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Sind Fragen nach Datenbanken und anderen Tools on-topic? Bedarf es einer Klarstellung?

Kürzlich wurde eine Frage als off-topic geschlossen, die auf spezifisch linguistische Datenbanken ausgerichtet war (Nomen mit Artikeln, verschiedene Sprachen). Nur einer der Abstimmenden hatte dies in ...
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How can we help with localization; shall we help?

Referring to Localization, the state of the nation: We seem to be one of the playgrounds for finding out the needs and pitfalls for localizing a StackOverflow platform. Therefore the 7 Essential Meta ...
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Voting guidelines?

Are there any voting guidelines? I haven't found any in the FAQ. Background is this question, downvote and comment by "user unknown". Basically it appears as if he downvoted my answer because he ...
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Some guy corrected 99 out of 100 errors in a post. Should I correct the remaining one and steal the credit to that guy?

Editing can often take long. Some users correct posts substantially and a percent from them might want their edit to be visible as edited by them (well, it depends on the guy, I wouldn't care, but it'...
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Browser-Script für Interface-Übersetzung / Browser-Script for interface translation

See Help translate the StackExchange UI (Unofficial) (and my upcoming edit or answer there) for the English version - I'll not translate all my text here to english, as it is mostly the same as there. ...
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Is an answer that points out an error in another answer and says how to fix it a valid answer on its own?

We currently have a long and vivid discussion about a newbie answer that said it was written as an answer for lack of reputation to write a comment pointed out two minor errors in another answer to ...
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How welcoming are we?

This answer from a new contributor was deleted for the reason Does not provide an answer to the question. The question is: Can "hilfreich" be used with people, or only with things? The answer ...
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Let’s create or improve tag wikis – but how?

We already have quite a few nice tags for classifying questions to make them better searchable. But not all of them have a tag wiki, and some existing tag wikis are not really good. There is still ...
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Diskrepanz Antwort ohne Upvote der Frage

Eine Frage, die es wert ist, beantwortet zu werden, sollte im Normalfall auch aufgewertet werden. Fragen, die man deplatziert findet, sollte man zur Schließung vorschlagen, Themen, zu denen man sich ...
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Is my edit appropriate?

I used to edit posts but I'm not sure if they're necessary. Should one edit a post when it doesn't look good e.g. using blockquotes for examples, or we should just edit typos? As another example, ...
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How should we refer to the Konjunktiv?

There are a lot of different ways to refer to the German Konjunktiv in English: subjunctive I and subjunctive II present subjunctive and past subjunctive Konjunktiv I and Konjunktiv II konjunktiv I ...
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Is it welcome to answer a simple translation request?

https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/6248/how-do-i-say-the-following is a good example of a question not wanted, but often asked on this site. As Takkart stated this site is not a "translation ...
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Should we change """" to "„“" in German questions?

The easy quotation marks ("""") are not German. Should German questions and answers be edited to conform to this? I think that they yield a more professional impression.
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What to do with our book recommendation questions?

We have a few questions asking for recommendations of books, movies or the like, e.g.: Simple but interesting German literature Classic childrens books that are unknown outside of DE/AT/CH? What ...
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On the grammar tag // Über den grammar-Tag

I have been observing people using the grammar tag for all sorts of questions, many of which have absolutely nothing to do with grammar. grammar is not the only very broad tag on the site, we also ...
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What's the value of edits which replace quotation characters and apostrophes?

I recently ran across this edit, which included changing the double quote character one gets when typing on a keyboard (Unicode U+0022 Quotation Mark) to “ (U+201C Left Double Quotation Mark) and ” (U+...
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Is it sensible to take the asker's mother tongue into account?

These questions are supposed to help not only the original asker, but also anyone who happens to google upon the site or ask a duplicate question. This means that an answer that uses the asker's ...
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Die Tags Rechtschreibung und Orthographie // The tags spelling and orthography

Zurzeit existieren hier sowohl die Tags rechtschreibung wie auch orthographie. Der eine ist offiziell für Fragen zur Rechtschreibung bestimmter Wörter gedacht (rechtschreibung), während der andere ...
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Do we need community promotion ads?

Other meta sites have this feature and it seems quite popular. Some example: physics, math, unix, security. I think, it would be a wonderful way to promote other german SE sites, for example...
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What was so bad about this question?

The following question: What are the differences between "bekommen", "erhalten", "entgegennehmen", "empfangen", "besorgen" and "kriegen"? ...
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What must be done to promote our site?

