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This is not a site for "serious English language enthusiasts," and it never will be

I've come back to this meta question on account of the 2014 Mod election. I have this to add: since the beginning of ELU, many answer-providing users have objected to being treated like dictionary ...
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Can an ELL question be reposted on ELU, and vice versa?

In general, cross-posting is prohibited on the StackExchange network. Which means if you're seeking, fundamentally, a single answer, you should choose the best venue to get that answer, and ask only ...
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Is it OK to ask about Early Modern English?

Subjects which are on-topic are listed in the Help text. The English Language and Usage Stack Exchange is for linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts. Questions on the ...
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Is swearing allowed in questions?

As referenced in this Meta question, asking about a swear word is absolutely okay (as long as your question meets all the standard criteria, of course); the mere fact that it is a question about a ...
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A simple proposal towards improving question quality

A few thoughts: I realize the suggested language comes straight from the Help Center, but the word "thoroughly" jumps out at me as sounding kind of, well, cranky. As far as I'm concerned, SE ...
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Helping this user read a (somewhat technical) book

thanks to all, I don't know English well (as elementary translator or trying to learn more by translating ! ). but. when i ask questions. the questions are not very technical (usually I don't need the ...
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

I asked a question about how to request a historical lock for old but seemingly popular questions that don't meet current site standards for preliminary research (or some other criterion) here: How ...
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Can we add English Language Learners to the "belongs on another SE site" list? (When will ELL move out of beta?)

tl,dr: Making ELL a migration target for non-moderators risks making matters worse, not better. There is great confusion about what makes a question suitable for migration. The main problem here is ...
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Suggestion: Prominently clarify that asking homework questions is not cheating

I'm taking my moderator hat off here. I don't want this answer to be construed as EL&U policy (unless it's agreed that it should be). I think I disagree with your definition of cheating. To me ...
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What questions are on-topic and off-topic here?

{Off-Topic} How do I make this (citation, document, quote, whatever) conform to MLA (or APA, or any other) style guidelines? [vote up if you agree it should be off-topic, vote down if you think it ...
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is english.stackexchange normative or creative?

suppose that for unexplained (but possibly mystical) reasons of my own i decide to capitalize every Seventeenth word in my answer to this question. on the one hand, such a decision seems difficult To ...
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Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity

Word and phrase requests are the most interesting part of this site in my opinion. It's the only time I see idioms and expressions and words I've never seen before and learn new ones. It's always ...
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Is it ok to ask "is this a sentence" questions?

I you're having trouble learning English, then please look up the English Learner's Stack Exchange Site, https://ell.stackexchange.com/. If you want to know if your question is on topic, you need to ...
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Questions about English Literature

We don't do interpretations of writing on this site, but you can ask in our chat room. You may find some people who are interested in talking over author intent and artistic meaning.
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Are tip of the tongue questions completely unsuitable here?

I don't like blanket prohibitions, except for ones canonized in the Help Center, so I'm not going to say tip of the tongue questions are never suitable, just that they are almost never suitable. A "...
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Are tip of the tongue questions completely unsuitable here?

This type of question is known across the Stack Exchange network as a “guessing game”. (In this case, guess what word I’m desperately trying to remember). Guessing games often turn out to be a poor ...
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Asking essentially a duplicate question if one considers the original wasn't answered satisfactorily

Not liking the answer is an insufficient reason to justify a duplicate question. The question should be closed as a duplicate of the original question and the original should be improved if necessary. ...
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Holds, duplicates

Holds The data here shows that ELU had the third highest close rate in 2016 in the Stack Exchange network where 51.87% of all questions asked that year were closed. 2017's data is now in and we've ...
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Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity

Of all of the topics on this site, this is the one that I enjoy the most. When it's done well. There's nothing worse that having a question asked without a clear set of guidelines for what type of ...
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Why was this question migrated

I migrated it because it was from someone who is trying to learn English, and didn’t understand a would-be “rule” they were presented with.
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Why was this question on usage migrated to ELL?

I think the question is fine here. Given the comments, it seems to be about a definite regional difference. And it's not a trivial-to-explain one at that, again going off the disagreement in the ...
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What is the difference between these two questions?

The difference, at least as I saw it, is that in the case of the migrated question, the asker was an English-language learner who wanted to know whether they simply had to learn certain collocations ...
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The "bare/bear with me" question: what should we do with it?

For what it's worth, here's my opinion, partially copied from some comments I left earlier. Delete: To me, it seems that there wouldn't be any damage done if we deleted it. I don't think having it on ...
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Why is this same type of question able to be asked on two different sites?

Yes, it is fine that both sites can answer the same kind of question. There is inevitably going to be some overlap between topics in the wide variety of SE sites (do you want your question about the ...
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is english.stackexchange normative or creative?

In your terminology, the community at ELU is almost entirely normative, meaning answering according to existing rules and variations (more on that in a second). The community has explicitly noted ...
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Why was this question on usage migrated to ELL?

The question has been returned from ELL and is now closed on ELU. As it stands it's a list question, which is specifically discouraged because every answer would be equally valid. In what regions or ...
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Please, how do I request that a closed question be reopened?

As one of the closers, I can explain that I had no idea what you were asking for; I'm sorry about that. As a non-programmer, I still have absolutely no idea what you're asking for. However, in it's ...
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Are tip of the tongue questions completely unsuitable here?

Generally, if they're too specific, as in, "I forgot this word, it starts with C, and ends with T, had only three letters in it, used for pets, this and that and that and this etc," they're not a good ...
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Migrating word requests within a field with an existing tag

The tags are ad hoc. That one exists and has been added to a question has no bearing on whether the question should or should not be migrated, closed, etc.
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