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To the moderators of this site

Grammar rules are not precise enough to say if y refers to la dimension or le désir, your question is purely about the meaning of a sentence that most native speakers will find too complex in its ...
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How to deal with casual imperfections of texts? — Que faire face aux imperfections occasionnelles des textes en français ?

I think it's clear we cannot afford one question for every piece of French text that someone doesn't understand. Nobody asked about what their brother meant in his last facebook wall post (yet). ...
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Comment signaler les contre-exemples et les exemples discutables ? How should counterexamples and debatable examples be marked?

Il m’arrive parfois, lorsque je réponds à une question, de donner en plus d’exemples des contre-exemples : des phrases incorrectes pour signaler les erreurs à éviter ou pour faciliter la compréhension ...
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Should our site have the tag: 'nominalization'? Notre site, devrait-il inclure le tag « nominalisation » ?

Nominalization I was browsing our tag section and saw that there was no tag for nominalization. In my opinion, this is an important subject in French grammar. For me it was a large part of my ...
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Are edits rewarded with reputation points beyond the 1k mark?

I was wondering if a user, once they accumulate 1000 reputation points, is still rewarded 2 reputation points per question or answer edited. I'm a bit confused about that as I have already edited two ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love French Language & Usage 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 ...
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Should the site help really tell those learning French to ask in French?

The help page on asking questions (formerly part of the faq) says: Should I ask/answer in French or English? Both languages are accepted. If you are learning French, we suggest that you learn by ...
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I submitted an answer considered to be bad - should I delete it?

I submitted an answer to a question and this answer was down voted. I understand why, as the information was not useful. I am completely fine with this. (Other than the fact I feel badly for ...
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Synonymizing “usage-de-mots” and “usage” tags

Would there be any reason to keep separate tags usage-de-mots and usage? I can't see any difference in meaning. (The usage tag is already vague and difficult enough to figure out on its own… Usage, ...
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Nouveaux motifs de clôture — New close reasons

Des changements vont intervenir dans les motifs de clôture d'ici quelques jours : « not constructive » et « not a real question » sont remplacés par : « unclear what you’re asking » : pas clair « ...
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How should we approach homework questions? — Comment aborder les questions de devoir?

What’s our community’s stance on how best to ask and answer homework questions? I was prompted by this question. It clearly states that it’s homework, and explains the question clearly, but is asking ...
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Fix typos in learner question / Corriger les fautes dans une question d'apprenant ?

While reading this question, I was quite tempted to edit the whole thing and fix all the typos, since some parts are even hard to understand due to these typos. However, since it specifically deals ...
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New French Career Stack Overflow

I know this is not directly related to the French Stack Exchange, but I think that since this is the place where French experts are, the post is something that belongs here. Since not everybody ...
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Please provide tag wikis!

I'm always a big fan of tag wikis, but I think they're even more useful for native speakers of English when the tag names are French. At the very least, I think débutant and études should ...
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Origine n'est pas synonyme d'étymologie

L'étymologie est une discipline qui s'attache à retrouver le sens premier d'un mot ou d'une unité syntaxique à partir de ses racines lexicales. Or, la plupart des questions actuellement taguées ...
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Hard to understand but general, French rules

There are a lot of French rules that are probably hard to understand that are not present yet on the site. Yes, we can find examples on other sites, but for someone using the French StackExchange, the ...
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Weird anonymous feedback

I had a look at the low rep and anonymous feedback here (might require some privileges): https://french.stackexchange.com/tools/post-feedback/least-helpful?filter=all It seems that questions with a ...
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Does flagging affect reputation?

I didn't find any related info in the faq. So I want to know whether it will affect either my reputation or the OP's reputation when I ‘flag’ a comment, question or answer. Will it result in ...
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Community eval — Feb 2013

Here are the results of the February 2013 community evaluation. You can comment them in this thread. Voici les résultats de l'évaluation communautaire de février 2013. Ce fil est destiné à recevoir ...
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Traduction de la nouvelle page d'accueil / French version of the new about page

Je viens d'éditer le chapeau de la nouvelle page d'accueil, https://french.stackexchange.com/about, de manière à inclure une version française. Merci d'utiliser cette discussion pour toutes remarques ...
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Is it better to put question titles in English?

Just ran into this dilemma on Dans quel ordre enseigner le français ? A question that could be considered applicable to a very wide audience was asked and answered, but the question and title ...
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Save this question from agony - Sauvez cette question de l'agonie

Comment dériver les termes manquants ? The title is general but the only sub-question it contains and to which it's possible to respond (lost in the middle of loads of useless lines) is ...
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Do we want hats? Voulons-nous des chapeaux ?

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger the ...
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Un pas vers la nouvelle orthographe… ou pas ? — One step towards new orthography… or not?

Par exemple, trente et un devient trente-et-un, paraître devient paraitre, réglementaire devient règlementaire, revolver devient révolver, des après-midi devient des après-midis, porte-monnaie devient ...
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La question est « pourquoi », et pas « quelles sont les alternatives » — The question is “why”, not "what are available alternatives”

Suite à la question Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ? : Dans la plupart des langues, l'équivalent est du type « What is ...
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Not a real answer, but accepted nevertheless

Regarding this question : Temps surcomposés. As the comments point out, the accepted answer is hardly even adressing the very question raised. I wouldn't flag it as “not an answer” for it tries ...
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Comment réintituler sans inclure la réponse ?

