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Would "Greek".SE affect the definition of this site?

This site is called "Latin", but also accepts questions about ancient Greek. There is now a proposal Greek - Area 51, for both ancient and modern Greek. If it succeeds, will the definition ...
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To what extent are the questions about Romance Languages allowed?

My recent question about a sound change that occurred between Latin and Italian got closed as off-topic. Why is it off-topic? What is the tag romance-languages for then?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Should questions about modern Latin be permitted?

Since there's an increasingly large community of Latin speakers (of which I seem to be becoming a member), this seems like a place people might come to ask about modern uses of Latin, e.g. "Is '...
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Do petitions belong anywhere on this site?

This site may reach a fair amount of people that are willing to keep Latin and the institutions teaching and studying it alive. If a university is planning to sack all its remaining Latin professors ...
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Are culture questions on-topic?

Specifically, questions about Roman culture. My gut reaction is "yes", because idioms are part of and based on culture, and so learning about the culture of the time is a good way to read and write ...
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Are questions about (not seeking!) resources acceptable?

For example, say I want to ask if William Whitaker's Words is accurate. Is that on-topic? Note that I'm not asking if questions like "What online dictionaries are available" are on-topic -- I'm ...
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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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Are recommendation requests on-topic?

Prompted by https://latin.stackexchange.com/q/92/11, I think we should decide this early: Do we accept recommendation requests? There are a few points to consider: Recommendation requests require a ...
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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.