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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Winterbash 2016

Winter Bash is a fun, lighthearted event SE runs every year as a way of celebrating the many amazing people who make the communities awesome. It's open to any Stack Exchange site that chooses to ...
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Why is this question being closed?

This question is receiving a lot of close votes (3 at of this moment), but I am not sure I understand why. Of course it is not very well written, but I think it can be turned into a valuable resource. ...
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Is it ok to use meta not to ask questions?

I saw a bunch of "questions" here on meta where the author actually wanted to make a proclamation (in Italian un proclama) in the form of an absolute statement about what is the correct way of using ...
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Is asking to translate a short paragraph from English to Italian on topic here?

I want to see if I'm allowed to ask such a question in the main site? Would you please translate the following paragraphs into Italian? a proposal for creating a remote sensing and ...
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Should we admit “easily” answerable questions?

A question about the spelling of an Italian word prompted me to think that perhaps we might want to limit questions whose answer can be quickly found just by looking up a word in a dictionary. I ...
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Does this question show enough research for Italian SE?

This question was downvoted for not showing enough research. I'll admit that the original question did not have a link to a dictionary (second to last paragraph) so I understand why. Then the question ...
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Attempts at English to Italian translation In questions

I am an English speaker who is slowly learning Italian through textbooks and sites like this, but I have little command over the Italian language itself. I am wondering if it is alright to ask for a ...
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Why do most users, including experienced ones, keep commenting instead of answering?

I am quite new here so I may missing something obvious, however I have quite a bit of experience from the technical communities (Ask Ubuntu and StackOverflow). Therefore, I try to understand the best ...
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This is not a site for Italians!

It is worth noting how popular questions in English are on this site (this is just a recent example) compared to those asked in Italian. I had always assumed that this site was the Italian version of ...
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Common misconceptions when discussing language

In the answers and comments of this site there are some recurring kinds of reasoning that I am afraid are misconceptions about what language is and how it is studied. I believe it would be useful to ...
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Additional Pro Tem Needed — Who would like to Moderate this site?

I am pleased to announce that 'egreg' has agreed to fulfill the role of pro tem moderator for this site. Congratulation! original post Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until ...
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Do we follow the same policy as the other SE sites about “noise” on questions / answers? [duplicate]

I often stumble across questions / answers containing "background noise" such as greetings, salutations, thanksgivings and so on. Should this "background noise" be edited out of the post? Greetings /...
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It makes no sense or what?

This question , according to some users, makes no sense. It is about the possible origin of the metaphorical usage of the term "beak" to refer to a "man mouth". Please help me understand what sense ...
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Winter Bash - In or Out?

Just like last year and the year before, we should decide whether we want the site participating in Winter Bash (hint: we always did). During Winter Bash, users earn virtual hats by completing certain ...
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Does anyone know when's the next “site health discussion”?

Every now and then, the Stack Exchange sites get reviewed by users in terms of their performance (how users are growing, how's the quality of questions, measured through some indicators ...). Does ...
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Il mistero della risposta scomparsa

Sono sicuro di aver risposto a una domanda inerente la forma italiana del detto napoletano “Ogni scarrafon' ie bell' a mamma soa”, ma ora vedo che è scomparsa, e con essa sono scomparse le variazioni ...
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Is Google NGram Viewer really useful?

Since I arrived here, I’ve noticed that many authoritative users make use of Google Ngram Viewer to answer questions such as this one. I harbour some doubts about the usefulness of this tool. The ...
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Italian Culture .SE Proposal

Visiting Area51.SE I noticed several proposals for "cultural" sites such as this. I think we should work on one for Italian culture too, which is undoubtedly appreciated all over the world. ...
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How to attract more users and have more questions?

Mi chiedo se sia possibile rendere più attivo questo sito. Per quello che ho visto finora gli utilizzatori sono spesso stranieri che fanno domande di carattere grammaticale e/o ortografico. ...
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What do you think about the new tags “ne” and “ci”?

The tags "ne" and "ci" were created with this question: The use of ci when specifying locations. At first, I thought that it was unnecessary to keep such specific tags, but some people have expressed ...
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Is asking about Neapolitan on topic?

I'm somehow new here in Italian Language. I know Neapolitan is not Italian, but hoping to find somebody with this knowledge here, is it possible to ask about Neapolitan in this site?
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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Italian Language Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Question easily answered on one's own?

I don't want to look too grumpy, but I'd say that a question like «How can I say "what's your name?” in Italian?» does not show even a modicum of attempt to find an answer on one's own. A sentence ...
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Incorrect way of classifying North and South in terms of language

In several questions and answers it looks like a precise distinction between North and South of Italy is given when it comes to the use of words and expressions. For instance, in some cases one tends ...
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Over one thousand users!

This is just to observe, as I have just done, that in the last few hours we have passed the one-thousand mark for the number of users of this site. Admittedly, not all of them are active, and someone ...
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Please use the correct accents on Italian words

This is a plea for native Italians: could you please use the correct spelling of words with accents in your writing? I ask you this not only because it's nice to have things correctly spelled on a ...
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Are you OK with the site participating in the Winter Bash?

As moderators, we have to decide whether to make the site participate in the Winter Bash this year. It's a short fun period where "hats" are awarded to users, which they then wear on their avatar. ...
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Attempted edit with spam

I just received an approval request for this edit https://italian.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/641 Is there anything that can be done (besides rejecting the edit?)
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Users opinion about moderator policy on added noise to questions/answers

As a moderator, I sometimes find myself in the position of having to evaluate whether to edit or not a question/answer for added noise which is useless from the information point of view. I am ...
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Un saluto carissimo a randomatlabuser

Con questo post voglio salutare randomatlabuser, ora user193, il cui account, come da sua richiesta al team di StackExchange, è stato oggi rimosso dal sito. Dispiace davvero tanto, lui (o lei), con @...
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Repeated abusive behaviour from user

This post is mainly addressed to the moderators, martina and I.M.: bobie is a new user who is regularly engaging in abusive behaviours, launching invectives all the time in his comments and answers. I ...
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Question with many views

Does anybody know why this question has many more views than the other ones posted around the same time (almost 1000 at the time of writing, vs. 50/100 views for the questions nearby)? Is there a bug ...
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Undesired mail by an Italian.SE visitor

I, and at least one friend as well, have received an email by someone claiming to be a software engineer from Eastern Europe who saw our contributes on italian.SE («I just discovered the italian....