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Yes, history of the language is very much on topic. For example, mentions of Old English has ~6200 results, asked starting from the very inception of the site. I don't think this is an exact duplicate but here's a meta question Are Old and Middle English on on topic? (full disclosure: the main answer there is mine).


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I don't think it's on-topic here, as it doesn't specifically deal with the English language. I don't know the context of your question (it might be good to add it!) but if you're writing a book, you might want to visit our sister sites Writers and Worldbuilding.


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To be brief, the questions which are usually tagged as being better suited to ELL are not necessarily off-topic. I think a much more common reason for closing or suggesting that many of them be migrated to ELL is because they are considered basic English grammar questions; which until very recently were swept under the general reference rug. Is it therefore ...


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Wow. I searched Google in search of a word and after several variations of my search, I landed on this site. Thus, I was not aware there was another site. My suggestion is that you word this phrase so that it does not make a newcomer feel as if they violated a policy. Your current statement is courteous but there is a lot to learn to take full advantage ...


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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 enlightening to have that "I didn't know there was a word for that" moment. It also accustoms you to expressions and idioms from other languages from which the OP ...


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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 taken the top spot for percent closed (out of number asked that year) at 54.82%. I think the site has pretty much always been this way. A nearly identical ...


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I don't disagree with your main point so this is mostly rambling thoughts on finding an appropriate solution to a few issues. Are basic English usage questions on-topic? EL&U needs to decide whether we want questions are simple, basic usage questions. Right now the community seems to be closing most of these as off-topic. I am assuming that this is ...


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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 thing is being looked for, and what words have already been considered and rejected and why. When that happens, anybody can throw out hundreds of possibilities ...


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I'm in favor of it on principle, but I'm not actually convinced that this would "save" ELU. As Mari-Lou pointed out in a comment, it may very well kill it. Take SWR away from EL&U and you might be looking at a semi-deserted EL&U. If the learner questions go to ELL and the SWR questions go to Word Recommendations... what's left??? Maybe that's ...


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I support Araucaria's suggestion, albeit with some degree of uneasiness. To me the most important aspect of English Language & Usage as a resource is that it provides searchable, archived answers to language and usage questions that visitors other than the original poster may find valuable. Single-word requests, phrase requests, and idiom requests all ...


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It depends. If you are essentially asking, "What do you think about some name?", then yes, it's off topic at ELU. The name is predominant, and this is just naming by another name. The basic criterion for Stack Exchange posts is that they should have some authoritative reference value (to someone else) after the question's poster has been satisfied. Naming ...


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I don't think that kind of question is on-topic here. I agree with Glorfindel's suggestion to consider Writers, since the help center says Questions on these topics are welcome here: Non-fiction, technical, scholarly, or journalistic writing. Writing fiction, poetry, or song lyrics. General copywriting, style, and organization. Another ...


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I was one of the users who voted to keep the question closed, and Tonepoet's answer explains the deficiencies in the question that I too had been concerned about. There'd been fair opportunity to edit it so that it was no longer a duplicate, but I'd also been concerned that the question was trying to cover too much territory: far too broad. If you counted ...


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I think your question is just another symptom of the problem that nobody seems to be able to pinpoint the precise difference between ELL and ELU in user-friendly, readily-understandable terms. This question is off-topic because it's too basic/trivial/(your term here). Try ELL instead. This question is off-topic because this site is only for really advanced/...


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Such questions are not off-topic, per se. You have generalised from the particular. If there's a "write-in" reason for casting a close vote, then it doesn't get mentioned in the close banner, but it can be inferred from the question timeline and the list of comments under the question. Four close votes (the original plus the three comment up-votes) ...


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I can happen though. For instance, this question about the TOEFL is off-topic on ELU, but probably not on ELL. It has nothing whatsoever to do with using English, but rather a lot to do with learning English.


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I'm not sure since our version of the help center has lacks some information, but it seems like Roomba does take pending reopening votes and duplicate status into consideration, but only from the time it is first old enough to be eligible for deletion until the time it is a month old. Those factors are no longer considered after that, which is likely in ...


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It turns out ELL's meta has the best resource on this here. As I cannot mark something as a cross site duplicate, I'll note the key point of what's considered on topic for ELL: If your question is about the English language, but is unlikely to ever occur to a native speaker (except in the context of teaching English as a foreign language), you should ask ...


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I have little to say toward the proposal of splitting ELU, and this answer targets the title of the question, rather than the proposal in the body. (It seems to me that while some classify ELU as "big", referring perhaps to the number of users and the daily number of questions, it would look much smaller if the number of regular users were considered as a ...


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tl;dr - No, I disagree with splitting ELU into enmeshed but functionally separate communities. An alternative is proposed that requires two small programming tweaks. Fundamentally, English Language and Usage covers everything that should be in scope for ELL and the proposed EPF/EWF. Items need to be explicitly and somewhat artificially listed as out of ...


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You are exactly right. Questions should be judged as on-topic or not depending on whether it is on topic on the site in question. If - and only if - it already isn't on topic, then it can be considered whether it would be on topic elsewhere. I tried to find a general StackExchange reference for this but I couldn't. However, the Area 51 FAQ does say: ...


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