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Policy refinement for questions related to translation

I notice that there is a lack of a clearly defined policy for closing questions pertaining to translation. From the FAQ of the Chinese SE site, this is the current status: Can I request a ...
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What is this site for? Can I ask translations here?

I often have some Chinese sentences wanted to be translated precisely. Could I ask here? Thanks guys.
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FAQ: What is On topic and Off topic on this site?

On this site, what questions are considered to be on-topic and what questions are instead off-topic?
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FAQ: My question was closed, in my opinion wrongly. What do I do?

My question was closed by users/moderators and I think that it deserved to stay open. What am I supposed to do now? What could I do? And what should I not do?
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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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How to correct pinyin mistakes in an answer without losing the original intent?

I raise this question because I made an edit to improve an answer few weeks ago as I found some mistakes in the pinyin. To my dismay the edit was rejected. The reason posted was that: "This edit ...
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New tag: academic?

There was a request to add the tag "academic" with this explanation: Questions related specifically to the process of Chinese language studying, e.g. in a school or university. "academic" sounds ...
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where should I ask this recommendation questions? [closed]

This site has spent some time discussing how to deal with recommendation questions. If this site is not the right place to ask, where is? If anything emerges, perhaps that info could be added to a ...
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The Mandarin tag

Since this site is mostly about Mandarin, I'd say to remove the tag from questions about Mandarin only and use it only when the question is about comparisons with other dialects, or similar questions. ...
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Do we want a Chinese Blog?

I was thinking, in order to improve our community commitment and involvement, we could set up our own blog. SE sites do not have a blog by default but we can request one. I ask you to read this blog ...
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Use of “not an answer” flags

Recently, I saw a few posts flagged as "not an answer" because they missed a detail in the question, and so weren't relevant answers. For example, a couple of answers to this question gave links to ...
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#2 Chinese Site Meeting

Here we will discuss about future Chinese Site meetings. If you want to read old transcripts for all of our meetings, check this discussion: Chinese Chat meetings transcripts Keep checking this ...
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Chinese Chat meetings transcripts

What are the chinese chat meetings available on this site? Where are the transcripts and where is it possible to read about future meetings?
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Sites shutting down, what is our position?

I'd like everyone of you to be aware of the fact that some SE sites are being shut down. What is our position? Today, April 26th 2012 our stats are the following (you can see the stats here): It's ...
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Paid resources in the resources post [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: should we include only free material? Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese Can we add paid resources to this list? I'm no rich guy,...
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Promoting the site

Our site is very low on visits per day. Only 98 visits per day at the moment. We must do something! If you're reading this now, please consider adopting any of these measures to help us grow the site! ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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How can we improve the question about HSK material?

The question https://chinese.stackexchange.com/q/1400/43 is asking for good books about HSK exams. As is, the question is likely to get closed as not constructive. But if the users show interest in ...
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Should some question titles be renamed after the question is resolved?

Some questions are along the lines of: "What does X mean in the sentence YYYYYYYXY" Should we have a policy of renaming the question, after it has an accepted answer, so the title is more like. "X as ...
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Closed questions

The policy on SE is to delete closed questions that aren't salvageable, spam, illegal, too localized, etc. Only duplicates might be left there, as they serve the useful purpose of directing users to ...
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About software questions [Site FAQ]

Let's decide our policy about these questions. After this has been decided I'll add the result to the FAQ. The problem arose through the question Computer setup questions off topic. Please post your ...
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How to make Chinese Language and Usage more useful?

I was excited about chinese.stackexchange.com when I first learned of it. I admit that I have since become less excited by it. It seems to me that many knowledgeable, expert users we have attracted ...
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How should we call our chat room?

Other sites have asked a similar question. I was thinking of simply writing 中文 but I thought it might be interesting to ask others about it. What name would you like for our chat room?
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FAQ — A guide to moderation: Voting to close a question

What does it mean to close a question? Who can do it? Why should you do it? This is a very nice guide provided by Ninefingers on the Cryptography Meta Site. Following the example from other sites and ...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: should we have it at all?

This topic is a sort of survey to see if the community likes the thought of having a single CW question to keep all of the resources in one place. I must say that regardless of the votes, questions ...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: should we include only free material?

