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Tag synonym: [difference] and [usage]?

The tag usage is pretty clear: Questions that concern the use of expressions, parts of speech, words, verbs, etc. The tag difference instead is, to me, absolutely obscure: For differentiating ...
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July 2020: survey of the on/off-topic posts on Chinese.SE meta

This is just a reference post: I went through the Chinese.SE meta posts about on/off-topic-ness, and summarized (what I feel are) the important points below. The mark [****] indicates items I feel we ...
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Problems with rewriting the question of a post that has already been answered

My post Where is the verb in reduplication of adjectives "Noun + Adj + Adj + 的"? was originally confusing because I didn't understand some ideas and I asked too many things. Then, as some of ...
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Should we use different word limits in comment for Chinese and English?

There is a word limit for adding a comment, and that limit is 15 characters. Given that one Chinese character is roughly equal to a word (a few characters) in English, should we lower the limit for ...
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How to choose a duplicate target?

After replying to this recent question: Why 的 in reduplication of adjectives “Noun + Adj + Adj + 的”? I thought to myself that something like this must have been asked already. A quick search revealed ...
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Streamlining question closure: approximate roadmap

This is a rough outline of what I'd like to see in terms of closure reform. It will take time. It'll probably evolve with feedback as the process proceeds. Stage 1: collate available information. ...
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Should we defer editing old off-topic posts until after they get closed?

This post What should I consider for a one month language program? was recently edited, after four years of inactivity. While the edit itself is sensible (some unneeded tags were removed), it bumps ...
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Should there be a turn off comments option?

An uploader can turn comments off on his YouTube video. Should this site provide a turn off comments option or hide comment option? A comment thread can grow very long. Sometimes I wish I can set a ...
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Tag synonym: [verb-object-compounds] and [separable-verbs]

These two tags verb-object-compounds and separable-verbs identify actually the same thing. However I can't propose the tag synonym myself, because I don't have 5 total score on those tags. It seems ...
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Someone seems to be copy/pasting question titles to Quora without attribution

It seems someone is reposing question titles from Chinese.SE onto Quora. The questions are all "authored" by Dex Jackson at Quora. (This same user was reported months ago on meta.SE.) The ...
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How to delete a chat room?

I created a chatroom and now I no longer want it. How do I delete it? I can't find a 'delete chatroom' option anywhere in the room I see many chatrooms have been inactive for days. Would they be ...
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Comparing our post scores with our peer sites

I adapted some Data Explorer queries to compare our post scores with our peers (questions and answers): see plots below. I included posts created since 2019 (i.e., in 2019 or in 2020 up to the last ...
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Should using downvote to show disagreement be encouraged?

Currently, if someone posts an answer I think is inaccurate, I would put my opinion in the comment section and let the poster know. But someone suggested it would generate long arguments, disrupt the ...
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How to delete a tag created by mistake?

I just edited this post, and I created a new tag by mistake. I was about to add a new characters but then realized it wasn't necessary and went on to delete the char that I had just begun typing in ...
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Should questions with Chinese-only titles be precluded from the Hot Network Questions?

My question hit the Hot Network Questions list for all to enjoy (hopefully there's no horrible mistakes): That's cool and all, but maybe this shouldn't happen. Proof-of-concept: Going forward, ...
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Adopting flexible character forms in Chinese SE's search functionality

It has recently come to my attention that part of the reason of the difficulty in moderating content by searching for existing answers and questions is due to character forms. This means that an exact ...
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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 Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Difference in Textbooks and Books from “Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese”?

What is the difference between the sections Textbooks and Books from the Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese post? I believe there is some confusion between the sections.
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How do you feel about a “philosophy” tag?

I think that some questions like this recent one are not just about translation, because translating classical Chinese, especially philosophy texts, requires a more specialized expertise than ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Chinese Language is scheduled for an election next week, June 29, ...
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How can higher-level Chinese learners utilize Chinese.SE?

