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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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Resigning and leaving SE

I am stepping down as moderator and leaving the SE system. I have given a more detailed explanation at the other site I moderate https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4645/resigning-and-...
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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 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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Expats vs Expatriates?

It may already be too late for this, but any thoughts on making it expats.SE rather than expatriates.SE? I've lived in several countries now and been part of a few expat communities, and it's very ...
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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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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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Should question on relocating between states in a big country such as the US, Brazil, India, etc be allowed?

If we consider issues EU citizens have in other EU country, expat issues, wouldn't it be logical to allow questions concerning interstate migration in the US, Brazil, India, or any other big country ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Tag wikis for country and citizenship tags

It would be nice to have some consistent style for the tag wikis. For example comparing the wiki excerpts us-citizens For questions pertaining to citizens of the United States of America. ...
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Are questions about getting phone/Internet service on topic? If yes, how?

I'm seriously considering moving to a remote location on the Canary Islands (a Spanish territory) that does not have landline service. (Nor electricity, for that matter.) One thing I will need, for ...
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Questions about illegal immigrants/immigration

How will we deal with questions regarding illegal immigration/immigrants?
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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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Relocation vs travel?

Pretty obviously relocation from one country to another at some point requires physical travel. Which aspects related to relocation should be considered off-topic here, as they should rather be ...
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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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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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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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What should our help center 'on topic' text be?

We're closing questions and pointing folks to the help center to see what kind of topics they can ask about, but that page is currently was profoundly unhelpful. Here's my first stab at what should ...
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Overlap with Personal Finance & Money

I've seen lot of comments and close votes on question regarding anything financial as off-topic here and belonging on Personal Finance & Money. Since lot of such a question will inevitably appear, ...
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How well-sourced should answers be?

MeNoTalk's answer to this question gave me pause before thinking about voting for or against it. It's anecdotal, and so low on verifiability, but possibly of use to someone asking the question. But ...
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Who wants a hat? Come and get your hats (2015 edition)!

'Tis the season! Winter Bash is back on participating Stack Exchange sites in full effect, from 14 December 2015 until 3 January 2016. For those of us who haven't seen it on other SE sites, as this ...
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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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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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Should forum style questions be allowed?

Much to my surprise a very chatty question on cultural differences got reopened. It is an interesting topic, but not a great topic on a QA platform. You could split this question up in a virtually ...
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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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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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Lack of questions surrounding ordinary life?

According to the Help Center, If your question is about: Complications in every day life due to living in a foreign country as a non-citizen Questions about long term (1 year+) work and residence ...
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“Medicare” and other ambiguous tags

I know it is early, but most of the tag-related questions asked thus far are about naming conventions to resolve duplicates. I am asking about conventions to resolve ambiguity. For example, “Medicare”...
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Significant editing of answers you believe to be incorrect

A user seems to be of the opinion that my answer to a question about working as a digital nomad without paying taxes is "inciting to breaking the law". He has thus repeatedly edited said answer to "...
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Are military/missionary expat life-styles off topic?

I'm thinking that military and missionary lives, and perhaps a few other types of work abroad, are more strongly defined by the organization sponsoring the stay abroad than the specific surrounding ...
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Are 'flag planting' questions on topic?

A number of internationally-minded people follow 5 Flag Theory, whereby you diversify different aspects of your life (residency, banking, investments, etc.) across multiple countries to protect ...
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Can I ask a question about dual citizenship?

I have a question about a specific situation concerning the possibility of acquiring dual citizenship between Canada and Norway. I've considered Law SE, but I'm unsure whether such a question would ...
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Should we consolidate National ID Number tags?

I've just added a tag for national-id-number to this question for the purpose of easily finding questions related to the various National Identification Numbers used around the world. Should we still ...
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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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Vox Populi badge - why so few have it?

We have 700+ users. Sure many of them are once-off or casual, but only 9 of them have the Vox Populi badge. The benefit of getting this badge is you're providing encouragement to other users. If you ...
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Why is my question still consdered off topic?

In other words: Can one truly expect to build a community by shutting questions that are relevant to members of the community? I'm familiar with moderation and the need to keep users on-topic. But ...
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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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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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Asking questions about disabled travel and immigration

I'm disabled, on wheelchair, I would like to ask 2 questions, one about visiting a country, another about immigrating. Is it okay or would they be closed as off topic? It's about requirements and ...
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Moving us forward and improving the community

We have now been in beta for over 6 months and I think our Area 51 summary is a pretty accurate representation of our status: Not a lot of questions, but enough expert users that the questions are ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Expatriates's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank him for volunteering, and ...
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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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