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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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An emerging pattern of "research" close votes

The "Please edit to add the research you have done" part of that close reason is easy to abuse, but it does have a purpose. I think that the "lack of research" attitude could be ...
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Should I close a question because the answer is "typo"?

I have seen previous questions based on typos getting closed. Here's the proof. I'm personally for closing them, since they won't benefit anyone else. the answer would shift from being based on ...
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Proposal to merge ELL and ELU

This has been a perennial topic of discussion since the first day of the proposal, and the split has always proven sufficiently valuable to justify. WendiKidd ♦ has a good explanation of many of ...
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Where do we draw the off-topic line?

The purpose of ELL, like every other Stack Exchange site, is to build a reference to help learners. As an asker, your job is, ideally, to ask questions that help you and others at the same time. This ...
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What is the difference between the "English Language & Usage" and "English Language Learners"?

For some time now, I’ve thought this was less about the particular question being asked than it is about the kind of answer being sought. If you are learning English, and you’re struggling with some ...
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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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What is the difference between 'English Language & Usage' and 'English Language Learners'?

This question, originally posted on the main site, really belongs on Meta and has now been migrated. This question asks whether to post a question on ELL or EL&U and is a near-duplicate of this ...
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Why are questions about learning English ill-supported here?

Usually it's because the questions – as they are typically asked – are either too vague and opinion-based, or else polling for a myriad or resources and/or ideas. For example, if someone asks: I'...
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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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Can I recruit a spot paid type private teacher here?

No, Stack Exchange Q&A isn't the place for recruiting people. Stack Overflow has a special section called Jobs for these kind of things, but that's limited to positions in IT (and you have to pay ...
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Should I flag ‘X or Y’ questions?

I strongly disagree with some explicit assumptions in the question: In some cases, I’ve been flagging these questions for ‘proofreading’ when one is wrong grammatically and the other one is correct; ...
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Should I flag ‘X or Y’ questions?

If the question is only the format given without any explanation, nor demonstration of research or significant thought put into it, then it's off-topic for proof-reading. I mostly just close them, ...
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Where do we draw the off-topic line?

The purpose of Stack Exchange site is building knowledge for future readers. If a question is important for just a single user, or its value is limited in the time, the question is generally closed. ...
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