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How do we handle site members who have a pattern of leaving unfriendly initial comments?

I've noticed that, on occasion, some members of our community leave comments which could be taken as unfriendly, particularly to new posters. The comments sometimes make uncharitable assumptions, ...
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Suggestions for the design of a font for linguistics

Recently I've resumed work on a font I'm currently developing, meant to be released as a completely free, open-source, OFL-licensed font designed specifically for use in academic and formal writing. ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Are questions on reconstructions of ancient proto-languages unwelcome?

Recently I have been heavily downvoted on all questions I asked mainly regarding reconstructions of ancient proto-languages. Is this kind of questions unwelcome here? I mean, I am afraid of being auto-...
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Is programming term etymology on-topic here?

Can I ask questions about the etymology and correct spelling of technical programming terms on this site? Specifically, we ended up in a discussion over at Stack Overflow if it is correct to spell a ...
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Reliability of this site

So this is an important question I have to ask. So how reliable is stack overflow, like the entire community? Is it reliable source of info or are there any misleading info anywhere just like in some ...
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Does this site have private messages?

So I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to ask but, is it possible for us to follow someone here on Stack exchange and send messages and engage? Is there any button on somebody's profile where you ...
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If somebody is banned from asking a question from a certain site, but can edit their older questions, what does it mean?

So say I'm banned from the Limguistics forum and can't post new questions but I CAN edit the older questions. Can I just edit them entirely, like just change them into a whole new question?
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Are any questions about any linguistic aspects allowed?

So over here, are any questions about any linguistic aspects allowed, such as the different pronounciations of Spanish, silent letters in French etc. (I was just asking about this site)
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Why am I banned from asking questions on linguistics?

So I asked the following question yesterday: Why is anekdota written with a "k" in Czech but a "g" in Polish (anegdota)? I give a full background info and described everything. It ...
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Why did my question get migrated?

I have a question about my Linguistics Stack Exchange post: What are L, S, and F phonemes? My question got moved to the Conlang stack exchange even though I already had an answer on the Linguistics ...
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Dubious premise, valuable answer - what now?

The question in questio- err, the question being discussed. I've made a question concerning a rather obscure question, and got a valuable answer explaining a valuable (and seemingly obscure?) ...
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Why was this custom flag declined

Recently I asked this question and it was closed(as per the moderators/community etc) because it isn't suitable/meant for this linguistics site. And I can see that linguistics site isn't the best ...
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Why has not my post reopened again

My previous post (see this link: Question about prepositions in English idioms) has been re-edited again. It is now well-formulated and has been voted "reopened" by three people. I am ...
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Bold formatting fails to render when characters wrapped in asterisks are in the unicode character set and not in ASCII

Bold formatting fails to render when characters wrapped in asterisks are in the unicode character set and not in ASCII y⁻¹ **y⁻¹** The compliment of the set of things represented by word y where y = &...
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Transliteration; legibility; is “ethno-centrism” present; can avoidance be codified?

I only mean “ethno” as “any subgroup of humans”, almost like “anthro” could refer to “the group of all humans” - not specifically contemporary connotations of ‘ethnicity’ as affiliated with race, for ...
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The moderation philosophy regarding editing

If different SE sites can have their own policies to a degree, my question is about Linguistics.SE’s moderation principles / philosophy (if they were decided at some point) regarding editing. I ...
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Linguistics Overflow (for research-level)?

Math Overflow is the only SE site I know of that is specifically billed as for the “research-level”. I don’t have good ability to predict why some suggested sites take off and others don’t. (I tried ...
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Enabling Stack Snippets

I feel like the site is moving to include more programming as a central topic. I feel this shift makes sense. 1. Programming is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, as a common skill akin to reading and ...
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How do I post a question about the etymology of an idiomatic expression?

I posted a question about the idiomatic expression "spit bath" and it was removed for "off topic." Where and how can I pose this question on StackExchange?
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Why do my questions about collision entropy of languages get downvoted? And it's not just on this forum

Why do my questions about collision entropy of languages, such as this one, get downvoted? And it's not just on this forum. The situation is similar on other forums about linguistics. I have done ...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can I ask about Noun Case as a teaching theory?

I'm a moderator on another site, but I'm not familiar with the standards here. I have asked a Noun Case question on ELU, but it was met with dissent merely because of the standard English theory ...
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Can I ask about relations of similarity beween 2 or more specific languages?

To give a real example, I'd be interested in knowing more about whether the relation between "go" (movement) and "going to" (future marker) in the Enlish language is shared by the ...
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What's the difference between this topic and the English for Language Learners Topic?

