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August 2020: survey of the off-topic close reasons at language-related Stack Exchange sites

Heading towards streamlining closure, I went through and categorized the current off-topic the close reasons at the language-related sites (using this Data Explorer query thanks to Glorfindel). Take-...
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Burninate [doraemon] tag?

I'm going to bet that this burnination request is not controversial. Nevertheless I'll pay my respects to my fellow users. This tag is used in 7 questions (4 of which are closed) by the same asker, ...
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Burninate [gender] tag?

Currently there are 6 questions tagged gender. I feel the tag is very narrow and used in a somewhat inconsistent way (see below). It can be better represented by other tags. In particular: Does ...
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Merge [poem] into [poetry]?

I propose merging the tag poem (4 Qs) into poetry (48 Qs) (thereby getting rid of the poem tag). Again, this seems about as obvious as it gets. I'm mostly just posting this for the record. I guess ...
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Which topics should be redirected to other SE sites?

This post is about deciding which topics should be asked in Chinese Language SE. There are several colliding topics with other SE sites. These correspond to the following tags in the Chinese Language ...
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Merge and synonymize: [personal-pronouns] -> [pronouns]

I propose merging and synonymizing personal-pronouns (5 Qs) into pronouns (19 Qs) (thereby getting rid of the personal-pronouns tag). To me, this seems about as obvious as it gets. I'm mostly just ...
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Why are questions asking for personal opinions (opinion-based) off-topic?

I would like to understand the reasons why questions asking for subjective opinions such as personal approaches for learning Chinese (see for example Is it common to learn individual characters before ...
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Should questions stemming from a trivial misunderstanding be closed?

While editing questions tagged [vocabulary] (as per this meta post), I came across this question: Does 家医院 just mean hospital? The format of this question looks fine, in itself, but it's based on an ...
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What to do when an otherwise valid post contains political statements?

An answer to a recently edited question contains the following sentence (emphasis mine): In China (Beijing, Shenzhen , Shanghai ) we seems never say: 构建. Seems 构建,软体 only spoken in Taiwan province. ...
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How can we tidy up the [etiquette], [politeness], [social-norm], and [formalities] tags?

I don't think we need all of the tags: etiquette (9 Qs), politeness (20 Qs), social-norm (9 Qs), and formalities (20 Qs). I'd like to get it down to one tag that encompasses all these concepts, if ...
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Synonymize [regional-variation] to [topolect]?

The current tag wiki excerpt of topolect is: Questions regarding regional variants of the Chinese language. which is spot-on. The definition of the word "topolect", specifically applied to ...
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On-topic or not? “Can it be considered rude to start speaking to a stranger in mandarin in a western country?”

This question is currently open: Can it be considered rude to start speaking to a stranger in mandarin in a western country? It's about judging the appropriateness of striking up a conversation with ...
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What is the [vocabulary] tag for?

The tag excerpt for vocabulary (513 Qs) is currently: It's the set of words used by a language, but also all of the words within a language known by a single person. This breaks the tag excerpt ...
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What's the [definition] tag for?

Currently the tag definition has 35 questions. No tag wiki excerpt is available. The dictionary definition of "definition" (how meta...) is: a statement of the exact meaning of a word, ...
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Mature audience's topics?

Whenever I post an answer on foul language or sex-related questions, it gets downvotes. foul language is a part of the language. I would like to see a sub-forums like this http://www.cantonese.sheik....
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Why is “What are some modern chinese girl names?” receiving answers instead of votes to close?

We received this question What are some modern chinese girl names? and I can think of multiple reasons for it being off-topic: It's clearly "Opinion-based". It "Needs details or ...
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Let's merge [speech], [spoken] and [speaking] into one tag

I feel the three tags speech (5 Qs), spoken (17 Qs), and speaking (41 Qs) are not meaningfully different, so I think we should merge them (creating suitable synonyms). It seems natural to keep the ...
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July 2020: survey of comments on questions containing the substring “close”

Using this Data Explorer query, I searched for comments that contain the string close on questions. I went through them manually, and took a snippet from each relevant comment. This is just a ...
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What's the difference between [terminology] and [technical]? Burninate [technical]?

The usage guidance for the terminology tag reads: For questions about technical or specialized words in fields like grammar, IT, politics, sports, etc. Which is very much appropriate. The formal ...
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Should the [ime] and [input-methods] tags be synonym-ized, and if so which one should we keep?

The ime (30 Qs) and input-methods (10 Qs) tags arose in possible to streamline existing tags?. I think they're the same thing, but maybe there's some nuance I'm unaware of. If they're basically the ...
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What is the [origin] tag for? Retag to [etymology]

Beside the fact that the origin tag has no usage guidance, isn't it a synonym of etymology? The term "etymology" means: (the study of) the origin of a word and the historical development of ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Chinese Language's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Embedding sound clips in posts using Soundcloud

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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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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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? (+[intermediate] and [advanced] tags)

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 burninate ...
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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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