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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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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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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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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2019: 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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As my apology and thanks, please don't hesitate to request of me paywalled resources

I'll scrutinize What should we do with low-quality etymology questions? that's undoubtedly directed at me. I apologise for miffing some of you and thank you very much for all your succor. As talk is ...
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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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Understanding why my question was deleted and seeking advice to improve my question

https://latin.stackexchange.com/questions/13825/semantic-shift-meanings-of-res-that-subject-acquired Is my question unclear, vague or off-topic; why is it so; why wat it deleted and how to improve it? ...
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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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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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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 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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What to do with low quality answers?

We occasionally get low quality answers. By this I mean questions that have a very low score and possibly flags — this is a relatively objective measure. What should we do with such answers? The ...
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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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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 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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Should Latin Stack Exchange be renamed to Classics Stack Exchange?

Presently, Latin Stack Exchange is the place to go for questions regarding the Graeco-Roman world. According to this Meta answer, Latin SE also accepts questions on Ancient Greek. My suggestion thus ...
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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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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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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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Should questions with no unifying thread be allowed?

We've received a number of questions from one user that often follow the same general pattern. They generally take up a topic and, in the course of a rather long series of loosely related comments on ...
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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 online tools can I use for a text corpus search? [closed]

Suppose I want to search for a certain word, expression or structure in the Latin literature. What online tools can I use for such purposes? Where can I find a large collection of Latin texts in ...
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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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What semantic notions underlie haemophilia and 'A constitutional (usually hereditary) tendency to bleeding'?

Why was https://latin.stackexchange.com/q/11345/37 downvoted at least 4 times? Can we please undelete and reopen it? I actually think this is a very good question. – fdb Aug 18 at 16:45
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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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How did 'folding' semantically shift to mean 'reply'?

I don't understand etymologia - How did 'folding' semantically shift to mean 'reply'? - Latin Language Stack Exchange I'm voting to close this as duplicate because the first part is taken word-for-...
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What should the convention be for referring to a user of unknown gender?

The whole debacle surrounding the CoC rollout has raised a few questions, and it seems worth bringing attention to some of the less heavy ones as well as the big serious issues. I should preface by ...
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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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