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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Some ideas to increase the visibility of the site and exit the beta stage

I've been an active user of the site from the beginning of the year, and I could say that there was a very nice discovery. It would be even better if we could do something to enlarge the number of ...
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What should we do with questions that don't show evidence of prior research?

Recently a translation question was asked ("need translation of latin quote, pacis puella") that didn't show any research effort. This lead to a discussion in chat, where the question was raised – ...
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Why the [spinoza] tag?

I recently noticed that spinoza tag was used to tag a series of questions by one user who appears to be working through Spinoza's Ethics. All of the questions deal with a translation/grammatical ...
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Where is the OT borderline?

I have been concerned about this for some time, and Joonas' recent post is a nice example of what causes my concern. The post is Where does our knowledge of the ancient poetic meters come from? A ...
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When to Downvote?

I've noticed a couple of downvotes on otherwise decent posts, and I cannot figure out why. I looked to the rules for guidance, and they state: When should I vote down? Use your downvotes whenever you ...
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Do Fun Questions (example given) Have a Place Here?

As an example from Retrocomputing SE: Fun or interesting projects to do with Mac Classic II? This is an upvoted opinion-based question with good answers, including an accepted one, all upvoted. Why ...
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How to elucidate: How did I misunderstand the Latin 'consisto' in interpreting 'X consists in Y.'?

I seek advice for elucidating How did I misunderstand the Latin 'consisto' in interpreting 'X consists in Y'? here, instead of in comments. I paraphrase my problem: I am trying to ask ...
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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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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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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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The tags [ovid] and [ovidius] are not marked as synonyms

Currently, the tag ovidius has five questions, and the tag ovid has one question. The questions are clearly about the same author (and there is only one famous poem named Ovid, as far as I know). ovid ...
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Let's get an ad for Latin.SE posted on English Language & Usage

In What can we do to advertise Latin.SE?, I mentioned the possibility of creating community promotion ads for other sites. An ad for our site is currently one of several ads in the rotation on ...
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Is a question like “Is this proverb still known?” on-topic?

I would like to know if a given latin proverb is still known and used by latin speakers nowadays — most likely in Vatican I guess. Would such a question be on-topic on latin.SE ?
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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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What should we do with [grammar] questions?

In a previous question and answer, a consensus developed that grammar is not something we want to keep around: Do we want the [grammar] tag? But the tag was never blacklisted, and we're now up to 23 ...
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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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How much effort is enough for asking translation questions?

We have had some translation requests and Nathaniel wrote a nice guide for asking them. One of the key points is that questions should show effort to solve the problem before coming here. But how much ...
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Introducing your pro-tem moderators

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Is it ok to ask a big list question for all words corresponding to an English word?

In a comments to a recent question on various ways to kill in Latin, the OP suggested this idea: Every answer should contain one and only one Latin word translating the English verb "to kill" and ...
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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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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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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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How to ask an example request?

Suppose I want to ask for an example, artificial or from literature, of a certain kind of sentence in Latin. I might want to see a certain construction (like accusativus cum infinitivo in a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...