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Proposal: Close reason for translation questions that require expertise of a language other than German

In the last 90 days, a custom off-topic close reason along the lines of the following was used ten times (raw data for 2 k users): I’m voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about ...
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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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Is it permitted to ask for a translation of Blackletter (Gothic script)?

My German is very limited and I have almost no experience with deciphering Blackletter (Gothic script) text. Would it be permissible to post a picture of a passage of Blackletter German text and ask ...
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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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In which language should a question title be?

Incredible as it may seem, this has not been discussed yet. This very old question deals with whether the title should be translated in the question’s body. This one and its follow-up only deal with ...
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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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untranslated examples from foreign languages

The end of this answer contains some text of which I think that it is a Russian poem (it is written in cyrillic letters, and the author of the answer was talking about russian language). There is no ...
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If the German spelling rules are changed, will we adapt old posts?

In another wording: Do we have to apply every single rule that the Rat für Rechtschreibung (the de facto German authority on spelling) conceives to all posts, even past ones? Most importantly, if ...
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What are the criteria for receiving tag-badges?

There are two types of badges: There is a set of pre-defined badges like “nice answer” or “yearling”. Each badge has its own rules, and there is a complete list of all such badges that are available. ...
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Shouldn't our chat room name start with a capital letter?

We decided to change the name of our chat room to: deutschsprachiger Raum This may leave the impression that names, headlines, titles, and the like are allowed to start with a lower case letter in ...
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When to use the "meaning" tag

I am bit puzzled about the usage of the meaning tag, because we also have word-meaning and meaning-in-context. The definitions of the two latter seem to describe subsets of what the meaning tag ...
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What do we want to do with questions that mix languages?

This question was asked sometime between today and yesterday. The first sentence is in English, the remainder is in German. (It looks a little bit like what I text friends if I’m learning their ...
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Please vote on new wordings of our welcome text / description of the target audience

Background One of the first things every unregistered user sees on our site is this¹: or this: This proposal for making this welcome text bilingual has gained considerable support, but is ...
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Let's make the Tour bilingual

There was repeated request for making our Tour bilingual for newcomers to better make clear that we accept questions and answers written in both, German and English. This would be similar to the ...
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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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Rationale behind applying the same criteria to German.SE (e.g. num. answers/question) than programming sites?

When one sees what happens with math, physics, and specially with the sister sites where solutions are based on code (TeX and stackoverflow) and which automatically can deliver ten beautiful answers, ...
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Do we really have to be extremely critical about spelling?

Many times on this forum I see questions edited, e.g. just because one single letter gets corrected from a little to a capital letter. Almost all across the internet nobody really cares about spelling,...
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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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Please do not upvote spam

Sometimes spam can not easily be spotted. At present the only spam we are getting here regularly are advertisements for a paid online teaching service (which I will not name here to not give the ...
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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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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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Translation questions from any language to German

On the Area 51 page about German.stackexchenge you can read this: German Language Beta Q&A site for students having questions about German, expert speakers of German wanting to discuss the ...
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Orange square for reviews shows only and always 3

This is something I've ignored so far (because I thought that it would get fixed some day), but eventually I'd like to address the issue though. Whenever there are review items, there's a orange ...
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Shouldn't the help-center of this bilingual site be bilingual?

After having collected a reputation of 16k+, I now tried to read some information on the help center. But I find it really hard to read it, because the German-Language-Help-Center is completely ...
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Shouldn't the tour of this bilingual site be bilingual?

The very first sentence of the german.stackexchange-tour after the welcome-heading is this: (emphasis added by me) German Language and Usage is a bilingual question and answer site for speakers of ...
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I propose changing the colour of the review button when tasks are due

I was under the impression that something along those lines was already implemented, but I paid close attention to the review button and concluded I can not see wether there are reviewing tasks due or ...
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Ownership of answers

What is the ownership of answers? I started teaching languages when I was an infant and several of my students have reached a level very close to native speakers. In order to still be able to teach ...
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The "unanswered" tab contains questions with an answer

The "unanswered" tab contains questions with an answer. Is there anything about the definition of "unanswered" - as used by our site- which that differs from the everyday meaning?
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Do we need the "origin" tag?

origin has 13 posts and a tag-wiki excerpt explaining when to use it. etymology tag has 280 posts and a tag-wiki excerpt explaining when to use it. Do we need the origin tag?
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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: (source: stackexchange.com) Wrzlprmft and Loong are ...
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Why was this answer downvoted so much?

There are network wide recommendations also reflected in our Help Center on the purpose and on how to use our votes on a post: Why vote Vote up Vote down These recommendations evolved over time ...
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Shouldn't the tour to the site contain in the "Don't ask about..." section "direct translations" as well?

Today I realized the tour of this site doesn't discourage people to ask direct translations. It only prevents people from three points, none of which can help in that matter. Don't ask about... ...
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Is an answer that points out an error in another answer and says how to fix it a valid answer on its own?

We currently have a long and vivid discussion about a newbie answer that said it was written as an answer for lack of reputation to write a comment pointed out two minor errors in another answer to ...
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Should we try to “repair” non-answers that were intended as comments?

The following incident happened in connection with this question: A long-time user wrote a thorough answer, which got upvoted and accepted. However, there was a small error in two of the German ...
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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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Do we want to change our chat room’s name?

I’m not active on many Stack Exchange sites, but on the ones I am, the general chat room usually has a creative name: Chemistry uses the Periodic Table Anime and Manga uses the Maid Café Both names ...
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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 add German explanations to our help center

In a recent discussion about our close reasons, it was proposed to add a German explanation. While a basic knowledge of English is required to handle the SE user interface, it is debatable whether ...
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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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Which are the exact criteria to remove comments?

I notice that recently comments are systematically removed, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed this. I'm also aware that the aim is that no comment is left after the `perfection' of a ...
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algorithm for close-votings needs to be revised

When ever someone thinks that a question should be closed, he/she clicks on »close« and starts the close-voting-process for this question. Then everybody who has enough privileges can enter the ...
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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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