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Ideally, a site for the Portuguese language should be conducted in Portuguese with an English component to help those who are first-day beginners. But to say "You cannot speak Portuguese here" (oops, I mean "Você não pode falar português aqui") would go against everything we know about full-immersion learning. Anyway, this has come up several times on other ...


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I think that they should be combined. Alcoholic Beverages seems to cover everything that Beer does.


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The reason for ELL is to support language learners while making ELU work for experts. Robert, you have made the point yourself: ELU never developed into a site solely for serious language enthusiasts. But this is because there was also an unfilled need for an ELL site, and people – being people – have overrun ELU trying to fill this need. You are quite ...


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I do not think so. There should be nothing automatic about moderator selection. If it were set up that way, the system could too easily be gamed. The mod tools provide too much access to a lot of personal information for moderators to be automatically designated.


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I am not sure about who coined the term 'HINDUISM'. But even before the advent of the British Colonial Empire, Hinduism existed. This is very clear from the historical facts which state that during the rule of Muslim sultanate in India, various Hindu kings fought against their supremacy. This establishes the fact that Hinduism, as a religion, existed long ...


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So what do you think will make this this proposal a success when the two that preceded it failed? I'm hard pressed to think of anything that would. Doers, not abstainers Consider for a minute, that we have a site for cooks, but not a site for vegetarians (though a couple have been proposed, and a third appears to be adopting the same "expand the scope ...


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We already have a site for homebrewing. Bring your questions there! Homebrewing Stack Exchange


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I see your reasons for an "Italian only" version of this site. However, I think that it might be a little too demanding for learners, and perhaps some of them might even be put off by the difficulty at expressing their own questions, or their answers for that matter, only in Italian. I think that all those who are Italian mother tongue should stick to ...


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There are two parts to this, and neither is as hard as it sounds. 1. Questions About External Morality As with any subject of Stack Exchange, it is generally assumed that the target community are those who purport to be following (or at least interested in learning about) veganism. So in that context, it is entirely defensible to close any question that ...


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I can't think of any reason why a proposal for vegetarianism would be restricted to "natural" products. So-called "unnatural" products are still vegetarian, after all.


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"What needs to be done to prevent this proposal from stagnating?" I'm not going to mince words -- the description practically guarantees that it will stagnate! The major problem is the phrase "committed Buddhists". Here are a couple of specific issues with it: how do you define "committed Buddhist? How do you define just plain "Buddhist"? Why exclude ...


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It's a de-facto standard for language sites within Stack Exchange network, that they are bilingual and accept questions in both English and the language of the site (it's at least so with the sites I've visited). It makes perfectly sense to ask questions in Latin. Of course those would be rather expert than beginner questions. But the advantage is, it ...


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Yes, Veganism should be expanded to include Vegetarianism. Previous attempts create a vegan only site have failed. Widening the scope should improve the chance of a successful launch.


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The thing is that Stack Exchange sites are generally defined by an audience and what they approve of/want to here. A good read would be the blog post on the Ubuntu/Linux ‘schism’ or the many answers Robert wrote addressing this problem. When it comes to programming, if you know one language you often have an easy entry into another. You can read a question ...


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In my experience, it probably won't. Some people call such questions "trivia"; I call them "general reference" questions — but without any real problem statement to be solved, this becomes little more than a collection of links or citations to libraries that already compile this stuff. We even had a close reason for such questions called [general ...


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I would say no, it wouldn't be a good name. This is supposed to be a site for language learners, and the name reflects that. "Language Overflow" is much more vague - it could be a name of a site for professional linguists, or for people whose hobby is to learn about languages. Here are some more arguments: https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5220/147300 ...


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The proposal was originally just for Veganism (not just the diet aspect), but after discussion we decided to expand to include Vegetarianism due to many (but not all) overlapping aspects. If we included non-Vegetarian diets such as Pescetarianism, we may as well include all other diets like Paleo etc. It would be too broad, so the line is drawn and ...


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Other than what John pointed out, there are a lot of other reasons too. Proposal creators disappear many a time after creating the proposal. Other users have a greater impact on the proposal than the creator by bringing in new followers, sharing, and spreading the word. Many users come together, discuss, debate, explore and then clearly define the actual ...


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"Second Language Acquisition" sounds like a perfectly fine description of what I hope this site to become. But @michau brings up a good point, that it this name may have too much of a linguist-centric ring to it. Perhaps SLA fits better in the description/subtitle of the site? Language Learning Q&A for students, teachers, polyglots, and anyone ...


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I'm an EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher, and I've noticed that there's a huge difference between the language interests and perspectives of native English speakers/highly fluent people and English learners. There are different views of what is "correct," different perspectives on what is most useful, etc. I haven't seen too much on ELU that's ...


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I am glad you have reconsidered. You may be gratified to know that the EL&U core community has come together to try to establish a clearer distinction between the two sites. I anticipate a lot of Meta questions on EL&U as we navigate the development of this exciting new site.


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I hope that bilingual speakers will participate and that, indeed, learners will help each other. If that is what you mean, I concur heartily. No one knows better than a learner what difficulties other learners face, and they will bring a valuable understanding which most of us native speakers of English lack. But if you are suggesting that the site should ...


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The language sites I frequent (Japanese, German & Portuguese) are all tolerant with respect to beginners' questions. A simple question can still be a good question. The format for good simple questions is often Here is a sentence/text from [my textbook called X / this website (link) / etc.]. I understand [this part of it], but I'm not sure what [...


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I think a lot of the really interesting questions about feminism lend themselves better to a discuss-and-debate model with a lot of back and forth than to the straight Q&A format of SE. A Q&A would prioritize either (A) simple reference-checking or (B) "education" in one particular subtype of feminism. A is less interesting, IMO--if I were an expert ...


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Possibly… but probably not in way you are implying. I think calling a conventional programming syntax a "language" in the context of this subject space is playing a bit fast and loose with the metaphor. If you want to include anything that uses a type of syntax to communicate ideas, architectural diagrams would be on topic; so would algebraic systems,...


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No. Users should post in the language they prefer and I suggest only encouraging users to provide a translation of their post (or others to add a translation). All the language sites use both the language being treated and English so I don't see why we should be any different. If a user asks a question in a certain language, I'd advise answering in that ...


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You can read a Spanish-translated version of Stack Overflow right now using Google Translate: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=es&u=https://stackoverflow.com/&usg=ALkJrhh3Q8mQ4mfVkq1m6cA94GzdNR7h5Q But we are not going to embrace this as any ...


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Citing wikipedia: According to Alan Dundes, a myth is a sacred narrative explaining how the world and humankind assumed their present form so it should be about any such sacred narrative, no matter if it belongs to dead cult or to the current world religion. On topic should be questions about the plot of the myths, as well as the questions about ...


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I think when we say we are going to do Mythology, we do all of it. I'm including the Polynesians as well and ever other group for that matter.


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My two cents: Yes, questions that discuss how to raise children in an atheistic or non-religious manner should be on-topic. Since religion is a prevalent phenomenon in most societies, raising children without any of it could give raise to interesting issues, which are off-topic on Parenting, as they don't deal with religion (or lack thereof). That said ...


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