Don Kirkby
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results
7 votes

Congratulations to the winners, and special thanks to Alenanno, my fellow moderator for many years. Now, we can be ex-moderators together.

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How do you feel about a "philosophy" tag?
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As far as the Stack Exchange framework is concerned, you can use just about anything for a tag, and philosophy sounds like a reasonable subject area. However, the question volume for the classical-...

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Graphic Content
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I don't think there's any current policy, other than an expectation of scholarly tone. In other words, it's acceptable to discuss different Chinese terms for defecation, but it's not acceptable to ...

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Policy refinement for questions related to translation
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I closed that question because it didn't appear to be asking about Chinese. It was asking about how to describe the following punctuation in English. /,/ The asker already knew how to describe it ...

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Suggestions for tagging categories
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Here are the top 10 tags from the Japanese site, as of today: grammar word-choice usage vocabulary nuances translation particles verbs kanji meaning I'm not sure about the difference between word-...

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2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check
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I'd be willing to run, if we decide to hold an election.

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relaxing the rule of "asking for translations are off-topic"
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We should do what we can to make this site welcoming. My understanding is that translation requests are not banned, as long as they show some research effort. The policy is summarized in this FAQ ...

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What's the policy on potentially NSFW questions?
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From the FAQ: What makes something offensive and when should I flag it? Even if a post is a bad post for some reason or another, it is probably not offensive. The Offensive flag is meant to be used ...

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Views on companies using this SE as a partial advertising platform
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Actually, this is covered on our help pages. Avoid overt self-promotion. The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, and if some (but not ...

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Answering one's own questions
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I often use this site or Stack Overflow as a way to record the results of research. My personal rule of thumb is that anything that takes me more than 15 minutes to search for gets recorded. If I ...

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Central place to dump resources
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If you do ask for a list of resources, be very careful how you phrase your question. Open-ended, chatty questions are explicitly discouraged on the Stack Exchange network. In his "Real Questions Have ...

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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Don Kirkby How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments? I always appreciate users who take ...

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What to do about the [mandarin] tag?
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I don't have enough cultural context to make any comment on whether or not it's appropriate to say anything like, "Mandarin is the default." However, I can say that I have never asked a question with ...

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Language game question ideas?
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One factor that you could use in scoring an entry is how simple the vocabulary is. Translating with a basic vocabulary would be good for new learners, and a larger vocabulary would be good for ...

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Are "critique my Chinese handwriting" questions on topic? And if so, how to write them appropriately?
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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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Are questions about historical/cultural origin on topic?
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Sure, I think they're on topic, but please show that you've done some basic research before asking. Sites like zhongwen.com and mdbg.net are a good place to start.

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Why are there no bounties on CL?
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2 votes

My guess is that the 99% answer rate means we don't need to offer bounties.

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Flagging incomprehensible answers, got disputed
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You didn't do anything wrong, both those answers are unclear, particularly the second one. Both times, your flag put the answer in the review queue. Both times, some people agreed with you and some ...

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Your input: Do we allow questions and answers written completely in Chinese?
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If I see an answer completely in Chinese on an English question, I will usually add a comment asking for at least a brief English version added to the end. Otherwise, there's a good chance that the ...

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Should we add the enhancement from japanese.SE for furigana/ruby text here for adding Pinyin to hanzi?
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I think it would be a nice option when you particularly want to discuss the pronunciation of a character, but I wouldn't use it regularly. To help people visualize what it would look like, I posted ...

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Add a tool for inserting vowels with Pinyin tone marks
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Until this feature gets added to the Stack Exchange engine, Windows users can use pinyinput to type pinyin with tone marks. Anybody know of an equivalent for GNU/Linux or Mac?

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How should we call our chat room?
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If we wanted to go with something Chinese, why not 聊天 or 中文聊天? However, I notice that both the Japanese and German sites still have English names for their chat rooms. Anybody know if that's a ...

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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese: should we include only free material?
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I don't think I would delete an answer by someone selling their software, but I might downvote it in some situations. I think paid material can be a helpful answer, as long as it's clearly described ...

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What are the chances of supporting Hanzi Writer animated characters?
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I think it is technically possible to get that working, but it's not clear to me what the benefit would be. Perhaps you can link to some example questions where it would be helpful. As for the ...

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Common Questions | Wiki Answers
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It's totally fine to answer your own question, so long as the question is on topic for the site. "What tools can I use to look up a character I don't know?" sounds on topic to me. Post that question ...

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Is there any way to monitor which meta questions/suggestions might be picked and made functional?
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As a moderator, I don't have any control over software changes. I can only change configuration settings like help text. I looked at several other questions labeled feature-request, and I didn't see ...

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Should users have to disclose their native language?
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It might work, but the idea of the Stack Exchange network is that you judge an answer based on the votes from other users and the reputation of the author.

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How can we get more people into the chat?
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I think this is generally a pretty quiet site. You can get good answers, but there aren't a ton of questions. If you want to help increase the traffic, post your own questions and encourage people ...

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Would it be possible to adjust the scoring on questions to behave like those in www.stackoverflow.com?
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1 votes

It's a privilege that you haven't earned yet. At 750 reputation, you can see vote counts.

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How to rephrase this question so that it adhere's to the site constraints
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It looks like the main reason the question got closed is that it is too broad and difficult to answer. On the other hand, you certainly did some research and put in some effort, so I'd like to help ...

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