See title. I must have at least 30 character in the body to post a question.
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Online spaces, communities, or channels for professional and academic linguists?

I have lately been thinking about finding online forums or networks but on a way more professional level, for a topic. Apart from a Stack Exchange site like Math Overflow, so far I only know of ...
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Judging suitability for linguistics.SE or english.SE?

Quite a few community members seem to agree that my most recent question belongs on ELU: What type of verb is "based"? However, my previous question had two upvotes, and the two questions ...
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Resources Sharing Policy

I'm afraid to sound uncouth, but what is our policy as for sharing resources, namely copyrighted books in PDF? How much of a book is it OK to share? Can I share screenshots or just text? As for me, I'...
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Is the [homonymy] tag supposed to be for same pronunciation and spelling, or just either?

Is homonymy supposed to be for same pronunciation and spelling, or just either? The tag guidance says: a relation between a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but ...
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This site's custom close reasons have now been reworked!

Prior discussions from the past couple of years: The need for changing our guidelines for etymology questions What should be done about "language-specific grammar and usage"? Does the no-...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Posting the same question on another website WITHOUT disclosure?

jxhyc also posted Why are there grammars in languages in the first place? at https://redd.it/qqwc4p, exactly the same. Personally I think this cross posting can assist, if you're hankering more ...
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Please don't remove questions from the reopen queue when there is debate about the original close reason

Background: Questions can be closed when 5 members (with enough reputation) think it is off topic or otherwise problematic. Closed questions can be reopened when 5 members (with enough reputation) ...
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How can we improve the semiotics tag wiki excerpt to clearly include sign language?

Since Oct 11, the excerpt of the semiotics tag reads like: Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols, including both signs using language and non-verbal signs. Non-verbal semiotics is off-topic on ...
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Gentle request regarding the question about the intransitive use of "obtain" in academic writing

This question was first closed with only 2 votes. I left a comment under it explaining how it is a linguistic question, and it got reopened. It then got migrated to a different site without discussing ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Linguistics has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: Please thank them for volunteering! We also wanted to pose a suggestion to the ...
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Clarity or Details. Information; what kind of information should I add for a specific question in the main site?

What kind of information does this question need; is my motivation in asking the question going to help, should I add it? I earnestly don't know what details and information I should add.
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 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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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Linguistics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Announcing a "Graduation" election for 2021

Summary: Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on August 23, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back. The timeline: On August ...
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Since when, and why, are all Question titles in the mobile view overview ORANGE?

Did I do something wrong, does it mean anything or is this corporate design gone terribly wrong? And most importantly, how can I turn it off, please?
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Please merge and/or close all similar questions that request recommendations answered by our Reading List?

Don't hesitate at all to edit this post, if you find other duplicates or similarities. Don't these duplicate each other? Basic background reading request, Any solid textbook recommendations to begin ...
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Would a question about body language or a specific character in a writing system be off-topic?

To be as straight forward as possible, would a question of how body language is perceived by different cultures be off or on topic? And how about a question on the evolution of a specific character in ...
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Our Reading List

I commence a Reading List, ordered by ascending year, based on r/linguistics's wiki. But I added books not there, and updated many edition numbers and publication years. That Wiki hasn't been updated ...
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Why was my suggested edit — to Mitsu Haideshi's answer with many separated links — rejected?

Here's my suggested edit. 1. Mitsu Haideshi wrote I would posit two things -- the subject - object - verb word order plus the use of particles, adding in the very unusual use of wa/ga in Japanese or ...
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Please posts links to ling.se questions with 'weird' characters

I would like to check if the new SE-wide changes to fonts have had any adverse effects on the content here. I used to think that Ubuntu font can't handle the graphemes seen here, but it turns out that ...
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Books on linguistics [closed]

Before I set out to ask this question, I made sure to go through previous posts to check if anything relevant was already posted. I can't seem to find any such information. Could anyone please suggest ...
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Why can't I change the edits made to my answer?

An accepted answer that I made to an elementary question here years ago was edited drastically the other day, and when I went to change it back to what I had originally posted, I found I was unable to ...
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Tag irregulariy: pronoun instead of pronouns

Writing a tag wiki for person I noticed an irregularity in the tags used for parts of speech: They are all pluralised (e.g., verbs, nouns) except for pronoun. Can this irregularity be removed by ...
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Can IPA formatting be enabled on sort-of-beta sites?

I've seen that some StackExchange sites have special formatting for IPA transcriptions: for example, look at this answer on Japanese.SE, and what happens to the text between slashes. This seems like a ...
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