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Resources for learning Chinese dialects: Should we centralize this like we did mandarin chinese

This is a question in the same light as Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: should we have it at all? Most of these questions are scattered and not formatted or maintained to the same standard ...
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Why is the main site entitled "Chinese Language" rather than "Chinese Languages"?

As there are so many different spoken Chinese languages (i.e. topolects, e.g. Mandarin, Min, Cantonese etc.) and a few written Chinese languages (e.g. classical Chinese and various dialects of written ...
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What is the purpose, mission, or goal of Chinese Language SE?

I am a fairly new user of this stack exchange (active for only 1 week) and wish to ask a few re-occurring questions. What is the purpose of this Stack Exchange? What is this SE used for? Is it to be ...
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Weekly chatroom discussions/talk session(s)

The chat room has been quite ronery these days. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in organizing a weekly discussions/talk sessions about things related to the Chinese language and ...
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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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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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How to keep improving this site

We have had a steady increase in the number of visits to our site over the past few months and I want to highlight some of the ways that we can continue to improve and maintain a healthy site. Voting ...
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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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Improved IME Handling, re-enabling Enter to submit

In the past there was an issue (reported here) where pressing the Enter key to select an IME suggestion would also submit the comment. The good news is that we believe to have found the proper way to ...
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Proposal to drop "& Usage" from the site title

Update 11/25: Thanks for your feedback! We're going to go ahead and drop "& Usage" from the site title. The header image and the "official" language around the site (in the help center and about ...
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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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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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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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10,000 Questions!

We've reached 10,000 question on Chinese @ SE: Congrats?!?!
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Can we pick another question for the tour page?

The current question on the tour page is was What are the common ice-breaker sentences in Chinese?. I see multiple issues with it: It functions as an advert for ChineseHulu.com. The question is ...
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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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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, in ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Nouncement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Voice Chat Suggestion

Krazer and I were dicussing in chat today the most important aspects of language learning. We both agreed that while chat/QA/learning characters is important, it's the ability to speak that will take ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Which poster should I put up for promotion

If someone designs a poster promoting this site, I will put it up around uni in the Chinese language department. Last year I did this myself, but I thought I might get some better designs if I opened ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 does the tag 'taiwanese' cover?

The tag taiwanese currently has no tag wiki excerpt. It's purpose it not entirely clear, since it may cover: Taiwanese Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien, Taiwanese Hakka, the superset of all the Chinese ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Note that this ...
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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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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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Are questions on quote origins off topic?

Again and again I see 墨子 citing Confucius on statements I believe he never said (in the extant records). I am tempted to ask about this, but guess it is off topic. What do you think.
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Is there a resource for the Classical Chinese Literary canon similar to Perseus for Greek&Roman materials?

Tufts university created a highly useful resource in Perseus that allows scholars of all levels of capability and experience to access Ancient Greek and Roman text in the original languages, usually ...
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Are questions about Mongolian allowed?

Mongolian isn't in the same language family as Mandarin Chinese. It is, however, a language which is spoken as a native language by some citizens of the People's Republic of China, and is even an ...
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