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What should we do with low-quality etymology questions?

First: "Low quality" is subjective, and the usage in this question is based on my personal opinion. The community and every member thereof is free to agree or disagree on this judgement. I stress that ...
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How can I make on-topic questions comparing philosophical terms and their Latin etymons?

I thought to double-check the intelligibility of What semantic notions underlie 'ex/in-tēnsiō' with the logical meanings of 'ex/in-tension'? Or is it unclear what I'm asking? Please ...
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Is this an “example-request” or a “vocabulary” question?

I've asked a few questions along the lines of "does any word with X properties exist?" For example, this question was answered succinctly with "yes, one example is glôssa". Should these be considered ...
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What should we do about sockpuppets?

Recently, we've had quite a lot of new accounts created by the same suspended user in an attempt to get around the question ban. These questions fortunately aren't difficult to recognize, as he has ...
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How can I ask questions if I have a question ban or my account is suspended?

I want to keep asking questions but I seem to have a question ban or my account is suspended. I have more questions to ask! How do I ask them?
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Regarding the Russian etymology questions

These questions are coming from a single user, who's made a dozen or so different accounts to post them. It seems to have happened first on Russian.SE, then on Linguistics.SE, and now on Latin.SE: ...
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Can I edit my comment later on?

I know I can edit comments within a couple of minutes of posting them, but sometimes I realize an embarrassing mistake too late. I could always delete and repost, but that messes the order of the ...
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What are the relevant proposed SE sites on Area 51?

Area 51 is a part of the Stack Exchange network where new SE sites are born. A site has to go through several stages before being launched, and having an active community is an important ingredient in ...
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Should there be a Romance-languages tag?

Just what the title says. Does it make sense to create romance-languages? From time to time we get questions like Why did "cattus" replace Latin "feles"? asking about the ...
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Problems with directing a comment to a specific person

In this exchange, I had occasion to comment in answer to a specific person (in this case, "Alex B"). Normally, when I type '@', there's a popup to suggest a completion, but in this case there was not,...
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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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Tags for authors and their naming conventions

Some of the Latin authors have their own tags, such as Cicero, but far from even all the most important ones. I have a simple two-part suggestion: All authors should have their own tag All author-...
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Are crosswords on-topic?

Can I create simple crosswords (in Latin, of course) and post them as questions on the main site? The correct answer(s) would provide partial or complete solutions to the crossword.
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Thousand days of Latin Stack Exchange

A moment ago we reached the benchmark of 1000 days in beta. Many thanks to all of you for participation! I hope that the site will continue to thrive and will eventually graduate. To that end, I ...
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How can we encourage more Latin Language SE users to support the Greek proposal?

Please click here to support. I screenshot our traffic statistics on Nov. 18 2018: Am I right that 145 avid users aren't enough for the criteria? Ought someone try to sway users on other language ...
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Answering off-topic questions

Recently, this off-topic question regarding Hebrew grammar was posted to our site. Although I think I can give a useful answer to this question, I have not done so, because the question is blatantly ...
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There should be a negation tag

An important part of Latin grammar, is how to negate. Whether it be done by negation prepositions, words (e.g. ūllus vs nūllus, nōn, nē) or any other means, it raises a plethora of grammatical issues ...
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What should our tour's question and answers look like?

The tour of our site is relatively high-traffic page for newcomers, and one of the ways we can optimize it is by choosing the question and answers that appear on it. However, there are very strict ...
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Number of questions in “genus” and “gender” tags - bug?

There seem to be two tags for questions related to gender: genus and gender. They are also tag synonymous. However, then one is typing "genus" as a tag, it states 15 questions have that tag. When you ...
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Should nonsensical answers be deleted?

We recently received this answer (now deleted), which expounded a vast and convoluted theory connecting the letter V to Aleister Crowley and claiming that certain quotes attributed to Jesus were ...
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Policy on Greek questions

Our community's attitude towards Greek has changed since we started out, and it is time to reflect that in our scope. Below is a suggestion for a new policy on Greek on our site. Any comments and ...
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Permissible to ask for translations of Latin place names?

Is it permissible to ask for an English (or other) translation of a Latin place name?
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Can we make NT Greek on-topic now?

For about a year we have been discussing whether to make New Testament Greek on-topic. One of the arguments against this was the on-going Greek proposal, which covered all eras of the Greek language. ...
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Why are greetings deleted from my posts?

If I ask a question starting with "Greetings, fellow Latinists" and end with "Best regards, [my name]", they are removed. Some texts seem to be removed automatically, and often some user or moderator ...
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Getting rid of the translation tag

Following a recent discussion in chat and a year-old meta discussion, it seems to be best to get rid of the tag translation. The tag is broad and used in many different ways, so I find it pretty ...
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Is “pagan” acceptable on our website?

