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What language is preferrable for answers to questions written in German?

In the comments on this answer, the question arose whether it is a good idea to answer in English to questions written in German. Though there are some related questions here, this question has not ...
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Community moderation: What are our guidelines to delete posts?

Recently we had a user putting great effort in generating a question & answer summarizing adjectives used to describe a person's character: https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/17558/...
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Do we need LaTeX formatting?

Is LaTeX formatting desirable in German Language SE? Just tried to answer a question which involved a formula, but when I answered, it did not work. In the question, though, it comes up correctly.
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When is an answer not an answer?

If you are wondering, why this question exists: Four of us had a long and inconclusive discussion about this in chat and taking this to Meta seems the next best thing to do for me. The central ...
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Should we delete answers that give no explanation or references whatsoever?

Recently, a few answers came up in the low-quality-posts review queue, which technically answered a question but did not back up their answer with any explanations, references or otherwise. Here is an ...
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Asking About Expressing Oneself Better

Is it off topic to ask how to learn to express oneself in a near fluent manner without visiting a predominantly German-speaking country? I do believe it's possible. Browsing this website daily would ...
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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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Should we be less picky on questions that we close as off topic?

From our help section we say that a question is off topic if (amongst others): If your question could be answered by a dictionary, a grammar book, or another general reference, consult these. ...
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Let's get critical: Sep 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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When is a question not considered to be a “do my homework” question?

Recently I've answered a question, which asked for translations of several questions. To me they seemed like some conversation starters. I translated all of them and made a post, however, the question ...
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How to handle questions that are based on an acoustical misunderstanding?

Recently we had two questions where the askers had heard some strange German words or phrases and wanted to know their meaning. In both cases it turned out that the other person had said something ...
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Inconsistent “Quality standards”?

I wanted to ask this question: Ich fand "Heftfolgen" als der Name eine Mappes mit digitalen Büchern. Was bedeutet es? (Das Wörterbuch hilft nicht) Maybe not completely grammatically correct, but ...
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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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Are questions about German literature on-topic?

With German literature I mean Literaturepochen/-strömungen (transl. please, "Does this piece pertain to Romantisicm?") German authors (e.g. their style of writing) Searching for texts (e.g. "I am ...
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Why do we have a “german” tag?

I just noticed that for some reason there is a german tag. It seems rather pointless to me and thus I would suggest to remove it.
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Do we want to allow story-identification questions?

A first story-identification question has just been asked and I think it would be best to discuss here whether we want to allow such questions and if yes, under which conditions. Note that ...
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I answered an English question in German, what should I do?

My answer got upvoted and was even accepted, so I'd leave things as they are. Still, I wanted to hear what the community says. Should I add an English version or maybe rewrite it?
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Can questions with completely different wording be duplicates?

I'm unsure whether this question a) "sagt man" or "man sagt" should be closed as duplicate of this one: b) When to use "gibt es" and "es gibt", respectively?...
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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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How do we make the most of a poor question with good answers?

Today I flagged a question for not showing an adequate research effort, but then the question received a quite useful answer from another user. Being a newcomer to the stack model, I wanted to clarify ...
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Are questions on the pronunciation of single words on topic?

We do allow questions on pronunciation as this can at times be rather difficult for learners and occasionally even for natives. However there are some questions asking for the pronunciation of a ...
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Should I explain my downvotes?

On other SE sites members whose answers have received downvotes often ask the downvoters to at least explain their votes. Is it good practice to do so?
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Is there a comment history?

Visiting an old question which came up as related for a new one (Tschau/Tschüß/Servus/Grüß Gott), I found an answer, which I thought I have commented before. But I'm not sure. Since there are ...
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All of the answers are great - what to do?

I asked a question about what to do to improve my language abilities, and many great answers were given. I selected an answer, but the BEST answer would truely be a combination of all of them, since ...
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Purpose of this site as a beginner

I've asked a couple questions on the site and I've been reading through questions and answers, both on the regular site and on the meta. I'm not quite certain as to what the purpose of this site is. ...
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“Research effort” revisited

From previous discussions, and from entries in our help section we now increasingly close questions that do not show enough research effort. This leads to confusion and frustration of new users who ...
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Refining community moderation on closing question

From recent community activities we can see that we now have a good and active user base doing a lot of community moderation quite well. This is good for the site. But recently some highly voted ...
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Is German SE only for native speakers?

