Some Stack Exchange sites, such as Literature Stack Exchange, Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange, Puzzling Stack Exchange and Spanish Language SE, have (or had, as the case may be) a tradition of trying to identify the best questions and answers from the last quarter. These are contributions that may be posted on a blog or a Twitter account of the site has one; otherwise they are a nice collection of the best contributions made in a community.

In addition to identifying material that can be used to promote the site elsewhere, such a list of nominations can also be used to highlight high-quality contributions that did not get a lot of votes when they were posted.

So what are the rules?

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  • We used to do the same in Spanish.SE for a while, and even give bounties to the top 3. – fedorqui Jul 9 at 11:32
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    @fedorqui Thanks. I have added the link. Unfortunately, I don't have the reps to liberally distribute bounties on this site ;-) – Tsundoku Jul 9 at 11:59

It is always difficult to establish a restricted list of best questions and answers. Here is a small selection that reflects some of the content I liked the most this quarter.

This question, coming from a discussion on Spanish SE, asked about the origins of the expression "dernier cri" referring to fashion trends. This is a very personal choice, as I had a lot of fun researching old books, catching a glimpse of 17th Century France. I also love that this question originates from a discussion about another language, making a connection between several SE sites and underlining similarities between latin languages.

This question is a perfect example of: "is this acceptable for this site?" and I like this because it doesn't leave you stone cold. One may wonder how naming a wine is related to French language, and I, myself, wasn't sure about the answer, as I initially voted to close the question and then retracted. What I like about this question is that it showed a certain enthusiasm from an American person trying to use French in a creative way, and it seemed like people had fun commenting or answering it. In general, I like questions that are open enough to leave a bit of creativity from the answerers.

Some people are just passionate about French language, and sometimes it shows. Here, Pas un Clue answers a question about a specific usage of the subjonctive tense, giving a lot of examples and going quite deeply into the analysis of why some sentence structures can be useful in certain contexts. It gives a lot of details while remaining relevant, and I liked reading it a lot.

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