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Meaning / use of “belongs elsewhere” for closing questions

An option given as a reason to close a question is that the question belongs elsewhere. When you select that, you are given only one choice (which you have to select), namely that it belongs on ...
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How about adding NLP in the on-topic list?

I don't see NLP listed on https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic How about adding it?
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Why was this downvoted: 'Does the etymology of 'affricate' consist with its meaning?' ?

I ask the question (entitled above) to ameliorate and refine my learning of linguistics, as a novice. So please advise what I might have misunderstood about etymology. Please correct me if I erred, ...
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Why was this downvoted: 'Why was 'rite' assigned to the PIE root *re(i)-?'?

Please find below the original post. I do not know whether the downvotes were affected by uUser 'bytebuster' 's criticism below, which seems unfair and too negative, because: I replied to his earlier ...
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Are data set requests on-topic?

Are data set requests on-topic? E.g.: Subject: Speech act prediction data set I am looking for data sets containing dialogues labeled with speech acts. I am open as to the definition of a dialogue, e....
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How can I fit into this community?

I'm a little lost. I participate in a lot of SE networks (mostly just voting, sometimes asking questions). I read the Help Center - On Topic guidelines for questions, and yet my only question in this ...
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How to narrow these two questions on resources for French and Spanish's difficulties?

Please advise how https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/13163/5306 and https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/13162/5306 can be made less broad, for reopening, please?
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is a question about a specif form of a Korean word on topic?

Let's say I want to ask a question about a specif Korean word used in a specific sentence, for example, 다음 대화를 잘 듣고 여자가 이어서 할 행동으로 알맞은 것은 고르십시오 Here the word 이어서 is formed from the root 잇다 and ...
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What does the single word on-topic item mean?

The on-topic page has a list of topics which are acceptable. One is "a single word in relation to multiple languages or a single word/single language". What does this mean? Can the page be clarified? ...
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Offtopic questions

Historically, there are several major groups of offtopic questions appear on this site. Out of those, I'm thinking about four groups: Language identification; Translation; Language acquisition; ...
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Is this a good question? - Does this method of preventing a concept forming in my Fantasy Counterpart of French work?

Is this a good question for here? Or should it go on Worldbuilding.SE? Backstory I'm planning on writing a story with a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of France, where spirit summoning is well known, ...
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Please undelete or prevent deletion of questions with helpful, treasured comments

First, I declare my naïveté in linguistics, which (I readily admit) might affect the writing quality of my questions. However, I've been self-learning linguistics; my love of etymology inspirits me to ...
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Please undelete 'Unpaired word in one language but paired in another?' ?

Please advise how to improve my question: https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/11743/unpaired-word-in-one-language-but-paired-in-another. Please beware that I am requesting its undeletion ...
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Why prevent me from answering questions that others have put on hold

This happens to me frequently. It's happened twice today, already. I see an interesting question that I'd like to answer, but I can't, because several other people who didn't understand the question ...
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What is our attitude towards “why-” questions?

In comments to this question, there's a kind of discussion regarding how "Why?"-questions should be perceived by the Linguistics community. As far as I understood, those who think that such questions ...
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Why were my questions on the subjunctive, and that on the gerund, closed?

https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/12287/5306 and https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/12279/5306 were closed because it is claimed: Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-...
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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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Are questions about corpora for machine translation training on topic here?

I am interested in machine translations, especially moses machine translation. For this I would need a language model for the target language. To create a language model the software analyses large ...
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Would this be the place to ask about (speculative) onomastics?

I've got a question about Old Norse onomastics, specifically how I could make a name that's typically masculine into a feminine one (and potentially vice-versa). Would linguistics.SE be the place to ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Linguistics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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How would this questioner successfully ask about Google as a research tool?

https://superuser.com/questions/875548/ Very often when this is asked, it's actually a linguistics question. It may be in disguise, to a greater or lesser extent, but it's usually a variant of I'm ...
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Are list questions allowed?

Prompted by this recent question: What languages use numbers to name the week days and months? List questions are generally not allowed on SE sites. I'm not sure what the policy is for Linguistics.SE....
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What orthographies are acceptable in questions?

