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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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Why do edits to another users' post have to change at least 6 characters?

In several posts, I found one single mistake which in some cases, was crucial to the meaning of the sentence (with commas, especially) or at least very irritating. While I tried to eliminate the ...
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Why is the time frame for editing comments so tight?

More than once it happened to me that I found I could improve my comment or wanted to add something, reopened it at a timestamp of "3 minutes ago", and tried to save the edit only to get notified that ...
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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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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 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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Synonymise tags such that [numerals] and [zahlen] are both mapped to [numbers]

I just noted that we have a numbers as well as a numerals tag, which should be synonymised somehow since their coverage is almost identical. Now, numbers has a slightly broader scope than numerals, e....
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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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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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