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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 ...
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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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Tagging based on answers?

It seems to happen pretty often that the answers to a question will use concepts that weren't explicitly mentioned in the question itself. For instance, I noticed this in a recent question about free ...
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Tags “syntax” and “word-order”

It was argued on a question once that syntax and word-order are not the same thing, yet I see these tags used both in the same questions. What do the community think about this? If they are the ...
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Spring Clean-Up!

I'm retaking this question and slightly change it to address a larger issue. Since we don't want any broken windows on our site, but only nice shiny questions, we are going to do some spring clean up ...
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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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FAQ: Guidelines on proper post writing, correct behavior and interaction

Here we will group advice and some guidelines for new users on how to write posts, behave properly and interact with other users. If you wish to use this guide on another SE site, you can, but please ...
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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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How should we call our chat room?

I recently renamed our chat name and description, and now they are: lɪŋgwɪstɪks wɛlkəm tu lɪŋgwɪstɪks! But a proposal was thrown to ask the community about it and decide together. Do you have a ...
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Is this a desirable question for the site?

I'm not exactly a regular contributor in linguistics.se, so maybe it's a bit cheeky of me to ask this, but I'd like to know more about the consensus re the request for a sentence with different ...
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Challenge Weeks Database

This is the Meta question we use to group all the previous Weeks! Each answer is a Challenge Week, where you can see the questions asked for that Challenge, the topic and of course, the winner If ...
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FAQ: A guide to moderation: Voting to close a question

What does it mean to close a question? Who can do it? Why should you do it? This is a very nice guide provided by Ninefingers on the Cryptography Meta Site. Following the example from other sites and ...
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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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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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What's the reasoning behind our policy against questions on a single language, and is it good?

As we all know we have a policy that we discourage questions that are on a single language. I understand that this would filter out things like English usage questions that laypeople thing often ...
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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 on how to ...
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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 ...