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Let's get critical: Dec 2013 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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Why is TeX based mathematical notation not available on SE Linguistics?

While answering a question on computational complexity of parsing, I attempted to give a mathematical formula with TeX, but it did not work. The same formula did work on other SE sites such as ...
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When should a question be protected?

It is of course the role of moderator to maintain some order on the site. Nevertheless, it is useful to all to understand what order means, and what it is for. Understanding to some extent the ...
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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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Let's get critical: Sep 2013 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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Stance on “Is X a better language for poetry?” questions

I'm wondering what the general opinion on questions like these is. I've came across a couple of so far, and personally i don't think they belong on linguistics SE. The tone of the question tends to be ...
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Should the tags *word-classes* and *parts-of-speech* be synonyms?

I don't know of any definition where they are not synonyms and many relevant questions use both.
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Should the tags *dialects* and *dialectology* be synonyms or merged?

It seems to me that the tags dialects and dialectology are used as synonyms. There are three questions tagged as belonging to dialectology and they are also tagged as belonging to dialects. Should the ...
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Should we have a tag for (La)TeX?

I know that LaTeX is not a part of linguistics, but I'm sure many people do use LaTeX to write up papers on linguistics and it is a useful tool (see this Answer where I created a Vowel Trapezoid). ...
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Asking question linked to paper/thesis

I was wondering whether it is allowed to ask a question concerning linguistics asking for feedback on linguistics.stackexchange but also requesting input on an external survey. This survey would be ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2013 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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Referencing own work in answer

In the question Universal Etymology of Words A user wrote an extensive answer based mostly in his own book. Our FAQ does allow self-reference, and indeed there have been many great answers which are ...
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Would questions about corpora-generation be welcome here?

This question has been rejected from both Stack Overflow and the new beta site Open Data. It was suggested on the Open Data meta site that it would be more appropriate for Linguistics. I'm not ...
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How do we create tags for words with multiple connotations?

Today, I did a search on the tag tone because I wanted to see if anyone had asked questions regarding the tone of a written passage. Instead, and rightly so, I saw some questions dealing with vocal ...
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Should we have tags for individual languages?

We seem to be acquiring tags for many individual languages. While I accept it may be useful to have tags for a few highly significant languages I'm not sure we need a tag for every language.
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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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Providing advice for courses

Now and then we receive questions on course advice. Let's analyze the phenomenon: It's not constructive. Virtually the number of courses is high, which makes it a list question. For now our site is ...
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FAQ: Linguistics disciplines and sub-disciplines

What are the various fields that belong to Linguistics?
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Where should philosophy-of-language questions go?

Both Linguistics and Philosophy have philosophy-of-language tags with a decent number of questions (36 on Philosophy and 13 on Linguistics; the Linguistics site also has some related questions in ...
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How should we name language family tags

Apparently we have two naming systems Just the adjectives: indo-european, sino-tibetan Adjective + "-languages": romance-languages, semitic-languages Adjective + "-family": germanic-family Obviously ...
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What is the meaning of “…” in modern English?

I have read the Linguistics FAQ however considering I am new here I thought it would be more appropriate to ask first in the meta: Would a question regarding the meaning, translation and/or origin of ...
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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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How do you make nice consonant/vowel charts and tables?

Wikipedia has some nice vowel charts, available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:SVG_vowel_charts. Example (Korean vowels): Example (Australian English diphthongs): Similarly, there ...
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Community ad ideas for Linguistics

In order to promote this site, Alenanno created a community promotion ad to be placed on related Stack Exchange sites. (Currently this is only English Language and Usage, since ads are only enabled ...
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Advertising poster for Ling SE

I would like to advertise about Linguistics SE on my department bulletin boards. However, I'm not good at making good looking flyers/posters/anything. Is there one I can use somewhere? If not, would ...
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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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List of most useful NLP resources and tools

The following is an intentional and invited duplicate of a posting on English.Meta. Alenanno nicely asked that I please post it here, too, so here ya go. Three things that probably need fixing: ...
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How should we treat new users?

What should we do about new users when they break the rules? What shouldn't we do? Return to FAQ index
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Map of tags on Linguistics.SE

After seeing this, the good moderator @Alenanno requested me to make a similar map for Linguistics. I present to you: Tag size is proportional to tag popularity, and the size of links between tags ...
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What is the status of Linguistics.SE?

Some proposals in Area51 were closed after beta version. What is the current status of linguistics.SE? Will it continue to live?
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Do we want hats?

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger the ...
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Should we include Conlangs in our scope?

The Conlang SE has been closed deleted and I can't find a new one, so they're probably not restarting it for now. We get questions now and then and I don't really like closing them, but our FAQ is ...
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About the question “Is it common to use the minor third for calling someone in Italian?” and its closure

The question Is it common to use the minor third for calling someone in Italian? has been closed as Off Topic. I don't understand why, because I don't think it's off topic. Maybe it's poorly written, ...
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New Beta Theme Launched [closed]

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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FAQ: My question was closed, in my opinion wrongly. What do I do?

My question was closed by users/moderators and I think that it deserved to stay open. What am I supposed to do now? What could I do? And what should I not do? Return to FAQ index
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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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Should I post a new answer to a question that already has an accepted answer?

If I see a question that has an answer and it's been already accepted, should/can I answer? What is the site policy about this? Return to FAQ index
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FAQ: Linguistic Terminology

I have problems understanding some answers/questions because the terminology being used is too technical. Where can I find out what is the meaning of a particular term? Return to FAQ index
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Organizing our Linguistics Blog

SE sites do not have a blog by default but we can request one. I ask you to read this blog entry, which is related to this topic. Keeping in mind that we should post there at least once a week (not ...
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Can I ask for help finding an appropriate school or department for me for grad school?

I will be applying to grad schools this fall and am having a lot of trouble finding a place that would be appropriate for me. I am a math and linguistics major, and my interests lie in the overlap of ...
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Tag for indigenous American languages?

I'd like to create a tag for the indigenous pre-Columbian languages of the Americas and their descendants. I don't quite know what to call it: american-languages native-american-languages indigenous-...
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Would you like a regular chat event for talking about Linguistics?

When I first set our monthly Linguistics Meeting, someone thought it was a meeting for discussing about Linguistics and not the site itself... So would you like a regular event, it could be set up ...
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#5 Linguistics Meeting

Following the Meta discussion Let's create a regular chat event!, let's post the necessary information for the next Linguistics Meeting. Keep checking this post for updates! Want to read ...
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FAQ: Do you hold regular chat events?

Some SE sites hold regular events on different topics, so I was wondering: does Linguistics have chat events? Are they regular? When is the next one? Return to FAQ index
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How is Linguistics SE doing on returning participation?

It seems like there is a lot of focus in the meta about recruiting new people, but it doesn't seem like there is a whole lot of returning participation. Many of the questions and answers are either ...
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Is it possible to ask too many questions?

Throughout any given day, I will wonder many, many things. An absurd amount of things, actually, so much so that it's really impossible for me to research everything that I want to know about. ...
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Why can't social sciences topics like linguistics have subjective questions that spur discussion?

I haven't been very active on LinguisticsSE until recently, but it seems as if, judging from the meta discussions, that this SE is having trouble bringing in traffic, despite the fact that it is a ...
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FAQ: How should we tag questions?

What is the proper way of tagging questions? How should we tag them? Return to FAQ index
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Are the questions about mutual intelligibility between languages on topic here?

Are the questions about mutual intelligibility between languages on topic on Linguistics.SE? Is it the proper place to ask questions about how language X is understood by native speakers of language ...
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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 ...