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Use of LaTeX commands

It appears that LaTeX commands cannot be used on SE Linguistics, but they can on other SE sites. Personally, I wanted to use this feature a number of times to insert a formula and here's another ...
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Would questions about writing systems be off-topic?

Should this site cover only spoken language or also written language, including alphabets and other writing systems? Or should it allow the latter only to a certain degree that overlaps spoken ...
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What's going on with the Russian etymology questions?

Recently there's been a spate of questions asking about Russian etymologies. Each question seems to come from a new user who never posts again, but all the questions are basically in the same format. ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Important Notice: Linguistics SE needs new leadership

Linguistics Stack Exchange is a small site, but plays host to a strong community of experts. That's why it’s strange that I can't find anyone to step up as a new pro-tem moderator. Two and a half ...
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Are questions about a single language on topic?

It was suggested at this question that a question about a single language is off-topic, being more appropriate for a Stack Exchange site dedicated to that language. What do people think of this idea?
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Should we make questions about specific syntax trees off topic?

Am I the only one who sees a problem with "Help me with this syntax tree" questions? I think they don't work at all for the Stack Exchange Q&A format for several reasons: There's no intuitive ...
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Should we allow highly open-ended questions like “do any languages have feature X”?

Some examples off the top of my head: Are there any languages without fricatives? What language has the most points of stop consonant articulation? Are there any languages without at least a first-...
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Cleaning up the tags

In the last couple of days I was in a kind of clean-up rage and crawled all the tags on our site, edited a few (going to add some exceprts to the yet description-less tags when I have the time) and ...
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Sites shutting down, what is our position?

I'd like everyone of you to be aware of the fact that some SE sites are being shut down. What is our position? Today, April 26th 2012 our stats are the following (you can see the stats here): It's ...
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Bad statistics, what can we do? [closed]

I just saw the current statistics and to be honest, they are very poor. I noticed there were few questions, and this means few people that keep coming back to the site, and this means few visits from ...
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The future of Linguistics SE

Recently I've been contacting a user that I thought didn't see that Linguistics entered Beta. To my slight surprise, this person told me that she actually visited Linguistics at first but then lost ...
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Promoting the site

Edit notification This question has been merged with an old one "Bad Statistics, what can we do?" since they refer to the same topic, although the other one was old. Instead of closing as a ...
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Is asking for a list of languages possessing a certain feature OK because it's important for typological research?

I believe that questions asking for a list of languages that possess a certain feature have more reason to be allowed at Linguistics.SE than similar questions at other SE sites. Because that's an ...
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On closing “questions asked in good faith”

In this question's comments, @hippietrail commented ... on the subject of constructiveness, I firmly believe downvoting or closing questions asked in good faith in the earliest days of a new ...
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Linguistics Greatest Hits

A new feature has been implemented: The Greatest Hits page. You can view the Linguistics Greatest Hits page here. What is this? It's a page that features "Questions that got a large amount of views ...
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Is it people's intention to focus on research-level linguistics?

I was quite excited to see that the linguistics SE had begun public beta. However, I must admit that I'm a bit disappointed by the level of the questions on the front page. I guess I was under the ...
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Merge with natural language processing

I have asked on area51 whether Linguistics would include natural language processing, the most voted answer being for a merge of the proposals. Is it taken into account? How would the merge be done? ...
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Are methodological questions on topic?

Are methodological questions like this one on topic for the site? Edit: Pro: These are issues linguists deal with all the time, and we may have some special use cases. Con: These aren't linguistics ...
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The Constructed Languages site has launched

https://conlang.stackexchange.com/ I propose that any questions from people who are creating constructed languages no longer be on-topic here. Questions about conlangs which have actual speech ...
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Linguistics needs some new leadership. Is it you?

For the past several weeks I've been on the lookout for a new pro-tem moderator for Linguistics. Unfortunately, I've had a bit of trouble finding an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to take part in ...
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IPA Keyboard userscript for you!

Apparently, you folks could do with an IPA Keyboard1. So, here you go! The most useful feature (IMO) are the keyboard shortcuts, you may want to check out how to use them (details on the page I ...
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Introducing the Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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Should we edit non-controversial errors in spelling, grammar, and style in the questions/answers of others?

On English.SC, we voted to edit non-controversial errors in the questions and answers of others. The argument went that, since the site was about English, it would be more appropriate there than ...
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What linguistics problems stump our best answerers: A challenge

How do you think our level of question quality is going so far? Wouldn't some exemplary questions be great for our site? We already have some exemplary answers. Now some of you my fellow contributors ...
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Overlap of Linguistics site vs the Languages site proposal vs individual Language & Usage sites and proposals

Some of us surely know and some others of us probably are not aware but there is a "Languages" proposal for Stack Exchange on Area 51 too. There has been some discussion about our scope, some ...
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Are auxiliary languages on-topic?

