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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 1: 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 THREE 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 ...
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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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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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Is it by design that almost all questions are for first-world / developed countries?

I'm an ex-pat living in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I thought this site might be a good place to ask some of the questions I have about adapting to a country with very different and difficult ...
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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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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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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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Add "what not to ask" to our FAQ

At the moment our "What to ask" FAQ page only lists what questions are on topic but doesn't really go into listing what we don't really want to see on our site. On the other hand sites, like Travel.SE ...
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Are questions about studying abroad where the duration is only one term/semester on-topic?

This is based on a discussion about UK student visitor visa refused, Erasmus Mundus scholarship Our current FAQ states expatriatism starts around long term stays, where long term is defined "at least ...
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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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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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Can we add an 'overstay' tag?

I have seen a few questions that mention overstaying a visa, and it's exactly the kind of thing people might search for on this board - e.g. applying for citizenship, would a previous overstay harm my ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 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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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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Are questions about returning to your home country on-topic?

If I have questions related to ending my time as an expat, should I ask them on Expatriates? To be clear, these would be issues that are caused by both of the following (not just one of them): ...
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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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Who wants a hat? Come and get your hats!

'Tis the season! Winter Bash is back on participating Stack Exchange sites in full effect, from 15 December 2014 until 4 January 2015. For those of us who haven't seen it on other SE sites, as this ...
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