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Babel or the tower thereof.


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Yes, these questions should be allowed. They're about conlangs; they're perfectly answerable (either by an actual translation or by a demonstration that no such exists); they're the type of question that someone studying conlangs is likely to have, and that an expert in conlangs is likely to be able to answer. They seem to tick all the boxes for what '...


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Being a site dedicated to languages, I think the idea of adding language to the end of a tag is unnecessary. klingon-language should be merged into klingon. I could see a potential for a tag such as klingon-alphabet, as that's distinct from the language itself, but even that is a stretch and should probably be wrapped under klingon


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While questions about Esperanto wouldn't be off topic, they'd probably get a better answer on their existing dedicated site. It's analogous to someone asking about a problem they were having developing a Wordpress plugin on Stack Overflow, when there is a site dedicated to that topic. You'd get an answer, and probably a good one, on Stack Overflow, but the ...


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You may be making this too complicated — follow the lessons our successful language sites figured out long ago. Acceptable questions contain a specific problem statement. But if someone asks how to say {x} in Klingtokiedwarfonto, get a dictionary. We're not here to do that work for you. This is not a translation service. Where "Translation" ...


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Notes: I'll self nominate. I'm Dannii. I have a linguistics degree, and thought I might be able to help people on this site through explaining linguistic concepts and pointing to natlang examples. I had actually only committed to the site on Area51 about a week before the beta started, and didn't expect that I would find the whole thing so interesting. It'...


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Notes: I am also self-nominating. I have a linguistics degree and relatively extensive, in-depth experience into formal semantics, pragmatics, social meaning, affective content, and information structure -- all areas of linguistics that are very useful to conlangers but often overlooked in other sites for conlangers. I have contributed and will continue to ...


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Notes: I am self-nominating. I am a moderator on /r/conlangs as well as an experienced conlanger. I have been active on the SE since the beginning, doing my duties with cleaning up queues and what not (though in the past week or so there wasn’t much to do and I haven’t quite settled back into school life yet, hence my lack of recent activity). While I am ...


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Just because another site for a topic exists doesn’t mean a question can’t still be on-topic here. The two sites are intended for two different but partially overlapping audiences. They will have two different general flavours and are likely to produce different sets of answers to the same question. I imagine the Esperanto site will answer questions about ...


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A simple-ish answer is that it would indeed go against the spirit of Stack Exchange. We do have two sites - Puzzling and Programming Puzzles & Code Gofl - dedicated to solving puzzles, but there's one key feature: Those sites are explicitly designed for puzzles. The other Stack Exchange sites are not. The official, tongue-in-cheek position of Stack ...


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We will not get closed for low activity StackExchange no longer closes sites solely for low activity. According to this post: If there's enough moderation for a public beta site to consistently remain free of spam, for flags to be cleared, and for our Be Nice policy to be upheld, your site will remain open. While our activity is indeed quite low, we don'...


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I might actually want to argue that the list of resources is better kept on the main site. Precedence for this: Resources for learning chemistry on Chemistry.SE Resources for learning German on German.SE Resources for learning Russian on Russian.SE and others They do all seem to follow the same format. We may choose to do so or do differently, that should ...


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Notes: Zyerah is a current pro-tem mod on Literature SE and former mod (both pro-tem and elected) on Puzzling SE. I've known her as a moderator for many years, and never seen her lose their head, even when moderating very difficult situations. Her moderation is firm but fair - she will criticise people when necessary, but always in as kind a way as possible,...


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Awesome! Miscellaneous random things we need to take into account and think about in the upcoming days: We're probably going to get a bunch of new users who don't know much about the site. Let's be teachers when it comes to the pieces of the scope we've fleshed out so far. In terms of content rate, this might be the danger zone. Now that the excitement of ...


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Few people are very proficient in many conlangs, especially if you exclude Esperanto which I assume already has chat rooms. Anyone can make chat rooms if they want, so go ahead, but I wouldn't expect it to be all that well populated considering the size of the site. As for the main chat room, I'd say no, keep that to English.


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Good Subjective, Bad Subjective is the canonical blog post in this situation. Subjectivity by itself is not a bad thing; unreasonable subjectivity is. The ideal "Good Subjective" question lends itself to answers that are backed up with something - reasoning, logic, a solid explanation. We deal with the same thing on Worldbuilding. I once explained our ...


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To borrow a definition from one of my answers "Constructed languages" on this site refers to artificially created languages for intelligent beings, not machine languages. In the absence of another qualifier a "language" is, as I wrote on another site, a system for communicating propositional and conceptual information to other beings. This is different ...


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No Stacks are meant as a Q&A resource for people all over the world. Aside from a few exceptions, all stacks are enforcing use of the English language. As English is one of the worlds more important languages and on most school curriculums nowadays, this allows people from everywhere to chip in and excludes almost nobody. Questions and answers that are ...


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The whole idea of Stack Exchange is to be a storage of quality information. Information almost never exist by its own. Instead, it is based on resources, references, and prior works. Hence, it seems to be nearly impossible to make a storage for quality information without links and references. Even despite the "link rot", data decay (becoming obsolete or ...


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Yes, I believe it is imperative that we allow these questions here. The reasoning is quite simple: Yes, there is another place here on StackExchange you could go ask that question, but other places to ask questions have always existed. You could just as well go to reddit, or a conlanging forum, or the linguistics department of your favourite university, and ...


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I agree with this, and I have a couple of additional points I want to make. I hope you'll hear me out. I haven't yet asked a question on the site, and because of that (and the fact that we're still in private beta), going to the Ask Question link gives me a nice little bit of advice. I've been through something like a dozen private betas, and, for the most ...


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From the Tour: Constructed Languages Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for designers and users of artificial or invented languages (emphasis mine). So, yes, questions about problems you are experiencing creating your own conlang are definitely on topic. However, if you want a good answer you'll have to provide enough context so that people ...


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Gratulojn! Eglerio! SaHoy'! It's great to have you all as moderators here. You've already shown your passion for this site and its topic; all that remains to say is good luck in your modly endeavours. And since you're all new to Stack Exchange moderation, do come and join the Teachers' Lounge if you ever need assistance :-)


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Xenoglossia Speech Center Taken from the word xenoglossy. Xenoglossy, also written xenoglossia, sometimes also known as xenolalia, is the putative paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak or write a language he or she could not have acquired by natural means. The words derive from Greek ξένος (xenos), "foreigner" and γλῶσσα (glōssa), "...


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More precise tags Neither tolkien nor elvish is a good name for a tag on this site: tolkien isn't a good tag name, because Tolkien invented so many different languages, and the topics of interest here are the languages themselves and not him; elvish definitely isn't a good tag name, because there are many different (and entirely unrelated) languages called ...


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Notes: I'll throw my hat in the ring. I'd be interested in becoming a mod here on ConLang.SE. I've been following the site since the Area 51 stage, and I was relatively active in attempting to get it off the ground (and succeeded in referring 9 users to commit). Once it got off the ground, I participated in the private beta, contributing posts, comments, ...


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Writing a new answer because I’ve thought a bit more about the whole thing. Here’s my proposed solution: For questions related to a specific well-known language, always use a language-specific tag, e.g. tolkien-sindarin. Don’t tag your own project that no one has heard of like that though. Don’t use any -language or -conlang suffixes for these, that’s just ...


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By way of comparison, I am on another Stack Exchange site that has such a challenge type: Chemistry.SE. Within organic chemistry, suggesting syntheses to various organic compounds using known reactions is considered an interesting puzzle. Often, the goal is to find elegant pathways that please the organic chemist’s eye and with as few reactions as possible. ...


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