is english.stackexchange normative or creative?
as with anything that evolves, english improves through a creative process that introduces new features and remains cohesive through a normative process that removes rarely used features. i realize that some questions specifically encourage neologisms, but outside those are you expected to provide answers for which you could (in theory) provide citations to existing works? similarly, when voting on answers, should i upvote answers that effectively describe to me an elegant way of communicating to a modern native english speaker the objective of the asker. or should i only upvote those that are already widely accepted as "proper english"?
for example, take my answer to this question: Single word that unambiguously describes the product of folding i used a word "topology" in a way that seemed intuitive to me as a native english speaker. it was pointed out that topology has historically been used (in the context of mathematics) to describe an algorithm rather than an output. however, i felt that the perhaps somewhat novel usage would be clear in the context of the question (a math paper on folding). regardless of the quality of my answer, my question is about the validity of an answer that is novel usage. in the context of a question that does not invite such answers, can new words and new grammar be legitimately proposed?
perhaps another way of asking this question is to say: "is english.stackexchange about communicating effectively within the bounds of english? or is it about communicating effectively with people who understand english?"
this is a closely related question about the type of community we are trying to be/attract: How can we promote this site? it occurs to me, that for many users, perhaps the site is not about communicating effectively at all. as answers to the other question suggest, the site may appeal most to linguists who think all native speaker usage is "right" or "mavens" who have a narrow and pedantic focus on widely accepted grammar and word definitions.
alternatively, is there a way to efficiently flag questions and/or answers as either creative or normative?