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How do I ask good, on-topic questions about meaning, translations, or differences?

What can I do to ensure that my question on the meaning or translation of a word or phrase or the difference between two words is on-topic and attracts good and useful answers? This is a FAQ to help ...
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What language should the questions be written in?

I was about to ask a question on the main website, but was not sure if we are supposed to ask questions in English, or in German, or a mixture, or even both. My guess would be that most questions will ...
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Which language should tags be in?

While questions could vary in language, the tags have to be in one language for obvious reasons. Tag synonyms would work fine, but we'd have to decide whether German tags should point to English tags ...
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Please use English on the Meta site [duplicate]

As one of the employees tasked with monitoring the meta sites across the network, I have a small request. While I consider myself an articulate, intelligent human being, I don't speak or understand ...
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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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Interface localization to German

Very related to Which language should tags be in? and What language should the questions be written in?, but I mostly want to address the Stack team and probe for possibilities: Should/can the ...
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What language should be preferred for questions?

This is a follow-up to What language should the questions be written in? While the main site should accept both German and English questions, and you should be able to ask in the language you are ...
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Let us clean up comments

We do have many posts here with numerous and lengthy comments but only few answers. I have seen some efforts recently to remove dated and obsolete comments to clean up the site an thus improve ...
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Should we translate posts as a “community norm”?

"German Language & Usage" is the first site we created with significant activity in a non-English language. Many of the "problems" being discussed in meta seem to revolve around issues of ...
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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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Font bug: Main site font renders German closing quotation marks wrongly

Correct German quotation marks look like this: The main font used for this site – Tahoma – however renders them like this: Notice the direction of the closing quotation mark: It should run from ...
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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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Editing orthographic errors

To what detail level should orthographic errors be edited? Obviously, one would edit, if the error occurs in the actual answer. (What is the German word for house? Answer: Hous.) But right now, I ...
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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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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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Die Sprachvorgabe für Meta ist aufgehoben

Robert Cartaino schrieb gerade auf Meta Latin Language Folgendes (Hervorhebung von mir): We used to say if you want us (the Community Team) to be familiar with your community issues, meta posts ...
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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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Let’s make a German welcome page/FAQ for visitors who speak little or no English

Why? Naturally, our site can be a valuable and attractive resource for visitors who speak English only a little bit or not at all. Be they language learners who did not learn English first or native ...
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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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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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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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Why should I edit or answer rather than comment?

Increasingly people only write comments or even lengthy comments to questions or existing answers. I do believe this is bad. To improve this site's content we should put more effort in writing good ...
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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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Tag synonym requests

Related: Which language to use in tags? If the consensus is to use english-language tags, I suggest the following tag synonyms be created by whoever can create them (Mods? Community managers?) for ...
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When is a translation request to German off-topic?

According to our faq we do welcome translation requests from any language to German. However there was some debate on when such a request may be too trivial. Are translation requests from German ...
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If the same question is asked in German and English is it a duplicate?

If two effectively identical questions are asked but one in English and one in German, how do we handle these. Are they two completely different questions? Should one be closed as an exact duplicate?
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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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When will our site graduate from beta?

This question didn't get much attention, even though at that time GLU was 100 days in beta phase. But now, it's 262 days. Many old users lost their interest and left. If I wasn't highly motivated to ...
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Please contribute to a German help page

Following this proposal, I created a skeleton for a help page in German aimed at users who do speak little or no English. As soon as it is in a state that we consider helpful for somebody, it shall be ...
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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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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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Spelling mistakes in questions

Dieser Beitrag handelt vom allgemeinen Umgang unsererseits mit Schreibfehlern in Fragen, nicht von einem speziellen, historischen Fall, der nur als Beispiel diente. Bitte respektiert das Thema der ...
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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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Neuer Text für »How to Ask« – Let’s change our “How to Ask”

Hier habe ich vorgeschlagen, dass wir den Text für »How to Ask« auf der Frageseite ändern können, was auf Zustimmung gestoßen ist. Deshalb frage ich nun, wie genau der neue Text aussehen soll. Die ...
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What should be in the FAQ?

What should be in the FAQ? Answers should refer either to a global issue (e.g. language issue, formatting issue of the FAQ itself) or to just a unit of information, so that voting and editing is easy....
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Visits per day — should we be worried?

I've been looking at the various stats which indicate a so-called 'healthy beta', and noticed our visits per day was quite low. This is despite the obvious teeming activity on our site! Should we be ...
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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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Does careless voting or non-voting damage this site?

Looking at this months voters we can see that from at present 731 visits/day we only had 14 users who contribute by voting. Here are my guesses why this may be so: significant shortage of questions ...
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Are questions about “non German” Swiss German words on topic?

Swiss-German sounds a bit "different" to ears accustomed to most forms of German. But it is usually recognizable because most Swiss German words have equivalents in other forms of German. But Swiss ...
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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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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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What posts should be flagged for deletion?

Sometimes I see a post I feel it should not stay. I am unsure what to do in this case. What can I do to salvage the post? When should such a poor post be flagged for deletion?
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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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Should the language of an answer match the language used in the question?

In the past I usually answered questions in the language they were asked. I had understood this to be a general recommendation/consensus from what I read at my occasional browsings at Meta. ...
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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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Community moderators: Review bans will be issued earlier

Sadly our attempts to better coordinate community reviews did not lead to the desired effect to make our close reasons more consistent. Still robo-reviews lead to close reasons that have nothing to do ...
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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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Hilfe, ich spreche kein Englisch! (work in progress)

Deutsch: Hier entsteht die deutschsprachige Willkommensseite und Hilfe für unsere Seite (siehe hier). Sobald wir sie für prinzipiell nützlich erachten, wird alles bis zur ersten Linie sowie der ...
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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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