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Should tags include the definite article?

Following on from keithjgrant's comment here. Assuming that tags will be in French (which I believe they should), should they include the definite article? I.e. grammaire or la grammaire? (I say ...
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Convention for indicating you'd like an ancillary translation

What I mean is: I'm asking a question about topic A, during the course of which I use word which I'm not too happy with. I don't want it to become the topic of my question, and it's probably not worth ...
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A Notice for Non-English Meta Sites

Our goal to make the Stack Exchange Network a great place to produce high-quality Q&A sites, no matter what language your speak. But we are still predominantly an English-speaking organization and ...
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Learning resources for beginners

Should we have a list of learning resources for those who are new to French? As a meta (wiki) post, I would assume. Here is an example of a list of French language resources I have been compiling on ...
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N'utilisez pas les blocs de code pour les citations. (Do not use code blocks for quoting.)

Je n'ai pas vraiment d'opinon au sujet de l'utilisation systématique des « citations » en français ou des “quotes” en anglais. Cependant, citer un mot de cette façon est vraiment moche. On remarquera ...
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How are edits and flags handled during private beta? [closed]

To the StackExchange team, or to people who've been there, done that, and know how it works: During the private beta, how are suggested edits peer-reviewed, and who handles flags?
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Should question tags be in English or French? Or both?

I know about this question: Can Stack Exchange employees understand French? But I think the tags are more important than the message text, so I created a new question. Tags are used in many ways, ...
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Facitility to type accented characters

A lot of English-speaking visitors don't have accents on their keyboards. As they are learning French, they may already know alternative ways to type accented characters; but shouldn't the site ...
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Is it OK to ask questions for which you know the answer?

Just wondering, is it ok to ask questions if you know the answer already? I'm thinking that it helps the beta, but maybe I'm wrong on this? Est-ce une bonne idée de poser des questions dont on ...
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What kind of audience do we think we're targeting, and how do we reach them?

I think that the general approach on SE sites is to 'build the hive' rather than go looking for bees (so to speak). In that case, we shouldn't worry too much about reaching the target audience, but ...
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La bonne façon de répondre à des questions sur la prononciation

Pronounciation questions Je propose de déconseiller fortement d'expliquer de prononciations françaises avec de comparaisons aux mots anglais, au moins, de ne pas utiliser cela comme seule explication....
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Non-breaking spaces and punctuation on Stack Exchange

Not exactly ultra-high priority, but given that in French you're supposed to put non-breaking spaces before some punctuation (: ; ? !), what are we going to do about it? Type them in manually? Ask ...
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Can Stack Exchange employees understand French?

(To Robert, Dori, Shog9, HedgeMadge & GraceNote, wherever I may find them) Do any of you guys understand any French? As you'll see, we're wondering what the main language of the main and meta ...
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Est-ce qu'on se tutoie?

Question idiote, mais est-ce qu'on se tutoie ici, entre internautes; ou au moins entre 'réguliers' du site? Because I'm English, I tend to drop into tutoiement as soon as possible: even pretty much ...
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What exactly are the "easy questions" that should be avoided?

I committed to beta website as a new learner. But the private beta guidelines state that we should ask only "expert" questions, not easy ones. What this basically means for me, is not to ask anything, ...
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Faut-il le motif de clôture « question trop élémentaire » ? Do we want a “general reference” close reason? [duplicate]

Notre site frère anglophone a un motif supplémentaire pour clore une question : « consulter un ouvrage de référence ». Cette question est trop élémentaire. On peut y répondre de manière ...
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Translating monolingual answers to "important" questions

Is it appropriate to translate monolingual answers to "hot" questions in order to improve their usefulness to the wider internet? If so should it be As an edit to the existing answer? As an ...
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Answering in the other language

I feel confident in my ability to comprehend French, but can express myself much more clearly in English. However, for questions written in French, the question asker may not be able to understand the ...
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Prescriptivist vs descriptivist — Prescriptif ou descriptif

English Language & Usage is clearly majoritarily descriptivist. What about French Language. There is the Académie Française, after all. Maybe that means there isn't even a choice? Is that a ...
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Are questions only about French language, not its usage are allowed?

For example, I would like to know how French is perceived in English speaking countries. More specifically if most people think it's better to have a native french speaker as a teacher or it's not ...
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Quelles étiquettes utiliser? What should our tags be?

Une des 7 questions essentielles: quelles étiquettes utiliser ? One of the 7 essential questions: what should our tags be?
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Should we tag questions to indicate the language they're written in? Faut-il une étiquette indiquant dans quelle langue une question est rédigée?

This debate has been started on the German and Japanese Language & Usage sites, but I'm not sure it's been fully resolved. Should we tag each question (a mod would be the one to do the tagging; I'...
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Policy on correcting people's French

What do we do if (say) a non-native user tries to ask a question in French, and there are glaring errors, or just grating ones in their question? Encourage them to ask in English instead? Or spend ...
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Quelle est la langue principale du site? What is the primary language of the site?

Une décision que nous devons prendre dans les prochains jours est la langue principale du site. Il y a des choses qui peuvent être bilingues (en particulier on peut avoir des questions en anglais et ...
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Translation questions — Questions de traduction

I was the originator of the EN/FR translation proposal. I'd like to know what our attitude to translation-style questions will be here. I'd be inclined to have a policy of not accepting one-word ...

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