Native speakers might know how to teach German; they may have an idea how do (their) students learn German; and they might have an idea how one learns a foreign language, but, as a matter of fact, ...
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Are we too slow in closing questions?

Today I saw following question: https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/13568/what-is-the-difference-between-dauern-and-andauern The complete question was: For example, I recently wrote: "Der ...
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Is Yiddish on-topic?

As far as I was able to find and understand current policy on dialects, all dialects/derivates of modern German are on-topic but but German Hochdeutsch should be the default (on a best-effort basis, ...
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Please put more love into close reasons

Whenever we close questions we feel to be off topic we can choose other for a custom wording: Choose short but meaningful words to help the OP to improve their question. Dots only as shown above ...
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When to close as “off topic”, when to close as “unclear what you are asking”?

After recent discussions on the topicness of translation requests or questions about difference in meanings Rewording the on-topic help section When is a translation request to German off-topic? How ...
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Close reasons for this question?

"Oh god, what a question...", I thought, but then realized it's not that simple (even if not meant that way): The question is not: "What's 'im'?" The question is: "When do you use 'im' and when do ...
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How to deal with “Google Translate says … but it doesn't make sense.”?

I can understand the use of automatic translators to some extent. But, for instance, take a look at this question – whose original form stated the following "I knew that da was meaning there, but ...
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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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How to deal with rude people?

My experience on GSE has been a very pleasant one so far. This is the first time that I have encountered a user who consistently makes spelling and typing errors, then rolls back any editing attempts. ...
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How to deal with 'Is it correct' questions?

Today I encountered this question which asks whether the punctuation of a given sentence is correct. It is correct, however, I have only added a comment since I consider a statement such as "It is ...
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deutschsprachige Etiketten (Tags in german language) [duplicate]

scroll down for english translation Die Seite »german.stackexchange.com« behandelt Fragen rund um die deutsche Sprache. Soweit ich das erkennen kann, besteht ihre Aufgabe NICHT darin ausschließlich ...
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How to handle typos that are significant in respect to why the question came up?

There's recently being a question on our main site which was excessively edited back and forth. The issue was an obvious typo: "now a days" instead of "nowadays". While I approve editing typos, I ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 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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Are question on the meaning of spoken dialogues on topic?

There was some debate as to whether questions asking for the meaning of a spoken dialogue heard in a movie are on topic. What would we accept as a valid question? What should be included to make such ...
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Off Topic - Prior research, why only translation requests?

Just by looking at this question one can see, that a great part of it can be answered by a small google search and some intensive thinking. Is there an etymological connection between these two ...
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Rewording the on-topic help section

In the light of recent confusion about what is on-topic here, I'd like to have the on-topic help section reworded. Currently our on-topic site contains a very generic and way too unspecific text: ...
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Should and can we make more clear to newcomers that we are bilingual?

The first few things a newcomer is likely to read on this site are: German Language beta German Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of German wanting to discuss the ...
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Do the current statistics say that we need to increase the daily question rate from 5.1 to 15 in order to leave the beta?

See the current statistics of the GLU. Currently we are rated as excellent in all aspects but: Results Vs Remark Questions 5.1/day 15 questions ...
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Is it possible to open questions to learn German?

In the last month I've been experiencing some issue with SE communities. Very often I've experienced hurried downvoting and hurried closing for wrong reason. So I prefer to ask it before becoming ...
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Voting system. What happened here?

Here we have two extremely similar questions, both by new users, both about almost exactly the same sentence, both extremely short, both not showing real research effort. Why do they have such a ...
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Should chat discussions preferably be in German?

As of today the topic of our main chat room is worded as follows: General discussion for german.stackexchange.com. You may speak both German and English here. So everybody speaking German or ...
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Do we need additional close reasons?

There have been rather many questions lately that ask for differences between words or phrases and which should be easily solvable with a dictionary or a similar resource and therefore do not require ...
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Should the number of questions per user be restricted?

Lately I have been worrying about the quality of the questions here, and it occurs to me that it might help to restrict the number of questions that a user can ask per day and per week. Some user(s) ...

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