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Is "english stackexchange" full of downvoting trolls?

English Language & Usage attracts many different types of participants, including hundreds of regular and semi-regular contributors who have accumulated enough reputation to be entitled to upvote ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

Like you, I stumbled on this site by accident. My own first interactions were less than felicitous: I was chastized (rightly, as I see it now) for a sloppy answer, and never officially "on-boarded". I ...
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I am worried about being off-topic

I'm a reader and a rare asker, not an answerer, so basically I'm one of those "eternal newbie" types. I feel the problem that you brought up is pertinent to any Stackexchange subforum, not this one ...
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How can the Tour screenshot be updated to reflect current standards for questions (and answers)?

The Tour page describes editing others' questions and answers, but it doesn't mention one of the most important editing functions: editing your own post, especially to incorporate suggestions in the ...
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We need a site specific message for our advice page

In EL&U, the problem is not that the standard Stack Exchange advice for writing good questions isn't appropriate. It's that some visitors don't have enough patience or enough facility with the ...
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

While there is the occasional rude individual, perceived but unintended slight, or even an otherwise polite user acting out of frustration, I suspect that the lion's share of the tension comes from a ...
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

(I'm not sure that this'll count as an answer. Or even be useful. It's just my ramblings based on the question.) Yep, I totally agree that experienced users commenting can come across as ...
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Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

In my opinion a video wouldn't help. I think the real problem is there is no indication on the way to posting a low quality question that indicates exactly that fact to a new user. I agree with P. ...
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Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

I'm opposed to it being a compulsory video. Some people may lack the bandwidth or technology to play a video, or may have difficulties being verified as watching the video. Also, some users may have ...
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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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Hoop-jumping for new users: multiple choice quiz!

I like the spirit of your idea, but I don't know how effective it would be. It's not hard to imagine users checking ‘Yes’ to the first question, even if their questions are very scant on details. (...
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Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

I upvoted the question because (1) I appreciate your continuing effort to improve the quality of questions and answers around here, and (2) I think a short video presentation might work with drive-by ...
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Is "english stackexchange" full of downvoting trolls?

In short, No. But this deserves some explanation. English actually should properly be called Advanced English. Because of the nature of the site there are rules to follow for a correct question. Not ...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

single-word-requests This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the ...
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Why must we assume that earlier answers are better, especially when they are not even related?

I haven't looked into the two questions very much yet, so I can't say if they are truly duplicates. However, I can say that the practice of marking questions as duplicates isn't due to some assumption ...
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

It is undeniable that the minimum site expectations of an acceptable answer must be clearly explained to the new member: (1) it should answer the question as asked by OP (2) it should be adequately ...
English Student's user avatar
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

SO could help with setting an expectation of required editing of OP: ?"We understand that if you are confused or stuck it might be hard to word your problem on your first attempt (but please try!...
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

This is the first introduction to your pages. Pretty nice, right? Nowhere does it say "Please begin your tour by looking at our standards for answers and questions. Then dive in. You will be ...
Norman Edward's user avatar
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

I would keep word-choice, the explanation is short and it tells the author to use SWR if they don't know the word they're looking for.
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We need a site specific message for our advice page

Here's my suggested text: If you're learning English as a second language, please go to English Language Learners [provide link]. Before you ask a question, search for an answer on this site, ...
Xanne's user avatar
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I am worried about being off-topic

The two pages you found you took as representative of the site as a whole. I get that. Yours is not so much a question as it is a bug report on the English Language & Usage community, or at least ...
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Repository of polite responses

Lack of reasonable research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your ...
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Repository of polite responses

Requests for candidate words or novel expressions I'm afraid I have to vote to close this question as off-topic. If a question asks about a recent neologism that thousands of other people can ...
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

tenses A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time and/or completeness and continuance of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.
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Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

There'S a far simpler way to weed out low quality Q&A by indicating clearly what this site is about: chose the right title. Most people ( I don't remember the exact figures but we're talking 95% ...
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How to prevent automatic downvotes on an answer after editing it?

Thanks to Andrew Leach ♦ for the link to Shog9 ♦'s answer on MSE, part of which is applicable here also. Emphasis added. The system will now revoke the automatic downvote if, after the [VLQ] flag is ...
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Repository of polite responses

Proof-reading questions As English is currently the international language of business and cross-language communication generally, many new users, both non-native and native speakers, desire a ...
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Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

I consider this the most important part of the blog post: Too often, someone comes here to ask a question, only to be told that they did it wrong. They get snarky or condescending comments for ...
Xanne's user avatar
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Should we change the default suggested tags?

prepositions Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in". The meaning of a sentence can be dramatically altered by choosing the wrong ...
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