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Shouldn't our chat room name start with a capital letter?

We decided to change the name of our chat room to: deutschsprachiger Raum This may leave the impression that names, headlines, titles, and the like are allowed to start with a lower case letter in ...
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When to use the “meaning” tag

I am bit puzzled about the usage of the meaning tag, because we also have word-meaning and meaning-in-context. The definitions of the two latter seem to describe subsets of what the meaning tag ...
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What do we want to do with questions that mix languages?

This question was asked sometime between today and yesterday. The first sentence is in English, the remainder is in German. (It looks a little bit like what I text friends if I’m learning their ...
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Let's make the Tour bilingual

There was repeated request for making our Tour bilingual for newcomers to better make clear that we accept questions and answers written in both, German and English. This would be similar to the ...
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Are Questions about Swiss german on-topic? [duplicate]

There are a lot of Swiss German dialects, which I think are very diffrent languages. (I am from Switzerland and for me Germany-German or so called standard-language are foreign languages). Do they ...
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Rationale behind applying the same criteria to German.SE (e.g. num. answers/question) than programming sites?

When one sees what happens with math, physics, and specially with the sister sites where solutions are based on code (TeX and stackoverflow) and which automatically can deliver ten beautiful answers, ...
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Do we really have to be extremely critical about spelling?

Many times on this forum I see questions edited, e.g. just because one single letter gets corrected from a little to a capital letter. Almost all across the internet nobody really cares about spelling,...
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For which recurring topics do we want to create canonical answers, if any?

General proposal There are some topics on which we get frequent questions with the following properties: they are sufficiently different not to be duplicates – an answer to one of them does not ...
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Translation questions from any language to German

On the Area 51 page about German.stackexchenge you can read this: German Language Beta Q&A site for students having questions about German, expert speakers of German wanting to discuss the ...
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Do we need the “origin” tag?

origin has 13 posts and a tag-wiki excerpt explaining when to use it. etymology tag has 280 posts and a tag-wiki excerpt explaining when to use it. Do we need the origin tag?
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Please welcome your newest pro tem moderators

I'm Pops, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. I'm here today to announce that you're getting not just one, but two great new pro tem moderators: Wrzlprmft and Loong are joining your long-time ...
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Why was this answer downvoted so much?

There are network wide recommendations also reflected in our Help Center on the purpose and on how to use our votes on a post: Why vote Vote up Vote down These recommendations evolved over time ...
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Shouldn't the tour to the site contain in the “Don't ask about…” section “direct translations” as well?

Today I realized the tour of this site doesn't discourage people to ask direct translations. It only prevents people from three points, none of which can help in that matter. Don't ask about... ...
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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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Should we try to “repair” non-answers that were intended as comments?

The following incident happened in connection with this question: A long-time user wrote a thorough answer, which got upvoted and accepted. However, there was a small error in two of the German ...
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These are our new custom close reasons

From a recent proposal it was clear, that we accepted to have new custom close reasons replacing our existing custom close reason. To go live we need your vote, your suggestions, and your critique on ...
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Do we want to change our chat room’s name?

I’m not active on many Stack Exchange sites, but on the ones I am, the general chat room usually has a creative name: Chemistry uses the Periodic Table Anime and Manga uses the Maid Café Both names ...
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Are questions related to peer review of a text on topic?

As the title of this question says, are questions like “I wrote this text in German language … Is it grammatically correct?” on topic for this site?
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Let's add German explanations to our help center

In a recent discussion about our close reasons, it was proposed to add a German explanation. While a basic knowledge of English is required to handle the SE user interface, it is debatable whether ...
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Let’s take another approach to close reasons

Ranty introduction In the last year, I made several attempts to sanitise our close reasons or capture some common denominator as to when we close questions, in particular regarding which questions ...
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Which are the exact criteria to remove comments?

I notice that recently comments are systematically removed, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed this. I'm also aware that the aim is that no comment is left after the `perfection' of a ...
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Why can't I find the chat room that was created from a comment thread?

Every now and then over-lengthy comment threads increasingly become off-topic to the post or do no longer add value for a specific question. Long comment threads will raise a moderator flag to make ...
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Late extensions to questions asking about differences between words?

Not too long ago a user asked for the differeces between four similar words. The question was answered three times within two days with relatively good answers, albeit none accepted. A further two ...
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Genderpolitics and written expressions outside the language standard

We recently had an answer to a question, where a written expression was gendered in a form, which is not part of the official language. Shall we tolerate such officially wrong spellings, which would ...
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Broad questions

A few minutes ago, a (broad) question of mine was put on hold. I wish to raise the discussion if such a question does not fit this stackExchange site. The way I see some of the StackExchange sites (...
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Are questions on the origin of (German) surnames on-topic?

