I would like to make a pitch that we add a "this question belongs on ELL" to the Off-Topic sub-menu, and begin closing questions as Off-Topic, rather than General Reference, when they don't belong here.
To be clear: I am not suggesting we punt all bad/obvious questions to ELL. General Reference still has a place when the question is truly general reference.
Why do this?
- It is a better user experience for the asker. Instead of being told to do a lot of work to move the question themselves, the question would be migrated for them. Seems more friendly.
- It is a better user experience for the answerer. There is a built-in path for addressing questions that don't belong -- why not leverage it rather than having everyone doing their own thing?
- It is better for the community. When there's a question that belongs on Writers.SE, we don't leave it hanging around the English main page as "Closed", do we?
I have heard worries that we would swamp ELL with questions while they're still defining themselves, but here are some counterpoints:
- I think the migration still requires user intervention, doesn't it? Can't we trust the mods to only migrate questions that have a chance of belonging?
- If several high-rep users all agree that it belongs on ELL, isn't that a good indication that it probably does?
- If questions are migrated erroneously, can't the ELL mods just close the questions when they arrive, and talk to us if it's becoming a problem?