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Lang-8 is a website where you can write a journal post in English, and have your entry corrected by native speakers of English. In return, you're encouraged to correct journal posts written in the language that you're a native speaker of. (Declaration of interest: I'm a user of the site) Update: It is shutting down Italki is another great language exchange ...


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Here's a tweak of Nathan's text that tries to concisely define proofreading as part of the close reason. Questions asking for someone to find and correct errors or improve the phrasing of a block of text are considered requests for proofreading and are off-topic. Please edit your question to focus on a type of error or a few words in particular that you ...


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Yes and no. You cannot paste a paragraph you have written, and ask the community to identify the mistakes. That is called "proofreading", and it is expressly off-topic. So, you could not ask a question like this: Checking for errors in paragraph Are there any grammatical mistakes in the following? The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, and ...


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A native English speaker understands the language on an innate level that can be hard to articulate. I think this can cause someone to consider something to be obvious, when it could never be obvious to a non-native until they learn it. I'm understanding the proofreading rule to discourage questions where a user submits a paragraph or two riddled with ...


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The problem with this usage of "Proofreading" is that the close text pretty much tells people "go away, your question is bad and doesn't belong here". Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. See: Alternative websites for proofreading Proofreading is someone posting an entire sentence or ...


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There's no actual question from the asker in your provided example. The asker is literally dumping a block a text, saying there's an error, and telling ELL to find it and explain why. I sympathize with the poster but this is a Q&A site, not a error-finding service. So you have to have a question. I would have commented to the OP "what's your ...


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I pondered this for a bit and came up with this (526 characters, in case the 600-character limit for comments applies to close reason definitions): Questions asking for general proofreading for any errors or poor phrasing that might exist in a block of text are off-topic. Please edit the question so it focuses on a type of possible error or a few words in ...


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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 modify, and the rest are topics that are discussed the same way across different SE sites. There are some "meaning" questions we don't allow, and some we ...


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The help center topic "What topics can I ask about here?" explains that Proofreading (for example, "Are there any mistakes?" or "Is this correct?"), unless a source of concern is clearly specified So, you can ask about specific concerns that you have with a a paragraph that you've written, but you should ask about one thing per question. It's OK to have ...


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If you just need to proofread a single sentence, you can use HiNative. It is a product of Lang-8.


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Read the question. Just read it. Proofreading looks like this: Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, ...


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As said by @Dan Brown, proofreading "is a lot of work, not particularly rewarding, and only ever helps one single person." This means you will get poor support, because native speakers won't have much incentive to open a dictionary to show you why this exact word doesn't work, unless you pay for professional editors. You have to change your mindset from "...


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proofreading from stackexchange -help - on-topic "Please don’t ask any questions about the following topics. They are out of scope for this site: Proofreading (for example, "Are there any mistakes?" or "Is this correct?"), unless a source of concern is clearly specified". See the part about proofreading. Proofreading questions are generally not ...


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This was the final close reason that we got to fit within the character limits: Questions asking for someone to find and correct errors or improve the phrasing are considered requests for proofreading and are off-topic. Please edit your question to focus on something in particular that you are unsure about; if that's not possible, see websites for ...


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Here's my more concise version of what Nathan Tuggy wrote: Questions asking for general proofreading for errors or poor phrasing are off-topic. Please edit to focus on a type of error or a few words in particular that you are unsure about; if that's not possible, see alternative websites for proofreading instead.


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