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Questions about whether certain topics or types of questions should be allowed on Language Learning Stack Exchange.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are not list-questions off-topic in this site?

Are not list-questions off-topic in this site? If so, why?
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Are questions about the (non)extinction of languages on-topic?

Recently, we had this question come up, and it seems that the OP is asking whether an African language called "Thaqovelith" is extinct or not, as the question states that there were very few ...
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What should we do about the questions that is not really about learning process, but about the effect of it to the learners?

So far, I have noticed some questions that are not really related to the process of learning a language, but effect of it to the learners. Three examples: Does learning a second language happen in ...
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Are specific questions how to find a tutor in [x] teaching language [y] on-topic?

Recently, a question was posted asking about how to find Mongolian tutors in Sydney, Australia. This question doesn't really seem to have any value to anyone beyond the OP, as this is a very uncommon ...
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To what extent are linguistics questions permitted?

We've received a number of recent questions which seem to me to have a Linguistics slant. Up to now, I'm the only one to have provided a vote to close. Does this mean the community is on vacation, ...
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Are questions about grammatical concepts on topic?

We got a question about (I think) grammar: https://languagelearning.stackexchange.com/q/569/13 As of this writing, the question has a couple of Unclear what you're asking votes, as the specific ...
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Are questions about English learning on topic?

I've seen the following question: Are questions about individual languages on-topic? And the most up-voted answer suggests that questions about a specific language are on-topic as long as they involve ...
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Are resource request questions on-topic?

Questions like this one are requests for resources that can help them in some way, as long it is related to learning/teaching another language. There seems to be confusion (as seen in the comments) ...
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Are questions about animal communication on-topic?

Are questions about human-animal communication on-topic here? Of course, still with regards to language learning. (e.g. learning to communicate with animals, gorillas learning sign language, etc.)
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Is asking about learning native language on-topic?

Maybe I just quibble about the detail, but in my opinion the process of learning my own native language is still considered to be "language learning", hence it's sufficient to asking here. I think ...
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Should we allow questions about programming languages?

While they aren't "languages" in the traditional sense, programming languages certainly differ from one another. In some cases, learning programming languages can be like learning spoken languages, ...
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Are sign languages on-topic

A question related to sign language has been asked on this site. Are sign languages treated as normal languages and are considered on-topic?
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Are methods recommendation on-topic?

Whenever someone wants to study a new language on their own, they tend to rely on some support, be it books, CDs, DVDs, Websites, etc. Are questions of the style What would you recommend to learn ...
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Are questions about language learning software efficiency on topic here?

For example, could I ask "is Duolingo/Rosetta Stone effective in teaching language X?"
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Is this to be an English-only site?

Language learners come from all over the world. In a perfect world, all of them would be able to ask questions on Language Learning. On the other hand, having questions in any language imaginable ...
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Are questions about individual languages on topic?

While most language concepts are language independent, some are language specific. Should we allow language specific questions?