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Are questions about dialects on topic?

Given a great variety of local dialects (and small languages) in Italy, should we allow questions about a specific way of saying things? If a question appears about lu sicilianu (Sicilian language) or ...
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Should we allow questions/answers to be in Italian?

I'm afraid questions written in Italian won't be beneficials for people whose Italian skills are not developed enough. Should we allow to write question/answers in Italian, or should we rather ...
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What good reference works on Italian are available online?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references might be off-topic. What good reference works on Italian language are freely available online, and what kinds of questions are they ...
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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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Help ensure English speakers can participate on meta

This site has surfaced several back-to-back meta posts written only in Italian. It's an understandable tendency, since your focus is Italian Language, but this creates some problems. The Stack ...
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Ci diamo del tu?

Mi sembra comune darsi del tu nelle comunita' online, ma vorrei che formalizzassimo questa convenzione qui su meta in caso dei nuovi utenti abbiano dubbi o abbiamo ospiti illustri come ad esemprio ...
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Are questions about translation requests on topic?

Sarebbe opportuno supportare domande inerenti richieste di traduzione in Italiano? Are questions about translation requests on topic?
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Italian.SE to remain in private beta for another week

Update: After a week's worth of solid work from this community, the team has reconvened and agreed to move Italian.SE to public beta. Nice job! The public beta switch should get flipped some time ...
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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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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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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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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 is this language Stack Exchange site named “Italian Language”, while all others similar sites are called "X Language & Usage?

Why is this language Stack Exchange site named "Italian Language", while all others similar sites are called "X Language & Usage"? In other terms, why does the site's name lack of "& Usage"?
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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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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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Who should the moderators be?

One of the "The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta": who should be our moderators? The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come ...
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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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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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Is “Italian language” still alive?

30 days after the go-live, the figures are not reassuring. I encourage everyone to express their point of view: is this site still alive, has it ever been?
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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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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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Are etymology questions on topic?

As the title, should we allow questions about etymology? For example "Qual è l'origine della parola Pasqua?"
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What language should we use for tags?

Default tags here in Meta and in the main site are in English. Should we prefer English or Italian for the tags?
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Who should post the answer?

A user posted the following question: Sulla pronuncia del nome Elena . Three users (including myself) posted a series of comments, which basically answer the question in the same way. OP has thanked ...
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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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How do we format sentences?

Looking at our first questions I've seen Italian sentences in English questions variously formatted: come questa "oppure come questa" o addirittura come questa e pure in questo modo Should we ...
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About questions on the interpretation of a word or a phrase

The recent question "Cosa significa “piccola gente” in questa frase?", as well as others that are regularly asked on this site are about the interpretation of a word or phrase written or said by a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How may I correct a typo?

In this post I tried to add a missing apostrophe in the quotation. However the system refused to store the edit, saying Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in ...
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Should tags be plural whenever applicable?

Apparently we are introducing a lot of tags using the plural form, for instance nouns, verbs, tenses, foreign-words, ... but I've already spotted one in a singular form homograph I like plural the ...
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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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Synonymizing the “word-meaning” tag to the “meaning” tag

As it stands the word-meaning and meaning tags are two separate tags. They share an almost identical excerpt: word-meaning's excerpt: Questions related to the definition and nuance of meaning of ...
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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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Proposal about being more detailed and precise in the title of questions

Now that the site has finally gone public, I would recommend everyone (if you agree, of course) to be more detailed and precise in the title of questions. I mean, the site is intended for 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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Downvotes and private beta

I received two downvotes for this answer. I'm not questioning the downvotes as everybody's free to do it. What I'm questioning is the fact that one of the votes was not accompanied by a comment ...
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Should the same language be used for question title and body?

It seems like we have settled on allowing questions in both Italian and English (good). But today I saw this question, which has an english title, an italian body english answers and mixed comments. ...
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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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Question in one language with answers in another, what should we do?

This question is similar to this one, but wants to focus on a different aspect of the matter. Personally, I think that both English and Italian questions should be accepted, but I have seen cases in ...
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Should downvoters leave a comment to explain the reason of their downvote?

Update: Lately, I have seen again lots of downvotes on questions and answers without any comment to explain why. For this reason, I have decided to reopen this debate. It's not the first time that ...
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Should we allow broad questions?

I have been using the Stackexchange network website for a while and with great success. They have been helped me learning and driving me towards my goals. And still do. In my opinion part of this ...
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How should we name our chat room?

Stack exchange sites have chatrooms. Chatrooms have names, usually funny. What should ours be called?
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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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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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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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