Le cas surgit¹ avec cette question : « Son imbécile de mari » : comment s'appelle cette tournure de phrase ?. Le titre est très générique, il me semble indispensable de le ...
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Pluralization of tags

All tags describing categories of words or sentences are pluralized expressions, conjonctions, pronoms, verbes, noms, questions, etc. Adding the tag interjections on some question, I got stuck on ...
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Usage, usage… que peux-tu donc bien signifier ?

Quelqu'un peut-il me dire ce que les questions regroupées sous le tag usage ont en commun? Je me demande si ce tag a vraiment un intérêt, ou si l'on doit le supprimer. Dans l'attente d'une éventuelle ...
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Comment mettre en valeur plus esthétiquement qu'en gras ?

Soulignons tout d'abord l'agressivité visuelle du gras massif, épais, disgracieux. Ceci étant fait, quelle alternative lui trouver ? Dans une réponse récente, je m'essayais à l'environnement ...
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Comment choisir entre deux bonnes réponses ?

Bonjour, (english impossible for me sorry) Sur ma question je puis je peux dans une poésie de Victor Hugo, je suis très géné de dire Telle réponse est LA solution. Je trouve que les deux qui m'ont ...
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Promotion de French Language — French Language promotion

La fréquentation du site baisse et nos statistiques sur area51 sont rouges dans deux catégories: 0.9 question par jour 416 visiteurs par jour Dans le but de donner un coup de fouet à notre stack, ...
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Is it appropriate to post an small audio clip, and ask for transcripts ?

I want to post a 10s audio clip that was cut from some movie, which I can only understand/hear part of it, to ask someone else to get a transcript of that ? Will such a question get closed ?
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What's so great about this site?

Why is French.SE a freaking great place to get help learning a foreign language? There are a million foreign language forums. What makes this one special?
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Que poster automatiquement dans le salon de clavardage ? What feeds should we have in chat?

Une armée de robots poste automatiquement sur le salon de clavardage principal du site des liens vers les nouvelles questions sur le site ainsi que sur d'autres sites proches. Jusqu'à maintenant, il y ...
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Self-evaluation: let's get critical! — Que valons-nous?

We love our site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or keep them around. Given ...
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Style changing edits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Standardization - Normalisation Considering that we should not edit a post that is correct in one variant of French to make it conform to some other variant of French, should ...
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Shtooka no longer responding / Shtooka ne répond plus

This is just to let you know that project Shtooka is apparently in a deep sleep. There are some details on Framagora We've not succeeded in getting a response from the leader of the project and ...
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Est-il pertinent/souhaitable de reformuler le titre d'une question ?

J'évoque notamment le cas de questions dont la formulation initiale se révèle maladroite après quelques réponses, et qu'une révision permettrait de corriger. Le cas concret qui a suscité ma question ...
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Durée de la bêta — Duration of the beta

En regardant les stats du site sur Area51, je me suis rendu compte que visiblement le site est en bêta depuis un bon moment, et la "barre de progression" correspondant à la bêta semble remplie à 100%. ...
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Ads in the sidebar

If we design some nice sidebar ads, perhaps based on our cool 1920's posters motif, can we get them promoted in the sidebar like the ones I've seen for Parenting (another beta site)? I'm really ...
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Including copyrighted images

In my answer to the question Comment traduire « To be on fire » ?, I noticed Gilles added an image reference to the cartoon Asterix. Which is totally appropriate, and as a matter of fact I wanted to ...
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Disagreements and partial answers

I'm trying to get a coherent “result” for the following question(s): How to understand "Je m'en vais."? There was a first answer (by myself) and an other answer (by Circeus) combining ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Standardization — Normalisation

Reading Jefromi's question, I have been concerned with these edits, especially because of their nature. For example, a lot of these edits are only adding a space before a question mark. I am a native ...
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Why are there so many trivial edits?

I'm not a regular user, but I have a curious glance at the front page now and then, and I tend to see a lot of questions bumped to the top by trivial edits - for example, adding a space before a ...
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Participer en français aux questions en anglais [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Answering in the other language Est-ce une bonne pratique de proposer une réponse en français à une question posée en anglais ? Je constate que c'est déjà le cas pour ...
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Comment appeler notre salon de clavardage ? What should our chatroom name be?

Notre salon de clavardage porte actuellement le nom générique « French Language and Usage » avec pour description « General discussion for french.stackexchange.com | Bienvenue à tous ! ». Et si nous ...
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Shouldn't this website be in English? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quelle est la langue principale du site? What is the primary language of the site? Off-topic but I think this is really a problem. https://japanese.stackexchange.com/ Is not ...
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Que faire des questions « presque en doublon » ? What can we do with “nearly duplicate” questions?

Si je prends l'exemple de Amener et emporter et de What's the difference between the verbs “amener” and “emmener”? les questions sont différentes mais traitent au final du même sujet. Ces réponses (...