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Keeping track of our statistics

Aug 7, 2019: Now that Martial Arts SE is no longer a beta website its Area51 statistics are not updated anymore which means this post won't be updated either. We cannot see any history of this site's ...
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Should individual techniques have their own tags?

I noticed when this question was asked: What's the real difference between Ikkyo omote and Nikkyo omote?. That the asker created a tag for ikkyo and nikyo. Do people want to tag individual ...
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Does the site need a “martial-arts” tag?

I've already removed the tag from the following questions: Best weight lifting exercise to develop a Wing Chun chain punch Where can I find critical comparisons of various martial arts? DIY and ...
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Mc Dojo warning signs…

Would a community wiki be useful for warning signs of a Mc Dojo? In general, I would close any such question as "asking for a list". However, in this particular case, it might be a good idea to have ...
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What do we need in our Martial Arts FAQ?

This is going to be quite tricky, a lot of it revolves around giving quick easy guidance on whats on topic and whats offtopic. The main thing is to give the broad topic areas, eg Things related to ...
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Additional Moderators Needed

THE REPLACEMENT HAS BEEN PICKED, AND THE ORIGINAL META ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE PRO-TEM SELECTION HAS BEEN UPDATED Thanks to all that volunteered to take the position. Ideally Moderators are elected by ...
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Increasing the site's activity

I'm a new user on this site, but I've been following what's happening here for maybe a year (or two?) and I've seen that it seems to site lacks activity. On Area51, there's an average of one question ...
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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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What are the boundaries for topicality?

I'm worried about some of the questions that are being closed. I'm all for closing questions if they merit it but I'd hope we could exercise some caution when closing questions. I've been a part of ...
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What is the definition of martial art?

This is an open thread (so to speak) so we can define what we understand as a martial art. The "best" answer should probably go to the FAQ. Linked question: Do we need to define martial art?
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How do we get users to ask more questions?

The number of questions/week is now at an all-time low. It's currently at 0.2 questions/day. This means that we only got 3 new questions in the last 2 weeks, despite the fact that the number of users ...
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Mental health and suicide TKD questions

We have two questions, one about suicide, the other about mental illness which started as being about all possible martial arts. I left comments that the questions needed to be focused on one martial ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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How is the community doing?

We are still in beta, still not growing at an amazing rate, and while we have a core of good questions/answers, it is always good to challenge one's views. So, what are we doing right? What are we ...
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Is martial arts history on-topic of off-topic?

In the same nature of whether firearms are on-topic or not, are questions about the history of martial arts on-topic or off-topic? I feel that for a niche subject, questions about history should be ...
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Are western martial arts on topic?

Say, I had a question about fencing. Would that be on topic? What about rapier fighting? What about medieval sword work for re-enactment?
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Lion dancing - on topic or not?

Chinese martial arts schools also perform lion dance in addition to practicing their style. It is a cultural dance in which two performers mimic a lion's movement underneath a lion costume. I've seen ...
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Questions with no marked answer

I have been poking around looking at the question answer rates and they don't look too flash at this stage. At the moment of writing this (the site is one week old) we have 64 questions, of which ...
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Are questions related to running martial arts classes on-topic?

We seem to have determined that training advice is on topic, but what about questions related to the running of your own dojo? I don't mean questions of book keeping or similar, but specific problems ...
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Revisiting the Question of Firearms

Especially now that Firearms.SE is shutting down, I think this topic is worth looking at in a little more detail. In some respects this is revisiting What questions about firearms are on topic?, but ...
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Acronym tags should be synonyms of full spelled-out tag

There is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu question tagged with bjj and brazilian-jiu-jitsu with the former pointing to the latter. Likewise, mma (no questions are tagged with this) should also point to mixed-...
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Should we blacklist the medical-advice tag?

This particular tag was originally discussed here: Should we create a medical advice tag? Questions asking for medical advice are specifically mentioned as off topic, so to me it makes no sense to ...
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What Questions Will We Be Great At?

I'd like to start a discussion around the sorts of questions that really can inspire excellent answers on this site. Not just what is on topic or what is a good fit, but what can really make this site ...
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Are questions of Boxing and Wrestling considered on-topic?

Generally when you see a question and answer board or a forum, martial arts are generally lumped under a category sports and separated from boxing and wrestling. With both being common components of ...
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Why is this community so critical?

This is something I've noticed of this community more than the other SE communities I've been a part of. It's a very critical community. For example: the downvote is on a hair trigger everyone ...
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A good martial art recommendation question guidelines

Since martial art recommendations are on-topic: What should the community's guidelines for a good martial art recommendation question be?
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Are Questions About Treating Injuries Off Topic?

