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Would a general question about orthography be appropriate for this forum or would it be more at home in linguistics?

  • In what language is the word you're trying to spell? And is it why a word is spelled some way or why it is pronounced some way? And instead of twenty questions, can you give us a better idea of the nature of your question..that might reduce our questions and we can tell you directly. – Mitch Aug 31 '15 at 2:39
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    Questions about English orthography are fine here (orthography); however, the standard conventions are a matter of general reference (e.g. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a sentence) and the finer points are very often a matter of your editor's opinion (e.g. [Always/Never] capitalize the 'D' in d'Artagnan when it is the first letter of the first word of a sentence), so I would advise a thorough explanation of context and of references consulted. – choster Aug 31 '15 at 14:38
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The general rule is that if the question is specific to English, it is fine here (subject to being on-topic and the other restrictions); if you could ask the same question in a different language and still get useful responses, it would be better on Linguistics.SE. But if you're uncertain, ask wherever you think most suitable: it may be migrated, but there is no charge for the service.

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Questions about orthography as an item of study (such as how to design one, the history of existing orthographies, etc) should indeed be asked at Linguistics.

  • Note: we have the tag orthography. – Dan Bron Aug 31 '15 at 16:56
  • I don't know why this is getting downvoted. I'm not saying that questions about English orthography shouldn't be asked here, but that questions about orthography itself should be asked at Linguistics.se. – curiousdannii Aug 31 '15 at 20:33
  • Maybe say that explicitly in your answer? I dunno. – Dan Bron Aug 31 '15 at 20:34

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