Today I wanted to ask a single-word-request, but was unsure whether to go to ELU or ELL. After requesting clarification about this on chat, I got redirected to this question on meta.ELL.SE, which if applied to ELU would require the migration of a lot of questions.
- Martha's highest-voted answer regarding at least all single-word-requests having the form "My native language has a word for [concept], is there an equivalent word in English?" would see such SWRs being asked on ELL.SE rather than ELU.SE. She's a bit vague on where all other single-word requests would end up.
- According to waiwai933♦'s answer, all questions that "most fluent speakers wouldn't have asked" should be moved to ELL.SE. Now this is slightly harder to determine, but a lot of the single-word-requests can be easily answered by a native speaker and would thus belong on ELL.SE.
- KitFox's answer recommends that all basic single-word-requests should be on ELL.SE (i.e. "single word requests in the vicinity of " 'how is this concept/idiom expressed in English?' ").
I posted my own question on ELU.SE, because that seems to be the current trend (even though it's not policy). However, I think it would indeed make sense to do a lot of cleaning up. Right now, the distinction seems simply to be between native/fluent speakers vs. non-native/fluent speakers — leaving an incredibly big gray area in between. From the statistics, I doubt ELL will be closed, so would clarifying these boundaries and cleaning up the relevant questions be a worthwhile enterprise?