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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The votes cast count are not matching

My votes casts on my votes tab is not matching the Civic Duty badge's shown vote count. I'am expected to see "74 Votes Cast" instead of "70 Votes Cast". It is displaying wrongly. It is now 2 hours ...
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The Vox Populi badge

When I'am viewing my profile, it only shows I awarded the "Vox Populi" badge on the Badges > Settings icon > All.
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Linguistics Olympiad questions on topic?

This is in reference to a question recently posted by the user Prajneya which involves a Linguistics Olympiad puzzle. Since I have been into the Olympiad for two years now, at least 500-600 distinct ...
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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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Suspicion that a term which has been claimed in be in use is actually invented - on topic?

I have stumbled over a certain word which claims to be the name of a refutation of an argument and it is also claimed that its origin is more than 30 years old. It is listed in Wikipedia. The ...
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The Constructed Languages site has launched

https://conlang.stackexchange.com/ I propose that any questions from people who are creating constructed languages no longer be on-topic here. Questions about conlangs which have actual speech ...
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Close votes wrong

We've got a question here, which is gathering close-votes. These close votes all state the reason that the question is off-topic. That is incorrect! Okay, the question does not show any prior research ...
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Closing questions as primarily 'concerned with usage rather than linguistics'

Many questions get closed under the rubric "Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage." My understanding of this close ...
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What can be done about questions which are related to disputable history?

~My concerns started after looking at this question, here.~ (that was just one example which is now irrelevant) It doesn't make much sense to keep them for open discussions and not arrive at an answer ...
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How should've I written: How does the prefix 'in-' in 'intonation' relate to the difference between 'tone' and 'intonation'?

What exactly should I've written to communicate my question in How does the prefix 'in-' in 'intonation' relate to the difference between 'tone' and 'intonation'?? My ...
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Removing/Defining the language-identification Tag Wiki

Since Language Identification is now officially off-topic here, 6 of the tagged questions are closed and 10 other are blatantly off-topic: a) Should we remove the tag altogether. b) Can someone ...
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Merging resources tags

1) free-online-resources tag (has just one question) can be merged to online-resources. 2) resources tag and resource-request tag be merged or have their tag wiki better defined and differentiated? 3)...
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Should we pin an IPA chart and a link to a multi-script keyboard on the help page?

Since it is the Linguistics SE and for those who don't have access to (IPA Keyboard userscript for you!) or don't know about it, I think it must have a standard IPA chart and a link to a multi-script ...
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Should the tag 'writing' and 'undeciphered-writing' be merged into 'written-language' and 'writing-systems'?

Questions (I think all of them) with the (undefined wiki) tag "writing" can be merged with "written-language" and "writing-systems". Also "undeciphered-writing" has only 5 questions which can be ...
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Feature request: translate words in many languages using a single question

I have a certain situation where I want to translate a certain word or the name of an object in as many languages possible. Google translate and other dictionaries do not contain that word. And then, ...
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Nomination for reopening: another etymology question which had a part about current meaning (which I dropped)

When I mentioned it as an inconsistency here, I was almost expecting it would result it this question being closed. However, I now edited it to drop the concern about current meaning (except as an end ...
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Is this question about etymology and meaning really off-topic?

This question, as I stated in the final section and in the title, is about the etymology and meaning of "atturna" in Sicilian. It mentions a piece of a song because it is the only place where I found ...
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Does the tag 'dead-languages' also cover historical language variants?

The main site has a tag for dead-languages that has been used for questions about (for example) hieroglyphs, North-Germanic languages (including Old Norse), Classical Latin and grammaticality in dead ...
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Any objections to my formal addition of language identification to our list of off-topic questions?

The topic of what to do with language identification requests has come up several times already. However, based on how often regulars here have been closing such questions, (A.) I took the liberty of ...
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Should formal language theory questions be allowed?

In general, it seems that formal language theory questions (uncommon as they are on the site) tend not to be closed down, although I have seen users vote to close such questions (unfortunately I do ...
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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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Please help me fit my question to the site

Title: How can a doctor communicate when s/he has no shared language with the patient? I heard a news report about refugees in Greece (on This American Life) about a woman refugee had had heart ...
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Would the following question be on topic on this site?

Could the following question be considered on topic on the Linguistic site? https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/394563/why-are-expressions-like-gonna-wanna-and-shoulda-american-english
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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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Are implementation questions about computational linguistics on topic?

I am implementing a machine translation system. Are questions about how they implement something on topic? I was about to ask how phrase-based SMT splits an input up into phrases. Then I figured I'...
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Should we have smaller sized bounties?

Here on Linguistics stackexchange (not meta), we have very few users and even few interested ones, also the votes and replies to good questions are fewer than most of the other communities, also the ...
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What is the scope of the field of Linguistics?

I'd ideally like to ask this question on the formal Stack, but fear it may deemed too broad. I seem to be having trouble forming meaningful questions for this Stack because my enthusiasm and regard ...
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May I migrate this question from ELU to Linguistics?

May I migrate this question from ELU to Linguistics? https://english.stackexchange.com/q/368493/112436
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Review queue number not clearing

The number shown for my review queue does not reset to zero (or change at all) when I clear the queue. Is this just me or is everyone experiencing it?
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No constructive feedback and blocked

I asked and now I'm temporarily blocked. There is not a single constructive feedback anywhere. If you block a user, you should let the user know what he did wrong. This is what is says You have ...
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Modality, mood, and modal verbs

As a follow on to these comments, I have gone through a retagged a bunch of questions about modality or mood. I have also suggested these tag wikis: modality: The grammatical category of modality ...
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Cleaning up the tags

In the last couple of days I was in a kind of clean-up rage and crawled all the tags on our site, edited a few (going to add some exceprts to the yet description-less tags when I have the time) and ...
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Request for migration

The following question seems most appropriate to be directly answered in german.stackexchange.com: In written German, how can I tell whether ⟨s⟩ is pronounced /s/, /ʃ/ or /z/? [on hold] Can it be ...
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Would this question about Aramaic be on topic?

Which modern day dialect of Aramaic is the closest one to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago? Would this question be on topic on the main site?
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Question from Language Learning: How can we best complement this site?

I come as an ambassador from the recently beta-launched Language Learning site, where we are still in the early in the trying to nail down some on-topic guidelines. Strictly speaking, our sites' ...
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Is it permissible to post an essay with sections given as several answers?

I have posted two essays in the linguistics stackexchange which are in the form of a question followed by a long discussion of the answer given in the form of many answers by me, one answer for each ...
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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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'Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything?' : Why closed as 'Language-specific'?

Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything? references more than 1 language. I am stupefied that the above would be closed as Language-specific, whereas Why does French use “be” as the ...

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