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What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between ELU and ELL?

Someone has suggested that a question of mine should be migrated to the ELL site. Why are there two Q&A sites for the English language? What can I ask on each site? Note: ELU refers to English ...
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Excessive number of fundamental questions

More and more the site seems to be invaded by questions from users whose grasp of English is rudimentary at best, asking something (often indecipherable) about an unquestionably fundamental point of ...
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4answers
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Do we need to write the better questions ourselves?

In the ELL-Post-Apocalypse chatroom, KitFox made a very interesting observation (gently edited here for dramatic impact): We have gotten diluted with basic questions because basic questions fill ...
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3answers
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A look at question quality

Table of Contents This is a really, really, long post. And yes, I hate to create another post on our current "quality" situation, but this post is seriously long to the point where I don't want to ...
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7answers
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Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote?

Does a question which shows no research, no effort deserve a downvote? If the answer is yes, I would like to know the reason behind it.
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2answers
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Is English Language & Usage highbrow?

What level of discourse are we aiming for here? What does our audience expect and desire? What are we capable of providing?
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3answers
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What to do about good questions, that have bad grammar or poor English?

This question relates to the wider theme of a lot of ELL questions being asked here. Meta discussion here: What kind of questions do you want? For example this is the current state of this question: ...
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4answers
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Could/Should we create a collection of exemplary questions to encourage high-quality asking?

I haven't been on this site long enough to know from personal experience, but perusing old (and recent) Meta posts like these below makes me wonder if members have not always been under the impression ...
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2answers
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How curious are you? — or — Tallied ELU “Asking-Day Badges”–Proposal Results

How we fare in the new badge proposal In the MSE posting Asking days badges, there is a proposal to create a new trio of badges for asking “good” questions on distinct days. Its basic metric for ...
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2answers
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Hold-Reason Suggestion: “More Research Desired” (MRD)

I was reading some posts on improving question quality and narrowing the definition of the General Reference when I had an idea. What does ELU Meta think about putting a question on hold when "more ...
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2answers
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Rewriting the Question Box Sidebar

Recently, a user brought up the issue of questions that could seemingly be answered by looking in a dictionary and the responses given to those questions. Andrew Leach posted an answer that had a ...
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Can we have regular site cleanups (weekly/monthly, etc.)?

I post this meta because the mod I discussed this with to told me to. There's this "The Great Retagging Event" on Chemistry Meta, where they hunt and retag a bunch of questions within a fixed duration....
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Would you support systematic testing of proposed quality improvement methods?

TL;DR: Shall we support systematic A/B (and similar) testing of QI (Quality Improvement) proposals, or would advocating for such research simply lead to frustration, i.e., would it be an exercise in ...