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Best questions and answers from 3rd quarter of 2020

I am continuing an idea that began in 2017 and that was revived this summer. Please post links to your favourite questions and answers from the third quarter of 2020 (posted between 1 July and 30 ...
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Language learning or teaching websites outside Stack exchange

What other websites exist where one can ask questions about learning or teaching languages? See also: Resources for Researching Language Learning Questions List of language-related Stack Exchange ...
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How can the question about an English grammar course be improved?

The question For a English Grammar Course, what should be included in the list below and what should be removed? was closed because, according to the three close voters, it "needs to be more ...
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Languages supersite on Codidact

There's a proposal for a Languages site on Codidact, a Q&A site created by users who left StackExchange, that I've proposed taking the idea from Rebecca Stones's Languages.SE proposal on Area 51. ...
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Would it be suitable and possible to migrate “How to get started learning Chinese?” (currently closed at Chinese.SE) here?

I'm not 100% sure this is even possible, but at Chinese.SE there's the question How to get started learning Chinese? [closed]. Maybe if it were migrated here, it would be on-topic? Question: Would it ...
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Best questions and answers from 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020

I'm reviving an idea that has been neglected since 2017. (See Nominate your favourite answers from the third quarter of 2017.) Please post links to your favourite questions and answers from the first ...
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Any interest in listing cognates and false friends for languages?

I don't know of any online systematic lists of cognates and false friends. Would anyone be interested in starting them here as Community Wikis?
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Are questions about learning or practicing nonverbal communication or body language on-topic?

Books on leadership will often assert that anywhere from 2/3 to 80% of communication is nonverbal - that is, expressed in tone of voice, posture, eye contact, and gestures rather than the specific ...
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Are questions about speech-language pathology on-topic?

Are questions about the professional practice of Speech-Language Pathology on-topic? Much of the practice area of such clinicians relates to skills that language learners care about (e.g. ...
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Arabic Site proposal needs your support

I am hoping that many users of the LL community would be interested in the Arabic site proposal: https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/123866/arabic-language Please support this proposal by ...
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“Would a general Languages.SE supersite … be feasible?” on Area 51 [duplicate]

I asked this on Area 51: Would a general Languages.SE supersite (synchronized with the current language sites) be feasible? I thought I'd raise it to your attention, because it's likely of interest ...
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Goodbye, friends

As you may know, I suspended activity on SE some time ago as a response to Monica being fired. Today, I submitted my resignation from moderating due to Shog9 and Robert Cartaino also losing their ...
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Are the tags [spaced-repetition], [flash-cards], and [memorisation] excessive?

The tags spaced-repetition, flash-cards, and memorization seem very closely related, even though they aren't identical. Is it beneficial to have all three tags, or should we get rid of at least one of ...
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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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Please consider following the Sanskrit proposal

I believe many users of this community would be interested in Sanskrit site proposal and there is a Sanskrit language proposal on Area51 live! Do please consider following it. Here is the link: We ...
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I will be going inactive as a moderator

You have probably seen many similar posts like this across all of Stack Exchange. I'll keep this brief. I do not support Stack Exchange in their poorly executed venture into forced language, gender ...
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Can we get to 10 questions per day?

This was inspired by Should we widen the scope of our site? And if yes, how? - where most popular answer to widenings was: No. I think that getting to 10 new question per day in current scope of the ...
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It's been fun, but it's time to turn in my diamond

Those of you who have been here since the beginning may remember that I was very active on this site initially, as one of the original pro-tem moderators. But just recently I've turned in my diamond, ...
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What should we do with comments that are flagged as “Mini-answer in a comment”?

Recently, I have seen several comments that were flagged as "Mini-answer in a comment". For example, most recently, the following comment on the question "Is it easier for someone who has a background ...
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Asking questions and winning prizes

I recently saw this post on Writing Stack Exchange. It's essentially a contest where users who ask the highest number of upvoted questions with certain tags can receive Stack Exchange swag (generously ...
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Getting to know you: who are you and why do spend time on Language Learning Stack Exchange?

Since we are barely using our chat room The Language Lab, I thought we should try something else to get to know each other. So I'm posting this meta question to give everyone the opportunity to ...
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How to avoid asking resource-request questions that are too localized?

Prompted by discussion on this post. resource-request already exceeds the bounds other SE sites set for on-topic questions. What are guidelines that can be followed to promote high-quality resource ...
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The tags 'listening-comprehension' and 'listening' have been merged

The tags listening-comprehension and listening have been merged. We currently have tags for both listening-comprehension (13 questions) and listening (11 questions). The tag listening-comprehension ...
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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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1000 Days of Language Learning Stack Exchange!

Our site has reached another milestone: on 31 December 2018 we have been in public beta for 1000 days! What have we achieved since the previous reviews at 500 days and at our first birthday? ...
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How do I avoid asking questions that are too broad?