I created this Meta question so we can discuss something about it. I am sure more people will start contributing but I was wondering: should we include only free material (regardless of registrations)...
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Vote to close when you see bad or off topic questions

I have recently closed some questions. The common thing was that I was the only one doing that. Many users have the privilege, they can vote to close... yet no-one does. So my message is: If you see ...
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List of Frequently Asked Questions not present in the FAQ

I'm creating this Meta post where we can include some extra-FAQ about the site. If some new user asks a question answered here, link them to the answer or the question. Why an extra FAQ? This way we ...
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What should we write in the FAQ?

The time has come to decide what goes in the FAQ. I think the best way to organize ourselves is for everyone to provide some contribution, so we'll proceed like this: This question will be edited and ...
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What list style resources questions should this site have

Based on our discussions we are looking at coming up with some good quality questions that will be of high value to this sites users. Please provide suggestions below, one per answer of resource ...
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Am I the only one who thinks this question is discussion-y?

Recommendations for novels written in colloquial Chinese It got 6 upvotes, and two answers so far. But how can anyone really know the OP's limitations? 'Easy to find in the US' is not an objective ...
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Recommendation questions: let's make some Wikis for future reference

There have been some recommendation questions lately asking for resources of any kind for different levels, mostly beginner-intermediate. Now, these questions are absolutely interesting, even for me (...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Voting is a very important part of Stack Exchange sites. It's important to vote for the following reasons: It draws attention to good quality questions and removes attention from poor ones It ...
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Chinese New Year Question Challenge - Now On!

For this week, ending midnight on the 22nd of January, we are having a question asking challenge. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions related to the passing of Chinese New Year 春节. The person ...
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How about Chinese New Year 春节 - Question challenge week?

Other sites have effectively run a challenge week where regular users have a competition to post quality questions on a particular topic. I am wanting to find out if our sites community is interested ...
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Policy for questions about chinese names' meanings/requests

As I'm writing this, a question has been asked on the Main site, "I chose 拳拳 as my chinese name, what does it mean?". At first, I was thinking of voting to close because it seemed as "too localized", ...
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Editing questions: who, what, why etc

Before I go into the details, I want to mention that recently there has been some venting in comments and some people retaliating to others' editing which is not acceptable. For any discussion on the ...
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Who would like to help with blogging for this site?

Each Stack Exchange site is entitled to its own blog if there is enough ready participation and support from the existing community. I think our site is a good candidate for having a blog. Currently ...
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May I suggest questioners and answerers add correct pinyin to every multi-pronunciation character?

In Chinese, there are some characters having two or more pronunciations. This is more common than in English. I think it's good to note the pinyin so others can read the character correctly and it's ...
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Should questions about Chinese text processing be on topic?

Should programming questions that have a specific focus on the Chinese language or characters be on topic here? I'm thinking of the kind of topics covered in references like CJKV Information ...
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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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Moderator Nominations

If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed ...
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Should we set the “dialect” tags as mandatory?

I was thinking that we have a tag mandarin, I'm not sure if we have tags for taiwanese and cantonese, but my point is, should we make them as mandatory for each question? Regardless if the question ...
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Computer setup questions off topic

Can we please make sure we close quickly any question asking about set up of software. For example IMEs that are not working. These are off topic on every other site as they are way too localized.
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Questions about language that are also apparent in Chinese

In regards to this question: How does the meaning of terms diverge in different regions? Should questions like this be on topic for the site? For me this is not something that could be answered by ...
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New profile field for proficiency level

What about adding a field to user profiles, called something like 'proficiency level'? (I haven't considered how this would work for multiple languages, it's just an idea) This may be useful when a ...
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Asking questions completely in Chinese

Prior to site launch I asked this question during the sites definition: Will the Chinese Language site allow for questions to be asked completely in Chinese? Which over time received 20 upvotes. ...
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Should answers be based on Wikipedia articles?

There seems to be a tendency on many answers to entirely source everything off Wikipedia. Some answers are almost like "I don't know but Wikipedia says...", however if we are asking here, it means we ...
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Treat Chinese character's length doubled

When answering questions I encountered a notify that I should input more than 30 characters. Some questions can be answered use Chinese mixture shortly like this post. Should we treat a Chinese ...
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Central place to dump resources

I know this is a Q&A site.. but is it possible to create a central place to dump resources. Or perhaps a type of question that is never "accepted" but just contains a poll of best resource for x.