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Are questions about historical/cultural origin on topic?

I have some questions about the origin of some characters and phrases but I'm not sure it's on topic. Sometimes I see a character and wonder how it got its meaning. For example, how 'I' (我) is made ...
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Is there a resource for the Classical Chinese Literary canon similar to Perseus for Greek&Roman materials?

Tufts university created a highly useful resource in Perseus that allows scholars of all levels of capability and experience to access Ancient Greek and Roman text in the original languages, usually ...
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Are questions on specific topolects on topic?

I am thinking about researching some various Chinese topolects (方言). Are questions on the grammars and vocabularies of Wu, Hakka, Cantonese etc on topic here?
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Can I/Should I use a Chinese name?

I’ve been give a Chinese name which happens to sound like my American given name (Wesley). Is there a way to have it appear here only instead of “WGroleau” without using a separate SE account? And ...
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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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To suggest that Chinese SE questions be written solely in English

I want to discuss with you, that whether Chinese SE questions should be written in English. I now claim to reason that it is best to write in all-English, even for language learning sites --- ...
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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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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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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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New tag for opening discussions

During my study of Chinese, I feel as if there is a big level gap between those in the academic field and those learning Chinese through conversation/beginner learners. I wish to open a question/...
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What is the purpose, mission, or goal of Chinese Language SE?

I am a fairly new user of this stack exchange (active for only 1 week) and wish to ask a few re-occurring questions. What is the purpose of this Stack Exchange? What is this SE used for? Is it to be ...
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Any reason to keep this question open for 6 days?

I am not a regular visitor and I only visit here from time to time to study Chinese. I saw the linked question, we teach eachother ,I teach you chinese,you teach me other language! 6 days ago and ...
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Can “How to get started learning Chinese” be reopened?

I have reformulated the question "I'm dying to learn Chinese" as "How to get started learning Chinese". The question was closed because it was seen as off-topic, with a link to another question about ...
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Improved IME Handling, re-enabling Enter to submit

In the past there was an issue (reported here) where pressing the Enter key to select an IME suggestion would also submit the comment. The good news is that we believe to have found the proper way to ...
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Is Chinese Language SE on the verge of being pulled?

On Area 51 » Culture » Chinese Language, this site have excellent stats except for "questions per day". I thought this would be fine until I saw Area 51 » Business » Startup Business, which has ...
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When should “not an answer” be used?

A while ago, I flagged an answer as "not an answer", because I believed that it was not actually addressing what I believed to be the OP's main concern (i.e. the difference between the various words ...
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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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Can we have a discussion on tag usage and clean up / police their content better?

Tag misuse, particularly with tags with chinese in them, seems to have been a common issue. This presumbly is a result of new users erroneously tagging questions with simplified-chinese solely because ...
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Why are We Told to Avoid Extended Conversations in Comments?

I fail to understand the rationale for that nagging message, as the chat room is seldom used and surely, as long as the conversation stays reasonably on topic of the parent post, it is better to keep ...
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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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Why such a title does not meet the “quality standards”?

I tried posting a question about understanding a word from a passage in 《左传》 on the site today, but encountered the following problem with the title not meeting the "quality standards." The title was "...
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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 ...
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Policy on swear words

This is related to the policy on potentially NSFW questions, but I wanted to know the community's stance on this particular topic. I don't think we should ban questions about swearing, because it's ...
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Flag response time?

I flagged an answer as "not an answer" on April 28, since I thought it didn't really address the specific concerns of the question. (Whether or not that is true doesn't seem entirely obvious, now that ...
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Are questions about Mongolian allowed?

Mongolian isn't in the same language family as Mandarin Chinese. It is, however, a language which is spoken as a native language by some citizens of the People's Republic of China, and is even an ...
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Copy-and-paste answers/comments from wiki page or the likes

I have been seeing comments or answers which attempt to answer or help addressing the OP's question by copy-and-pasting from a wiki page or the likes. IMHO, there are several issues with doing so: ...
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Migration: Only to Meta?

Trying to migrate this question to another SE site Migration, though, only lists meta as the only option. Really? Is this a bug? or What?
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Let's get critical: Apr 2015 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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Can I use academic tag for designing lesson questions?

I want to design an app for learning Chinese and when I come across a conundrum, such as the order of words are best learned, could I ask it in the academic tag or is there another tag that is better ...
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Is It Worthwhile Implementing Some Additional Logic To Screen Out Basic Translation Requests?

A while back, in reference to an all-too-familiar kind of translation request, I suggested adding some warnings to would-be questioners that clarifies where such translation requests should be ...
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Two links not getting parsed correctly

As you can see in this comment of mine, the two links [1] and [2] are not getting parsed correctly. Yet the markdown code I used there is exactly the same I used here, i.e.: [[1]](http://...
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We need some work!

This is not a question, close it if you need to. I would like to remind everyone that we really need to ask more questions every day. We have no hope to get past beta if we continue like this. ...
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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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TeX Support For Chinese Language@SE

How about some, simple, TeX support for CL@SE? Even something such as support for ^n would suite very nicely for pinyin annotated with tones. Here's something I was playing around with on another SE ...
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Phantom unread review numbers

This has happened so many times over a very long period that I couldn't believe it's a browser cache or SE bug anymore - the 'unread' review number is positive but when I click into the lists, all the ...
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Why are there no bounties on CL?

I just noticed this. I find that interesting. Is it because we have a smaller amount of users than other stacksites? or for some other reason?
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Let's get critical: Oct 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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Common Questions | Wiki Answers

I am working on an answer to the question of how to identify this character, which it turns out is a really common question (I've asked it myself). I think the answer should be a community wiki (which ...
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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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Can FAQ include instructions on character identification?

This site keep receiving questions asking for help to identify Chinese characters. Example: Could someone please translate this small writting for me? Do the four Chinese symbols in the bottom-left ...
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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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Is there any way to monitor which meta questions/suggestions might be picked and made functional?

The process of tracking development of new site features is very unclear. Other related questions: Who decides if a suggested feature is site-worthy? Who implements the different suggestions that ...
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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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Why can't we add tags that are in Chinese?

This seems like a oversight of the stackExchange team - many of us are unable to post tags in the language that we are studying/teaching on this forum? Can anyone else explain why we can't? Or can ...
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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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