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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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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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Language game question ideas?

Recently I noticed our sister site Spanish SE has come up with a translation-golf game-type question. There's a introduction/explanation for their translation-golf game on their meta site, which, in ...
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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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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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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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Questions for Chinese culture or other language irrelevant ones

Are these questions acceptable ? When people ask for some phases used in travel and also have problem with china culture, how we deal with them ?
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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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How can we request audio pronunciations?

Stack Exchange doesn't feature Soundcloud or audio. No offense, but Stack Exchange takes long time to add new features! Can we ask users to upload audio to websites like forvo.com? For example, I want ...
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What should Korean.SE guidelines consider when advising on posting questions here about Chinese characters (Hanja) and Chinese-rooted words?

It has been suggested on Korean.SE that many - perhaps most - questions on glyph origin of Hanja (한자/漢字) and etymology of Hanja-based words should be made here (on Chinese.SE) - partly because it's ...
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Is asking to translate a short paragraph from English to Chinese on topic here?

I want to see if I'm allowed to ask such a question in the main site? Would you please translate the following paragraphs into Chinese? a proposal for creating a remote sensing and ...
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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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How should I go about writing “review my writing” requests?

My Chinese is now at the stage where I'm able to write short stories (maybe a few paragraphs). I like to Google "writing prompts" and find one that interests me, and write about that. I'd like to ...
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Where does rep 1 users come from?

Shouldn't everyone get at least 100 rep when registration to this community? Too many down vote leads to lowest rep? But why there are so many of such users? Should we be alarmed by this phenomenon?
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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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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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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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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 change the description of the tag “etymology”?

Title, and also make a new tag called glyph origins (as per Wiktionary) or paleography. Right now, the tag etymology is glossed with Questions about the origin and the history of Chinese characters ...
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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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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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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 ...
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When editing posts, is it okay to remove expressions like “I'm a native Chinese”?

While editing, I frequently come across posts introduced by the typical disclosure: I'm a native Chinese speaker ...or one of the many variants. Then the post proceeds to answer the original ...
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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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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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Congratulations user3306356 on your third Socratic badge!

The gold Socratic badge: Ask a well-received question on 100 separate days, and maintain a positive question record. This badge can be awarded multiple times. And I just noticed that user3306356 now ...
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Blacklist and burninate the [learn-chinese] tag?

This is perhaps the least useful tag on the site: learn-chinese. It has no discriminatory power: every single question can have this tag. It's literally what the site is about. There is learning to ...
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Are “here's a Chinese snippet and my translation: is it okay?” questions on topic?

As my reading improves, I often end up in situations where I get the general idea of what a Chinese snippet means, but it's not fully accurate. It would be nice to get some specific feedback in these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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2019: 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, ...
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Is asking for correction on questions written in Chinese on the comment considered too much?

I have checked several questions regarding whether it is fine to ask questions in Chinese, for example on the following: Your input: Do we allow questions and answers written completely in Chinese? ...
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Character Typing through this website

As of now, I have been typing the pinyin for characters I want to use from Google Translate, then copying and pasting them to this site. Is there a way that I can type characters on this website ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...