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Fragen zu Eingabemethode on topic?

Sind Fragen zur Eingabe deutscher Sprache am PC / Telefon bei uns richtig oder sollten wir auf eine andere Seite verweisen? Anlass ist diese Frage: How to write german Um-laut Ä ä Ö &#...
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Können wir Fragen offen lassen, wenn ein Wörterbuch auch nicht helfen würde?

Ich finde jeden Tag Fragen mit Close-Votes, in denen nach dem Bedeutungsnterschied zwischen zwei Wörtern mit ähnlicher Bedeutung gefragt wird, etwa diese Frage. Die Close-Reason ist: This site is ...
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Ist deutsche Gebärdensprache on-topic?

Aus gegebenem Anlass (diese Frage wurde angezweifelt): "Einen guten Rutsch" in Gebärdensprache
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Fragen nach Liste: on-topic?

Sind Fragen on-topic, deren Antworten Listenform haben? Damit meine ich nicht etwa Fragen nach Buchempfehlungen, die oft als opinion-based geschlossen werden, sondern Fragen nach (möglichst allen) ...
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Are “what lyric/text” questions on topic?

I imagine not, but Google won't help, so I would like to ask. Ten+ years ago, in a hole-in-the-all heavy metal bar in Singapore (barely 2x3 metres), I had free beers all night translating lyrics (...
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Is searching for a German quote on-topic?

I have a German quote in my mind I read some time ago. I remember the meaning but neither words nor author. An extended Google search brought up various other quotes but not the quote I am looking ...
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Sind Fragen über die Entschlüsselung von Schriften (auch Handschriften) on-topic?

Immer wieder tauchen Fragen zur Entschlüsselung von alten Schriften, meist Handschriften, auf. Sind diese erwünscht oder nicht? Auf den ersten Blick meint man sicherlich schnell nein, allerdings sind ...
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Are transcript requests on topic?

There have been some requests for transcripts recently. I assume they are off topic, by the same token as spell checking individual translations. But I want to be sure, before exercising any ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for help with listening to german audio?

Is it on-topic to ask for help with listening to german audio? Not a long audio, of course, but one or two sentences? I am aware that, in any of the Stack Exchange sites, good questions are those ...
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Ist es in Ordnung, danach zu fragen, welche Mundart ein bestimmter Text ist?

In einer Ausgabe von Grimms Märchen in zwei Bänden vom Insel-Verlag Leipzig von 1919 sind ein paar Märchen in Mundart enthalten. Nun würde ich gern identifizieren, um welche Mundart oder Mundarten es ...
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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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Sollten Fragen nach dem Namen von Stilmitteln erlaubt sein?

Heute frisch neu ist die folgende Frage: What is the stylistic device in Pistolenstich und Messerschuss? Offensichtlich versteht der Fragesteller die deutschen Wörter und deren Bedeutung, erkennt, ...
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Wann soll ich welchen Schließgrund bei Fragen nach Übersetzungen, Bedeutungen u. Ä. verwenden?

Deutsch Auf Meta gibt es einige Diskussionen darüber, wann Fragen nach Übersetzungen, Bedeutungen, Unterschieden o. Ä. auf dieser Seite willkommen sind und wann sie geschlossen werden sollen. Was ist ...
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What is a phrase-request and when do we accept it as on topic?

We have quite a clear opinion on when to allow a translation request: How do I ask good, on-topic questions for translations or about differences? There is consent that we do not allow peer reviews ...
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What is a “cultural language space”, and are questions pertaining to it on-topic?

The question What is the address format I should use for sending a letter/mail? asked how to lay out the address on a letter for mailing from some unspecified foreign country to Germany. It was closed ...
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Are questions about German media (for language-learning by non-native speakers) on-topic?

I did not find any tags for topics relating to the German media (as a source of material for non-native learners of German). (Please correct me if I'm wrong about this.) This makes me uncertain as ...
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FAQ: permissible topics for questions

Where can I find a description of German Language SE's policy on admissible question types and topics, either as a stand-alone page, or as an FAQ somewhere?
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Does my translation request belong here and if not, where and how shall I ask it?

Translation requests¹ are on-topic, but on the other hand some translation requests¹ got closed for belonging on English Language & Usage or English Language Learners. When does a translation ...
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When are questions on culture-dependent non-verbal communication on-topic?

We have at least two questions dealing with non-verbal communication that may be specific to German-speaking countries or regions: Do Germans count on fingers starting from the thumb? – No close vote ...
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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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Schließen einer Frage aufgrund des niedrigen Niveaus?

Die Frage „Die weibliche Form des A-Worts“ wollte ich z.B. per „close“ schließen, da ich das Niveau schon als so niedrig erachte, dass die dort gestellte Frage eigentlich schon wie Sarkasmus bzw. ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Focussiert oder everybodys darling? / Focused or everybody's darling?

Ich schlage vor den close-Link nicht als persönliche Beleidigung oder gefährliche Waffe zu verstehen, sondern als Lupe, um das Thema der Seite fokussiert zu lassen auf "Deutsche Sprache und deren ...
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Are requests for translators appropriate?

See this question. I would think this is not an appropriate question...
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Are translation requests from German allowed? / Sind Fragen nach Übersetzungen aus dem Deutschen erlaubt?

According to the FAQ, translation requests to German are on topic. No source language is specified there. But what about from German, especially from German to English. Questions such as this are ...
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Is this a good question? - Good movies for learners

This question seems to be getting a mixed response - What movies are good for learners who want to improve their grammar and vocabulary?. So far it has 9 upvotes, and 3 votes to close. Since we're ...
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Is this question appropriate?

I always wanted to ask for a translation of the (very common in Australia) phrase: "If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick." It describes research in mathematics quite ...
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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 ...