Therefore, could TPTB please specify which topics they have decided to override in the community-created FAQ as being ontopic and which are now offtopic, and give some example questions that should be closed now that this overriding has come into effect?
I don't understand what TPTB have to do with this. I explicitly don't think they are the most appropriate people to decide what is or is not on-topic. I think their opinions are extremely valuable and should most certainly be listened to and processed and, mostly likely, absorbed into whatever decisions we make about topicality.
But goading them with words like override and even TPTB isn't remotely helpful. If you need to let off steam, do it in chat. Leave Meta clear for discussions that will actually help improve the site.
This site has an FAQ. However, recently it has been made clear that the community-created definition for this site, as expressed in its FAQ, does not always determine which questions are valid and which are not. Sometimes this is instead decided by high-ranking moderators on the StackExchange Network.
I completely agree with this and I think the first steps would involve something along these lines:
- Who is this site for?
- What level of English questions are we interested in asking and answering?
- How should we approach questions that are below this level?
- How can we explain why a particular question is below this level nicely and in a manner that encourages better questions?
The answers to these questions seem like a good place to start building a better and more clear FAQ.