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How should we polish the first paragraph of the tour page?

There was a meta.SE post about the site's name which drew my attention to this paragraph of the tour page: Chinese Language and Usage is a question and answer site for experts, language enthusiasts, ...
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What questions should be tagged [hsk]?

There's a tag hsk which refers to the HSK exam. HSK or 汉语水平考试 (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) is a standardised Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers of Chinese. The test is administered by the ...
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Is the question about changing ruby text in Microsoft Word off-topic?

How do I change the ruby text language in Microsoft Word for Hanyu Pinyin? The question asks how to use features in Word related to pinyin. One on hand, it's inherently about features of some ...
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Let's look at replacing the custom close reasons

TL;DR: I suggest we ditch the current custom close reasons, and replace them by something in the spirit of: This question is not sufficiently related to the Chinese family of languages to be ...
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Phrase-usage tag?

Looking through the tags of this site, I don't see a tag named [phrase-usage] although it should be included with other tags like [phrase]. Additional question, can we change [phrase] to [phrases]? It ...
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Some of you may have noticed recently I have started asking questions on translation a lot. Is this alright to ask questions of the same topic so many times? Or should I ask different questions?
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17 examples of image-transcription requests: how on/off-topic are they?

Continuing from Are image transcription requests on-topic? ("What does this image say?"), here is a diverse collection of image-transcription requests found throughout the site (click to see ...
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Are image transcription requests on-topic? ("What does this image say?")

Identification questions are an issue throughout Stack Exchange. Movies.SE banned movie identification questions and EarthScience.SE banned rock identification questions, while many other sites allow ...
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How do we decide if a question is on/off topic?

There are many people here from diverse backgrounds, and we need to allow for the real possibility that some questions may be considered off-topic by one person, but considered on-topic by another. ...
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Are demographics questions, like "How many Cantonese speakers who don't speak Mandarin exist", on- or off-topic?

We recently had the question How many Cantonese speakers who don't speak Mandarin exist?. To my knowledge, comparable "demographics" questions haven't been closed previously, such as ...
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Your friendly reminder to vote (!)

I'm not meaning to nag here, but I thought I might remind/encourage everyone to vote. Vote Early, Vote Often. Oh, and thank you to those who are voting! Everyone has their own voting philosophy; I'm ...
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What would you want the site's design to include (and not include)?

Chinese.SE has been around for over 10 years; back in 2019 it graduated from beta (along with 28 other sites). There's been a bit of a wait for site design, i.e., professionally designed banners, ...
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an article about language vs dialect

this morning, i read an article, written by an Assistant Professor Joshua Holzer, from scroll.in Is Ukrainian a dialect of Russian or an altogether different language? nearly half of it talked about ...
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10,000 Questions!

We've reached 10,000 question on Chinese @ SE: Congrats?!?!
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Questions about longest sentences which meet specific characteristics

I'm very happy to see that the question Longest sentence where all characters have the same sound has been received favorably (2k views at this moment!). And I do like the answers, especially the &...
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What's up with the cold reception to the HSK6 语病 ("faulty wording") post?

Recently I put in considerable effort into tabulating answers to the HSK6 语病 ("faulty wording") questions on the available exams; here's the link: What are the answers to the HSK6 语病 ("...
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Adapting the furigana script for Chinese.SE: can we make it work?

For years now, we've been trying to get the furigana extension at Japanese.SE working here. Stack Exchange staff have informed us that they're not intending to implement this, which is unsurprising: ...
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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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Is our userbase able to implement pinyin support?

A long-standing feature request is for pinyin support. To date, we're here: Based on our current roadmap, this isn't work that we will take on, as it doesn't coincide with functional areas that we ...
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Should we modify this snippet describing Chinese.SE for the purpose of celebrating our 10-year anniversary?

As Chinese.SE approaches/passes the 10 year milestone, part of the celebration is adding a snippet to a Stack Exchange Blog post. Currently it will say: A site for experts, language enthusiasts and ...
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Why are opinion-based questions being answered by moderators?

Recently I've seen several questions that can be easily construed as being opinion-based — hence off-topic — not only not closed, but also answered by moderators. For example: Is it considered a bad ...
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What should we do with "How to estimate your score for an HSK practice exam?"?

The question is here: How to estimate your score for an HSK practice exam?. It was asked in 2013, and the top/accepted answer is now obsolete (as per my understanding). If I recall correctly, this ...
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What's up with the Halloween theme?

The front page of Chinese @ SE is looking like this for me today: The orange is giving me big Halloween vibes. Any ideas what's going on here?
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Moderator Appreciation; 1 Year Anniversary

It has been just over a full year since the results from our first moderator election came in. We had two new moderators elected last year and they have just finished their first full year. I would ...
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What's the mathematical relationship between Characters, Syllables, Morphemes, Words?

Why was What's the mathematical relationship between Characters, Syllables, Morphemes, Words? closed as duplicate of Character vs. glyph vs. grapheme/morphogram vs. ideogram vs. logogram vs. ...
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Should character identification requests be answered or not?

