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Tag merger request: moving and relocation

Please merge the tags: relocation moving
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Expatriates.SE turns 5 years old today

This is just a small notification that the public beta of Expatriates.SE started in 18 March 2014 at 7pm, exactly 5 years ago. I would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who joined this ...
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Duplicate questions because of migration from Travel:SE

A couple of times (that I know about), people have asked a question on Travel:SE; been told that it is really on topic here; duplicated the question here; ... and then the original question has been ...
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Someone (trying to) delete images?

I've just run through the "Suggested edits" queue, and noticed that two of the edits were to remove useful images of actual documents. Unfortunately I'd rejected both edits before I noticed the trend....
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Can I get some advice for possibly getting more users from Israel/Palestine?

I'm a "returning expat" - an Israeli who lived in the Netherlands for a few years. The site was quite helpful for me over there, despite a relatively small number of users. I have also found myself ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should we extend “belgium” tag to include citizens?

This question is about an issue affecting an ex-pat Belgian citizen. It doesn't have a tag indicating the location, mainly because there isn't a suitable tag. There is a tag "Belgium", but that is ...
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Is migrating questions the right thing to do?

As a moderator on Travel Stack Exchange I do come across a lot of questions which we, the community on Travel, think fit better on Expatriates. Most of the time I just close it with a 'move to an ...
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Idea to grow the adoption of Expatriates: expand the scope

Consider a rename of the site to Transnationals. We could thereby expand the scope a little bit: Questions about the transnational nature of the lifestyle of a person who has lived in (or lives in) ...
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Are we seeing unusual numbers of RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedQuestions? More than 2/3rd are automatically deleted

When an open, unanswered question has vote -1 it gets deleted after 30 days (RemoveDeadQuestions). When it has a vote of 0 it gets removed after one year (RemoveAbandonedQuestions). See this post on ...
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I would like to answer my own, Community♦ user-deleted question on German health insurance

On 23 October, I asked: Can I start the Krankenkasse application process before moving to Germany? (currently deleted, moderator tools needed to view) On 21 November, it received a downvote, ...
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What's wrong with my questions?

Six of my recent questions have been downvoted, but none of the downvotes have been explained. Could anyone explain what's wrong with them? screenshot of downvotes reputation change These recent ...
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Why isn't there a “departure” tag, the opposite of “arrival”?

We have an arrival tag: Questions about activities, events and challenges close to the time at which you arrive in the country in which you will be expatriated. What about a departure tag? I'm ...
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We aren't voting enough

In 2014, Mark Mayo recommended to Vote early and vote often. In the past quarter, only 8 users voted more than 10 times, including 0 moderators (assuming the user voting report can be trusted). In ...
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What to tell newcomers posting Not-An-Answers

As common with a lot of other SE sites we have a lot of newcomers posting questions and comments as answers to existing questions. Before deleting these posts I usually comment the following for them ...
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Attempt to delete a question “for privacy”

The OP has deleted the text from the body of this question and replaced it with "Apologies, deleted for privacy". What should we do about this? Obvious choises to me are: Revert the edit The OP is ...
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(When) are questions about salary level (job J, country C) on topic?

Prompted by this question: Average Salary for C# , K2 Developer in US, Canada , Germany This one sounds both too broad (several countries) and too specific (what is K2 Denallix?). The last reason ...
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Get rid of the european-citizens tag

We have the eu-citizens tag, which is very useful. We also have the european-citizens tag, which is not. What applies to a citizen of Finland will be very different from what applies to a citizen of ...
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Do I have to be an expat to ask a passport-related question?

Do I need to be an expat in order to inquire about an ancestral passport?
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Do USA J-1 visa questions belong on Expatriates or Travel.SE?

As of today, Expatriates has 49 questions tagged J-visa while Travel.SE has 57 questions tagged J1-visas. Now, some J-1 visa questions are obviously about travel (eg those relating to airport ...
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Is my project about migrants rights welcome here?

I am volunteering in a French association helping migrant people who want to take their studies up again get through the administrative difficulties. Many volunteers are good-willing people but not ...
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Hats are back! Get them while they're hot!

The annual Winterbash is on again, so grab your hats while you can! Expats's own leaderboard is visible here.
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What is our stance on questions about moving to a different part of the same country (e.g., moving to another state in the USA)?

What is our stance on questions about moving to a different part of the same country (e.g., moving to another state in the USA)? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: I have a Massachusetts ...
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Expatriates Badge Ranking List

In a fun attempt to try to add some competition other than just rep, let's look at the number of badges earned on the site. I'll list some of the higher ones, but feel free to add / update rankings - ...
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Why would this question on all a 4-digit French phone number from the US be off-topic?

