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10th Anniversary of Expatriates SE!

This month (March) Expatriates SE turns 10 years old. Congratulations on asking, answering, voting, and building this community for a whole decade! Whenever a Stack Exchange site turns 10 we like to ...
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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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Which site is better for questions about protracted visitor visas?

In some countries it's possible to extend visitor visas to much longer than a tourist would usually stay; you could be on such a visa paying rent, getting dental cleanings, etc., though you're not ...
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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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Why was my factually correct answer deleted by the moderator?

I answered this question with a factually correct answer, providing links and references. It was downvoted and deleted by the moderator with no comments or explanations. Why was it deleted, and why ...
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Why was "Note that this Reddit sub is way more informative than this Stack Exchange site." removed from my answer about USCIS?

I wrote Note that this Reddit sub [https://www.reddit.com/r/USCIS/] is way more informative than this Stack Exchange site. in https://expatriates.stackexchange.com/a/26369/164 and https://...
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Why did a moderator delete this question on how the USCIS assigns IOE numbers to N-400 applications?

A moderator deleted this question on how the USCIS assigns IOE numbers to N-400 applications. Why? That's a typical question for US naturalization applicants, e.g. as they try to figure out how long ...
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2022: 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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May I withdraw my just-submitted vote to "Reject Tag Edit"?

I have just submitted several votes on proposed tag edits to uae and taiwan. I now think my votes to reject were incorrect, and would like to withdraw them. Is there a process here by which I can ...
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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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Questions that fall within the scope of consulate functions for their citizens should not be closed

The OP of this question united kingdom - Fathers name in the birth certificate and Italian citizenship - Expatriates Stack Exchange would like to learn how to pass on his Italian citizenship to his ...
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Why wasn't this seemingly unfriendly/unkind comment deleted?

I flagged the following comment as unfriendly/unkind, and the flag got declined. Wasn't this comment calling the OP a troll and asking them to see a therapist unfriendly/unkind? No, they don't. They ...
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Should this SE be renamed? [closed]

Is "expats" a suitable name for this site? Expats is just a politically correct word for immigrant. It mostly exists because immigrant has negative connotations and white people don't want ...
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Merging [tag:clothing] and [tag:clothes]

clothing and clothes seem synonymous. Let's merge them?
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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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We are no longer Beta!

Congratulations to all you expats (and all others). Outside of losing the Beta tag, there won't be any obvious differences... yet. But it is a solid accomplishment. This has been, and will continue to ...
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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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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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Is this an allowable question topic on this site?

I'm asking here in meta because it does not seem that chat is getting much attention here. For the first time in my life I am in need of sending money abroad, through currencies and oceans. Would it ...
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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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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 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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Reduce number of votes required to close duplicate questions

Probably, due to the Expatriates specifics, some topics (Blue card, residence permits) regularly suffer from duplicate questions. Only for Germany-related questions, I have marked almost 30 duplicates:...
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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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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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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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Any reason not to change [tag:covid-19-virus] to [tag:covid-19], or merge these two in some other way?

This question posted by Relaxed on the Travel Stack Exchange also applies here: I was surprised to discover that the tag regarding the current pandemic is covid-19-virus. As the blurb describing ...
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What Modification?

In the Expatriates "Top Questions" list, this question contains the text "modified 4 hours ago gnasher729." But when I open the question, I don't see any modification or comment since late 2019. ...
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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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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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Erroneous Queue Icon

The "Review Queues" icon at the top right always shows a red dot when I visit Expatriates. The dropdown shows a red dot next to "Suggested Edits." I like editing, so I usually respond and click on ...
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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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Are emigration for expats off topic in here?

Emigration questions such as 'What is the process to emigrate to UAE for expats" off topic here? Can questions about emigration allow in here? Are there exceptions or kinds of questions related to ...
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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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How to Present Text from Another Source?

I have sometimes answered questions by copying-and-pasting text from other (disclosed!) sources, then usually italicizing the text to show it's from elsewhere. In this thread, text from elsewhere is ...
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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, in ...
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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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