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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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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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Are auxiliary languages on-topic?

Auxiliary languages are used in many communities but are not anyone's native language, being used in particular contexts or for particular purposes, such as: Liturgical purposes (Church Latin, Ge'ez) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the benefit to Linguistics SE of banning script or language identification questions?

This question here was recently closed: I need help identifying this language The close reason given was: Questions seeking help with translation and localization are off-topic here unless ...
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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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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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Most common close reasons

Not a question, but an FYI for those who are interested in some site stats. Intrigued by user6726's impression that "no syntax trees" was one of the main close reasons on this site, I asked the ...
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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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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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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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Should the questions of identifying language be on-topic?

This question has been recently asked. Should questions about identifying languages be on-topic here? Pro's Such Q's are often interesting by themselves; They may highlight some unusual usage of ...
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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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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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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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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, in ...
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Does the no-tree rule improperly conflate two valid reasons to close?

One of the main reasons for question-closure (someone else can figure out the stats) is "questions about drawing trees". Two rationales have been given for this rule: (1) we don't do people's homework ...
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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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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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How to draw the line between philology and historical linguistics when it comes to etymology?

When a user comes to Ling.SE with an etymology question about a word or words that can be traced back to a language with a major written tradition like Sanskrit, Greek or Latin (say), it seems that ...
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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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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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Cross-site duplicate questions

This question was asked recently; it was pointed out that it is fundamentally similar to this question on English Language & Usage SX. Given this: Is there a way to vote to close a question as a ...
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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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Why a question about language identification is not valid?

I asked this question: https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/7245/what-is-the-language-shown-in-the-image-please-help-me-identify-it at Linguistics Stack Exchange Some people closed it as ...
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FAQ: How to handle discussions in comments?

Sometimes it happens that I disagree with someone or maybe there is little understanding because of the complexity of the matter. What should I do? What is the proper way to handle discussions? ...
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FAQ: Can I change my accepted answer?

Is it possible to change the accepted answer? Why should I do it? Return to FAQ index
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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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What is the acceptance rate for questions?

I've noticed that the acceptance rate for my questions has gone down. What is the acceptance rate? How does it affect my reputation, privileges, or badges? Return to FAQ index
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What does the single word on-topic item mean?

The on-topic page has a list of topics which are acceptable. One is "a single word in relation to multiple languages or a single word/single language". What does this mean? Can the page be clarified? ...
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FAQ: Who are the moderators?

Who are the diamond moderators? How many are there? What is the job of a diamond moderator? What special privileges do diamond moderators have? How do we get the attention of a diamond moderator? How ...
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FAQ: What is this Community Bulletin?

What is this yellow box on the right side of the site? How does it work? Return to FAQ index
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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: Can I propose a change in the FAQ?

I don't like something in the FAQ/I think something is missing in the FAQ, can I propose a change or a new addition to it? How do I make sure it gets official? Are there standard procedures? Return ...
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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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