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I don't see the difference between ELU and ELL as the skill of the folks asking questions, but rather the interests of the experts answering the questions. ELU is for English enthusiasts who are interested in answering questions about topics that you would have to be fairly fluent in English to understand well and their interest is more academic. ELL is for ...


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A tale of complexity and unintended consequences The review task was added in response to this edit which you made. Which is a good thing, generally. That edits can result in the review of a previously-closed post. However... There's a check, in the logic that determines whether an edit qualifies to do this, which excludes edits by folks who've also flagged ...


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You are not expected to delete your answer because one person down-voted it. You shouldn't let one down-vote upset you - people make mistakes, some people are wrong, and some people just enjoy down-voting I think. At least your down-voter left a comment about why they felt like it wasn't a good answer. If it were my answer, I would think about how I might ...


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I don't think those edits are appropriate, regardless of any bounty, though the fact that the editor and bounty awarder are the same is rather unseemly. The purpose of editing is to clarify the existing content, meaning improve the grammar or formatting, not add substantial new material. The original content should have been posted in a separate answer, with ...


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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 here. Like all questions they receive answers varying enormously in scope from the simple "Cat rhymes with mat" style to the complex showing how the ...


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Original (at risk of downvotes and perhaps close votes as Unclear): i have a question about english grammar, which had confused me for a long time,pls!! help me!! in the following two sentences,why they use"thinking" behind the comma?i mean is something like a word ommited after the comma? 1.I WAITED FOR TWO ...


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You don't have to do anything special to get the attention of the other moderators. We all get notified of new meta posts when we log in, and usually keep track of the discussions. Snailplane and I can both be pinged in our main chat room. If you truly feel like there is an issue that needs to be escalated, you should use the contact us link and talk to ...


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Yep, OPs can always see and approve/reject edits made on their posts, even if they have one rep. They even get notifications that edits were suggested on their post. Furthermore, their decision on their post is binding, like a moderator's decision, which means that if they click "approve", the edit would be approved immediately, whether or not the necessary ...


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First, I think it's important to get some agreed-upon terminology. When I see the word emojis (which is the word you use in the title of your question), I think of characters such as these: whereas I use emoticons to refer to text-based caricatures such as these (including the one you have in your title): :-)     ;^)     :D     :-(     o_O     (°...


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It's not a very well-written question. I found it to be a little hard to follow. I think the most troublesome part of your question is this: the so-called problem of perception is not generated by perception itself but by an irrelevant way of thinking about it. For people who have not been studying the problem to the degree you have, that's confusing....


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Community members who ask questions and then do not accept an answer are a very, very frequent topic of conversation (i.e. complaints) across all Stacks, going back a long time, with solutions proposed from nudging via comments to auto-accepting answers. Some of the greatest hits at MSE include these: How to handle users who don't select answers for ...


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I'm afraid that is specifically off-topic, under the rubric of proofreading. See the help center: Please don’t ask any questions about the following topics. They are out of scope for this site: Proofreading ("are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified Note, however, that if you ask about a specific issue - the ...


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After I looked at the example question, I decided to write this out as an answer and not a comment, because the question was only asked yesterday and I think expecting an accepted answer in such a short time is not a good idea. There is some advantage to waiting a few days before accepting an answer, even if you have found one that works for you. See this ...


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There's nothing wrong. There was already a pending edit, and you couldn't suggest any other edits until that edit suggestion's fate was decided. You could hover over the grayed out 'edit' button to see the reason you can't suggest edits.


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I am surprised that you have not learned how to improve the appearance of your questions by now. Each and every time you post a question, a user has to delete between 30% and 50% content, because it is repetitive, and consequently, redundant. If users see a mass of text, the post seems unwieldy, confusing, and it looks like you haven't done any research. ...


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Bounties on Stack Exchange are a way to attract more attention to a question (for whatever reason); you can think of them as advertisements paid for with your own reputation. The help center also mentions the following, which explains your question: How do I start a bounty? When can I start a bounty? A bounty can be started on a question two days ...


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Considering your reputation, there's effectively no limit to the number of questions you are allowed to ask per day. This information comes from the Complete Rate Limiting guide on Meta Stack Exchange. Asking Users with < 125 rep, 40 minutes since their last question anywhere on the network Users limited by Anti-Recidivism System, one ...


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Yes, it was justified. If I had been online and seen that flag raised, I would have done the same thing. How the comments got brought to a moderator's attention is irrelevant. Once a moderator is involved the entire situation gets reviewed and the steps needed to stop the disruption to the community are taken. Your behavior in chat earlier that evening also ...


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Sure. Absolutely. Happy to oblige. There was a sizable backup in close reviews roughly just a week ago and I thought "Well since no one is doing it I better take it on." Good to know people are looking at the queues! I very specifically put this as a problem in a question during the moderator election and talked about how not a lot of people are doing the ...


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As far as I'm aware, all edited comments have a little pencil at the end of them to show that they're edited. This should include comments which are edited by moderators. Do you have a link? I'll investigate further if the pencil does not appear. As for policy... The general policy for mods + language in comments/posts is: if someone tells you they're ...


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If you see a question (a good question, which the example might not be) that has been fully answered in the comments, then it needs to be answered for real with an actual answer. This way the question no longer appears to have no answer from the Questions page, people can vote on the answer, and the answer can be accepted. I will usually drop a comment to ...


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If those questions can be usefully answered anywhere on Stack Exchange at all, this is the site that should be answering them. We don't need another site that covers exactly the same conceptual ground and is simply "ELL, except done right (according to some people)". But that's exactly what your proposal would be. Instead, make a solid case for what sorts ...


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I edited the answer after it had been flagged; I locked the answer after the edit was rolled back and it had been flagged again. Yes, your answer has garnered quite a few upvotes, as you said, but it has also rankled a few feathers. I have trouble seeing how your opening statement ("Since we talk about a fictitious entity...") is really all that ...


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Here's what happened. We have a user that was creating a new account each time they had a language question about a particular source text that is offensive to some. One of the several questions this user asked was fairly controversial and sparked some discussion, and there was disagreement about whether the question was off-topic.(https://ell.stackexchange....


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