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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, ...
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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 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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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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The [resources] tag has been burninated

This tag has been burninated. Please do not recreate it. If you need advice on which tag to use, see the answer below. If you see this tag reappearing, it may need to be blacklisted. The resources ...
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Should we delete unsupported or unreferenced answers to questions tagged [reference-request]?

reference-request is by far one of the most popular tags on our site, and its usage guidance excerpt states that it should be used: For questions asking for a published journal to be included as ...
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What would be an appropriate tag for historical language variants?

In my answer to the question 'What should we define an uncommon language as?' I proposed the creation of the tag historical-language-variants. This tag could cover both Latin (which is normally ...
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Please comment on draft of first LLSE promotion video

I have created a "draft" of a YouTube video to promote our site (see also What should a YouTube video to promote LLSE contain?). It is an instructional video consisting of a screencast. No other ...
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What should we define an uncommon language as?

Currently, we have a uncommon-languages tag that, to me, seems fundamentally flawed. The reason for this is because a language that is uncommon to some of us may not be uncommon to others, making it ...
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Should we have rewards for the best answer of each quarter?

Over at Latin SE, they recently had a voting round for the best answers of the second quarter of 2017. I propose that we do something similar on LLSE. The reason is that voting has been rather low ...
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Como eu posso dizer a palavra “obrigado” na lingua Esloveno (slovenščina)? [duplicate]

I hope I do not offend anyone and I do not even seem like a provocateur for the question that I will ask ... It would be off-topic if I post my future questions on this site in my native language, in ...
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What should a YouTube video to promote LLSE contain?

I have mentioned this before, but I should get around to doing it in the next two weeks: making a YouTube video to promote our site. This would by a screencast with a voice over. What should this ...
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Are “what should I do in this situation” questions on-topic?

Recently, I've noticed a few questions pop up from various users concerning situations where the question's author asks for the most sound course of action in their particular language learning ...
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What do we do about identification questions?

Well, we now have a language identification, the first of its kind. Other questions under that identification tag are (that actually are about language identification): Does this language still exist ...
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What should our On-Topic Help Center section say?

As @WBT has thankfully reminded us, this community has not yet created an official on-topic definition for the Help Center. Almost exactly a year ago, @fi12 started this discussion here, too. Lets ...
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Why is the on-topic page empty?

Lots of places in the help center (e.g. "How do I ask a good question?," "What types of questions should I avoid asking?," "What does it mean if a question is "closed" or "on hold?,"" etc.) point to "...
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Is asking questions about using machines for language learning on-topic?

This question seems quite borderline with on-topic and off-topic. The reason this question us up is because of Flimzy's comment on the question: I'm really not sure if this is about language ...
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Happy first birthday, Language Learning Stack Exchange!

A lot of us should have realized that yesterday marked this site's one year anniversary! As a user, I would first want to say that as a community, we are doing well for our first year though activity ...
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Should we make a meta post devoted to language learning resources for each language?

What I'm proposing is a megathread of sorts, containing language learning resources for lots of different values, or at least links to questions related to such resources for each language. I'm asking ...
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State of the Blog - Part Two

It's been a very long while since our blog has been launched. Around 5 months if anyone is interested but anyways, we are improving on our stats in the last 90 days. Our blog has been visited 133 ...
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Community Ads - 2017 Edition

I think it's time it's we refresh our community ad post from last year so we can allow new ideas to be considered by the community. As such, here's the official community ad message for 2017 that's ...
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Having [srs] and [spaced-repetition] seems a bit repetitive

spaced-repetition For questions related to a method of study that increases interval of time between reviews of older, more experienced terms. srs Questions about spaced repetition software (...
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Reword tag wiki excerpts for language-specific tags?

We have quite a few tags for specific languages, e.g. chinese, english, japanese, mongolian, spanish, esperanto, french, hebrew, german, russian, korean, greek, arabic, aramaic, thai, tagalog, ...
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Our first community ad has been launched!

Over on the ELL post for community ads, one of Language Learning's own ads (one of my own creation) has exceeded the minimum threshold of positive votes (6) to be displayed on the main site. This ...
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Difference between tags language-exchange and tandem-learning?

We currently have two tags for — probably — the same thing: The older tag tandem-learning is currently defined as follows: A language learning process involving mutual language exchange in which ...