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Upvotes on Questions, Answers, Comments, etc

Might just be me, but why does it seem like no one is voting on questions and answers on Linguistics.SE - I'd run some queries to attempt to prove this, but beta sites are not listed on the Data.SE ...
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Stack Exchange Fellowship and Grant Program: Looking for reviewers to assess thesis proposals

Stack Exchange will be introducing a Fellowship Program awarding grants for original and independent research projects. Undergraduate Honors Theses, Independent Study Projects, Masters Theses, and ...
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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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Migration from English.SE

It has been suggested on the English Meta that questions regarding linguistic topics there should be copied to Linguistics.SE and then closed on EL&U. Now that Linguistics.SE has been launched, ...
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How to set up migration path and should we? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Migration from English.SE As title. Grace Note (from StackExchange) noted here that it is not a good idea to do it early and too much, but I think we can start doing it now (...
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Where should we direct our marketing?

Certainly there are a lot of websites and communities where we can promote our SE and hope to gain more users from. Can you suggest such websites and communities here, and possibly help spreading the ...
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What would be a good tag for questions of the type “Are there languages with XYZ?”

We're getting a pretty solid bunch of tags for linguistics concepts, but most SE sites also have tags for kinds of questions which are useful too, especially when we identify the trends. One trend is ...
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Is (research on) taxonomies/folksonomies/hierarchies of meaning on-topic here?

Taxonomies/folksonomies/hierarchies of meaning/semantic hierarchies is part of library science and computational linguistics (machine translation, nlp) among no doubt many others. An important ...
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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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Introducing Linguistics.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers

StackExchange is looking for students and teachers who might be interested in helping us kick off/formalize a university pizza ambassador-type program. Linguistics.StackExchange would like to sponsor ...
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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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Who is this person with a Ψ character and what is the CHAOS team?

Just like to drop a note on who I am and what my team does. I'm Seth, a member of the CHAOS (community development and evangelism) team at SE headquarters in New York. We're in the SE sites learning ...
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2 questions about tags

Question #1: There is a corpus tag and a corpora tag... Shouldn't we merge them? They are basically the same thing. I suggest merging them and keeping just one. Question #2: I was trying to write the ...
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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 is the cross-linguistic tag?

I don't quite get the usage of the cross-linguistic. Does it mean that the question concerns more than one language? In that case, aren't questions by default cross-linguistic? Is it something like "...
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Guideline asking users NOT to to cite Wikipedia as a source?

In the interest of "increasing the expert-appeal" of the site (@Evpok), and related to spirit of the answers to this question, I would call for a universal guideline asking users NOT to to cite ...
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Pro-tem moderator nominations [closed]

Well we've been around more than a week and are now open to the public. Stack Exchange likes to appoint pro-tem moderators at about the two week mark so it's high time to nominate some contributors ...
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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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What to do about the history tag?

Should we have a tag called history? In one of its usages, it is synonymous with historical-linguistics. In the other usage, it is about non-linguistic history – the history of a theory, social ...
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Volunteers to write some tricky overlapping tag wikis

Some of you may have noticed I've tried to write the tag wiki excerpts for some tags and I've noticed some other people have contributed some too. But there's some I find difficult because they ...
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Is it time to nominate pro-tem moderators as soon as we're out of our 7 day private beta? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pro-tem moderator nominations On travel.SE I remember bringing this up and the contributors said "oh no it's too early" but then word came from Stack Exchange "yep you should ...
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Change the question or ask a near duplicate?

Preamble. This is in reference, for example, to these two questions: What are the criteria for deciding whether a language is "natural"? What are the criteria for deciding whether a ...
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What to do with multiple questions in a post?

For example, this one. Clearly it doesn't fit well into our website, and the best think is to ask the user to split them to separate questions. What if the poster isn't responding? Other members ...
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Closing as general reference?

When attempting to close a question, there's no option for 'general reference' . Since linguistics has a lot of terminology and reference like facts, I feel like the option should be there. Is it ...
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What would be a good example of a community wiki question?

Since we are discouraging list or open ended questions (rightly, I think), I am wondering what would CW be used for? What kinds of questions would be a good CW in this site, but will not be closed? ...
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Should we welcome via Community Wiki useful questions that don't have concrete or single answers?

The specific question that has been the subject of must discussion that inspires this post is the following one: What are the current fronts of the linguistics wars? Now, this is a question that was ...
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Would somebody like to try to make a version of this unresolved question from English Language & Usage suitable for our site?

What is the name of the phoneme produced in an upper-class Briton's pronunciation of the word “Duke”? What's different in the articulation? The question or at least one of the comments included a ...
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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 top voted questions questions from the proposal are you eager to close?

This is my pet peeve with stack exchange betas. The proposal questions are vote up, dozens of times, then when they are asked in the first few days of beta, they get closed as being off topic. I ...
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Question on feature in different languages

I have asked the following question which I think might be controversial as it demands a list (obviously, I personally do think that it is of interest) https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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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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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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