Auxiliary languages are used in many communities but are not anyone's native language, being used in particular contexts or for particular purposes, such as: Liturgical purposes (Church Latin, Ge'ez) ...
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How should we format glosses on linguistics.SE?

What will be our best choice of formatting for including glosses of foreign language samples in our questions?
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Closing questions as primarily 'concerned with usage rather than linguistics'

Many questions get closed under the rubric "Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage." My understanding of this close ...
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Statistics on the site's development

I noticed the other day that at the Area 51 page for the Linguistics site, there is a little summary of some statistical measures of the site so far, along with the "good" and "not so good" values for ...
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What should we write in the FAQ?

Second Edit-Premise - December, 13th 2011: I have deleted the old question body1 and I have totally reworded the FAQ including a written part for each bullet point. Some of them are empty. Please ...
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Typography/style conventions

Derived from french.stackexchange's one. As we have already one question dealing with typography and formatting issues and as there will likely be many of these, I think it would be fitting to set ...
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Do we have questions to migrate to Language Learning.SE?

With the new site, Language Learning.SE, I'm asking myself whether we have some questions to migrate to there. Do we have some tags that can be more or less safely declare offtopic, since it is on-...
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About questions salvaging

I'd like to open this question/discussion thread after the recent "discussion" that happened in the comments under the question "Why do you think the Oxford English Dictionary changed their definition ...
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Winterbash 2019

You may have noticed that another winter bash is going on: a snowflake icon in the top bar, maybe some hats coming around, see people wearing hats on their avatars. In the previous years I have taken ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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What is the benefit to Linguistics SE of banning script or language identification questions?

This question here was recently closed: I need help identifying this language The close reason given was: Questions seeking help with translation and localization are off-topic here unless ...
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Machine Gun Etymology Man may have changed tack

Recently we've had respite from the Relentless Old Slavonic Etymology Bot, but I think it has been replaced with a few similar looking questions that have recently been posted under a few different ...
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What is the meaning of “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage”

One of the 3 custom reasons for closing a question is the “Language-specific” property, expressed in the check-box item “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily ...
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Are questions about learning new languages on or off topic?

I want to learn Mandarin and have some specific questions on how to start, which resources I should use and so on. The Chinese Language Stack Exchange Site is still in the commitment phase and I am ...
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Is it a good idea to encourage answering home-work questions?

I came across the question titled, "Syntax trees for sentences". The asker wrote three specific sentences for which he wanted syntax trees (phrase structure trees, presumably). The asker also asked ...
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Are literature-search-type questions welcome or no?

Like a lot of academics, I'm way more narrowly specialized than is really convenient. So a lot of the questions I'd be inclined to ask here would be of the form "Can anyone point me to research on X ...
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Name etymologies

Apologies if I overlooked an earlier discussion of this. There were a couple of posts recently concerned with baby-naming and seeking advice on the etymologies of the OPs' chosen names. While these ...
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FAQ: What is considered on-topic and off-topic?

In this site, what questions are considered to be on-topic and what questions are instead off-topic? Return to FAQ index
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Which etymology questions should be within or topic scope?

In another meta question I tried to gauge to what extent we should be able to overlap our scope with indivicual language & usage existing sites, proposed site (and as yet not proposed sites). Not ...
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What should be done about “language-specific grammar and usage”?

In my experience, "language-specific grammar and usage" seems to be the most popular close-vote reason on this site. And it certainly makes sense—we get a fair number of people asking about the usage ...
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Any objections to my formal addition of language identification to our list of off-topic questions?

The topic of what to do with language identification requests has come up several times already. However, based on how often regulars here have been closing such questions, (A.) I took the liberty of ...
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We have a spammer who's copying sentences from pages to “write” fake answers

This answer copies or rehashes sentences from elsewhere: Ancient languages were complex but there is a trend towards simplicity rather complexity. However, numerous languages preserve various ...
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Would a list of acronyms be a good CW? Or meta question?

There are a lot of acronyms that are used a lot around here, for example PIE, NLP, ASL and possibly others. As our site is entering public beta soon, the meaning of these acronyms might not be so ...
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Challenge Weeks Discussion - [#3] Methodology

(!) NOTE: Information may vary until the start of the Challenge. So keep checking! The Challenge Weeks are currently on hold. :) Premise: This Meta question will be the one we will use for this ...

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