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What should we do with Greek questions? [duplicate]

(The moderator team has drafted this question and two answers together, with help from SE staff.) There was a meta discussion about allowing Greek on the site some time ago, but the conclusion was ...
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Should all-Latin questions be permitted?

On other language sites, like German, French, and Spanish, questions are sometimes written completely in the site's language. Should we allow all-Latin questions here? I see two points: We should be ...
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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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Updates to help pages

I have made edits to several help pages to add site-specific content. I followed the conclusion we reached in a previous meta discussion about our scope. This post has three purposes: announcing this ...
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Should we make a canonical “resources” question?

We've already gotten one question seeking resources, and given the nature of this site, I predict we'll see many more when it goes into public beta. People, after all, will come here to learn Latin, ...
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Should all-Latin question *titles* be permitted?

As yet another twist on the "allow all-Latin content or not" theme, should we permit all-Latin question titles? On the one hand, an all-Latin question title might serve as an advertisement of sorts ...
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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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Request for most-needed resource questions

As discussed in this question, we seem to have reached a way forward on compiling "big lists of resources for Latin learners" questions. In general we've reached a consensus that that's not what this ...
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What do we do with translation requests?

Related question on Area51: Are requests for translation on topic or not? The last thing I want is for this site to turn into a version of Reddit, where there are more tattoo translation requests ...
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What can we do to advertise Latin.SE?

One of the main sources of this site's traffic over the last few weeks has been other sites on the Stack Exchange network, thanks to the Hot Network Questions bar. When one of our questions is ...
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How to list resources?

I think it's safe to say that we reached a consensus in an earlier meta post that we need canonical resource posts, one or several. We thought that it would be good to post such questions at meta and ...
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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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How can I type macrons?

I'd like to type macrons on (OS X | Windows | Ubuntu | other), but my keyboard doesn't have an ā key. How can I add macrons to my vowels? I don't want to copy them from this strangely convenient list:...
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Should all-Latin answers be permitted?

As a companion to Should all-Latin questions be permitted?, the same policy regarding answers is probably worth considering separately. (brianpck even provides a handy example of an all-Latin answer ...
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Should site policy require that all-Latin questions also include an English translation?

As an extension of the question Should all-Latin questions be permitted?, where the consensus answer appears to be "Yes!", should we define as part of the site policy that any all-Latin questions must ...
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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 expand the scope to allow Greek questions? [duplicate]

This is the Latin Language site, and has been proposed and defined as such. I would like to float the idea of turning it into a Latin and Greek Language (or, Classical Languages) site. There is ...
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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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Week #3: What should we be doing?

Now that two weeks have gone by, what sort of things should we be focusing on as we get ready for public beta? Official sources make it seem like other stacks need lots of time, so what are we still ...
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Resigning as moderator

With sadness I wish to make you aware that I am stepping down as moderator from this site. There are a number of reasons for this, but the primary immediate causes are Stack Exchange's disgraceful ...
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Latin language eras

Latin has changed through history, obviously, and many times the correct answer to a question is going to depend on which era the OP is talking about. What are the right high-level tags to describe ...
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Please support the Area 51 Proposal for Greek! We need ≥ 400 avid users

Click here to support the 4th try! For the record, here's the 1st attempt by someone else and my 2nd, 3rd attempt by me.
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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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Wait few days before accepting answers

There are good reasons to vote early and often, but accepting answers is somewhat different from voting. For the first few (two?) days of each private meta the focus is on asking questions, not ...
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Why are there questions about the Greek language on here?

I'm curious to see so many Greek language questions on the main page. Has this site changed from "Latin Language SE" to "Classical Languages SE" and if so why hasn't this been reflected in the site ...
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Should we tag geographical/contextual variations in Latin language, and if so, how?

We already have the following meta questions for establishing tag scope: Latin language eras How should a tag for changes in Latin language through time be named? The former is a static ...
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What do you think about a flier for our site?

I was thinking of ways to advertise our site, and a thought occurred to me — how about the old-fashioned way of tacking fliers onto bulletin boards? In particular, we could tack fliers onto the ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Note: This post is (nearly) identical to this one on Mythology Stack Exchange I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "...
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What about the sister languages of Latin: Faliscan, Umbrian, and Oscan?

Should questions about other Italic Languages that are closely related to Latin like Faliscan, Umbrian, and Oscan be on-topic?
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Can we do a better job welcoming users rather than driving them away with legalism?

The title pretty much says it all. As a proper question, though, what steps can we take to ensure that people unfamiliar with StackExchange aren't immediately downvoted to oblivion and talked ...
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Do we want the [grammar] tag?

It is inevitable for language sites that somebody creates grammar. The usefulness of this tag on other language sites is strongly disputed. We now have the chance to make an early decision against it ...
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How was the first year of Latin.SE?

Happy birthday! Our site Latin Language Stack Exchange went online February 23, 2016 — exactly one year ago. The public beta stage started on March 15. I want the site continue growing and ...
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An article to promote this site

Following an earlier discussion about promoting this site, the triumviri moderators have drafted an article for that purpose. Here is the article in English and Latin. Our plan is to submit the Latin ...
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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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How should a tag for changes in Latin language through time be named?

For now, I named it language-change. language-history feels better. But I'm almost sure there's established term for this, which I don't know. Should I change the tag name? It's early enough to do ...
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What should be the guidelines for inviting non-English speakers

There are thousands people worldwide with high expertise level in Latin, definitely enough to ask/answer questions in Latin, who can't speak English. Anyone fluent in Latin (in writing/reading - no ...
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Should author tags be in their original Roman form?

It is good to have badges for important authors. At the moment we have the tag horace, but I created the tag horatius today when I asked about the same poet. This is because I strongly prefer using ...
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Reposting Latin questions from linguistics.se which could be answered better here

Given an already-answered question on Latin posted on Linguistics SE which a user believes might be better answered on Latin SE, is it bad form to repost the question on Latin SE?
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Do we want questions about the relationships between Latin and other languages to be on- or off-topic?

As a more general version of this question, do we want the relationships between Latin and other languages (both preceding and following) to be on-topic? I'd answer yes to both.
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Should our tags be in Latin?

On other Stack Exchange language sites, tags and tag wikis are in the language the site uses. French Language, for example, names their tags in French. Currently, Latin Language Stack Exchange has ...
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Could this question on Latin's transformation into Romance languages be narrowed and made in-scope?

This question was just recently closed as off-topic: When and why did Latin mutate into Italian, French and Spanish? I think the 'too broad' closure was appropriate. In terms of defining the scope ...
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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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What English/Latin proportion should we have in our introductory tour?

And more specifically: should it be only English, or should it have Latin parts, or a link to some Latin mirror? If there is some "mirror tour", should it be the tour translated as-is, slightly ...
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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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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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Can “explain this etymology” questions be answered well?

We have a number of etymology-related questions that seem rather difficult to answer authoritatively. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about: What underlying semantic notions connect '...
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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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What should be our scope?

We have help pages to explain what is on-topic and what is off-topic. Both of them are essentially empty at this point — they contain no information specific to our site. We should fill out ...
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How to type a breve?

Sometimes when I want to emphasize that a vowel is short, it is not enough not to write a macron, and I need to add a breve. How can I do that? The earlier question about typing macrons does not ...
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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 ...