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Review my writing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What questions are on-topic and off-topic here? Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence? Would English SE be a good place to post a paragraph or ...
Philoxopher's user avatar
29 votes
6 answers

Waning gap of acceptable questions

After a couple days of break I revisited EL&U to find about a third of questions on the main page marked [closed]. It appears anything that can be looked up in more or less obscure source (NOT ...
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List of common abbreviations and acronyms (NOAD, ESL, PIE...)

Abbreviations are always a potential source of confusion. Some people might happen to know what OED stands for, and can figure out what NOAD must mean, but others may not be so lucky. Googling for PIE ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline [closed]

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
13 votes
5 answers

Problem with faq: EL&U audience - experts only or students too?

The fine list of frequently asked questions and answers has in its opening paragraph two contradicting notions: The English Language and Usage Stack Exchange is for linguists, etymologists, and (...
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How to respond to dictionary/“general reference” questions?

There’s been a lot of discussion already (e.g. here, here) of what kind of questions are too basic — and the rough consensus seems to be that if a question can be answered from just standard reference ...
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12 votes
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Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions?

This being a site about the usage of English, is it appropriate to correct errors of language in people's questions and answers? (By "errors of language", I include mistakes in spelling, grammar, and ...
Steve Melnikoff's user avatar
15 votes
5 answers

FAQ On-topic/Off-topic List Revisal

Update: Yeah, so I sort of went on a brief EL&U vacation about a week after I started this topic, and forgot about it when I came back. Any last feedback before we push this live? I've changed ...
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15 votes
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Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic?

Before adding a votable answer to the on-topic-off-topic question I figured some discussion would be appropriate. Are typography questions on-topic or off-topic? Why there's a difference between the ...
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14 votes
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What constitutes justification for posing a question on ELU?

Although it hasn't actually been closed (yet!?) Word for two people who are the same age quickly attracted three closevotes - at least one on the grounds that "OP doesn't show any indication of having ...
FumbleFingers's user avatar
23 votes
1 answer

How to deal with homework questions

What is the community's stance on people asking homework questions on the site? There was a recent question that got me thinking about the issue; this question seems like a blatant copy & paste ...
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rudeness, belligerence, and dishonesty in this forum [closed]

Is it customary to frown upon gratuitous rudeness, dishonesty, and flame-warring within In a comment under this question on meta, this boorish and dishonest comment ...
Michael Hardy's user avatar
8 votes
5 answers

What should our FAQ contain?

This is question #2 in the list of 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta
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8 votes
2 answers

Can I ask the community to help me find errors in a text/sentence?

Basically my question is related to the following question: Should we correct (or point out) language errors in questions? English is not my mother tongue and mostly i make mistakes in writing which ...
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5 votes
3 answers

Can we have some guidance as to what is on- and off- topic on this site?

This site has an FAQ. However, recently it has been made clear that the community-created definition for this site, as expressed in its FAQ, does not always determine which questions are valid and ...
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