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Anyone up for a question asking competition?

Very early on in the site's lifetime we had a question asking competition around Chinese NYE which went quite well at the time. I am wanting to find out if there is any interest to run something like ...
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Should we add the enhancement from japanese.SE for furigana/ruby text here for adding Pinyin to hanzi?

Early in the history of japanese.SE one user created an enhancement that made it easy for editors to include phonetic spelling with Han characters. It was so popular that Stack Exchange took it and ...
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Why do we have a publicly usable “resources” tag when resources question are supposed to be off topic?

Resources questions are supposed to be off topic, we even have a specific close reason for resources questions. However, there are a some questions which we have that specifically ask for resources ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Chinese Language & Usage 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 ...
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Asking questions about Chinese names

This is a reminder that asking questions about Chinese names is off topic for this site as per our FAQ. I'm bringing this up because we have had a large increase in traffic over the past 2 months and ...
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What translation questions are on topic for this site?

There have been a number of borderline off-topic questions on this site in recent days. This is in part related to an increase in traffic to the site and is only going to increase as time goes on. I ...
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Questions that request beyond a simple translation

I came across a few questions where the asker understands the meaning of a Chinese idiom perfectly, but requested for a similar English idiom instead of just seeking for the translation. Example this ...
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Can the list of related questions be improved?

A few similar or duplicate questions appear every now and then. It is not easy to spot those questions unless you have seen them before or you do a deliberate search. Can the list of 10 related ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Chinese Language & Usage 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 ...
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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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Do English to Chinese translation questions belong on this site?

Lately there has been a few questions that have attracted close votes because they are Chinese speakers asking for the English equivalent of a Chinese phrase. In the early days of this site the ...
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English chat room frozen

http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/1984/ is currently frozen. Can it be unfrozen please? I promise not to post any more questions about turtle excrement soup in chat!
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Moderator Pro Tem Nouncement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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Should we have a “question-a-thon”?

It would be great if we could get our question rate higher (currently we are on 1.6 questions / day) I thought we might have an event where each of us contribute one quality question per day for a ...
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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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Translating the FAQ into Chinese

Although this community is primarily composed of people who can speak both English and Chinese, I'd like to make it a bit user friendly to primarily Chinese speaking vistors, so they are not ...
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Voice Chat Suggestion

Krazer and I were dicussing in chat today the most important aspects of language learning. We both agreed that while chat/QA/learning characters is important, it's the ability to speak that will take ...
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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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Low Quality Score on Chinese

Some time ago, a question has been asked on JL&U stating that Writing a question in Japanese does not pass quality standards. Well, I think we might have the same situation on this site, so I'd ...
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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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Answering one's own questions

As you can see, I just asked a question about 升, 陞 and 昇. I spent some time checking various websites and found an answer which was fairly straightforward, so I answered my own question since others ...
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Configuring new users' “how to answer” help text

The description of the dynamic help text for new answerers says that it can be customized for a site. Is that something we can do as moderators? On the Chinese Language & Usage site we would like ...
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Include a Chinese version for the post notices

Recently we've had some new users who provided Chinese answers to our questions and this is good. But some of these answers were too short or lacked something else, so I added post notices or directly ...
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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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How to ask for clarification when I lack the reputation to do so?

I'd like to ask BertR for clarification regarding his answer to this question. However, I don't have enough reputation to comment. The guidelines say I shouldn't submit an answer that is really a ...
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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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Add a tool for inserting vowels with Pinyin tone marks

I'm writing this feature-request this so it gains some traction before I ask it on Meta StackOverflow. That's right, everyone, I need to see that this is wanted by the community so we can ask it there ...
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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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