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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Vorrei ringraziare la comunità di questo sito

Buonasera, Vorrei ringraziare la comunità di questo sito per l'aiuto che mi avete prestato su qualche difficoltà in Il fu Mattia Pascal di Luigi Pirandello. Molti anni fa, mi è venuta l'idea che non ...
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Italian.SE is graduating on December 16th!

Congratulations everyone: after much effort we are finally graduating! The Community Managers have communicated us that, based on the longevity, number and quality of questions and other parameters, ...
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Is it valid to translate answers which are provided only in Italian?

I'd like to improve the usefulness of certain Italian-only answers by translating them into English — is there a consensus on whether this is welcome, encouraged or discouraged? I don't want to step ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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Do something positive for Italian.SE and have a new look for your avatar

Winter Bash 2020 has just begun. This is an old tradition of Stack Exchange sites, which is done for fun, but I also see it as an opportunity to increase participation in our site, something that I ...
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Can we find some good reasons to vote questions and answers? We need your ideas!

Let's begin this post with some facts. From the site analytics, which is viewable to any user with 5000 or more reputation points, we can see that, from 1st to 27th August, the total number of posts ...
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Same Question, but in English

I'll be honest: my Italian is limited to what I've picked up as a musician. That is to say, it's not great. I was typesetting some old music, and I ran into something that I thought was confusing. ...
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Proposal: add custom close reason for questions that are not about Italian language

This is a feature-request post. Upvoting it means you agree with the proposal. Downvoting it means you disagree with the proposal. You can answer or comment if you want, but you don't need to. ...
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Trasparenza nell'uso del sistema

Traggo spunto da un commento di @linux che è stato cancellato per fare presente che questo sito ormai non ha più nulla a che fare con il suo senso iniziale e che si è ridotto a un sistema di ...
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Quali sono i parametri per sanzionare?

In base a recenti e frequenti diatribe mi chiedo quali siano i parametri per sanzionare e che cosa si intenda per insulto. Visto che sono coinvolto molto direttamente, questa domanda la ritengo ...
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Credete opportuno creare la tag "mathematics"? / Would it be worth to create a "mathematics" tag?

In questo momento ci sono sul sito parecchie domande che hanno a che vedere con la terminologia nell'ambito della matematica. Secondo me, forse sarebbe una buona idea etichettarle con una tag ...
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Si stanno tessendo barriere alla partecipazione in questa comunità?

Su questo post ho letto di uno studio che si è fatto su Stack Overflow in cui si sono riscontrati fatti come More specifically, we find significant gender gaps in activity: women are more likely ...
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L'andazzo recente con la votazione

Mi sono deciso nonostante tutti i trascorsi a scrivere questo post. Da un canto ci si lamenta del fatto della scarsa utenza, dall'altro riscontro una serie di downvotes riguardo a domande plausibli (...
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2019: a year in moderation

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Is this question on mathematical notation on topic?

Is this question on mathematical notation on topic? Why the letter q for the line equation y = mx + q? Is it used only in Italian? There are many mathematicians here (me included), so we may be ...
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What do you think about doubling points earned on questions?

I’ve just received a mail from SO about the decision they made to increase the value of upvotes to questions. Starting today, we’re doubling the reputation points earned from getting an upvote ...
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List of Italian podcasts / TV shows / movies / TV series

Could we add sections of Italian podcasts, online TV shows and Netflix series/movies to What good reference works on Italian are available online? , as the ones already available at https://spanish....
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Has the recent mess on SE anything to do with our site?

One Mod was fired and many others are leaving their position as a sign of protest. The issue appears to be the alleged misusage of personal pronouns (non-gendered vs gendered). Mods on this site don’...
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Can we have a [elision] tag?

Elision is a common feature of the Italian language and I have just noticed there is no tag for it in Italian Stack Exchange. Could we add it ? Some questions which could use the new tag: When do we ...
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Online reference works on Italian dialects/regional terms

We have a very useful Meta question on What good reference works on Italian are available online?. Since this site is also open to some questions on dialects and regional variants of Italian, and we ...
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Why is SE Italian Language so poorly populated?

Italian is not an international language like English or Spanish for instance, but still it’s the language of many cultural activities which are renowned worldwide, such as opera and figurative arts. ...
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Should we allow questions of the form "check my work"?

If you go to the help center, you'll find it written there don’t ask any questions about [...] [p]roofreading ("are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified but I ...
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When should welcoming comments be removed?

Recently there has been an increase in the amount of flags asking for removal of comments saying "Welcome to Italian.SE". I have a personal rule of thumb for when to accept those flags, and I know my ...
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Italian Stack Exchange moderators’ behavior

Lately I have been visiting the Italian Stack community and I saw a lot of people (moderators included) tend to comment chatty things like “welcome to ...”. I know it’s friendly, nice and whatever, ...
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Potremmo avere le etichette in italiano? / Could we have tags in Italian?

