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Commenting with no reputation

Is it possible to allow people with no reputation to comment on posts? We need experts to give their opinions, and sometimes that starts with just a comment or two, as we saw unfold recently. It'd be ...
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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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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 can I ask a translation or homework question?

I have some questions of the following types: English to Latin translation Latin to English translation Homework questions What's the best way to ask these sorts of questions here? Related: What do ...
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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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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 “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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Should we standardize macrons for long vowels or allow users to mark long vowels with apices?

The macron is the standard way these days to mark long vowels: ā ē ī ō ū And the story is that we started using them once we stopped speaking Latin all the time and forgot where the long vowels ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Should we correct language errors in Latin posts?

When posts are written in Latin (see Should all-Latin questions be permitted?), they are quite likely to contain serious errors – broken grammar, bad word choices, etc. – because the author isn’t a ...
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Should we encourage or discourage the use of macrons?

Should the use of macrons be encouraged, discouraged or just accepted? Picking an opponent and proponent at random, Cheryl Lowe says: Macrons in most texts are too dark and create a distracting ...
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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.
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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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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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What should we call the chatroom?

We have a chatroom, which a number of users have already found. Along with that there came the suggestion that we could change the name - perhaps to Lorem Ispum. However, I'm sure we can do better ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can we have a 16×16 favicon that does not look like “Lo.”?

Our 16×16 favicon looks like this: . Here is a zoom: My eyes read this as Lo., and not as La, as it was probably intended. Can we please have the pixels tweaked to achieve something that looks more ...
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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 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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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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