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I recently received an automated email from @juan.garza of the Community Management Team.

Subject: Bicycles Stack Exchange — You're killing it.

Now my immediate thought was "what have I done wrong?" but no, I'd hit 100k points and this was a positive thing.

Perhaps this is a cultural, age, regional jargon thing but "killing it" isn't a positive statement globally.

Also, there are several SE sites where "killing it" could be taken wrong - parenting, martial arts, ukrainian-language, pets, latin, and any other language SE site.

SUGGESTION: can that text be updated to "you've hit a significant milestone" or "congratulations on hitting 100k rep" or something completely unambiguous.


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    I'm sure this is an American-ism. My first thought was that I didn't see anything wrong with it because I was looking for a typo before I realized this is probably weird to non-Americans, and probably super confusing to non-native English speakers. Aug 6 at 0:39
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    While this is being updated, Juan Garza (better known as Juan M) appears to have left the CM team.
    – pppery
    Aug 6 at 1:20
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    He left quite some time back, so yeah, that needs updating too, as does the process here, though hopefully cm attrition should be minimal hopefully?
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Aug 6 at 1:27
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    I just realised it is conceivable for someone to get "Buddhism SE - you're killing it" which is not in-line with the teachings therein.
    – Criggie
    Aug 6 at 2:47
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    I had an urge to add "You're killing it" to the title of this meta question... Aug 6 at 4:55
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    Millennials are killing Stack Exchange! Aug 6 at 6:22
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    Subject: "... You're killing it."; Footer: "<3" haha Aug 7 at 6:49
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    I remember having the same reaction. I don't think it's necessarily just a non-native vs native US thing, though for the record, English isn't my first language either.
    – tripleee
    2 days ago
  • @tripleee one might say that English isn't the first/native language of Americans either - they're divergent dialects only drawn back toward each other by technology like radio then movies then TV etc.
    – Criggie
    2 days ago

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