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Many questions or one?

Imagine I have come across a long song in Hakka, and have trouble understanding it. I have been told that no distinction is made for dialects. So I come here and want to ask a question. The question ...
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Translation from dialects: off-topic?

Background: I started studying Chinese on my own about 2 years ago. My method was to learn enough grammar to translate and then translate many things. Due to lack of time, and also to make finding ...
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How to increase popularity of CSE?

When visiting Area 51 for Chinese Language I noted that our site has a relatively low number of questions per day asked at 3.9/day when 15/per day is considered healthy. What are some things that can ...
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Flagging incomprehensible answers, got disputed

Recently, I flagged two answers by the same user as not an answer, because I cannot see any meaning out of them (and I highly doubt anyone will do). An answer to: When not to use 厕所 when asking for ...
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Meta Question: Can Chinese Language stack exchange use some automatic Pinyin Javascript API?

I learn from sites like these two: http://www.chinesereadingpractice.com/ http://justlearnchinese.com/ Both of them use http://mandarinspot.com/api So when I click any mandarin, I automatically ...
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Should users have to disclose their native language?

So, I'd be interested to hear your guys opinion on this. Often times I will write a question and get a great answer back - BUT I'm never entirely sure how native or "natural" the answer given is. I ...
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What's with “proper grammar” requirements?

I was just trying to post a question to Chinese.SE and was blocked constantly on basis of not meeting grammar requirements. I am totally nonplussed as to why an automated system is being used to check ...
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How can we get more people into the chat?

I'm fairly new to this site, having just started studying Chinese. I've been learning French the past 5 years, and French.SE has been an absolutely enormous help to me, beyond words. I've posted a ...
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Would it be possible to adjust the scoring on questions to behave like those in www.stackoverflow.com?

When questions asked on stack overflow have their score clicked, one can see the up and down votes. This seems like a reasonable behavior. Would it be possible to implement the same thing on chinese....
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How to rephrase this question so that it adhere's to the site constraints

Thanks for taking time to read this question and providing constructive feedback. I have read the help center information on how to ask relevant questions and I cannot think of a better way to ask ...
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Why was my flag declined?

I flagged this question because it seemed to be a definition question, and it appears that my flag for it was declined. Why was that the case?
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Chinese Language: Getting out of Beta..?

According to Area 51 we don't have much hope of getting out of beta on two big fronts: 3.8 questions per day Needs Work – 15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per ...
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Graphic Content

Should graphic content be allowed in this website? We are talking about language and quite frequently people may ask questions or provide answers that contain graphic content. Should there be a flag ...
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Spammers are trying to take advantage of this site. Shouldn't actions be taken, before things get out of control?

I've noticed spammers with blatant usernames like ChineseHulu.com and Chinese.Tutor.Frank, who have extensive advertisement in their profiles, and are spamming random questions just in order to ...
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It's almost impossible to Sign Up at SE at China

It's very hard to Sign Up at SE in China, for example, I want to sign up for Mathematica.SE, no matter how many times I try, I just can't use my SE Community account to sign up(The Open ID does not ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Chinese Language Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Questions about Chinese language on MacOSX

Is it appropriate to post a self-answered question that is meant to share a useful tip with Chinese language learners? For example I have found a number of useful Chinese dictionaries that could be ...
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How to write good formatted answers at Chinese SE?

This is the first time I come to Chinese SE, and here's my first answer, I am just wondering, is there something official for how to write good formatted answers? For example, when to use strong, ...
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Your input: Do we allow questions and answers written completely in Chinese?

Someone has recently asked as to whether we allow questions and answers to be provided completely in Chinese on this site. If you review every question and answer on the site currently you will ...
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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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Reasons for downvoting

In other SE sites, they have a system where if you downvote a question or answer, you also provide a comment stating why you're downvoting it. This gives askers and answerers the opportunity to ...
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Can I Answer Questions by Chinese

In English Language Learner, people answer questions referring to English by English. Analogue to this, can I answer questions in the site by Chinese?
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How to avoid low-quality answers for etymology questions?

