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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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“What does this say” type question policy for seals and calligraphy

There's been a (coincidental?) influx of requests for seal translations recently. Soapstone Seal Translation Seal marks on a little pot (Characters identified: 吳祥君) What does this mark mean? (...
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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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If someone asks a question in Chinese, is the whole post “fair game” for feedback?

Continuing from Is it a problem if a learner asks/answers wholly in broken Chinese? Question: If someone asks a question in Chinese, is the whole post "fair game" for feedback? A ...
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Is it a problem if a learner asks/answers wholly in broken Chinese?

There was this post Asking questions completely in Chinese (~8 years ago), where there was a conclusion that asking and answering questions in Chinese is fine. It was subsequently affirmed Your input:...
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I have 101 reputation and I cannot answer a protected question

I would like to provide another answer in this question: Number two in chinese: 二 vs 两 Due to to the fact that the given answers have not mentioned the etymology of the word at all. The question is ...
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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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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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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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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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What resources do you actively use to study Chinese, and why?

Resource questions are sometimes closed and redirected to Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese, but the number of links is a bit overwhelming. So... Q: What resources do you actively use to study ...
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Sorry, I didn't mean to spam you

I have a question about my Chinese Language Stack Exchange post: Is there any tool to help learn Chinese with Youtube Chinese songs and Netflix movies? Hi, My name is Diep, I'm here to contribute to ...
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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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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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Is Tangut (“an ancient northeastern Tibeto-Burman language”) on-topic?

This is motivated by the question here: How to solve the final round of 2020 China National Linguistics Olympiad? Question: Is Tangut on-topic? Chinese.SE Meta (here) is the appropriate place to have ...
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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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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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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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Are “critique my Chinese handwriting” questions on topic? And if so, how to write them appropriately?

I've been learning how to write Chinese (by hand), but I'm not sure how to go about using this site to help me with that (if at all). One particular issue I encounter is that I can't tell the ...
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Answering questions in traditional/simplified Chinese, Cantonese/Mandarin

I think it is important to talk about this. I'm a Mandarin speaker and I normally don't answer questions that asked in traditional Chinese/Cantonese, because it is very likely I don't have the best ...
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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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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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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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Can we have more relevant options to the “belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network” close reason?

Currently the only option available in the "belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" menu is chinese.meta.stackexchange.com. That's definitely not exhaustive. Other items in ...
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Burninate [readers] tag?

The readers tag has 5 questions, and no tag wiki excerpt: Is there a place to find extremely simple stories? What book is this passage from? https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/21525 What ...
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Merge [structure] into [sentence-structure]? What about [constructs]?

It seems to me that these tags are about the same thing. The dominant tag is sentence-structure with 243 questions and a tag wiki excerpt: Questions concerning the types of words and phrases which ...
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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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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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CC-CEDICT: candidate terms for new definition-request questions

I intend for this to be a "sandbox" or "review space" to keep track of Chinese terms we might consider proposing to add to CC-CEDICT. My frequent thought process: That's not in CC-CEDICT; maybe ...
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Is Stack Exchange's Imgur now working in China? [A: it's probably a temporary thing]

Wow! I can see this Stack Exchange Imgur image (from this Q) from within China (no VPN, proxy, etc.): It looks like this was temporary---sometimes blocked sites temporarily work. I now cannot ...
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What's a suitable Chinese name for the Community bot?

The Community♦ user on some localized sites has its name changed. From what I understand, it's next-to-trivial to implement (as simple as changing a username). So... Question: What's a suitable ...
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Character identification page?

Similar question here: Can FAQ include instructions on character identification? It seems most of our character identification questions are either: 福[福] (right way up or upside down) or 寿[壽] ...
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I think a wrong answer has been accepted for this question

which one is a better translation and seems natural in Chinese? What do you think whether Chinese people call a button that appears on a screen a "按钮"? Please let me know, thank you!
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How many edits (to other users' content) can a user make in a day?

Are there limitations on how many edits a user can make within a certain time range, like 24 hours? Also, is it possible not to pull questions with insignificant edits to the top on the main page? ...
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Low quality answers to “almost” off-topic questions

Recently, I have noticed a rather high frequency of low quality answers being flagged in the review queue. I am unsure if the answers are automatically flagged by the community due to its length, but ...