English Language & Usage (ELU) is a community for etymologists, linguists, and English enthusiasts. As a Stack Exchange community, ELU shares Stack Exchange's goal to build libraries of high-quality questions and answers, focused on each community's area of expertise.

Questions should be asked within ELU's areas of interest and answers should be definitive. This imposes a level of expectation to carefully state the question. It may include noting aspects of the question that are not of interest, how far you've got, or carefully highlighting the core of the question.

When the expectation isn't met, the question may be put on hold as an invitation to edit for improvement. Once edited, your question is automatically queued for review. It will be reopened if 5 reviewers vote for reopening. This page is for you to make brief notes to reviewers to assist the review process, similar to that at Mathematics.SE.

  1. Read Please, everyone… details for some excellent tips on how to ask questions, including examples of good questions and a simple pattern for asking good questions.

  2. Edit your question, paying attention to the concerns listed on the close/on-hold notice. Here are some general references that may help:

  3. You can add notes for reviewers by placing a comment on your own question. You may also record your notes in a new answer here and link the answer to your question as follows:

    • In your answer, include a link to your question. Click share under your question for the link.
    • Add the comment [Notes to reviewers](xyz) to your question to show reviewers where to look. Keep the square brackets and round brackets as shown, but replace xyz with a link to your answer. Click share under your answer for the link.

Original meta discussion: When a question is closed, tell them the procedure for reopening it. Please use that question to discuss the procedure below. Answers to this question should only consist of notes to reviewers for specific questions.

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    I don't get it. What are you asking for here? What kind of answers do you expect here? I'm looking at the Math.SE one you linked and that just seems like a weird way to deal with what is already handles by the existing mod-tools.
    – Mitch
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 2:14
  • @Mitch I've put back the link to the original discussion (it's at the bottom of the question now).
    – Lawrence
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 2:22
  • @Mitch The main goal is as a trial for communicating reopen-procedures to OPs of questions that have been put on hold. A secondary goal is to encourage said OPs to make it easier for reviewers to see why a question should be reopened. The ultimate goal of this effort is to improve the quality of ELU questions while fostering a healthy sense of community among like-minded people.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 2:26
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    OK, but I guess I'm slow. I still don't get it. What ... wait... who is this question for, the questioners or the reviewers? Why have one meta-question with a single answer for each closed question? I don't get it. How ...what... this seems complicated...are you saying at the time a question is closed, come here to this meta question, write an explanation? and then give a link to it in a comment on the OP? and who is supposed to do that? the last close voter? The first? A mod?
    – Mitch
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 2:27
  • @Mitch Let's discuss this on chat. I'll ping you.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 2:28
  • @Mari-LouA Thanks for the note. I agree that this should be reopened and have voted accordingly. The question is interesting because it references an unexpected usage in a headline, where the news is from a well-established organisation. I've left a comment along similar lines.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 12:10
  • perhaps its best if you deleted your last two comments, since the Q has been reopened. Thank you again for your cooperation.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 15:03
  • @Mari-LouA You're welcome. I'll delete the at-at comment, but I think the headlines question can do with the (little bit of) extra attention via my comment link :) . It's also a good example of how this page can be used.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 2:07


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