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Why do we allow asking questions in English?

We've even considered (on the Stack Exchange Team) urging our language sites to become full immersion only, but since converting the UI to another target [language] was much more difficult than ...
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January, 2020: Will Chinese.SE shut down any time soon?

There's been multiple anti-community happenings on Stack Exchange recently (informally "The Mess"). After multiple recent surprise changes (ads; CC BY-SA 4.0; HNQ; question rep.; CoC; mod. ...
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Shall we rethink “the Meta site should be in English only”?

There's a clash between The Meta site should be in English only, though. This is a request by the Stack Exchange team so they can communicate with us. Chinese.SE On-topic and We used to say ...
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What resources do you actively use to study Chinese, and why?

Resource questions are sometimes closed and redirected to Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. This seems like a great idea, until you actually use it: there's no quality control; many links are ...
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Likely copy/pasting a dictionary in the comments: how should we respond?

Some questions (like this one) end up with comments which appear to have been copy/pasted from somewhere, and I'd guess from a dictionary. While these users are trying to help, I see multiple ...
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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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Congratulations user3306356 on your third Socratic badge!

The gold Socratic badge: Ask a well-received question on 100 separate days, and maintain a positive question record. This badge can be awarded multiple times. And I just noticed that user3306356 ...
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What to do about the [mandarin] tag?

It seems this was asked The Mandarin tag 7 years ago. Quoting from that post: I'd say to remove the tag from questions about Mandarin only and use it only when the question is about comparisons ...
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Can we delete this revenge account from Stack Exchange?

I looked at the deleted answers to What does 了mean in 衣服也落在了房间内, and is it pronounce le or liao? Someone there previously posted answers under someone else's name in a clearly deliberate attempt to ...
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Basic statistics snapshot of SE languages sites: November 2019

TL;DR: I looked at some Data Explorer data for Stack Exchange's language sites. It seems we create a lot of answers compared to our peers (is this good or bad?), we really should be voting more (we'...
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Let's edit away “this sentence” from titles

Examples of "this sentence" in titles: Help in this sentence Is this sentence ambiguous? What does this sentence mean Does this sentence sound awkward? Help me translate this sentence Useless ...
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Let's change the temporary logo from “Cn” to 漢?

Time to change "Cn" to 漢? The story so far... In Chinese Language temporary logo, droooze suggested we talk about replacing "Cn" with something more appropriate. People gave suggestions. I gathered ...
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Blacklist and burninate the [learn-chinese] tag?

This is perhaps the least useful tag on the site: learn-chinese. It has no discriminatory power: every single question can have this tag. It's literally what the site is about. There is learning to ...
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If I wanted to include a picture and have it be visible when in China, what are my options?

SE is accessible from inside China; imgur, the host for images on SE is (currently) not. Suppose I wanted to include a picture in my question or answer, and have it be visible to someone in China; ...
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What's the difference between [classifiers] and [measure-word]?

It looks like classifiers has the same meaning as measure-word. Perhaps we don't need both of them. Question: What's the difference between [classifiers] and [measure-word]?
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Commonly requested character identifications!

Got a trinket that has one or two decorative Chinese characters on it? Can't figure out what it says? Before you click that big ol' Ask Question button, please check out some commonly requested ...
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“What does this say” type question policy for seals and calligraphy

There's been a (coincidental?) influx of requests for seal translations recently. Soapstone Seal Translation Seal marks on a little pot (Characters identified: 吳祥君) What does this mark ...
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How should I go about writing “review my writing” requests?

My Chinese is now at the stage where I'm able to write short stories (maybe a few paragraphs). I like to Google "writing prompts" and find one that interests me, and write about that. I'd like to ...
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What can we do about the useless titles of “what does this say?” translation questions?

A lot of translation tagged questions have useless titles: Can someone translate what these say? Translate this sentence for me Is this translation good? Could you please confirm or provide a better ...
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Should [reference-materials] and [resources] be synonym-ized?

It looks like reference-materials is almost the same as resources. Question: Should reference-materials and resources be synonym-ized? The tag reference-materials has 19 questions: What are some ...
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If someone asks a question in Chinese, is the whole post “fair game” for feedback?

Continuing from Is it a problem if a learner asks/answers wholly in broken Chinese? Question: If someone asks a question in Chinese, is the whole post "fair game" for feedback? A hypothetical ...
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Is it a problem if a learner asks/answers wholly in broken Chinese?

There was this post Asking questions completely in Chinese (~8 years ago), where there was a conclusion that asking and answering questions in Chinese is fine. It was subsequently affirmed Your input:...
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Fixing broken links in the “Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese” post

This is the post: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese (and the relevant meta post is here: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: should we have it at all?) Going through the links one by one, ...
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Incompatibility of Chinese full stop with bold font: potential bug

I'm reporting what is potentially a minor bug. Here the bold font does not work: **你好。**世界。 typeset **你好。**世界。 It occurs when we have: Chinese text ending in a full stop. Bold text highlighted ...
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Chinese Language temporary logo — can we vote?