I've asked a few etymology questions: that is, how a character or word came to mean what it means. Most of the time there are excellent answers that are surprising, which is great! However I've ...
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What's the policy on potentially NSFW questions?

Let's say I wanted to ask a question about word X in Chinese, X being some potentially offensive term - I might be interested in the exact meaning of the term, the general context of its usage, etc. ...
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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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How to tag questions on specific regional varieties of Mandarin?

I've just spent two months travelling around mainland China and I've just arrived in Taiwan to travel for a month here. My hobbies are travelling and languages so I'm interested in all aspects of the ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Chinese Language Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Why did a group of our prominent users vote to close this translation question?

I just want to get an understanding because I can't spot the problem and I can't see any prior edits so it doesn't appear this question has been edited or changed “某些事实被别有用心的人断章取义和利用” in English? ...
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Should we add the enhancement from japanese.SE for furigana/ruby text here for adding Pinyin to hanzi?

Early in the history of japanese.SE one user created an enhancement that made it easy for editors to include phonetic spelling with Han characters. It was so popular that Stack Exchange took it and ...
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Why do we have a publicly usable “resources” tag when resources question are supposed to be off topic?

Resources questions are supposed to be off topic, we even have a specific close reason for resources questions. However, there are a some questions which we have that specifically ask for resources ...
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Views on companies using this SE as a partial advertising platform

Hadn't seen a discussion on this yet so wanted to start one off Wordoor have setup 2 account now on this stack exchange wordoor & TaraWordoor now my problem with it is unlike other companies who ...
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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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A shortcoming with our existing resources question

I closed this question just now https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/5081/introduction-to-pinyin?noredirect=1 but it brought something to my attention. Our resources question Resources for ...
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Updating the translation section of our FAQ

I would like to update our translation policy as part of the help topics so that we have something that we can point to when commenting or closing translation questions. This has come up a few times ...
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Allow proofreading questions?

I saw this question: Is my interpretation of this sentence correct? which I interpreted as "could you check my translation", i.e. a proofreading question. Searching meta, I could not find any opinion ...
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What is the goal of the automatic “community wiki” conversion?

I found this phenomenon happened when I edited this post. It was converted to "community wiki" automatically. And I did a little search and found the explanations in this post "What are ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Chinese Language & Usage Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive ...
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Asking questions about Chinese names

This is a reminder that asking questions about Chinese names is off topic for this site as per our FAQ. I'm bringing this up because we have had a large increase in traffic over the past 2 months and ...
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What translation questions are on topic for this site?

There have been a number of borderline off-topic questions on this site in recent days. This is in part related to an increase in traffic to the site and is only going to increase as time goes on. I ...
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Questions that request beyond a simple translation

I came across a few questions where the asker understands the meaning of a Chinese idiom perfectly, but requested for a similar English idiom instead of just seeking for the translation. Example this ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Chinese Language & Usage Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive ...
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To xiaohouzi79 about negative number

I saw you deleted a post about Chinese negative number. The Google translate link that you were given translated "-5" as "零下5" which is used for temperatures rather than numbers.
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Do English to Chinese translation questions belong on this site?

Lately there has been a few questions that have attracted close votes because they are Chinese speakers asking for the English equivalent of a Chinese phrase. In the early days of this site the ...
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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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The desired scope of this website

From reading the FAQ, existing question, answers and votes, I am not clear if the desired, long-term scope of this website is to be professional like English L&U, or for language learners like ELL ...
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What happened to the other answer in this question?

The question in question is this: What is the classical Chinese meaning of 或? There was another answer by a new user on there, but it's not there anymore. What happened to it? Did it get mod-deleted ...
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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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Translating the FAQ into Chinese

Although this community is primarily composed of people who can speak both English and Chinese, I'd like to make it a bit user friendly to primarily Chinese speaking vistors, so they are not ...
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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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Do we want hats?

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger the ...