I frequently see character identification requests, like this one: Trying to translate signature and stamp for Chinese print (Characters identified: 戊午九月石年) that have no actual answer — as defined ...
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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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Dark mode for Chinese @ SE?

I was looking over Winter Bash 2020 on the Stack Exchange site. I noticed the following hat and requirement: Flashlight. Try Dark Mode When you click about this hat the description says: Have Dark ...
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Why am I blocked for posting question?

When I want to post a question, I faced this page. I went through deeper, I recommended that I should edit my previous questions by checking all of them and make them better. I was shocked. My ...
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Are all questions checked and/or edited by moderators or editor before being posted?

I experienced once that someone asked me to reconsider my question before posting. I don't know "who" did that because I have a logical question to ask after I am sure about his.
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How can we request audio pronunciations?

Stack Exchange doesn't feature Soundcloud or audio. No offense, but Stack Exchange takes long time to add new features! Can we ask users to upload audio to websites like forvo.com? For example, I want ...
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Synonymize [taiwan] and [taiwanese] tags?

The two tags seem definitely redundant. taiwan, 53 questions, tag excerpt: "Questions related to the varieties of Chinese spoken in Taiwan." taiwanese, 10 questions, tag excerpt: "...
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What languages count as Chinese?

In light of this question being hot on the meta now, my question is which languages/dialects/varieties are considered as 'Chinese language'? Obviously we include Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, etc. I'm ...
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Can we have more relevant options to the "belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" close reason?

Currently the only option available in the "belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" menu is chinese.meta.stackexchange.com. That's definitely not exhaustive. Other items in ...
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Can we have a "Not about the Chinese language" close reason?

As the title says. Questions that are not about Chinese are infrequent, but they do pop up from time to time. Some common cases are: askers who are unfamiliar with asian languages and ask questions ...
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Why were these two flags declined?

I raised a "comment no longer needed" flag on the comment to this question: How is “戚” Being Used as a Standalone Verb to Mean “Feel”? [closed] I will once the system lets me- there's ...
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PSA : Taiwan's Ministry of Education's 國語辭典 comprises mistakes

I thought to blazon this warning. I use 國語辭典 often but would not call it "authoritative." It contains a lot of mistakes. Be aware of this fact when consulting the dictionary. I might still ...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: resource eviction

In the Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese thread, there are useless resources, e.g.: (a) some guy wrote an app back in 2004, and it hasn't been maintained since, or (b) a predatory company copies ...
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Why don't users cast votes?

Prompted by this question, I considered that there is an abysmal lack of vote-casting in Chinese.SE By looking at the voters stats, it looks like there's basically two active voters on Chinese.SE. Two....
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Synonimize [word-order] to [syntax]?

Syntax is defined as (emphasis mine): [...] the set of rules, principles, and processes that govern the structure of sentences (sentence structure) in a given language, usually including word order. ...
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Should we add a Classical (and/or Literary) Chinese resource section to "Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese"?

The current central resource question is focussed on Modern Chinese. Should we add a Literary and/or Classical Chinese section? Alternatively, should we just add a link to the current Classical ...
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Is there a way to typeset the variants of 起?

I'd like to edit both the Mainland and Taiwanese 起 variants into the title of Can 起 be written in two different ways? to make it clear what the question is about from reading the title. However, I ...
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Is preforming a survey on topic?

From time to time, some users would post a survey to gather some statistics. For example, "How many Chinese characters an average Chinese know?" The table below contains 71 idioms. Native ...
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Are requests for resources on-topic?

It seems there is mixed guidance about this. Current situation On meta, it's possible to find a few, very old threads about this: Questions about resources for learning chinese FAQ: What is On topic ...
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What's the future for the "Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese" page?

I've been pretty clear about my attitude towards the Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese page for a while now. It's obsolete. (It had many broken links, but I just edited.) It's full of non-...
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Reaffirming consensus: Posts are permitted in both English and Chinese

I'd like to reaffirm an 8-year-old consensus [+4/-0] about posting in Chinese and English, which led to this on the on-topic page: Should I post in English or Chinese? Questions and answers can be ...
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How do I make the following puzzle on-topic?

How do I make the following puzzle on-topic? a. Just ask people to solve it. b. Post the puzzle with the answer and ask which hint is not accurate Recklessly run around Make things up A big mistake ...
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When editing posts, is it okay to remove expressions like "I'm a native Chinese"?

While editing, I frequently come across posts introduced by the typical disclosure: I'm a native Chinese speaker ...or one of the many variants. Then the post proceeds to answer the original ...
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Is idiom puzzle game on-topic?

I posted 2 idiom puzzle games and asked for suggestions on improving the hints because I am a native Chinese speaker, some hints I feel are obvious may be too hard for non-native speakers. A user ...
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Is Tangut ("an ancient northeastern Tibeto-Burman language") on-topic?

This is motivated by the question here: How to solve the final round of 2020 China National Linguistics Olympiad? Question: Is Tangut on-topic? Chinese.SE Meta (here) is the appropriate place to have ...
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