Thinking specifically of Whats the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly? which raises the question: At what point does the treatment of injuries (as opposed to the prevention of injuries) get to be ...
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Stretching for the split …

This question has been closed as off topic. While I agree with the closing, I am uncomfortable with it as it is not in keeping with other questions: two refer to the splits and have 21 up voted at the ...
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Definitive hand conditioning answer?

We get a question about hand conditioning every few months. Over and over again, we've told people to not do it, that it's no longer necessary (if it ever was) to cripple yourself to make your hands a ...
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How should “Japanese/Asian” terms be marked up in questions and answers?

Given the broad range of styles that MA.SE will cover, there are going to be times when you will need to use Japanese (or Chinese/Korean etc) words and terms to describe a concept or technique. Some ...
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Two similar questions; why is one on hold but the other has been upvoted?

This question has been put on hold as too broad; other similar questions have been closed as off-topic or too broad. A similar question, although it is better written/formatted, etc., has not been ...
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Sourcing quotes scope question

There is currently this question on the main site, regarding the source of a quote attributed to Bruce Lee. It has (currently) two upvotes, one downvote, and one vote to close (VTC) as "not related to ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I announced an experiment that would: Turn on the review queue indicator whenever there's a task available in any queue. All queues with at least one task will be marked ...
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Proposal for a Topic of the Week Contest - Tai Chi

Update (May 14, 2012): We have the go-ahead from Stack Exchange to proceed with this contest (they will be sponsoring the prize). Check out the latest meta post regarding the rules and format of the ...
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Gi and dogi should be synonyms of uniform

The tags gi and dogi should be synonyms of the English version uniform. These are all the same concept, and all current questions tagged uniform are also tagged gi. Revisiting this years later now. ...
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What can we do to encourage advertising of this site?

One thing that we seem to need, looking at our stats so far, are simply more avid users. So the question is: How can we direct more traffic here? Not just at the level of keyword advertising, SEO, or ...
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Asking Questions on MartialArts.StackExchange.Com

Recently, some questions have arisen about why questions are closed. This is intended to give an overview from the moderators as to... How to Ask Questions Take a Look Before you dive in and ask ...
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Should martial art recommendations be off topic?

There are a lot of questions which boil down to someone asking: I want to learn a martial art, here are some criteria I want X, Y, and Z. Nearly all are answered by My style is super cool, ...
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Topicality of “What martial art should I practice” (and similar suggestion questions)

One thing that we are starting to see are variations of the question of "what martial art should I practice." For example: Is aikido a good addition to Karate? Or shoud I go for jiu-jitsu? Which ...
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Medical question are unclear in [help]

The only thing that the help centre (in on-topic section) state about medical advice is: General injury treatment or medical advice (off-topic) This does not state why these are a bad idea nor ...
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Should different disciplines of the same art have their own tag, or share tags

Some martial arts have different disciplines that can be radically different arts, based on their regional and instructional origin. Should these have separate tags? Example: Shidokan can refer to ...
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Martial art recommendation answer guidelines

Questions for martial art recommendation are likely to have answers skewed by what the answerer is familiar with. This is inevitable, so it's best to structure the answer in a positive way, that ...
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Close an old question that was recently edited

There is an old question (about speeding up recovery of a bruise). It was originally asked on 31 May 2012; it has been up-voted (11 times) and has 10 answers, several of which have also been up-voted. ...
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What is wrong with a shopping question?

This is the question under discussion: Old school leather bag gloves I would interpret this question as being on-topic based on this item: Martial arts equipment (including use, maintenance, and ...
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Challenge - Post questions about an aspect of an art we've always been curious about but have never gotten around to asking about

As per https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/52160896#52160896, we're trying to get this Stack Exchange more active by getting some of our frequent posters posting more frequently. In this ...
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When does a question stop being about martial arts?

Specifically, I asked Which muscles do I use to stand, which was closed as not being about martial arts, even after I related it to the major internal arts which focus heavily (no pun intended) on ...
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What is the position on capitalising martial art styles?

As someone who occasionally looks to edit questions and answers, I'd like to know if there is a community consensus on whether to capitalise the name of a martial art, or not? For example: I have ...
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Are there romanization preferences for tags?

Are there romanization preferences for this site's tags? Do we have a system at all? Ju v. Jiu These are how site tags are currently defined: 柔術 jiujitsu (active), jujutsu (active) <- jujitsu (...
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Do you want hats?

EDIT: Please provide feedback on the Winter Bash over on Meta Stack Overflow: What do you think of Winter Bash? If you participated in Arqade, you may have noticed the Holiday 2011 Hat Dash last ...
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Who wants hats?

UPDATE: Since there is a net positive upvote and no opposition, I will notify the Stack Exchange staff that we will opt in for the Winter Bash. It's that time of year again. It's time for the Winter ...