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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which spelling standard(s) to use? Alte oder neue Rechtschreibung?

Should we have an official spelling variant? i.e. should we declare one form of spelling "incorrect" and subject to editing? I'm in favour of not enforcing a standard for text, but we will definitely ...
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Umgangsformen: Du oder Sie?

Als Referenz: Sollten sich die Benutzer dieser Seite eher duzen oder siezen? Only applicable for communication in German, but: should the users of this site use Du or Sie when addressing each other?...
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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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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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Please do not answer proof-reading or translation requests

We agreed to not accept translation requests or proof-readings of individual texts. If we were not asked for help on a single answerable issue all those question will correctly be closed as off topic, ...
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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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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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Should we have a deutsch.stackexchange.com alias url as well for this site?

Should we have deutsch.stackexchange.com as an url for this site? I think this is very easy to set-up. I catch myself trying to type this when I want to go here.
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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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Wie können wir den Themenbereich um geschlechtergerechte Sprache objektiv halten?

Fragen zum Thema geschlechtergerechte Sprache, generisches Maskulinum, u. Ä. ziehen unweigerlich Diskussionen und Kommentare dazu an, was denn nun richtig™ ist (siehe hierzu auch diese Diskussion. ...
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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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Is this site for the living language only or for earlier forms of the language too?

Would a question about Middle High German or other extinct ancestor languages/dialects/stages of development be welcome here, or should this site only concern itself with the living language?
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Die offiziellen Rechtschreibregeln wurden geändert

Die Neuigkeit Mit der Bestätigung durch alle zuständigen Stellen sind heute die jüngsten Änderungen an der deutschen Rechtschreibung in Kraft getreten (Pressemitteilung). Diese Änderungen sind: Das ...
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Let’s have some tag warnings to prevent common mistakes by new users

What are tag warnings? Tag warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them avoid mistakes that are common for the tag they’re using. Here’s what they look like: To ...
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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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Canoo.net ist jetzt wohl canoonet.eu

Bei Antworten war http://www.canoo.net/ eine Seite, auf die gerne verlinkt wurde. Aber auf http://www.canoonet.eu/ heißt es: Bitte beachten Sie, dass diese Seite nur noch über die URL www.canoonet....
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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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Ist deutsche Gebärdensprache on-topic?

Aus gegebenem Anlass (diese Frage wurde angezweifelt): "Einen guten Rutsch" in Gebärdensprache
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Please do not answer a question in a comment

From our help section on the comment privilege: You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author ...
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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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“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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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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Fragen, deren Antwort man selbst kennt

Wie sollte man mit Fragen umgehen, deren Antwort man bereits kennt? Zum Beispiel bin ich über die Herkunft eines deutschen Sprichwortes gestolpert. Die Antwort fand ich selber sehr interessant und ich ...
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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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Was machen wir mit einem Benutzer, der uns mit schlechten Fragen bombardiert?

Zurzeit bombardiert ein Nutzer German Language SE mit einer schlecht gestellten und nahezu nicht recherchierten Frage nach der anderen. Beinahe jeder seiner Fragen wird erst mal von irgendjemandem ...
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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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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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Community moderation: Robo-reviews don't help anybody

We introduced canned custom off topic close reasons for common reasons to ease community moderation. These are not meant to replace individual close reasons, and they should not be the only reasons ...
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Don't edit German tags to English tags

In the question Gibt es einen Grund, warum das Antwortwort zu „wie“, nämlich „so“, nicht mit D beginnt? I used the tag "Fragewörter" which is rendered "frageworter". Among other several useful ...
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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 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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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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Bedarf / Wünsche / Vorschläge an ein neues Logo für German.SE?

Mit dem Paradigmen-Wechsel bei SE hat German.SE den Beta-Status "über Nacht" verlassen. Beim Wechsel in die Public Beta gab es die Frage nach dem Logo bereits. Die Frage nach funktionellen ...
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Neue Ergebnisse und Fragen vom Atlas zur deutschen Alltagssprache

Der Atlas zur deutschen Alltagssprache ermittelt über Online-Umfragen die Häufigkeit regionaler Varianten und ist daher eine nützliche Ressource für unsere Seite. Jetzt ist er in die nächste Runde ...
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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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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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Is switching your accepted answer impolite?

Imagine you ask a question, get some good answers and after some days you choose the best as the accepted answer. What if days or even months an even better or more comprehensive answer comes up - is ...
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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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Are questions on reading of old handwritings on topic?

There is an inconsistent voting on questions regarding deciphering of old handwritings: Read old handwritten Text Erkennung einer alten Handschrift How can I find out what is written on an image of ...
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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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