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Should we set the "dialect" tags as mandatory?
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On the site so far I would assume more than 95% are about Mandarin. My preference is to not use the Mandarin tag because Mandarin is the norm, you are then just adding a piece of info that is ...

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What translation questions are on topic for this site?
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I suggest we use the following standards: Has the OP attempted to translate this themselves. Even if you are not learning Chinese, if you haven't put any effort, in all honestly you are only ...

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Policy for questions about chinese names' meanings/requests
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My personal opinion is that the question is still too broad. We shouldn't allow questions like "What does 熊猫" mean unless whatever X is is something vague or unusual and can't be found easily on the ...

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Should questions about how to translate/understand certain Chinese word/phrase into English be asked here?
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I think asking those sort of questions is fine. However, I assume if a question was so easy that an accurate translation could be easily obtained from Google then it would be off topic. I think it is ...

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Should answers be based on Wikipedia articles?
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One good way to avoid this is to say something along the lines of "I've already checked wikipedia". You can always vote down poorly referenced answers. I also agree with Alenanno that if a question ...

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Views on companies using this SE as a partial advertising platform
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Just to add to Alenanno's answer, I went and asked members of the Stack Exchange business about this problem and they said people providing links to their own site are acceptable if the quality in the ...

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To xiaohouzi79 about negative number
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I have now corrected the comment in that question. However, my point stands, the asker didn't put any effort into finding the answer themselves and the answer is available in a standard dictionary.

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How to ask for clarification when I lack the reputation to do so?
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Yes, this is the right place to ask these types of questions. The reason for restrictions on this site is to encourage involvement in the site which is supposed to help you understand and appreciate ...

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Answering questions in traditional/simplified Chinese, Cantonese/Mandarin
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At the end of the day we want answers to be helpful to the person asking and the community. Answers completely in Chinese typically get flagged to mods by the system and we leave a polite message and ...

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How to avoid low-quality answers for etymology questions?
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I've been trying my best to moderator these posts and it is a problem. There are a few things everyone can do: Can it be improved by editing? Then jump in and edit it. Is it just a crap answer? Then ...

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Updating the translation section of our FAQ
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I prefer to have something like: We are happy to assist with your translation questions if you are having a specific problem. Please show your attempt at translation in your question and state ...

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Do we want hats?
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It's a No from me. I think we don't have a solid enough community of regulars yet. I think it would be like an in-joke that nobody feels part of. I also think because we have many new people coming ...

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Policy refinement for questions related to translation
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As per our FAQ, this site is not a translation site, it is a Q&A site for experts, language enthusiasts and people who have interest in the Chinese language. Here is how you know: Are you asking ...

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What list style resources questions should this site have
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What are some good quality podcasts for learning Chinese Please include links in your answer and include information at which level the podcast is for (beginner, advanced etc.). Could be beneficial ...

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Should we include pinyin?
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I think this can be done so easily with Google Translate that it becomes unnecessary. If someone really wanted to find out they could just copy and paste into translate to get it. Forcing it to ...

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What's the policy on potentially NSFW questions?
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Further to Don's answer above I also want to remind people of our strict rules around translations, we don't accept questions which are "How do you say ##### in Chinese". If it is going to have some '...

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Questions that request beyond a simple translation
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Your question actually has a few different points, so here is what I think... Point 1: We don't want to be answering the same question over and over again The problem with this question is that the ...

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What is this site for? Can I ask translations here?
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From our FAQ: This site is about discussing about the finer points of the language, but also about less expert questions that might be encountered both when learning the language itself or when ...

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Do we want a Chinese Blog?
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I think this is a necessity to drive traffic to our site and would be a real bonus if done correctly. I am more than willing to commit to providing posts on a rotating schedule. The problem is, this ...

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How is this site doing for the beta phase?
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You can also see how our site is doing vs. other sites in the network on this page http://stackexchange.com/sites From my experience SE sites take a considerable amount of time and effort before they ...

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What list style resources questions should this site have
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Quality online retailers for Chinese novels Which online retailers provide a range of Chinese novels that also ship overseas. Would be helpful if the site also provides recommendations and user ...

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What list style resources questions should this site have
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What are some sites that provide quality TV streams outside of China? Provide a link in your answer and a description of the type of shows provide (TV series, sports, variety etc.)

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Recommendation questions: let's make some Wikis for future reference
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I think this is a good suggestion. However, I think there should be some boundaries. Allowing these types of questions shouldn't mean that we allow any question that is similar. Currently on the site ...

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New profile field for proficiency level
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This is hard to pick, because I wouldn't call myself fluent, but I can carry on a conversation without problems and can hold a discussion on most topics, but does that make me fluent? I can also read ...

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Questions about resources for learning chinese
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I don't mind questions like: "What are some good quality podcasts?" I think there would only be a few and they are not so easy to find. So I would be in favour of asking these types of questions on ...

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Resources for learning Chinese dialects: Should we centralize this like we did mandarin chinese
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I think they could be created as the need arises and also if there was sufficient material to share as a base. Maybe we should have a clearly defined meta-question which outlines what is required ...

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Low Quality Score on Chinese
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I've noticed this is a problem since you raised it. I've kept my eye out and for any post that has Chinese characters, they don't count against the filter and are flagged as low quality. I will try ...

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How to make Chinese Language and Usage more useful?
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I have seen this on other communities and I think the best answer is: How to improve existing questions If you have the necessary rep vote to close If the question is really low quality or you don't ...

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Am I the only one who thinks this question is discussion-y?
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I think the problem in this case is that this is asking for a recommendation, but it is not a broad recommendation that will help others. The question is "recommend some novels that meet criteria A, B ...

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Should we edit to provide both 简体字 and 繁体字?
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From the questions, traffic and people answering the questions so far it appears to be overwhelmingly about Mandarin which I would expect to continue to be the trend considering this site is for ...

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