A certain user has repeatedly referred to classical authors as "pagan." To me personally it sounds jarring - to say the least - and, frankly speaking, totally unacceptable. I would like to find out ...
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How would the Latin.SE community feel about opening the site up to further classic languages?

About a week ago changes were introduced to the Area 51 process which effectively make it much harder for site proposals to proceed to the beta stage. This includes the Greek proposal, which was just ...
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Would a question about “famous” yet untranslated Latin books be on-topic?

I am interested in a list of books written in Latin which have not been translated to vernacular languages yet. Ideally we want to know "very famous" books. This is of course subjective, but a list ...
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To which extent is an opinion an answer?

Based on a comment to the question What is analysis in Latin?. In my case, I commented from an opinion I wasn't able to verify at the time. I posted it because at the time I thought it was a lead for ...
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No association bonus?

Does the Latin Stack Exchange not give an association bonus for having a high reputation on other SE sites? I'm not particularly concerned on a personal level, but I do wonder if that's intentional ...
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Commercial use of this site

We have had questions about naming a company, a product, or some other commercially relevant thing in Latin. To be on topic, this questions have to satisfy our quality standards (whatever they are), ...
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How to (temporarily) delete the accepted answer?

I wrote an answer that I originally thought was correct. However, based on further research I've done, it seems to me I was wrong and I would like to temporarily take it down (or delete). Any ...
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Questions quoting sources in languages other than that of the answer or Latin

I recently came across an interesting and well-written answer by Alex B. about why the j in subicio seemingly disappears in Lewis and Short, but found that part of the evidence he provides in the ...
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Would it be useful to have a general tattoo question?

We have had some questions regarding tattoos, and I more will certainly come. We even have a tag: tattoo. It might be useful to have a general tattoo question that we could refer new users to. If a ...
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When to use the “English” tag?

I am "guilty" of 4 out of 9 questions with the english tag, with four other questions being from "very low" reputation users (nothing wrong with that, but just an indication of, perhaps, less ...
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Has a question from this site ever gone viral (i.e. into Hot Network Questions)?

I'm curious, as I see questions from many sites which I never heard of, but I never see one of Latin.SE. If not, is it allowed to collude and coordinate a viralisation of a question (via several ...
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What is the correct title for Translation questions?

You can get questions like this one, whose title is Help translating a phrase from English to Latin Or, you can get questions like this one, whose title is Translating “I too can write in Latin”...
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Would a question about an uncertain passage in a Greek poem (e.g. Sappho) be accepted here (at least while Greek SE is not graduated)?

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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Commit to the Greek Language Stack Exchange!

Stack Exchange is about to launch a new site for Greek. It is currently in commitment phase, looking for a sufficient amount of interested people before launching a beta site. If you are interested in ...
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A new reason to close: insufficient effort or elaboration

Our site has had questions that show insufficient research. Often they are translation questions with not enough input from the OP. They should have consulted a dictionary, the should have tried to ...
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Are requests for (grammatical) made-up Latin words/phrases on-topic?

While mentally composing some text (in English), I got the idea to insert a modern English idiom translated into a ridiculous made-up Latinate word to express sarcasm. It should ideally be ...
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Which tags are confusing?

A tag is useful if it has a descriptive name that is difficult to misinterpret and a good use description. Not all of our tags are this good. Which tags do you find confusing? Confusing can mean ...
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Moderator feedback after one year

Our pro tempore moderators have been around for over a year now. It would be good to have some feedback. Here are some questions, but don't restrict yourself to them if you have something to say: Are ...
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Why are opinion-based questions sometimes allowed?

If a question can not be answered because it's about the preference of the readers, shouldn't it be closed? Some recent questions include "Should I study Latin in English or in Spanish?", or really ...
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Would a “historical linguistics resources for Latin (and Greek)” question be appropriate?

On a fairly regular basis, we get questions about the history and prehistory of Latin (and sometimes Greek), their descent from Indo-European and so forth. There are a few resources that come up again ...
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Do we use any standards for linguistic notation?

I mostly deal with questions regarding linguistics, and I find myself using certain ingrained habits which might be counter-intuitive for other users. For instance, I have a habit of adding breves and ...
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Should Latin.SE introduce topic challenges?

I've noticed that a few other Stack Exchange sites have introduced a periodic (monthly/weekly/etc.) topic challenge as a way of encouraging questions on a particular interesting topic. Here are some ...
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Near duplicate worth making separate question?

Curriculum vitae (often abbreviated CV) is a common Latin locution present in a high number of languages. Roughly, more than half the links in other languages in curriculum vitae Wikipedia article go ...
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Should We Get Rid of the Translation Tag?

Here's yet another tag that means just about everything. It's used to refer to problems translating from Latin to English, from English to Latin, individual words, grammar, difficult sentences, etc. ...
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Should We Change the Specific Words Tag?

We seem to have duplicate tags. One is the specific-words and the other is vocabulary. Why do we have both? Should we merge them, and if so, which one is merged into the other?

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