. The underlying question is in the title. The asker also happened to include their source, as they should have. The source happens to be a terrible one, but that's ...
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Is it on topic to ask about English advice given by ChatGPT?

I voted to close the question because ELL isn't here to analyse the syntax of chatbots. Once four other users had agreed with me, it did get closed, but before that this is what I said to the OP in a ...
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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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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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How to handle questions if answers can be found in a grammar book as "basic" knowledge

For me, I delete vote under the "should have looked it up" criterion if they would be able to look it up easily, with a simple search. Vocabulary is the main thing for that. Something like that I ...
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Add a link to Language Learning Beta to "What topics can I ask about here?"

I think it would be better to add a bullet in the section where we recommend other sites for certain frequent off-topic question types we typically get on ELL: If you have questions about the ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Should we expand the “It’s in the dictionary” close reason to include etymological questions?

Proposed rewording inspired by Paul Tanenbaum's comment and a post on EL&U: Questions that can easily be answered by a reputable online dictionary are off-topic. See Policy for questions that are ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Should we expand the “It’s in the dictionary” close reason to include etymological questions?

I agree that etymology questions, like the one you cited, should be off-topic as answerable with a dictionary search. That said, I'm one of the users who think that no questions of the format "...
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Are requests for part-of-speech tagging in example use on-topic?

I have no problem with POS-tagging per se, as long as the question has no other issues (it is not a duplicate, demonstrates a reasonable research effort, etc.). However, asking someone to parse an ...
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