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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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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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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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"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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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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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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Almost certainly not. The proposal is Greek Language, not Greek culture. Therefore, any questions about Greek mythology, culture, or anything not related to the language, will be off-topic.


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In my opinion they should definitely be on-topic. Stack Overflow would be a poor imitation of itself if it disallowed users from asking about their own code and limited itself to theoretical or general questions. That some questions might be lower in quality than others seems unlikely, because (without trying to be snobby) conlangers are likely to be ...


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Why…? Did those questions suddenly become better? </tongue-in-cheek> Telling people how to vote the earmark of a community who won't be able to find enough followers to move the proposal forward organically. This comes up a lot, but it usually ends up being a black mark on the viability of the proposal itself. Think of it this way… The ...


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Barring any unforeseen technical delays, Hinduism SE is slated to launch in the afternoon (Eastern Time) of Wed, June 18th.


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I'm all for including contemporary Latin. On other language sites, questions about variants (ancestors, dialects, other languages from the same language family) of the language are considered on-topic, be they literary, spoken, extinct, or otherwise. On these sites appropriate tags are used to maintain order. For example, German.SE old-german austrian ...


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On Japanese.SE we have a close reason that reads Questions asking for translations, transcriptions or proofreading are off-topic unless prior research effort is clearly indicated; we're here to help you learn, not to provide a bulk translation service nor to proofread your translations or transcriptions. See: We don't do translations. So, asking for ...


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There may not be any need to define the line. Would the site really be hurt or diluted if folklore was within its scope?


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As for questions in regards to the dialects (and into their details), they should all be on-topic. As for writing in these dialects, then this should not be allowed. We may not speak properly according to the rules, but at least we could write correctly. The only place I can see the usage of dialects when we go to beta possible, is chat. But for the ...


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I believe this SE is (hopefully) going to be about issues that are in relation to notions that involve more than one language. So, a very significant part of any bilingual or trilingual concept is how to effectively teach it. Imagine this scenario: You're a user that's familiar to many SE rules. You teach French in a small language institute and then ask: "...


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There's already one well-voted example on the proposed questions, and it looks to me like a perfect example of a question that should be on topic. Can learning kanji speed up the process of learning spoken Japanese? (+10 votes at time of posting) It's clearly about language learning It references a feature of a language. In theory, answers could be ...


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I'm a linguist and a hobbyist language learner, and that's how I'd interpret site names, if I knew nothing else about them: Second-Language Acquisition - site for linguists doing research on SLA, who may or may not have language learning experience Language Learning - site for people who have actual experience of learning foreign languages, who may or may ...


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See the banner across the top of the proposal. This proposal has reached 100% commitment. We are preparing for its launch and expect to create it soon. Yup, barring any technical problems, this site will launch later tomorrow (sites typically launch on Tuesday, but since Monday was a US holiday, the last minute configuration work was delayed).


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Yes, please. This is a very good idea. Sure, a question tagged samoan or greenlandic might not get much attention, but as long as there are enough people passing by to get rid of spam and poor quality content, this is not a problem. After all, we can already ask questions about obscure software on Super User or an obscure programming language on Stack ...


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O conteúdo das perguntas vai depender fundamentalmente das dúvidas dos utilizadores que coloquem as questões e, indirectamente, dos que derem as respostas. Numa primeira fase não convirá muito estabelecer limites rígidos.


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Оскільки запропонований сайт "Ukrainian Language" призначається одночасно і для носіїв української мови і для іноземців, що вивчають українську, в запитаннях і відповідях буде дозволено використання як української, так і іноземних мов. Пропонована інструкція для користувачів: Для тих, хто питає Якщо Ви можете сформулювати Ваше запитання українською (...


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