So this is yet another discussion about the migration path to ELL. There needs to be some sort of community consensus on what should be migrated, what should be closed, and what should be answered on EL&U. Yes there are lots of discussions on Meta EL&U about this topic, but none of them seem to have borne fruit, so I'm bringing it up again with a more recent example of a strange migration choice.
The question Can you replace “anywhere” with “where”? was asked on March 8th and migrated 3 hours ago tagged only with "grammar" (gee thanks). I don't understand why it was migrated.
While I was tagging it more appropriately, I noticed it has a chain of 20 comments including one that asks one of the commenters to turn their comment into an answer. Obviously this question was of interest to the EL&U community. The question is not obviously from a non-native speaker, and even if it is, it's not a question only of interest to folks learning English as a foreign language as evidenced by the discussion it generated on EL&U. If no-one on EL&U feels like writing out an answer to a question that's been discussed extensively in comments, why is that an ELL problem?
I think that the EL&U community needs to get on the same page about what types of questions are appropriate to migrate to ELL. We aren't interested in turning your comments into complete answers for you. Just like you, we're not interested in questions that can be completely answered with a dictionary. Not every question about English is on-topic at ELL.
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migrated. Don't send us questions that are really poor quality or obviously off-topic on ELL. That's just rude. We have plenty of questions to answer, so you aren't doing as any favors by sending us junk.
If you aren't clear about what sorts of questions ELL welcomes and what is off-topic, there's a summary on ELL Meta : https://ell.meta.stackexchange.com/a/2672/ I'll reproduce the off-topic part of that answer for easy reference (even though the particular migrated question I started my post with is not off-topic at ELL).
- Etymology, evolution of the English language, or historical English - see english.stackexchange.com instead.
- Writing advice - see writers.stackexchange.com instead.
- Questions that can be answered by a quick dictionary lookup (these are off topic on ELL, and there are many free dictionaries available online)
- Proofreading ("are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified
- "How can I improve my English?" or "What's a good tool for...?" (these are not constructive anyway)
- Translation and non-English languages
- Criticism, discussion, and analysis of English literature
- Requests for resources (we have a Resources List on Meta which you might find useful).