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Why doesn't the Linguistics Stack Exchange have a different icon?

The Phisics, Music, Science Fiction etc sites have different icons. Why doesn't this one have one too? And is there any prerequisite to a site that may prevent this one to have an icon?
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Please support the Area 51 Proposal for Greek!

Click here to support the 4th try! For the record, here's the 1st attempt by someone else and my 2nd, 3rd attempt by me.
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Serial downvotes on my questions: Reply

I have a question about my Linguistics Stack Exchange post: Is Sanscrit a realy mother language? Would "jk - Reinstate Monica" like to tell us how he almost daily downvoted old posts of this user ...
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Why wasn't “Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary?” migrated to Latin.SE?

Why hasn't Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary? been migrated to Latin or Language Learning SE? Have these Greek-specific questions all been migrated? Undeniably ...
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Serial downvotes on my questions

I notice that I get downvotes on my questions following some pattern: The downvotes are on questions only, so they don't leave a -1 in the SDV's (serial downvoter's) reputation The downvotes are ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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May I ask question about identifying of foreigner's name?

I heard some person's name, who's is foreigner for me and did quiet sure that I heard it right because couldn't find it on the Internet. So I would like to ask what name there are similar to what I ...
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Winterbash 2019

You may have noticed that another winter bash is going on: a snowflake icon in the top bar, maybe some hats coming around, see people wearing hats on their avatars. In the previous years I have taken ...
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Banning the Nazi ugly word “Indo-Germanic”

The word "Indo-European" was coined by Young in the early 19th century. Some Germans like Bopp just translated it as "indo-europäisch", as most people do around the world. Unfortunately, to the dismay ...
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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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What is the meaning of “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage”

One of the 3 custom reasons for closing a question is the “Language-specific” property, expressed in the check-box item “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily ...
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Where can I ask for a translation?

I tried to find what I was looking for elsewhere. That led me to this site. I saw a question similar to my own in the history section. I asked there. I got chewed out for it. I searched for someplace ...
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How to get obscure unicode scripts to display

Not sure if this is the best place to post, but I thought I'd try since it relates to linguistics corpora and being able to read texts. I can see some unicode characters such a Chinese characters (讀 ...
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Is a question about finding sources on historical dialects on topic?

I am writing a historical novel with characters with complex ethnic backgrounds and personal histories. To get my characters' voices right I want to have a sense of what each might realistically have ...
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What should be done about “language-specific grammar and usage”?

In my experience, "language-specific grammar and usage" seems to be the most popular close-vote reason on this site. And it certainly makes sense—we get a fair number of people asking about the usage ...
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Closure: How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'?

Why was How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'? closed? The users who voted to close gave this specific ...
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Can we have more possible migration targets?

Linguistics.SE tends to attract various language-specific grammar and usage questions, which are off-topic here—we even have a special close reason specifically for that case. But many of these would ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Since SE’s decision to put a halt on non-English language based SEs, is linguistics the correct place to put them?

For example, I have seen some questions related to non-English grammar on here come up from time to time. Persian. Turkish etc. I am learning Turkish and I was wondering if it would be correct to ...
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Machine Gun Etymology Man may have changed tack

Recently we've had respite from the Relentless Old Slavonic Etymology Bot, but I think it has been replaced with a few similar looking questions that have recently been posted under a few different ...
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Etymology: Quechuan (home for homeless languages?)

I have a question relating to the etymology of a word in Quechuan ("guano"). I know nothing of Quechuan: the other three words I'm interested in are PIE (which I can navigate around)(*). I would like ...
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Good examples of etymology questions

I've said before that etymology has a tricky relationship with linguistics: Linguistics is the study of language systems. Etymology questions belong here when they're asking about systematic issues....
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Use of LaTeX commands

It appears that LaTeX commands cannot be used on SE Linguistics, but they can on other SE sites. Personally, I wanted to use this feature a number of times to insert a formula and here's another ...
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Can we enable TeX formatting? [duplicate]

This question and its first answer both seem on-topic for this community, since they're about corpus linguistics (which is definitely linguistics). However, they're significantly harder to read ...
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What's going on with the Russian etymology questions?

Recently there's been a spate of questions asking about Russian etymologies. Each question seems to come from a new user who never posts again, but all the questions are basically in the same format. ...
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The need for changing our guidelines for etymology questions

This question is prompted by What's going on with the Russian etymology questions? In this particular case, most of his questions are quite universally negatively voted. Though this is the first ...
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Serial downvotes

I have develop the habit of not taking the downvote too personal, but perhaps all of my recent questions has an automatic downvote. I don't try to attack anyone or defend anything, but simply wonder ...
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Is there scope for questions about teaching linguistics?

