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What would you like to see as our challenge week topics?

It's time to propose the topics for our Challenge Week! Some notes: Propose one topic per answer (make it CW by checking the checkbox under your answer); Write them like ## Topic <br><br&...
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What about a Challenge Week?

In other StackExchange sites, a Challenge Week has been set as a sort of boost to the community. What are its effects exactly? Well, for example there is a considerable increase in the questions ...
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A new addition to the FAQ: Guidelines on how to write a post properly

Notification I wrote these five guidelines in a few minutes so they can surely be improved. :) Make your suggestions, also about points I might have forgotten. /Notification Some guidelines ...
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Requesting a grammar book based on certain content: on or off topic?

So, I am sometimes in a position where I want to add a bit of one language or another to my repertoire. Having already gone through the process of learning a few languages fairly satisfactorily (for ...
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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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3 days without questions

Is it normal here to go this long without anybody being interested enough to ask a question? I get a lot more opportunities to answer questions on English.SE than I do here. (I suppose I'll tag this ...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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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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Upcoming journal editions: read 'em and ask on the Stack (and get prizes)

As the new monthly issues of your favorite journals are published, we want to remind you to ask those burning questions that pop into your head as you read through novel approaches, methods and ...
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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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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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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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Do subjective questions that meet SE guidlines have a place on Linguistics.SE?

Created this question as a result of this question titled How to Start a Linguistics Book Club? and the related official SE Guidelines for Subjective Questions.
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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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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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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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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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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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How to deal with fun, but probably unanswerable questions due to controversy/crackpotism?

This sort of moderation has some precedent: "1866 the Société de Linguistique banned papers on language origins." This topic is more respectable than it used to be and now has a more objective ...
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Psycholinguistics or psychology of language? On or off topic?

Wikipedia isnt really a help where psycholingustics belongs to, psychology or linguistics. Its a too interdisciplinary field, but to me fundamental to understand origin of languages and thats of ...
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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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Should we accept only questions on theoretical linguistics topics?

Actually I'm not totally sure what is and isn't theoretical linguistics myself, I assumed it would be stuff like X-bar theory and generative grammar and anything with really difficult to read research ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Real linguists, please feel free to boldly improve our tagging

Sometimes us armchair linguists and language enthusiasts don't know the all the right terms or some subtle difference between terms or that two terms are actually synonyms. I've been pretty hazy on ...
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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 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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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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Should we merge the “historical linguistics” and “language change” tags?

Currently we have the two tags historical-linguistics and language-change. I thought I'd take a crack at making tag wikis for them since I have an intuition of what they mean but for some help with a ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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Should we have a simple way of marking citations?

Most linguistic papers and books I have read uses some variant of Author (Year) and (Author Year) for citations in the text. Does there exist Markup syntax for citations, do we want to use it and what ...
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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 ...