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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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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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Burninate [gender] tag?

Currently there are 6 questions tagged gender. I feel the tag is very narrow and used in a somewhat inconsistent way (see below). It can be better represented by other tags. In particular: Does ...
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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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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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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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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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Which topics should be redirected to other SE sites?

This post is about deciding which topics should be asked in Chinese Language SE. There are several colliding topics with other SE sites. These correspond to the following tags in the Chinese Language ...
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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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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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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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What to do when an otherwise valid post contains political statements?

An answer to a recently edited question contains the following sentence (emphasis mine): In China (Beijing, Shenzhen , Shanghai ) we seems never say: 构建. Seems 构建,软体 only spoken in Taiwan province. ...
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Embedding sound clips in posts using Soundcloud

I wanted to ask if it is possible to have an embedded audio player like Soundcloud in Chinese SE, as implemented in Music SE or Video SE . A user said here: Embedding existing SoundCloud clips is ...
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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. This seems like a great idea, until you actually use it: there's no quality control; many links are ...
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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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Let's merge [speech], [spoken] and [speaking] into one tag

I feel the three tags speech (5 Qs), spoken (17 Qs), and speaking (41 Qs) are not meaningfully different, so I think we should merge them (creating suitable synonyms). It seems natural to keep the ...
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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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possible to streamline existing tags?

last week, i visited the site and found that there're 203 tags. to select an appropriate one amongst these options is stressful, imo. so, can we streamline these tags into a healthier grid? my first ...
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July 2020: survey of the on/off-topic posts on Chinese.SE meta

This is just a reference post: I went through the Chinese.SE meta posts about on/off-topic-ness, and summarized (what I feel are) the important points below. The mark [****] indicates items I feel we ...
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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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Front page not loading —— tag search error

Front page wasn't loading yesterday for a good five minutes with the follow error message: It was not possible to perform this tag search at this time due to an unexpected error. Did anyone else ...
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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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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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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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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Chinese Language's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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What's the difference between [classifiers] and [measure-word]?

It looks like classifiers has the same meaning as measure-word. Perhaps we don't need both of them. Question: What's the difference between [classifiers] and [measure-word]? Bump: Now I have a ...
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Should questions with Chinese-only titles be precluded from the Hot Network Questions?

My question hit the Hot Network Questions list for all to enjoy (hopefully there's no horrible mistakes): That's cool and all, but maybe this shouldn't happen. Proof-of-concept: Going forward, ...
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Streamlining question closure: approximate roadmap

This is a rough outline of what I'd like to see in terms of closure reform. It will take time. It'll probably evolve with feedback as the process proceeds. Stage 1: collate available information. ...
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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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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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Someone seems to be copy/pasting question titles to Quora without attribution

It seems someone is reposing question titles from Chinese.SE onto Quora. The questions are all "authored" by Dex Jackson at Quora. (This same user was reported months ago on meta.SE.) The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alternative Stack Exchange sites for “not really about the Chinese language” questions

I thought I'd make a list of Stack Exchange sites which have questions related to the Chinese language. Language-related... --> Language Learning (+tag) Language Learning Stack Exchange is for ...
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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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Should there be a turn off comments option?

An uploader can turn comments off on his YouTube video. Should this site provide a turn off comments option or hide comment option? A comment thread can grow very long. Sometimes I wish I can set a ...
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How to delete a chat room?

I created a chatroom and now I no longer want it. How do I delete it? I can't find a 'delete chatroom' option anywhere in the room I see many chatrooms have been inactive for days. Would they be ...
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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 delete a tag created by mistake?

I just edited this post, and I created a new tag by mistake. I was about to add a new characters but then realized it wasn't necessary and went on to delete the char that I had just begun typing in ...
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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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Adopting flexible character forms in Chinese SE's search functionality

It has recently come to my attention that part of the reason of the difficulty in moderating content by searching for existing answers and questions is due to character forms. This means that an exact ...
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2020 Moderator Election

As a result of the feedback we received for the 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check, we are confident that we can run our first full election without fear of it failing due to low ...

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