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Can questions that would apply equally to locals be on-topic?

This question on German labour law would basically apply equally to German locals. An employer tells an employee to stay home (in this case, to run errands specific to immigrating; but the answer ...
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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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Should we have two sets of country-specific tags — one for country of origin, one for country of location? With what nomenclature?

I tagged a question france and usa, but realised the tags alone still make it ambiguous whether it's a French in the USA or a US citizen in France. Should we have two tags for each country: one ...
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When does travel become residency?

Where are the boundaries between travel and residency? If I go on a one-month work holiday, do I ask here or at Travel? If I go on a 5-month Erasmus Exchange project, do I ask here or at Travel? If ...
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Beware the slopes of "As an expat ..."

This hasn't become a major problem, but I'm seeing it creep into some of our initial questions. Part of it is just the usual breadth that initial questions take, where folks are equally focused on ...
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What version of country names should we use?

What would be the best way to identify countries, both in questions/answers and in tags? As this is an English-based site, for questions and answers I think it makes the most sense to use the ...
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Any questions on taxes?

I've already asked a question about taxes in Australia (as I'm an expat there) and there are several others. However, there's been some dissent about whether or not these are expat questions or not. ...
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Are all questions that are only primarily expat-related off topic?

There were many concepts for the topic of the site, but it seems that people who see that site primarily for legal questions (visa, work permit etc.) have won and now everything that could possibly ...
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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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Can we keep an eye out for off-topic questions?

As already discussed to some extent on: Beware the slopes of “As an expat …” and When does travel become residency? there are a few questions creeping in that are just pure travel questions. For ...
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What shall we name our chat room?

I hope it's not too early to start asking what to name our chat room. One name per answer, please.
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Please give a warm welcome to your new moderation team!

The response to my call for moderators was overwhelmingly good. Everyone seems to share a common goal and vision for the site, and I think I'm not alone in wishing that this resource existed years ago ...
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Who should the moderators be?

I'm asking another of the essential meta questions as a precursor to some great news, Expats is going to be advancing to the public beta stage at some point this week!1 You all have done a fantastic ...
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What does this site offer that Law.SE's immigration-related tags don't?

I'm sure I'm not the first ex-pat to join this site, then be a little surprised to, first, see that 100% of non-closed questions on the front page were legalistic in nature (status, permits, visas, ...
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Are all students considered expats?

What kind of criteria will we use to determine if an abroad student-related question belongs to Expats.SE or Travel.SE?
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What's the "elevator pitch" for our site?

This is one of the 7 essential meta questions that every new beta should ask, and a bit of a problem that I faced earlier. I was telling my wife what we're building here, and I found it rather ...
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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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Tag merge - uk and united-kingdom

We appear to currently have two tags for the United Kingdom - uk and united-kingdom Based on What version of country names should we use? and the Travel.SE model, I'd suggest we make uk the main one, ...
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Vote early and vote often

This is copied from Scott Morrison's post on meta.latexSE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our experience from the initial launch ...
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Community promotion banners?

Are there any community promotion banners we can use now to promote Expatriates on the other sites? For example, there's a deprecated community ad on Travel.SE, which still shows the Area51 logo with ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election - Questionnaire

It's probably unfair to expect the candidates here to answer any of these questions in total, or arguably at all. But a post here should give the option for those who'd like the opportunity. Clearly ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should there be a migration path for questions from the Travel site to this site?

A moderator has confirmed that this site will be going through the first phase of graduation (removal of "beta" label, full moderator elections, etc.) this month. There have been ...
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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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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 1: I have a Massachusetts ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Why isn't (or is) this site graduating along with the rest of the sites doing so this month?

This month, there are a lot of sites that are going through the first phase of site graduation (removal of "beta" label, full moderator elections, etc., not including a site design or ...
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2019: 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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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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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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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Expatriates Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Announcement

Expatriates will begin the nomination stage for a special election on July 6th to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange. The ...
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Is antisemitism protected on this site?

I've answered a question about the Israeli law of return, which was accepted by the OP and was upvoted by others. However one user decided to put a derogatory remark claiming that somehow Israeli law ...
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What does the XX-citizens tag mean? [duplicate]

For many countries we have both XX and XX-citizens tags (e.g., usa and us-citizens), but I am not sure what the difference is. It seems to me that the idea is if you are an expat, or planning on being ...
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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, in ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Other languages barriers

I have a strong feeling that keeping the site English only is going to radiccclay hinder traffic hits from searches. Not only that, some answer, like this. Is it true that having speed camera ...
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