Looking at the current state http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/18413/german-language-usage I find that the most annoying number is the low number of only currently 138 users with 200+ rep. ...
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Why downvote closed questions or answers to closed questions?

Recently we closed the following question as "not constructive": https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/5235/is-there-a-word-waltzmarsch-in-german By this we make a point telling people that ...
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Do we need to edit tags to add German tag synonyms? [duplicate]

From recent tag edits Is "to make one sigh" properly translated as "seufzen machen" or as "machen seufzen?" How are we polite without using "bitte"? Woher ...
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Please do not edit spam posts

Recently we also have an occasional spam post here. To better deal with this we need a short guide on what to do in case we stumple upon such a post.
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Corrupting the users - Begrüßungsgeld

This question was upvoted by Tom Au with the remark, that he is upvoting as a kind of welcome payment. Imho, this is an ab-usage of the voting system. Good questions and answers deserve upvotes, not ...
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Should we leave a comment when closing a question?

We all know that I am not much of a friend of comments, but sometimes leaving a comment may be helpful. Recently the community closed this question without any further explanation: https://german....
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Should we comment on voting to close?

Quite often we see posts that were put on hold for various reasons without any comment on the question. Canned close reasons are mostly self-explaining (or at least they should be) but I sometimes ...
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Should the "nouns/verbs/adjectives" tags only be used for general discussions?

Currently, we use verbs, nouns and adjectives for questions on specific verbs, nouns and adjectives, e.g: Was ist das Präteritum von "darben"? -- verbs Grammatisch oder grammatikalisch? -- ...
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Is Wikipedia a general reference for GL?

We expect questions to indicate prior research, but it seems to be the policy to not close questions even though the answer can be found on Google. Should we expect posters to research their question ...
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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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Question was closed because it might generate discussion on gendered language

I asked a question looking for resources on a specific case of gendered language: using the generic masculine for female individuals in different sentence constructs. A moderator closed this question ...
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Should the title be translated?

Sollte der Titel übersetzt werden? ^Suggestion for translation in body.^ I just translated a post as this question suggested and a question arose. Should the title be translated and if so, how? Should ...
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Old simple question: may non-native users use the site for questions written in English?

I've recently put this question about the usage of the accusative case after the impersonal construct. Unfortunately for me, I made a lexical mistake on a word (which did not destroy the sense of the ...
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Should elaborate non-answers be deleted?

It happens that someone puts a lot of effort into writing a purported answers that fails to address the question. For example as a reply to a question asking for the different meanings and usages of a ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

German Language is scheduled for an election next week, November 16th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Error: Edits need to be at least 6 characters

I got the above error message when I tried to fix a few typos in a post. Since I believe that correct spelling is important on this site, I would suggest to remove or drastically reduce this ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love German Language Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Which typography questions are off-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are questions welcome that deal with typography? I've asked a question about spaces before unit-symbols, which I know is perfectly valid. But: Which typography related ...
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Sprechen von Synonymen und über Synonyme

Die knappe Ja-Antwort zur Frage, ob von und über etwas sprechen gleichbedeutend sind, wurde gelöscht. Ich hätte sie gerne aufgewertet, weil ich sie für die richtige Antwort halte. I would say ...
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Do we need Unicode tags for umlauts and 'ß'?

There was some consent about tags being preferably in English but we do have some tags synonymized with the English counterpart, where the umlaut could not be rendered correctly: uebersetzung ...
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How to handle the Schäckern-question?

Wie behandeln wir die Schäckern-Frage? Die Schäckern-Frage ist fast ein Jahr alt, aber poppte kürzlich wieder in ihrer falschen Schreibung auf Seite 1 vor. Spontan korrigierte ich die Schreibung, und ...
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How rude are comments with a link to a dictionary entry?

On many questions asking for a German equivalent to an English expression we can see short comments like e.g.: <link to dictionary> did not help? Apparently an answer to a question may be ...
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tag synonym annoyance

Eine neue Frage meinerseits verzierte ich mit dem Schlüsselwort (i.f.: Tag) "Redensart", welches von einem aufmerksamen Geist rasch entsorgt wurde, weil sich eine fehlgeleitete Mehrheit hier ...
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How to avoid too many edits from different users?

This question has about 6 versions of edit which I found disappointing. Finally the OP decided to add something to get rid of all that names next to his/her.
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Are the following two big-list questions posted by me welcome here?

Are the following two big-list questions posted by me welcome here? Was sind gute Zungenbrecher im Deutschen? / What are good German tongue-twisters? German words with interesting etymology I think ...

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