If my question was put "on hold" or "closed" for being too broad, what can I do to improve it? This is part of a FAQ to help new users.
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How can we attract more experts to Language Learning Stack Exchange?

The majority of the question asked on Language Learning Stack Exchange are answered by other language learners. These participants are typically learners who have experience learning at least one ...
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Winter bash 2018 is here! With a bounty for the best answer!

As you may have noticed, the top bar on this site (and every other Stack Exchange site) has a new icon button that looks like an ice crystal. This button is available for the duration of Winter Bash, ...
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Are questions about the validity of studies on topic?

We have quite a lot of questions tagged reference-request; with 92 questions at the time of writing, it's one of our most popular tags. However, not every study that is cited in an answer to such ...
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List of bounties with no deadline

One of the problems on StackExchange sites is that questions don't always receive good answers. While unanswered questions are easy to find, this is not the case with questions that have one or more ...
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How can we help people who post questions that cover all aspects of language learning at once?

Our site regularly receives questions from people who want to know everything about learning a foreign language from scratch and that are therefore too broad. Sometimes we get questions that are ...
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Do we need the tag [l2-acquisition]?

Isn't l2-acquisition essentially the purpose of this site? Could it not be applied to every question here?
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Are there ABC language level tags of some kind?

Just arrived here at LL community and saw a comment mentioning "A level" being the most basic kind of official recognition. As far as I know, this is an European standard: Browsing other site ...
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Are our traffic statistics broken?

I have been keeping track of site statistics since October 2016 and I recently noticed a sharp drop in the number of visitors per day (as reported on Area 51): 10.04: 140 (it had been this low for ...
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Should we widen the scope of our site? And if yes, how?

I have been monitoring our site statistics since October 2016 and have noticed that the average number of questions per day has rarely exceeded 1. The highest average I have found is 1.4 (27.12.2016, ...
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Are questions about language certificates on topic?

Are questions about the existence of language skill certificates, or ways to get them, etc., on topic for the site? Some prior questions on the main site can be found under the relevant tag: https://...
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How important is strictly enforcing minor rules, compared to make contributors feel valued?

In this question, one commenter berates another about the need to delete the comment and convert it to an answer. I am OK with "do not answer in comments" rule in principle, but I also see the point ...
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Winter is coming, and so is Winter bash 2017!

Winter bash is a yearly holiday event on StackExchange during which users can earn "hats" for specific activities and types of participation. The goal is to promote activity during the holiday season. ...
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Are questions regarding the language acquisition methods of famous individuals on-topic?

We have several questions that fall in line with this topic: namely this question about Cardinal Mezzofanti, and this more recent question about Celine Dion. Are these questions on-topic? How can one ...
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Are questions about learning to type in an L2 on-topic?

I am currently learning a language whose standard typing layout is very different to that of my native language. At some point I am going to want to learn to touch-type it, and I suspect that learning ...
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Should questions about learning or changing an accent be allowed?

Should questions about learning to speak a language using a different accent be on-topic? For example, someone who is already a fluent speaker of English might ask for information on how they can ...
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I am seeking a good definition of when language skill is considered native/second language

I am a bilingual person, and I am having a bit of problems with the definitions people use for native speakers. (Also in relation why it is good to include native as some sort of super category of ...
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Ask good questions and get an Inquistive badge

In order to get out of beta, our site must consistently get 10 new questions per day. According to my own measures (for the last 11 months), we have gotten between 0.4 and 1.4 questions per day, and ...
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Nominate your favourite answers from the third quarter of 2017

Please post links to your favourite answers from the third quarter of 2017 (posted between 1 July and 30 September 2017). They don't need to be somebody else's answers; you can promote your own ...
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When the answer to a [reference-request] question is that no studies exist, how should the answer be framed?

We have hundreds of questions tagged reference-request, and many of them lie unanswered. The reason several seem to be unanswered is due to the fact that there are simply no studies or past research ...
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The [isn] tag has been deleted

This tag has been burninated. Please do not recreate it. IIf you see this tag reappearing, it may need to be blacklisted. The isn tag, which refers to Nicaraguan Sign Language, has currently been ...
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Are questions purely related to IPA transcription's usage on topic?

For instance, in this question: For the IPA translation of a whole sentence, does it matter in terms of readability if it only has a pair of brackets encompassing the whole transcription? For ...
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What is the difference between the script tag and the writing system tag?

We have both a script tag and a writing-system tag. The description of script reads Questions about (learning) scripts or writing systems, i.e. the visual representation of verbal ...
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Promote our site and get an Announcer or a Booster badge

StackExchange awards badges to people who promote our site. The Announcer badge is awarded to anyone who shares a link to a question that is later visited by 25 unique IP addresses. The Booster badge ...
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Milestone Reached: 500 days!

We are now at 500 days, a critical milestone! Unfortunately, we are kind of in the bad side of things with only one "Excellent" stat according to Area 51: A simple breakdown of stats (compared with ...

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