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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Luca Serianni (1947-2022)

Sometimes meta can be used to spread news that might be interesting for the community. Unfortunately today a sad one reached the Italian newspapers. Yesterday, July 21st 2022, the famous Italian ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A list of “non-resources”?

Often people come here because their favourite website or app left them wondering about something unclear: a word not well explained, an exception given as a rule or viceversa, an example of nothing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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