Nowadays, I'm late-HSK5/early-HSK6 level (which is not that proficient) and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to ask questions here. Why? Because nowadays for most questions I would ordinarily ...
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2020 Moderator Election

As a result of the feedback we received for the 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check, we are confident that we can run our first full election without fear of it failing due to low ...
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2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

After our graduation from beta we officially became a full Stack Exchange site. One of the perks of being a full site is the ability to run full-site elections. Elections have been on hold for a while ...
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Support for Soundcloud embedding

I wanted to ask if it is possible to have an embedded audio player like Soundcloud in Chinese SE, as implemented in Music SE or Video SE . A user said here: Embedding existing SoundCloud clips is ...
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Re: User:Songyuanyao

While generally a force for good, this user needs to be sat down and taught not to bite the newbies or to leave the edit queues alone, especially if they don't understand basic English grammar. This ...
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Making [tag:glyph-origin] questions more useful

I've had a lot of fun answering glyph-origin questions over the last few years, and I hope this community has found those answers at least somewhat useful. The character system is incredibly daunting ...
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Should we make a Chinese.SE WeChat 微信 group?

I'm just wondering if there would be interest in creating a WeChat group for Chinese.SE. I'd love to see: Chinese.SE users posting about their Chinese study plans, achievements, experiences, etc. ...
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Update the Chinese.SE Twitter icon from “Cn” to 漢?

The Chinese.SE Twitter account still uses the old icon. Screenshot: Perhaps we can get this updated to 漢.
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Besides Chinese Stackexchange, what other sites are a good source of Q&A on Mainland Mandarin? And how can we bring those users to Stackexchange?

I found Chinese Stackexchange not as vibrant or active as other Stackexchange communities e.g. tech-related ones. I don't know if it's because it might be blocked in China or another reason. So: ...
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Should questions about word usage-frequency be allowed?

The question I'm talking about: Which of 法国, 法兰西, and 法兰斯 is the most common word for France? In my opinion, simple which-is-used-more questions already have a perfect answer if the asker learn to ...
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Interested in a Languages.SE supersite?

I'm considering proposing a site on Area 51: Would a general Languages.SE supersite (synchronized with the current language sites) be feasible? Short description of what I have in mind: An English-...
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Are questions that involve translating between Chinese and another non-English language on-topic?

This post has been bumped to the front page: Translations of 主编 and 总编 in French. Question: Are questions that involve translating between Chinese and another non-English language on-topic? This ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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The new ask page “Step 1: Draft your question” has a few problems: what should we change it to?

When asking questions, we now have this message: The community is here to help you with questions about Chinese language. Provide details and share research with your question. See The new ask ...
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Time to burninate the [beginner] tag?

The beginner tag (with 28 Q's) is one of those meta tags which are generally discouraged; see: The Death of Meta Tags. If the question is well-formed this tag shouldn't be needed. I plan to ...
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Bounty option or timer missing?

I wanted to reward an answer with a modest bounty. Other questions have this option below the comment option, even if there is an accepted answer. But for my last question, it just disappeared! My ...
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How Physics.SE handles “resource recommendation question”

This post is just a reference, and food for thought. Maybe we can adapt some of these ideas. Their policy is described here: See my answer here for the rationale behind this policy ...
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CC-CEDICT: candidate terms for new definition-request questions

I intend for this to be a "sandbox" or "review space" to keep track of Chinese terms we might consider proposing to add to CC-CEDICT. My frequent thought process: That's not in CC-CEDICT; maybe ...
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What are the chances of supporting Hanzi Writer animated characters?

Before I get started, I know what you're going to say: "now Becky, calm down, we don't even have proper pinyin support yet". I know, I know. But nevertheless... Hanzi Writer has amazingly ...
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Is Stack Exchange's Imgur now working in China? [A: it's probably a temporary thing]

Wow! I can see this Stack Exchange Imgur image (from this Q) from within China (no VPN, proxy, etc.): It looks like this was temporary---sometimes blocked sites temporarily work. I now cannot ...
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Should we adapt a version of Translation Golf to Chinese SE?

I’ve noticed that they do something called Translation Golf over at Spanish SE, which aims to increase activity and interaction among users. The rules can be found in the embedded link. Would it be ...
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Language code syntax to display variant characters

This is a feature request to implement what's already given at Japanese SE. This is an important feature when discussing variant Chinese characters (such as the question here), as Han Unification has ...
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Alternative Stack Exchange sites for “not really about the Chinese language” questions

I thought I'd make a list of Stack Exchange sites which have questions related to the Chinese language. Language-related... --> Language Learning (+tag) Language Learning Stack Exchange is for ...
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What's a suitable Chinese name for the Community bot?

The Community♦ user on some localized sites has its name changed. From what I understand, it's next-to-trivial to implement (as simple as changing a username). So... Question: What's a suitable ...
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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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