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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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Stack Exchange support of the community

Recently there has be a lot of discussion regarding Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?. A number of moderators have resigned or ...
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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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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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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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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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x-post October Travel comp

On travel we've had a September competition to bounty a bunch of questions to get them answered. We've done a massive push to try and reduce our languishing unanswered questions, and it's been pretty ...
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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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Tag synonyms: voting -> elections

Should we make voting a synonym of elections ?
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Tag merge: 'employment' and 'foreign-employment'

I think in the scope of this SE site they mean almost the same, and there isn't any good reason to separate them. Current questions: employment (3 questions) foreign-employment (4 questions)
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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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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 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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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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Migration along inofficial routes to seek refugee status — when is it off-topic?

A question on someone seeking advice on how to get to relocate from Afghanistan to the USA without proper documentation was first asked on Travel, then migrated to Expats, where it has currently ...
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Christmas Hats!!! C'mon Expats!

Hats are now active on expats! Our very own leaderboard is available here. If you're wondering what the hats are, or what you have to do to get them, check out the winterbash page of hats. The ...
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Tag Alias: naturalization -> citizenship

Since naturalization is an act of obtaining a citizenship naturalization should be a synonym for citizenship
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May 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed 6 years ago, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — StrongBad — has stepped down from their ...
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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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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Do we want to participate in the 1 rep voting cap experiment?

This Meta thread here explains in detail. Obviously this site is far less trafficked than others, so it may not fairly represent either the positive or negative aspects of this idea. It would be good ...
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About proper forums for the Netherlands work visa

I am asking about the name of some internet forums for asking: Questions about finding a proper job in the Netherlands (for the Netherlands working visa) I am asking this question for one of my ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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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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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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Give us some votes for our adverts

We have some advertisements for expats on other network sites. They need more than 6 votes to appear, however. Please do give them a vote, and let us know if you've placed them anywhere else! Advert ...
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Propagation text to be sent in expats' mailing list

Once the site gets into public beta, I would like to propagate it in the mailing list of Czech people in France. I can write down a nice smooth propagation text myself, but I'm not sure that it's ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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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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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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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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Why are questions about insurance OT?

Why are questions about insurance off topic and being closed as primarily opinion based ? I think insurance is one of the most important things an expat would be concerned about and other expats would ...
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Dutch citizens and NL citizens? tag issue?

Currently we have nl-citizens and dutch-citizens. I assume these should be merged/made synonyms, no?
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