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Where do we stand on questions about English?

(I say English because that's what I've always seen, but they could be any language. Also, yes we've discussed similar before but many of the discussions are ancient. Also mentioned in last year's answers in passing.)

Right now, there are a number of new questions asking "what's the word?" which have 1-2 close votes each. Then there's two or so of "what punctuation?" also with a few close votes each. But many of these questions have answers, and some are even upvoted.

Any one of these questions, since they are so narrowly scoped, would be on topic at ELU or ELL (though it's a coin flip if they'd be closed at ELU anyway). I'll note that we already have an established overlap with these sites, such as:

My thoughts: the categories above are relevant here. Punctuation questions are usually questions of style, so it makes sense to have them here. And questions about looking for words, at least those unrelated to writing, don't neatly fall into either of those categories, and feel closer in spirit to historical questions: they're off topic since they're better answered by some other expert (even if you do need the answer for your writing).

And long form English questions (for a lack of a better term), such as those asking how to reduce pronoun redundancy in writing, are on topic. I don't believe these questions fit on any other site.

  • In my personal view English questions should always be migrated to English SE if they're about grammar or syntax, whereas word choice or "what words fit this specific mood/tone" fit here because it's a specific writing style choice rather than a purely grammatical one. But it does seem like opinions vary on that and I haven't voted super consistently on this in the past, since it's a gray area.
    – Sciborg
    Commented Dec 12, 2021 at 16:44
  • @Sciborg Interesting how that looks to be almost the opposite of me, especially with single word requests. With other English questions (grammar/style), I think there's a definite argument to be had with migrating to ELU (or ELL), especially when they do have duplicates there. Casting an early duplicate vote on ELU (which I hope to be able to do in such cases) is important since it all but guarantees the question won't be closed for another reason, rejecting the migration.
    – Laurel Mod
    Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 3:46

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