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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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Are we going to enforce same-style answers?

I think a fundamental question to the future and health of this SE is how we will deal with answers from non-practitioners. I do not think downvoting alone is sufficient. Examples: A specifically ...
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Should we ask questions for the sake of building inbound traffic and usage?

After years of taking part in Q&A on other sites (not part of the Stack Exchange network), I've seen a lot of common questions asked over and over again there that haven't been asked here. I ...
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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 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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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 about specific martial arts matches on-topic?

Related to, but I think reasonably distinct from, Is martial arts history on topic?: are questions about specific martial arts matches on-topic? For example, an SE about chess might reasonably allow ...
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Topicality of martial arts for stage[d] combat?

We've discussed this in comments in a number of different topics, and it's come up time and again, so we should explicitly cover this: Are questions about stage combat (or re-enacting [Ren Fair, SCA, ...
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UFC, MMA, BJJ - Rules questions

There is a sports stackexchange. Should we redirect questions about 'rules' and such to that stackexchange... ? Or do we accept that, while not martial-arts-questions, they are martial-arts-related ...
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Is this SE working?

Maybe this is too early and really need a lot more time to test the waters. But while I was really keen on an SE for Martial arts, now that we have it, I'm not sure it works too well. A Lot of ...
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What should be the design of “Martial Arts” SE?

This might be a bone-of-contention among different users in different arts, but what sort of elements should we use in developing the look and feel of the website? Some (I didn't say good; they're ...
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How should we promote Martial Arts SE?

We're well into our public beta now, but our traffic is remaining slow and our QPD (Questions per Day) is very low. What can we do to a.) draw more traffic, and b.) encourage them to ask questions? ...
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Extent of Equipment Questions

We now have a few different equipment questions, and I'm wondering the extent to which we want to allow these. There are a few categories of question, e.g.: Maintenance/Repair (Proper way to take ...
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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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Do we need to define martial art?

Several questions and answers have defined their own interpretation of what a martial art should be. Should there be a question "What is the definition of martial art"? Should it go into the FAQ -- ...
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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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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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Where is everybody?

While poking through the badge listings, I noticed that only 24 people have been awarded the Precognitive badge, which is awarded for following the Area 51 proposal before it entered beta. So herein ...
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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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Book recommendation: wiki?

Should we have a "What are the best books for X martial art" questions as community wiki or should we have them as real questions (asking for a list, thus not a real question IMNSHO), or should we ...
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Proposed Tags: eastern-martial-arts and western-martial-arts

Since there are at times a necessity to differentiate between those arts generally considered eastern (karate, wing chun, muay thai, etc.) and those generally considered western (fencing, boxing, ...
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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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What questions about firearms are on topic?

Title says it all really. I have no strong opinion either way but since it's likely to come up, we should have a meta question about it.
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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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“What [style] schools are there in [location]?”

Is it acceptable to ask which schools teach a specific style in a certain area, or is that too localized? e.g. "What Wing Chun schools are there in Yorkshire, UK?" or "Recommendations for Hapkido ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we use tag for federations?

Take Karate, there are styles like shotokan where exist more that one world federation. Should we use a tag for each federation (of course, when the question requires it; for example a question about ...
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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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Question about running/jogging?

I am looking at improving my cardio work outs and am looking at running -- not a shocker so far. However, I am interested in the most time efficient way to improve cardio and avoid injuring myself in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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