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119 votes
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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 ...
70 votes
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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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Is EL&U succeeding?

What with all of the hubbub lately, I want to focus on asking one specific question that I think is at the core of the problem/drama: Is EL&U succeeding? This is fairly open-ended and I think ...
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This is not a site for "serious English language enthusiasts," and it never will be

I think it's time that we addressed the conceit that ELU is a site for "linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts." Its framers and many of its devotees intend for it to be ...
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Should we consider going in the other direction with ELU and ELL?

Okay, friends. Here comes the devil's advocate, and he says: As one who has agonized over the blurred lines between ELU and ELL, I now find myself thinking that maybe, after all, we don't need ...
John M. Landsberg's user avatar
15 votes
8 answers

What is the role of non-experts on ELU?

This pertains to both asking and answering questions. According to the Area 51 FAQ: To attract experts, you need a site where people are asking very interesting and challenging questions, not the ...
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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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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 ...
John M. Landsberg's user avatar
22 votes
4 answers

Who is EL&U's audience?

I previously asked if EL&U was succeeding. The responses there (mixed in with other answers, comments and chats on the subject) lead me to feel that one of the big questions our community has ...
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What's the status of ELL relative to ELU?

Since English Language Learners beta is up & running (in "private" mode, whatever that means), is it now reasonable to close and/or migrate questions like When is it correct to use no and nope? I ...
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