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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Dark mode for Chinese @ SE?

I was looking over Winter Bash 2020 on the Stack Exchange site. I noticed the following hat and requirement: Flashlight. Try Dark Mode When you click about this hat the description says: Have Dark ...
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Why am I blocked for posting question?

When I want to post a question, I faced this page. I went through deeper, I recommended that I should edit my previous questions by checking all of them and make them better. I was shocked. My ...
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Are all questions checked and/or edited by moderators or editor before being posted?

I experienced once that someone asked me to reconsider my question before posting. I don't know "who" did that because I have a logical question to ask after I am sure about his.
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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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Synonymize [taiwan] and [taiwanese] tags?

The two tags seem definitely redundant. taiwan, 53 questions, tag excerpt: "Questions related to the varieties of Chinese spoken in Taiwan." taiwanese, 10 questions, tag excerpt: "...
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What languages count as Chinese?

In light of this question being hot on the meta now, my question is which languages/dialects/varieties are considered as 'Chinese language'? Obviously we include Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, etc. I'm ...
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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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Can we have a “Not about the Chinese language” close reason?

As the title says. Questions that are not about Chinese are infrequent, but they do pop up from time to time. Some common cases are: askers who are unfamiliar with asian languages and ask questions ...
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Why were these two flags declined?

I raised a "comment no longer needed" flag on the comment to this question: How is “戚” Being Used as a Standalone Verb to Mean “Feel”? [closed] I will once the system lets me- there's ...
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PSA : Taiwan's Ministry of Education's 國語辭典 comprises mistakes

I thought to blazon this warning. I use 國語辭典 often but would not call it "authoritative." It contains a lot of mistakes. Be aware of this fact when consulting the dictionary. I might still ...
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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 ...
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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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Synonimize [word-order] to [syntax]?

Syntax is defined as (emphasis mine): [...] the set of rules, principles, and processes that govern the structure of sentences (sentence structure) in a given language, usually including word order. ...
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Should we add a Classical (and/or Literary) Chinese resource section to “Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese”?

The current central resource question is focussed on Modern Chinese. Should we add a Literary and/or Classical Chinese section? Alternatively, should we just add a link to the current Classical ...
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Is there a way to typeset the variants of 起?

I'd like to edit both the Mainland and Taiwanese 起 variants into the title of Can 起 be written in two different ways? to make it clear what the question is about from reading the title. However, I ...
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Is preforming a survey on topic?

From time to time, some users would post a survey to gather some statistics. For example, "How many Chinese characters an average Chinese know?" The table below contains 71 idioms. Native ...
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Are requests for resources on-topic?

It seems there is mixed guidance about this. Current situation On meta, it's possible to find a few, very old threads about this: Questions about resources for learning chinese FAQ: What is On topic ...
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What's the future for the “Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese” page?

I've been pretty clear about my attitude towards the Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese page for a while now. It's obsolete. (It had many broken links, but I just edited.) It's full of non-...
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Reaffirming consensus: Posts are permitted in both English and Chinese

I'd like to reaffirm an 8-year-old consensus [+4/-0] about posting in Chinese and English, which led to this on the on-topic page: Should I post in English or Chinese? Questions and answers can be ...
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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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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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Is idiom puzzle game on-topic?

I posted 2 idiom puzzle games and asked for suggestions on improving the hints because I am a native Chinese speaker, some hints I feel are obvious may be too hard for non-native speakers. A user ...
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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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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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Can we pick another question for the tour page?

The current question on the tour page is was What are the common ice-breaker sentences in Chinese?. I see multiple issues with it: It functions as an advert for ChineseHulu.com. The question is ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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