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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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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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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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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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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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Update the Chinese.SE Twitter icon from “Cn” to 漢?

The Chinese.SE Twitter account still uses the old icon. Screenshot: Perhaps we can get this updated to 漢.
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Congratulations user3306356 on your third Socratic badge!

The gold Socratic badge: Ask a well-received question on 100 separate days, and maintain a positive question record. This badge can be awarded multiple times. And I just noticed that user3306356 now ...
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Blacklist and burninate the [learn-chinese] tag?

This is perhaps the least useful tag on the site: learn-chinese. It has no discriminatory power: every single question can have this tag. It's literally what the site is about. There is learning to ...
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Are “here's a Chinese snippet and my translation: is it okay?” questions on topic?

As my reading improves, I often end up in situations where I get the general idea of what a Chinese snippet means, but it's not fully accurate. It would be nice to get some specific feedback in these ...
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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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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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Chinese Language: Getting out of Beta..?

According to Area 51 we don't have much hope of getting out of beta on two big fronts: 3.8 questions per day Needs Work – 15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per ...
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Reasons for downvoting

In other SE sites, they have a system where if you downvote a question or answer, you also provide a comment stating why you're downvoting it. This gives askers and answerers the opportunity to ...
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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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Redirect loop when accessing user page

It seems that after I changed my display name to include my Chinese name, trying to go to my user page (https://chinese.stackexchange.com/users/67/brc-寇百强) results in a 310 error - Too many redirects. ...
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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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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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Are questions that involve translating between Chinese and another non-English language on-topic?

This post has been bumped to the front page: Translations of 主编 and 总编 in French. Question: Are questions that involve translating between Chinese and another non-English language on-topic? This ...
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January, 2020: Will Chinese.SE shut down any time soon?

There's been multiple anti-community happenings on Stack Exchange recently (informally "The Mess"). After multiple recent surprise changes (ads; CC BY-SA 4.0; HNQ; question rep.; CoC; mod. ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is asking for correction on questions written in Chinese on the comment considered too much?

I have checked several questions regarding whether it is fine to ask questions in Chinese, for example on the following: Your input: Do we allow questions and answers written completely in Chinese? ...
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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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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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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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Why was my flag declined?

I flagged this question because it seemed to be a definition question, and it appears that my flag for it was declined. Why was that the case?
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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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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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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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List of Frequently Asked Questions not present in the FAQ

I'm creating this Meta post where we can include some extra-FAQ about the site. If some new user asks a question answered here, link them to the answer or the question. Why an extra FAQ? This way we ...
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Am I the only one who thinks this question is discussion-y?

Recommendations for novels written in colloquial Chinese It got 6 upvotes, and two answers so far. But how can anyone really know the OP's limitations? 'Easy to find in the US' is not an objective ...
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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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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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Feature Request: Audio Snippets similar to image uploads

Audio Snippets Would it be reasonable to add the capability of small audio snippets to the Chinese Language wiki? The feature might take this form: Snippets only (no more than 30 seconds long) ...
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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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Meta User link in main site user profile

I am from Math.SE! This is my first day on Chin.SE. I am shocked that there is no "Meta User" link (on the right hand side, next to "Network Profile") in the user profile on the main site. Compare ...
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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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