Every once in a while, I encounter a question in the close queue that asks for the origin of a surname and which has been voted to close […] as off-topic because it should be asked on genealogy....
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How to deal with abbreviation explanation requests?

We recently had this question from a new user asking for the explanation of an abbreviation. It sparked a long comment discussion about whether it should be closed or not, and whether it is worth to ...
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What is the rationale behind flagging comments on deleted posts?

Recently we had an unfortunate user who was unable to control his temper and wrote a lot of rude and offensive content, mostly in comments. All of these comments were removed, poor posts were deleted,...
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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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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 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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Should names of users be mentioned in posts, say to give them credit?

I recently posted an answer and somebody commented something important. I thought it made sense to add it to my post. On the one hand I feel like I should write there "thanks to x-user for pointing ...
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New tag: verb position

I think there should be a tag such as verb-position. The three positions of the German verb, normal position, end-position and front-position, raise many questions. And the tag verb is too vague.
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Why was this question reopened?

Recently we had a question on gender neutral German job advertisements: Do German job ads have to specify both female and male role types? No doubt that the question is interesing, and it is also ...
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Where are users coming from?

This site depends on its users and therefore should understand current and future user needs, should meet user requirements and strive to exceed user expectations. In order to understand user needs, ...
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TagOverflow – interactive exploration of Stack Exchange tags

(Taken from here and adapted to German Language Stack Exchange) Nodes represent the most popular tags. The area is proportional to the number of questions. Edges represent relation between tags. The ...
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What kind of questions have to indicate prior research?

I ask this question to have a clear consensus about this, stemming from the current opinion of the community (and not something discussed during site planning on Area 51 or alongside another ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

Recently we have quite an increase in questions coming in. I believe this is a good thing, as only many questions will produce good answers and this will lead to good content on the site. With the ...
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Please don't edit offensive or rude posts without flagging

Whenever we see a rude or offensive post we should flag it to allow appropriate moderation. Offensive posts can be deleted by community moderation if they gather enough offensive flags. In case ...
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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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When editing a post, may or even should we change pre-reform spelling to post-reform spelling?

In principle, people may spell as they like; however, the final revision of the German spelling reform (2006) is arguably the generally preferred orthography. For example, the German-language news ...
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How do we make sure we revert downvotes after a post was edited?

Recently we had a post which evolved through edits suggested in comments over time: https://german.stackexchange.com/a/18989/ After these edits the post improved considerably but alas the 5 ...
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Let's abolish “general reference” for grammar

Quoting the help center: If your question could be answered by a dictionary, a grammar book, or another general reference, consult these. Explain why this did not help you when asking your ...
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Is a question about an other language that has a similar grammatical structure as German on topic?

German is a language that has peculiar grammatical structures. One of them is the trennbare verben, when I first learned it seemed so strange to me I couldn´t believe it was grammatically correct. I ...
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What to do with duplicate questions in another language?

This question is content-wise a pretty clear duplicate of this question, however the latter question is asked and answered in German while the second one is asked in English and the asker remarked ...
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May I ask questions in German? [duplicate]

As I read in the Tour, this site is not only dedicated to translation from or into German, but also to discussing the finer points of the language. Is it okay if German native speakers asks ...
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Should we make edits to titles simply to make letters lowercase?

Recently, I asked a question about the difference between the German verbs senden, schicken, and verschicken. I titled my question thusly: Senden, Shicken, and Verschicken A user decided (and this ...
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What is a good edit, which edits may be bad?

Since it came up recently there appears to be some confusion as which edits are welcome and which edits should be rejected or rolled back. We know, that whenever an edit improves a post it was a good ...
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How to handle suggested edits that are correct but extend the answer or question drastically?

There's just been an approval of an suggested edit which adds some true statements to the answer, but actually introduces some drastic changes to it. The edit was introduced by an anonymous user. The ...
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Winter Bash 2014 - Time to wear hats again?

Remember last year's Winter Bash 2013 when we could discover and wear hats all over the site during the season's holidays? Now a new winter approaches, and we will have the opportunity to participate ...
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Community moderation: When would be the right time to delete a poor question or answer?

Recently people put great effort in deleting content they feel it should not stay. This already led to discussions here to better find criteria when a post should be deleted or not: Community ...

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