The question How can I call a 4-digit French phone number from the US? received 4 off-topic close votes. Why would this question be off-topic? Copying the question here in case it gets removed: ...
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What more is needed to be promoted out of beta?

I'm curious - I was with Travel.SE right through beta, and now with Expats, and it's been longer with expats and still in beta. All of our area 51 stats are currently ok or excellent. What else is ...
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Goal: 10 Booster badges

Currently we have only two Booster badges (awarded to the same person) earned on Expats! This is such a shame - it's an easy enough way to earn a badge if active on other platforms. I'm going to ...
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Goal: 10 Inquisitive badges

Currently we have only TWO Inquisitive badges earned on Expats! We have a need for more questions each day for the beta, so I'm going to create an answer below listing for posterity the first 10 ...
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Goal: 10 Altruist badges

Currently we have only FIVE altruist badges earned on Expats! This is such a shame - it's an easy way to earn a badge. I'm going to create an answer below listing for posterity the first 10 people ...
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Tag merge request: 'usa' and 'united-states'

There are both usa and united-states tags. I'm not sure which one should end up being the primary one, because Tag merge - uk and united-kingdom indicates it should be united-states but that's the ...
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What is wrong with this edit?

I made an edit suggestion on this question and it was rejected by a mod with the reason This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more ...
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Formatting sandbox — please test stuff here

This post is provided so that people can, in the answers and comments below, test formatting features of Expats Stack Exchange.
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Close votes - PLEASE leave a comment

I applaud those helping with the big cleanup of 2017, but in the review / mod queue, we're seeing a LOT of questions with close votes and no comments, questions or clarifications. If it's unclear, ...
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How can this question be clarified?

An old question of mine was recently closed as "primarily opinion-based". Please help me clarify the question, because the question intends not to ask for any opinions by any stretch at all. The ...
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Trending our answered percentage to 90% (succeeded!)

I'd like to track this with the goal of getting the answer rate up to 90% (with rounding, at least), and as such will occasionally update below with updated stats. Feel free to do this as well. At ...
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How to promote expats.se

I think we are a small but successful site with a number of core users who provide high quality answers to the questions we get. I think we also get some high quality questions. While bigger is not ...
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Should Expats.se have city tags?

I created a question regarding Addis Ababa, and requested a tag for the city to be added. It is currently the only question with that tag. However, after browsing the site, it seems that there are no ...
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Are link only answers allowed on Expatriates?

I came across this answer in the late answer review queue which was a link only answer. The link that the user gave did not belong to any official or government website. It is more of a forum and ...
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Why this site is called expatriates instead of migrants?

Many of us that live abroad don't identify ourselves as "expatriates", but rather as "migrants". Although it might appear simmilar, “expat” can be considered vocabulary invented to differentiate ...
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I want to write my everyday experience while living abroad

I want to write my everyday experience while living abroad. Does the expatriates.stackexchange.com have any blogging facility?
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Who wants a hat? Come and get your hats (2016 edition)!

'Tis the season! Winter Bash is back on participating Stack Exchange sites. Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for ...
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Clean up request on unanswered questions

I'm hoping to do some spring cleaning (well it's spring in Australia) and if anyone has a few minutes, to go through the close queue (if you have rights) or the unanswered questions, and see if any ...
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What is our stance on questions about processing times of immigration procedures?

What is our stance on questions about processing times of immigration procedures? Are they on-topic or off-topic?
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Wasn't this comment rude?

I flagged the following comment as rude, and the flag got declined. Wasn't this comment implicitly calling the OP "smart-ass" rude? One thing I found is that playing smart-ass with USCIS is just ...
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What to do with questions about the UK's referendum results?

Since the UK's EU referendum has been in favour of Leave, there might be a few questions in the upcoming weeks that will ask around what will happen. I've already closed one of them as a duplicate of ...
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Should we always hound people for the country they're from?

I've noticed that a number of people who arrive at our site, looking to ask questions about their particular situation, choose not to specify what country they're from. Instead, they will give a ...
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Expatriates sucks because most questions are about Immigration

As an expatriate, I was really hoping for interesting questions and dialog about the expatriate life; that is, best practices in getting settled with a new culture, how to balance the responsibilities ...
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Honestly, why is my question off-topic?

What is the “/” in the addresses in Scotland stand for? I am not annoyed or anything but the decision seems wrong (to me at least) My mom just moved to Scotland from a third world country and she is ...
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If I have an issue with expatriates

On the tour page I noticed it says this about questions to ask on the site: Ask about... Specific issues with expatriates So if a user has an issue with expatriates this seems to be the ...
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Dual site competition around hats!

If anyone is interested in a travel/expats dual competition, we're running one over on travel: December double site competition around hats!

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