In the post Chinese Language temporary logo the idea of a temporary Chinese.SE logo was raised (see also Logo Design for Chinese Language & Usage Site from 7 years ago). Other sites have used ...
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Chinese Language temporary logo

Following on from one of Catja's comments here: Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta! It's the same story as the other design elements... that said, if you have a unicode symbol, we could ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Should the tag “charcter” be removed?

I failed to see any point of the tag charcter. Should it be removed, or at least be combined with the tag characters?
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Why does user6065 have to give up writing a reply to certain superuser knowing that it will be deleted?

Users would like to complain about the actions by certain superuser left unnamed out of respect, for deleting almost any comment by user @6065, see e.g. Why is it 出差去 and not 去出差?, in this case all ...
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Help for finding relevant answers in this reference request question

Learning Chinese using traditional characters is great because traditional characters respect the rules in the Six Writings (六書). It might be a little bit late, but it would be more helpful if ...
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Use of code tag backticks / grave accents `` to mark up sinographs

I have seen a lot of people use backticks / grave accents (``) around sinographs, resulting in the browser rendering it as code. They are already monospaced, so why? If my intuition is anything to go ...
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Sorry, I didn't mean to spam you

I have a question about my Chinese Language Stack Exchange post: Is there any tool to help learn Chinese with Youtube Chinese songs and Netflix movies? Hi, My name is Diep, I'm here to contribute to ...
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Meta User link in main site user profile

I am from Math.SE! This is my first day on Chin.SE. I am shocked that there is no "Meta User" link (on the right hand side, next to "Network Profile") in the user profile on the main site. Compare ...
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Image-only questions should be closed as off-topic

The Stack Exchange community strive for Q&A with perennial value. As such, a question that offers no searcheable textual characteristics is not worth it for Chinese Language. Questions only ...
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Chinese Romanizations

There are several romanizations of Chinese. But all of them are just that, romanization of Chinese. They do not represent Chinese language. What they do represent is the pronunciation for a variety of ...
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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, ...
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Should we be more serious on our standard in admitting questions?

Recently I have notice that the site is having more and more asking for translation questions as well as some other off topic ones. This makes me feel bad for contributing to the site as the quality ...
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Where does rep 1 users come from?

Shouldn't everyone get at least 100 rep when registration to this community? Too many down vote leads to lowest rep? But why there are so many of such users? Should we be alarmed by this phenomenon?
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Is asking for correction on questions written in Chinese on the comment considered too much?

I have checked several questions regarding whether it is fine to ask questions in Chinese, for example on the following: Your input: Do we allow questions and answers written completely in Chinese? ...
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How can I use Chinese.SE to practice constructing sentences?

I've been putting much effort into studying Chinese recently, and its been improving rapidly. However, while I am nowadays far more capable of reading Chinese and writing hanzi, I struggle to ...
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relaxing the rule of “asking for translations are off-topic”

referring to the blog post : Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change. i would like to ask, is it possible to relax the rule of asking questions about the meaning of seal / ...
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Is there a French version of this Chinese Language community?

Chinese Language is in English, but is there a French version of this community ?
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Character identification page?

Similar question here: Can FAQ include instructions on character identification? It seems most of our character identification questions are either: 福[福] (right way up or upside down) or 寿[壽] ...
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Without breaching on topic guidelines is it possible to receive assistance here with how to achieve translation?

I was given a pair of gold cufflinks by my grandfather who was in Shanghai 100 years ago. Each shows a Chinese (I believe) character and I would like to know what these mean. However I have searched ...
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Language game question ideas?

Recently I noticed our sister site Spanish SE has come up with a translation-golf game-type question. There's a introduction/explanation for their translation-golf game on their meta site, which, in ...
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Welcome to our new pro tem moderators!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent nominations to select new moderators. We're always happy to see the community being proactive and getting involved in who is leading their site. Now, ...
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Suggestions on the guidelines on the proper uses of the tag `glyph-origin` and `etymology`

Thanks to all moderators/high-rep persons involved in reviewing the question edits under the original etymology tag. Hopefully, this tag and glyph-origin, and their descriptions, are now compatible ...
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What should Korean.SE guidelines consider when advising on posting questions here about Chinese characters (Hanja) and Chinese-rooted words?

It has been suggested on Korean.SE that many - perhaps most - questions on glyph origin of Hanja (한자/漢字) and etymology of Hanja-based words should be made here (on Chinese.SE) - partly because it's ...
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Should we change the description of the tag “etymology”?

Title, and also make a new tag called glyph origins (as per Wiktionary) or paleography. Right now, the tag etymology is glossed with Questions about the origin and the history of Chinese characters ...
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Moderator Positions Open - Nominations Needed

We are looking to fill available moderator positions here on Chinese SE and are looking for interested users. The decision isn't final yet, but we are looking at appointing three new moderators to the ...

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