Following on from my comment in this question, I think it would be good to develop some guidelines around what orthographies to use in asking questions. I propose that we should allow linguistic ...
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How to handle bullying?

I've just encountered the following. A user of linguistic SE, considering himself highly competent while in fact completely misunderstanding the topic, found his pride in bullying my question and ...
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Why was this migrated?

I disagree with the migration of my question: https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/18895/learning-german-and-yiddish-at-the-same-time In asking the question, I was hoping that readers ...
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Can I ask questions about recommended books?

I want to ask a question about book recommendations on Chinese Grammar. Is it ok to post this question here?
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Books for starting with theory of languages

I have computer science background and I am looking for some NLP algorithms for stemming, POS tagging etc. The language under consideration is "agglutinative and inflectional". Since from CS ...
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What is the difference between Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing?

On another site, https://cs.stackexchange.com/, I wondered why we had a tag for Computational Linguistics and another for Natural Language Processing? I suggested in meta a merge as I did not seem to ...
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Should Linguistics participate in Winter Bash 2014?

Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain ...
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Should we include “Montenegrin” in the “bosnian-serbian-croatian” tag?

We have a tag for "bosnian-serbian-croatian' (bsc) for the language that we might have once called Serbo-Croatian, Croato-Serbia, srpohrvatski etc. We use this bsc term now when we discuss those ...
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Announcing proposed SE site for Southeast Asian languages

In the past there have been a few proposals for some of the languages of Southeast Asia on Stack Exchanges "Area 51", but none have made it to the beta stage. I'm not sure if any have made it to the ...
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Is this question opinion based?

I'd prefer to get a... well, opinion, before I post this question on the main site. It is: To what extent are the development of language and evolution by natural selection analogous? Or, what ...
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A Q/A website for NLP

I am new in this community, in fact I was looking for a Question and Answering website for Natural Language Processing. I have a master degree in artificial intelligence and am familiar with NLP but ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Linguistics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Editing the aspectual coercion question

Is there any language that doesn't express Tense but allows “aspectual coercion”? This question is quite unclear. I asked the OP if this is what they meant but they never replied. Do you think it is ...
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Is anyone reviewing close votes?

Is anyone reviewing close votes? I hardly ever see other people in the list of recent reviewers. Or does the queue not show questions to everyone with the ability (i.e., does it assign a question to ...
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Using comp ling software: on topic or not?

Semantically Analyse words in a text document using wordnet I think that this kind of question should be considered off topic and migrated to stack exchange. Questions about how to use a particular ...
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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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Why a question about language identification is not valid?

I asked this question: https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/7245/what-is-the-language-shown-in-the-image-please-help-me-identify-it at Linguistics Stack Exchange Some people closed it as ...
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I'm noticing a lack of questions related to systemic functional linguistics. Is this an accidental gap?

Just my own curiosity, mainly. I'm noticing a lack (an absolute lack) of questions related to systemic functional linguistics, and I'm wondering whether this is because there just hasn't been any ...
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Would this question be on-topic?

I haven't studied anything related to linguistics since high-school, so I'm not sure if this question makes any sense and is on-topic. I would like to know if there are open problems related to ...
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FAQ: Guidelines about “Corpora request” questions

Since our entering Beta until now, we've had some requests for corpora with various features... Unfortunately, while I still want them On Topic, they are dangerously on the edge. The reason is simple: ...
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FAQ: What is this Community Bulletin?

What is this yellow box on the right side of the site? How does it work? Return to FAQ index
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Questions vs. discussion openers

If I correctly understand the pretty graph in the about section, this site is also supposed to serve as a forum, yet I am getting the impression that discussions are discouraged and the simple ...
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Should we have a simple markup for footnotes?

Footnotes (sometimes they cross several pages) are very common in linguistic literature. Is there a suitable markup for it in Markdown and should we use it actively on this site? It would certainly ...
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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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Why was TKR's answer converted to a comment?

TKR's answer to the question here What is minimalist about the minimalist program? was reduced to a comment. Why was that done? Who did it? That answer had many positive upvotes. I see no legitimate ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Linguistics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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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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What is the community view on the question about Linguistics “getting started material”?

The question https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/1589/111 got asked recently. I initially closed it as a duplicate or Lists of linguistic resources but since it's not exactly the same thing, I ...