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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are we slowing down too much?

It's normal that many questions come in first two days of private beta, and then number of questions decrease. However, typical site leaves private beta after a week and with more questions that we do....
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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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Tag specifically for incorrect 'Google Translate' translations?

This is a suggestion based on discussion from this comment onwards, where there is some suggestion of a tag specifically for incorrect Google Translate translations. Such a tag could be used to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Do we have any examples of questions written entirely in latin?

Do we have any example of it in this site, maybe with an answer?
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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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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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How well-sourced should answers be?

I'm thinking specifically about answers to questions like those in language-evolution, or this question, but it applies to just about anything asking for historical information. How much citation ...
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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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Should we synonymize [numerals] into [numbers]?

There are two closely related tags, numbers and numerals, which don't have a tag excerpt or wiki, and many questions have both these tags. Would it make sense to synonymize them, just like our sister ...
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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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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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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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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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Why don't we rename this SE to Classics or Classical Languages?

Some other topics (Etruscan, older Greek, other ancient Italic languages) support Latin and share the same enthusiasts. We are happy to include them, but not unconditionally. I first propounded ...
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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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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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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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Should we edit translation requests so that their titles are more specific?

There was a question a few years ago on Meta about the correct title for a translation question. Although there was some legitimate disagreement about what makes a "correct" title, it was ...
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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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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 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 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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What should our exact scope be?

Introduction As per the suggestion from Joonas Ilmavirta, I have chosen to create this question, with the intention of having this as a one-stop shop for updated information on what is relevant for ...
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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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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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Is a request for sources/citations on topic?

Apart from asking for general resources (how to learn Latin, tools, etc.), is the asking of specific sources or citations acceptable? For example, asking for an example of a Latin boustrophedon ...
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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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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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Questions about claims from Internet forums

So, I've made a few threads about questions from Internet forums. A thing that confuses me is why is this question so much worse than that question? In the first question, I at least did some research ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we lower the number of votes needed to close or reopen?

By default on Stack Exchange sites, users with sufficient reputation (500 on our site) can vote to close a question or to reopen a closed one. Once a user votes to close or reopen using the link under ...