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Yes, we should. (Vote for this answer if you think we should open a migration path to ELL.)


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People like hats. Okay, um, that's... not really a question, but, we can start off slow. Yes! True. Correct. People do, for the most part, like hats. Will there be hats? What sort of tradition-breaking libertines do you take us for? Hats are coming, friend*. Will there be new hats? There sure will! In fact, we will be bringing you an all-new ...


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Up vote: Implement the 6/50 restriction. Down vote: Do not implement the 6/50 restriction.


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TLDR: I don’t have a lot of confidence that this will work out, but unless we make the attempt we won’t have the data to support that hunch. Plus until we do so, people will keep asking for it. But before we can, we would have to have some other stuff in place first. Don’t Migrate Crap Here are ELL migration stats: That tell us that right now, almost one ...


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Per Laurel's request, this is one potential wording. The answer is Community Wiki so please feel free to edit for brevity, clarity, and felicity (but if you fundamentally disagree with the listed requirements it might be better to make a comment or a different answer). Single word request questions must include: A sample sentence demonstrating how ...


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Good news, http://englishqna.blogspot.com has been removed.


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Yes, we are getting hats this year! Stay tuned for more information.


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A note An essay Ramblings from one of your current moderators Moderators have significant latitude in their duties and abilities, ranging from closing questions to suspending users. But at the very heart of our (and I do realize I have changed person here, thank you very much) actions is the flag queue, in which we deal with posts and comments that other ...


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I think the answer is Yes, we should expand the help text, and this is my proposal... The "on-topic" Help page currently has three principal parts: What topics can I ask about here? What notation and symbols are commonly used here? Where can I find answers to simple and basic questions? I propose, first relegating the "What notation" part to the end, and ...


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The message needs to be short and easy enough for less competent speakers to understand To get the best answers, please include the following: A sample sentence showing how the word would be used Provide as much detail and context as you can Tell us which words were discarded after using a thesaurus or a dictionary, and why. If the word you'...


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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 language to wade through all that advice. I suggest: help visitors decide quickly whether EL&U is the best place to ask their question; and since we can't ...


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As a regular user of ELL I would request that migrations to ELL continue to be handled by the moderators of ELU. SE is, in general, very reluctant to create migration paths because they tend to be abused. When should we consider adding a default migration path? Almost never. Truth is, migrations are not often particularly necessary. It's ...


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Yes, it's time. Just out of contrariness, I took a quick look at ELU Questions, and the page view that came up, showing the first fifteen questions, included at best three that I might grant had some legitimacy on ELU. That's an awfully low percentage. Small sample? Yes, but I think we all know it's nevertheless an accurate representation of what we've been ...


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I can see definite advantages to all users if these restrictions were implemented. KitFox has mentioned the obvious ones. No one objects to a slew of good questions. If a user decided to post, say, 12 good questions in the span of 24 hours, I think everyone would be happy, and everyone would win. However, in reality this is not a scenario I have ever ...


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Look at what we have now. I see questions being asked that, in isolation, bear all the hallmarks of a "good" question--they raise reasonable points, they're well-phrased and courteous, they clearly explain the research the asker has done and why it didn't answer the question—yet they begin to gather downvotes almost immediately, apparently due solely to the ...


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I agree to make the two synonyms. I'd prefer Irish-English to be the main tag and Hiberno-English to redirect to it, as it's perhaps a bit clearer, but don't mind too much either way.


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status-completed As of 22 September 2015, we do have this capability, courtesy of The Powers Who Do That Sort Of Thing. As WendiKidd has implied in her answer, there are risks and potential difficulties. Use with care! I'm sure there will be statistics gathered and pored over to see how many questions migrated from here are closed on ELL. Learners' ...


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I'm adding this answer because kiamlaluno's It's quite too early to add any link to ELL is out-of-date. I think we should now have a line in the What kind of questions can I ask here? section of the ELU FAQ saying something along the lines of... Please consider whether your question might be better asked on English Language Learners.


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I'm pretty sure the mechanism (which is what determines how many levels you need to wade through, for example) is Stackexchange-wide. Other sites doubtless have more than one migration option, so they need that extra level of nesting. Until we get the Writers option back (dunno why it's not there, I swear I saw it recently, after the big closure revamp), and/...


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Crisis averted ;) Per FumbleFingers's comment: Retagged the four rhoticity questions to use rhotic. Now go vote on Tag Synonyms on Low Use Tags so we never have to go through this exercise again!


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TL;DR: We certainly don't need it. It has no point. It's a meta tag, one of the bad ones It is irrelevant to the question if my own Sprachgefühl, Microsoft Word, the editor of my novel, a teacher or the pattern answer of some certificate or English test triggers my concern about a sentence or wording. It can be in the question, but it's not worth a tag. ...


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I agree the question is not general reference. When I did a short TEFL course there was nothing covering this sort of issue, so if people teaching English don't know it, I don't see how the question is too basic. It could be considered off topic if there is a generally accepted method for going from a language that uses a personal name for I to one that ...


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As requested by tchrist: Unlike Hugo, I would prefer Hiberno-English as the main tag. Within the field of linguistics (as applied to Ireland and her languages in particular), Hiberno-English (or Hibernian English) and Irish English are actually two distinct terms with (slightly) different meanings: Hiberno-English is the variant of English that is ...


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I think we probably should close it. I am having difficulty conjuring up more than an incidental relationship to English as a language. It does not seem to suggest that it is an English specific practice in any way, and the question is not asking how this should be done in English. Most importantly, even if a case can be made, answering it requires knowledge ...


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This is a file path issue that's happening unintentionally while we prepare new theming assets. It'll be taken care of first thing tomorrow.


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I have a qualm with this, in that we need to consult a community moderator. That makes altering these rules harder if ever deemed necessary. I dislike that the contextual sentence requirement can summarily close a question, despite however much better it might than other single word requests be in other respects, and suspect that it actually lowers average ...


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I've looked at your recently deleted posts and there's very few that were deleted as spam or abusive - in general, you average about 1-2 per day from what I can tell, which isn't a lot, and far fewer than other sites on the network get. After thinking it over a bit and talking with people about it... based on the recommendations here and those I got from ...


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The community manager Shog9 has kindly granted our request. No more questions tagged "words" (or "word") will appear.


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If the FAQ is under revision, I think the community should also consider beefing up the paragraph that provides general advice on how users can find their own answers to overly simplistic questions (i.e., Where can I find answers to simple and basic questions?). (I see too many simple questions with the phrase, "I googled but I could not find..."). I offer ...


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Generally speaking, we discourage straight translation questions on this site. It is a slippery slope and we are pretty quick to close questions that are just a matter of how to translate a word or phrase into English. You have noticed other questions that probably (justifiably) seem like translation questions, relating to how particular concepts or idioms ...


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