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“Are these sentences correct?”—Is a title like this enough reason to close a question?

It seems like every other question we get has the title "Are these sentences correct?" Either that, or "Is this grammatical?" Generic question titles make it more difficult to figure out if a ...
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Renaming ELU to EnglishOverflow

May I suggest the following name changes: I think English Language Learners (ELL) should change its name to English Language & Usage (ELU) and ELU should become EnglishOverflow, just like ...
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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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Is there anything we can do to get fewer off-topic questions?

Having read Josh61’s considerations about “Thanks for not laughing at my question”, I stopped to ponder. There are days, and I think you all agree, when only 10 to 20% of the questions we get deserve ...
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Can we reverse the trend on low quality questions?

As the discussions in chat show, many of us, especially who have been here from remote time, have become increasingly concerned at the prevalence of low quality questions. At first we stood by - ...
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Basic questions are not so basic

It has come up in other threads that we have a lot of "basic" or "lowest common denominator" questions. However, a few myths about this need to be put to rest. First, we do have a general reference ...
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A simple proposal towards improving question quality

Encouraging Better Questions I would like to encourage the asking of better, more substantial questions. Every day we receive many brief, low-quality questions that are unlikely to elicit anything ...
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How should we handle users who generate consistently low-quality and off-topic questions?

I agree so much with Dori's answer in this thread that I thought it was worth making it into a thread of its own. There has been a string of off-topic and low-quality questions (and, to a lower extent,...
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Could more questions from senior/experienced users benefit ELU?

The majority of the questions asked on this site come from new or junior users for obvious reasons but, despite some notable exceptions, these questions are not rarely put on hold for not meeting ...
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Is EL&U getting boring? I thought it was, but then . .

Is EL&U getting boring? I thought it was, but then I asked a question. And was delighted by the answer and responses that resulted. I'd like to suggest that all of us contribute more to this ...
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Is it really helpful to tell a user to look something up in a dictionary?

I have noticed in many comments to questions regarding single word usage in particular sentence or phrase that a user with high reputation will say something that ultimately boils down to "use a ...
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Proposal to protect old questions from LQA by low-rep users

I have a few questions. I flagged an answer which looked like a spam under this question. The answer (by fadumu shafic) was later deleted (I am not sure whether it was deleted by the poster or ...
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Can a placeholder text be added to the question body box?

I posted this suggestion to another post, but thought it would be worth its own separate feature request. Is it already possible to add a placeholder text to the question body box, or would the SE ...
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Declutter EL&U's “Newest” Page

Unclutter EL&U before quality drowns It is my conviction that the site's health would benefit greatly by removing those very questions that plague the first two or three pages. As soon as an ...
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Why was my question about improving this site deleted by “Community ♦”?

This is the deleted question: https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6709/a-simple-proposal-to-encourage-people-to-ask-better-questions Can it be re-opened? Well, I didn't get much support ...

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