Sui siti Stack Exchange di francese, spagnolo e portoghese, o anche russo, la maggior parte delle etichette (se non sono tutte) sono nelle rispettive lingue. Ma qui abbiamo tutte le etichette in ...
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2018: a year in moderation

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Splitting [tag:regional] further?

Would it make sense to subdivide further regional, for instance into tags for Northern, Central and Southern Italian (and Swiss-Italian if the need arises)? It feels like in many cases OP already ...
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Just created the neologism tag. Was it worth it?

When adding this question, I created the new neologism tag since none of the existing would fit for the case. Comments and suggestions, as usual, are welcome.
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Question soliciting original solutions

This question asks about a way to translate “original poster”, i.e. “OP”, into Italian. In its phrasing it seems to solicit original proposals (rather than, say, just asking whether there is already ...
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Why don't you vote?

So this is half a rant, half a poll and half an exhortation. As you can see from the users page, most people in this site do not vote (EDIT: the page shows only the people with more than 10 votes, ...
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Would it be worth to create the "pun" tag?

Considering this question A magma-related lava pun, what do you think about creating the new tag pun, since I think the verb tag doesn't fit very well with the question. I'm also not sure that the ...
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Should we complain about apostrophes instead of Italian accents in posts?

I've seen several times on this website users complaining about someone else typing accents wrong because they are typing with an English keyboard. (typical case: e' instead of è, consistently across ...
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When are monolingual dictionaries the answer?

There seem to be a recurring disagreement as to when answers can be dismissed because they can be answered 'just by looking at a (monolingual) dictionary'. More generally there seem to be an opinion ...
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Additional Moderator Needed

Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until this site reaches a critical mass to hold an election, I need to appoint another provisional Moderators to help moderate this site. Please ...
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Should downvoters leave a constructive comment to help users to improve their posts?

This is an old post, but it seems to me relevant today (August 2020) for the reasons I explain below. From the site analytics, which is viewable to any user with 5000 or more reputation points, you ...
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No appropriate close reason for "translate this sentence for me"

While voting to close this question, I noticed that even if we all agree that "translate this sentence for me" questions are not on topic, there isn't a fitting close reason. That question is not ...
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Are questions on whether italian-language media (books, shows, etc.) are good examples of the language, on-topic for this site?

I ask because I know that there can be a great deal of regional variety in dialogue (I'm thinking dialects here), so if a movie or show takes place in Rome, for example, as a new learner I may not be ...
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What do you think about the new tag "phrase-origin"?

A tag called "phrase-origin" has recently been created in this question, a kind of question that up till now has been labelled "etymology" according to our tag description. It has been argued that the ...
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We need more questions / Abbiamo bisogno di più domande

Aggiornamento / Edit (Charo): Cerco di riaprire questo dibattito perché questo sito è meraviglioso, ma sono anche dell'opinione che abbiamo bisogno di un po' più di domande, fatte da più utenti ...
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Use of comments

I am referring to Qual è una buona traduzione per Buzzword? to ask about a very general issue: the fact that here in ISE (but not only) comments are used to give answers. Users who are new and ...
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Are questions about the name to give in Italian to an imaginary creature invented for a game on-topic?

Suppose I want to know what name I should give, in Italian, to an imaginary creature invented for a game (e.g. playing cards). I quote the text describing the creature, and show its picture. Would ...
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Che fine ha fatto la domanda sulla resilienza?

Qualche ora fa era presente una domanda sulla diffusione recente, in vari contesti diversi da quelli originari, del termine “resilienza”. Perché è stata cancellata? Era interessante.
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Are questions about names on topic?

Occasionally questions about how to name pets appear. For a recent example see this one. My first instinct is to vote to close them (they seem to be the textbook example of opinion-based). What does ...
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Is a query about contextually-appropriate (including vulgar) expressions on topic?

I'm a non-Italian speaker, seeking contextually-appropriate expressions for shocked surprise, even better would be seriously shocked/scared surprise. (This is for a novel.) A literal translation of, ...
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Can I ask for a spelling check of some text using a question?

I know that on a lot of SE sites, simple "homework" questions are discouraged. I don't speak Italian, but I have a song text that I need to check the spelling of (as I'm pretty sure it's wrong!) Can I ...
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Disappointing response to first post

First, some background I first joined Stack Overflow 4.5 years ago, and have been active on various sites, especially English and Bicycles. On English, I have reviewed 690 Close Votes, 328 First ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for tips with learning?

I am currently trying to learn basic Italian from online resources (i.e. without a tutor). I have hit a stumbling block which I'm finding it very hard to overcome (struggling to remember the ...
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Question deleted soon after receiving an answer

This question (I believe it can only be seen by moderators and high-reputation users now) asked for a polite note in Italian asking not to be noisy after midnight. It got an answer and was deleted few ...
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Clickbait question and rejected edit

I have suggested an edit to the question Salviamo la lingua italiana, but apparently it has been rejected. My motivation for wanting to change that question is that its title is not descriptive, and ...
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