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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. Please ...
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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 ...
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How can I see questions I've asked during commitment phase?

I asked a question when this site (linguistics) was still in commitment phase. However, it didn't got answer, since it wasn't appropriate at that time. Now, I just don't know what the question was. I'...
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Should we welcome via Community Wiki useful questions that don't have concrete or single answers?

The specific question that has been the subject of must discussion that inspires this post is the following one: What are the current fronts of the linguistics wars? Now, this is a question that was ...
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Would somebody like to try to make a version of this unresolved question from English Language & Usage suitable for our site?

What is the name of the phoneme produced in an upper-class Briton's pronunciation of the word “Duke”? What's different in the articulation? The question or at least one of the comments included a ...
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On closing “questions asked in good faith”

In this question's comments, @hippietrail commented ... on the subject of constructiveness, I firmly believe downvoting or closing questions asked in good faith in the earliest days of a new ...
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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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Migration from English.SE

It has been suggested on the English Meta that questions regarding linguistic topics there should be copied to Linguistics.SE and then closed on EL&U. Now that Linguistics.SE has been launched, ...
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Typography/style conventions

Derived from french.stackexchange's one. As we have already one question dealing with typography and formatting issues and as there will likely be many of these, I think it would be fitting to set ...
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Facilitating sentence diagramming?

Having had many discussions on other forums that essentially turned on trying to express an opinion about the tree structure of a sentence, are there any clever ways to illustrate a sentence diagram ...
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Question on feature in different languages

I have asked the following question which I think might be controversial as it demands a list (obviously, I personally do think that it is of interest) https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Are questions about a single language on topic?

It was suggested at this question that a question about a single language is off-topic, being more appropriate for a Stack Exchange site dedicated to that language. What do people think of this idea?
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How should we facilitate IPA entry?

The two main options I see are as follows: Just have people do it in Unicode. It would probably be useful in that case to link to or create a nice repository of common symbols in the FAQs to ...
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Merge with natural language processing

I have asked on area51 whether Linguistics would include natural language processing, the most voted answer being for a merge of the proposals. Is it taken into account? How would the merge be done? ...
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How should we format glosses on linguistics.SE?

What will be our best choice of formatting for including glosses of foreign language samples in our questions?
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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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The Literature Meta has our logo graphic, and vice-versa

As reported on the Literature Meta, the Literature Meta has our logo. We have theirs: Looks like they got switched. (Reposting here to hopefully spare some confusion.)
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What top voted questions questions from the proposal are you eager to close?

This is my pet peeve with stack exchange betas. The proposal questions are vote up, dozens of times, then when they are asked in the first few days of beta, they get closed as being off topic. I ...
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Are methodological questions on topic?

Are methodological questions like this one on topic for the site? Edit: Pro: These are issues linguists deal with all the time, and we may have some special use cases. Con: These aren't linguistics ...
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Should we allow highly open-ended questions like “do any languages have feature X”?

Some examples off the top of my head: Are there any languages without fricatives? What language has the most points of stop consonant articulation? Are there any languages without at least a first-...

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