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Are questions on specific topolects on topic?

I honestly don't see why not. There are already such questions on the site, so go ahead. Make sure you tag your question with the relevant tag such as hakka or cantonese.
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What languages count as Chinese?

My opinion is that we should stick to the definition of Sinitic Languages, which is the most rigorous and politically neutral way to deal with the topic. And it echoes the title of the website. The ...
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Which topics should be redirected to other SE sites?

We can/should only consider migration when: the question is off-topic or received poorly here, AND the question would be welcome at another site, AND the question is not older than 60 days (otherwise ...
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Why are questions asking for personal opinions (opinion-based) off-topic?

Basically, blackgreen has done a fine write-up concerning opinion-based questions. However, the linked question is not only problematic because it's opinion-based: it's also not about the Chinese ...
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Without breaching on topic guidelines is it possible to receive assistance here with how to achieve translation?

Translation requests are on topic as long as you have demonstrated “homework”, i.e.: pre-question effort. You mention that you’ve tried: searching possible English words OCR This is already more ...
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Are "here's a Chinese snippet and my translation: is it okay?" questions on topic?

Absolutely. Show your homework and what you're having issues with and you are good to go. The crux, as you pointed out is with: Open ended questions regarding the accuracy of a translation ...
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Are "critique my Chinese handwriting" questions on topic? And if so, how to write them appropriately?

I assume you mean penmanship and not grammar or word choice. I think you're right to be worried about making the question too narrow if it's just "is this writing sample legible?" However, if you had ...
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Is Tangut ("an ancient northeastern Tibeto-Burman language") on-topic?

tl;dr Tangut is not on-topic, because it's not sufficiently related to Chinese. The two languages only belong to the same family, Sino-Tibetan. The linked question is off-topic, because it's not ...
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What translation questions are on topic for this site?

The question on whether character identification/translation is allowed can be very frustrating. As I am trying to learn the language if one cannot ask about a basic logogram then how could they build ...
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Image-only questions should be closed as off-topic

Self-help guide This is why I whipped up this post: How do I self-answer "What does this say?" The aim is to close them as a duplicate, thereby redirecting the user to something they can ...
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Why are questions asking for personal opinions (opinion-based) off-topic?

Rejecting opinion-based questions is a specific design and community choice that originates from Chinese.SE's parent site: Stack Overflow. Stack Overflow was born as a Q&A website for software ...
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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?"

It's not on topic ...in my modest opinion. Even if it were on-topic as being about cultural norms, by itself, it's too broad, as it includes several questions in one. Though, as an exercise, we can ...
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Are requests for resources on-topic?

Here are my current thoughts (others may disagree)... Pros and cons Does allowing resource questions harm the site? In some ways, yes. There are multiple issues (see below), including broken links, ...
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Is idiom puzzle game on-topic?

I'll give my opinion, although others may reasonably disagree... I really like these puzzles!! I feel like these are a good opportunity to have some fun and promote the site (as I think you did here ...
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What languages count as Chinese?

an interim answer: supposed, a person goes to learn english in united kingdom, what can one infer? english (the writing system) & “british accent” (spoken & listen) would be most likely. now, ...
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Why are opinion-based questions being answered by moderators?

I have to agree that these "help me pick a name for myself" questions are more towards the opinion-seeking, super-narrow, off-topic end of the spectrum. Indeed, in my opinion, they ...
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What languages count as Chinese?

Tibetan is very borderline. It technically isn't a Sinitic language i made it as an answer, cause it's too long as a comment. first of all, the tibetan script has 30 "basic alphabet" since ...
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Is idiom puzzle game on-topic?

Edit: After re-reading @Mo.'s answer to the 2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire, I found this sentence, which managed to struck a chord with me: A good m.o. is to lean towards generosity ...
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Should questions about word usage-frequency be allowed?

i would say no. they should be allowed. the google ngram viewer doesn’t have “corpus” of traditional chinese. and, search in simplified chinese would trigger a reminder: Classical Chinese (before ...
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Are questions that involve translating between Chinese and another non-English language on-topic?

I think this kind of question can be separated into two part: What is the difference between the two words? Find a translation in some language for each of the word. The first part is on topic, the ...
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Are questions on specific topolects on topic?

Yeah. I can help you with most Mandarin, Cantonese problems, some Hakka but I haven't speak it for like 5 ~ 6 years.
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Any reason to keep this question open for 6 days?

There were not enough votes to close the question. Now it's closed.
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Low quality answers to "almost" off-topic questions

I'm new to this site, and below is my own opinion: If the answer is concise and precise, accept it. Answers are not the problem, the questions are.
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Asking questions about Chinese names

Respectfully, I really have to take exception to this rule and would like to draw your attention to the need for the care that must be given to understanding Chinese Family names. Certainly in most ...
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What translation questions are on topic for this site?

There are different types of "translation" questions, and I think they should be handled differently: The picture post: This common question has a picture of some artwork or product packaging and ...
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What translation questions are on topic for this site?

I'm hereby pleading for amendment of this off-topic rule: Questions asking for translations are off-topic unless prior research effort is clearly indicated; we're here to help you learn, not ...
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