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Questions about what is on-topic or off-topic for this site, and why.

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ELL Mod asks: Are these types of questions good candidates for migration here?

I'm one of the Mods at SE.ELL. Our site attracts a fair number of questions asking for learning resource and technique recommendations. We've decided that these requests are off-topic for the main ...
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Is the "Duolingo gems" question off-topic?

This question got flagged as off-topic: How do I send gems to another user in Duolingo? I completely agree with this flag, as it has nothing to do with learning languages. However, I can't just ...
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Why are non-specific translation questions not allowed?

There are many reasons I ask this question, including translation is an important part of learning a non-mother tongue language, without a teacher, making this forum lose use to a lot of people. ...
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Are questions about learning or practicing nonverbal communication or body language on-topic?

Books on leadership will often assert that anywhere from 2/3 to 80% of communication is nonverbal - that is, expressed in tone of voice, posture, eye contact, and gestures rather than the specific ...
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Are questions about speech-language pathology on-topic?

Are questions about the professional practice of Speech-Language Pathology on-topic? Much of the practice area of such clinicians relates to skills that language learners care about (e.g. ...
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Should we widen the scope of our site? And if yes, how?

I have been monitoring our site statistics since October 2016 and have noticed that the average number of questions per day has rarely exceeded 1. The highest average I have found is 1.4 (27.12.2016, ...
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Are questions regarding the language acquisition methods of famous individuals on-topic?

We have several questions that fall in line with this topic: namely this question about Cardinal Mezzofanti, and this more recent question about Celine Dion. Are these questions on-topic? How can one ...
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Are questions about learning to type in an L2 on-topic?

I am currently learning a language whose standard typing layout is very different to that of my native language. At some point I am going to want to learn to touch-type it, and I suspect that learning ...
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Should questions about learning or changing an accent be allowed?

Should questions about learning to speak a language using a different accent be on-topic? For example, someone who is already a fluent speaker of English might ask for information on how they can ...
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Are questions purely related to IPA transcription's usage on topic?

For instance, in this question: For the IPA translation of a whole sentence, does it matter in terms of readability if it only has a pair of brackets encompassing the whole transcription? For ...
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Are "what should I do in this situation" questions on-topic?

Recently, I've noticed a few questions pop up from various users concerning situations where the question's author asks for the most sound course of action in their particular language learning ...
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Is asking questions about using machines for language learning on-topic?

This question seems quite borderline with on-topic and off-topic. The reason this question us up is because of Flimzy's comment on the question: I'm really not sure if this is about language ...
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Can we widen the scope of this site to include questions about language policies that are relevant to learning or teaching languages?

I recently asked a question about the European Day of Languages because one of its goals is to motivate people to learn foreign languages. Language policy that is relevant to language learning or ...
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Are questions about the (non)extinction of languages on-topic?

Recently, we had this question come up, and it seems that the OP is asking whether an African language called "Thaqovelith" is extinct or not, as the question states that there were very few ...
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Are specific questions how to find a tutor in [x] teaching language [y] on-topic?

Recently, a question was posted asking about how to find Mongolian tutors in Sydney, Australia. This question doesn't really seem to have any value to anyone beyond the OP, as this is a very uncommon ...
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Should the description of the site be changed?

When I look at the description of Language Learning, I see: Q&A for students, teachers, polyglots, and anyone interested in the techniques of second-language acquisition (emphasis is my own) ...
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Are questions about first language learning on-topic? [duplicate]

I have a newborn at home, he is not in the age (yet) to be able to learn a language. It always intrigued me how that process works and I have a few questions about it. Are questions regarding first ...
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Are questions about teaching language accepted?

We are language learners or, at least, so does the title of the site says. But are questions related to the other side of the process also accepted? It could be parents trying to teach their kids, ...
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What types of subjective questions do we want?

Currently a lot of questions are being closed as "primarily"-opinion bad. We've started to come up on a consensus on what counts as "primarily"-opinion based but we need to decide on exactly what ...
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Pros and Cons of X: One question or two?

We're starting to see a pattern emerge of people turning "Is X effective?" into "What are the pros and cons of X?" I think this is a good direction to go generally. Providing a list of pros and/or ...
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Are questions about history on-topic?

I was going to ask a question about the origin of the notation L1, L2, etc. for designating the order of learning languages. This seems to be a historical question. Do we want this type of question? ...
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Is this to be an English-only site?

Language learners come from all over the world. In a perfect world, all of them would be able to ask questions on Language Learning. On the other hand, having questions in any language imaginable ...
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