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In my view, SO sites work best when there is a clear focus - i.e. the topic is well-defined, so people can easily tell whether their question is relevant the site caters to their interests a posted question is on- or off-topic The advantage of "Lego" as a topic is that it provides that clear focus straight away. However, I think with some work it should be ...


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Any and all questions and information can cause evaluation and introspection leading to a rejection of prior beliefs and/or the acquisition of new beliefs. If you believe in free will, you believe the reader has a choice of what to do with the information. If you don't, then there's nothing you can do to prevent this sort of event. Stack Exchange is a place ...


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I'd say that the definition should include any animal that will be harvested as a companion. What I mean by "harvest" is in terms of what the final product is. This includes breeders and caretakers of animals that aren't currently pets but will one day be pets. Breeders and caretakers don't keep animals as pets, but knowing how to care for these animals ...


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I don't think this site should function as a translation site. However, online translators often translate word-for-word, and the resulting translations often sound notoriously unnatural. So I could see presenting a piece of translated text, and then asking if that translation sounds on the mark, or asking if it flows naturally, or if could it be improved. ...


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I, for one, would not like to see hard-core golfing questions where the shortest keystroke count "wins" the contest. Golf-lite would be welcome, though. That is, questions should call for any reasonably efficient technique that one would want to apply in normal daily use, with some consideration for factors other than keystroke count, such as memorability ...


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The issue of forming a site exclusively around "beginners questions" is one of reciprocity. Most sites at least perport to be experts talking to experts and answering each other questions. They, in turn, attract a fair number of enthusiasts and beginning learners asking interesting (albeit, beginner) questions. In contrast, an ESL site is setting itself up ...


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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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As long as they are pet snakes, frogs, lizards, etc... then yes they are on topic. Questions about snakes, frogs, lizards, et al in the wild would be off topic. The key would be the pet aspect.


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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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I would suggest that social, economic, and environmental sustainability are all on-topic. However, if that is to be the case we need to begin educating the community from day one of private beta on how to approach such value-laden subjects with cool heads and create great content. It can certainly be done -- Parenting overcame the same challenge -- but ...


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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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My main problem with limiting this site to just Lego is that it is a single product, made by a single company, and making a SE site for that purpose doesn't seem quite right. It's debatable as to whether this goes along with the Area 51 FAQ too. Despite this, I can't think of what else to call it. Construction toys?


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If the question is one where the main source of confusion comes from being a non-native speaker – that is, if the question is justifiably confusing to the O.P., but just about any native speaker could probably answer it without doing any research, simply by recalling basic lessons in middle school – then the question would be a better fit for this site than ...


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Does Stack Exchange have a policy… Yes, we do. See Respect the community - your own, and others’ TL;DR version — if two (or more) communities overlap in scope, nobody is granted "exclusive territory" in that topic space over the other. Every site is an island in this respect. We don't gerrymander sites because part of their scope happens to ...


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I think the problems inherent in translation questions are scope and the need for a bilingual person who can understand the OP's intentions. Scope is easy to solve - we give a soft word limit. Does the SE network have enough people to adequately support translation questions? We could limit it to languages that already feature on SE (as delimited by the xL&...


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I agree, and would suggest a more refined version: Proposed Q&A site for non-native & native Arabic Language learners, linguists & experts to discuss finer points of the language. اقتراح إنشاء موقع أسئلة وأجوبة يضم المتعلمين، اللغويين، والخبراء بمجالات اللغة العربية ليناقشوا ما يتعلق بهذه اللغة.


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Lets take the question "Then or Than, Which to use when comparing time?" This is clearly too basic for EL&U. Just check a dictionary and it will tell you that then and than are used in very different circumstances. (OK, it's been closed as a dupe, but the first 4 votes were general reference. Things have changed a lot over the last year and a quarter, ...


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The first problem is, that people don't understand that moving to commitment phase too quickly won't help the proposal to be launched. The second are miscalculated requirements. In theory you need only 60 followers for the proposal, but you need at least 40 questions with at least 10 votes on each. This gives you 400 upvotes (in optimistic scenario, without ...


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In my opinion, yes, remote sensing should be fully covered by geoscience. Therefore, the Remote Sensing proposal should be closed as a duplicate.


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I think these types of questions should definitely be allowed here. When I created this site, I wanted it to have a really big scope... including just about anything about graphics cards. This would make it a great place for even non-tech people to find great answers to questions about GPUs. GPGPU programming is also pretty different to standard CPU ...


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Interpersonal Skills is essentially more broad of a topic than what Relationships and Dating was scoped to, which was: Q&A site for people seeking answers to questions about dating and long-term relationships. So it could include questions about dating and long-term relationships, but it's not specific to either topic. There could be questions ...


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I should like to answer your question with scripture, if you don't mind: Jesus talks about the fact that some will be challenged by His teaching. This is not the only example of that idea, but it's one that I came across more recently. It illustrates an important point that I consider central to your question: Christianity isn't always easy. Belief is the ...


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The proposals here are often very specialized and mostly hobbies of programmers succeed due to the limit that a beta needs a minimum amount of 200+ users. Especially on scientific topics where you try to attract students with no strong computer programming background it's much too tricky what Area 51 is at all if you visit Stack Exchange for the ...


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As a pure LEGO enthousiast, I don't really like to expand to all construction toys. I believe that the way LEGO bricks interlocks is sufficiently different from other construction types (such as Meccano) to warrant a specific site. I do however agree that it should cover all "interlocking bricks" toys, be it LEGO or its various concurrent/clones. This also ...


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Yo creo que sí es necesario, no todos los hispanos leemos bien el inglés, obviamente habrá algunos que sí, sin embargo, sus inquietudes y apreciaciones han sido descartadas de tajo por no saber el ingles, ahora bien si no entiendes lo que yo digo, entonces estarás en la misma posición de los hispanos que no saben inglés.


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I totally agree with you. The proposal should cover the entire depth and breadth of Gamification. The definition should be something along these lines : For professionals, academics, and enthusiasts who apply game mechanics for individual improvement, social good, enterprises, or consumers. Another alternate, and possibly better scope definition would ...


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It would be unfortunate to preclude Dutch speakers in a Dutch Language proposal. On the contrary, studying a language has long been known to be best conducted in a full-immersion environment (i.e. in the target language only). We've even considered (on the Stack Exchange Team) urging our language sites to become "full immersion." Its long been known that ...


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Latin, or some version of it, is still used as an official language by the Holy See; and official translation dictionaries are maintained for words and phrases that are not present in or before medieval Latin ("social media", "computer", "television", etc.). So I think it's perfectly on-topic to discuss contemporary Latin. (How else could one discuss ...


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Yes. For this example, it isn't so much the content of the example questions that is relevant, but making sure that the community is there. My making people define, upvote questions, you ensure that you've got an engaged enough community to make a beta successful.


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This is definitely an interesting idea. Most societies frown upon the mere discussion of pornography, I do think a SE-site about it could create a more open, factual based view on the topic. I support this proposal!


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