I'd like to ask an advice question on linguistics SE about tutoring a classmate in the IPA, which is something we both need to learn for our TESOL course. The classmate has (I strongly suspect) ...
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Linguistics Community FAQ

(Under construction!) You may also wish to review the community FAQ for all sites in the StackExchange network. Content About the site Do you hold regular chat events? How can we promote ...
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Sites shutting down, what is our position?

I'd like everyone of you to be aware of the fact that some SE sites are being shut down. What is our position? Today, April 26th 2012 our stats are the following (you can see the stats here): It's ...
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Votes tab redirecting to downvotes tab on actual vote page

When I click on the votes tab, it goes my votes page on HTTPS but also goes to the downvotes tab in the actual votes page. Is this a bug or not?
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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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Add new users warnings NOT to say “Thank you” when asking questions

I've seen a lot of new users adding "thank you" to their questions and then getting edited deleting the "thank you" thing. I've been getting frustrated about that and looked at post edit revisions, a ...
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Would questions about writing systems be off-topic?

Should this site cover only spoken language or also written language, including alphabets and other writing systems? Or should it allow the latter only to a certain degree that overlaps spoken ...
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Should we include Esperanto in our scope?

Before now, we have excluded conlangs from our scope, but Esperanto is on a whole different level. For example, it has native speakers. If Esperanto will be considered on topic, questions about it ...
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Not earning Critic

I've already casted 2 downvotes and I'm still not earning Critic: "First down vote". Hope this will help: There are 2 downvotes cast already for my votes cast. What's wrong with the system? Is this ...
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Help about syntax-tree questions needs to be improved

I think the on topic questions help page needs to make it clear that not all questions about syntax trees are off-topic. This rule: "Please make me a syntax tree" needs to say something more like: ...
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Several downvotes today

If I see that three old answers of mine on the Linguistics sitehave all been downvoted today, is it reasonable to suspect somebody is stalking me?
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How can I improve my question on McWhorter's explanation of why some verbs are inherent reflexive?

Can you please recommend how I can clarify How does 'remembering something' vs. 'remembering is something that happens to you' explain Inherent Reflexive Verbs?
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Would a question about an uncertain passage in a Greek poem be accepted here?

I once translated (and thus had to reconstruct, in part) the complete poems of Sappho. I am now posting those translations to my blog, along with other translations. As I will have to go over the ...
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Tags speech and spoken-language

The two tags speech and spoken-language are currently without a tag wiki. However, they are are very overlapping and I cannot find a good delineation between the two. Some posts in speech (and in ...
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Not a duplicate? What does it mean for 'sense' to be 'an intrinsic property of the word', and to give the word 'its power of referring to something'?

Can What does it mean for 'sense' to be 'an intrinsic property of the word', and to give the word 'its power of referring to something'? please be reopened? I improved the ...
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Can we warn people that their question is going to be off-topic?

Oftentimes, a new user comes on here and posts a question to the tune of: I need a syntax tree for each of these sentences and in the question body: a list of sentences. Fair enough; if it's a ...
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Is Linguistics going to pick up the weight of Indian Languages?

The Indian Language Stack Exchange has been deleted from Area 51 proposals. This is immensely unpredicted considering this was a much requested and heavily required question answer forum. Linguistics ...
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Reopen question on Devil negation

Syntax of 'f*** off has he', 'b******* do they', and the like was closed with the rationale: "Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned ...
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My deleted, not recent questions?

How can I access deleted questions not listed at https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/users/recently-deleted-questions/5306? E.g., I'm searching one that asked about 'mode' vs 'modality'?
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Did I ask a question, now deleted, on Loan Translations of 'to wit'?

Loan Translation is defined here. I see no deleted recent questions.
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Should the first comment on questions with confusing/unclear terminology really be “I voted to close this question”?

This is a Q&A site for a topic so broad that I doubt anyone is up to date on all of the relevant theories/analyses/terminology, so even for professional linguists (i.e. Professors, basically), I ...
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Synonymising tags slavic and slavic-languages

As of today, there are two independent tag slavic and slavic-languages. From their description it is clear that the two should be synonyms; but alas, I have not enough tag score to do it on my own.

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