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The front page says that this is a site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. And I disagree with that. No matter who you would like to be for, or who you should be for, it is not who you are for right now. I spend a lot of time on Cooking, and know fairly well how a SE site works. I have also asked questions on ...


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I guess ultimately it is a question what do you want EL&U to become site for real specialists and experts only site for both language and linguistics 'newbies' and specialist, professionals, too I strongly disagree with Jeff's illustration of the low quality questions. Here are some reasons: 1. The top questions do not tell you much If you compare ...


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I agree with a lot of what @Unreason has said, so I won't repeat that. But just to give a different perspective on this: @RebeccaChernoff posted a very interesting suggestion in chat: So, one thing that might be an interesting thing to look at when you're considering the quality of the site: take the titles of 10 questions at random (I'll generate them ...


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Are we attracting the attention of other high quality English or language sites? I know from personal email communication with both Doug Harper of Etymonline and Gary Martin of The Phrase Finder (two oft-cited authorities at EL&U) that this site is definitely on their radar. Doug, in particular, has said some nice things about this site. Both have ...


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I think the site is wonderful and fun, but there are some gaps that could make it more successful. You have brought up some good questions, and they deserve some discussion. I think we should prioritize our efforts based on maximal effectiveness. To that end, I would suggest this order: 1. Decide how to handle meta. How do we know when an issue is resolved?...


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To throw my own opinion into the mix, this is what I think we should be aiming for: We want to attract people who know English very well but may not realize it yet. There is an odd sense of accomplishment in reading a difficult question, knowing the answer and then immediately reading why that answer is correct. People who speak fluent English may ...


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From our (current) FAQ: The English Language and Usage Stack Exchange is for linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts. I think that's a good start, but given that the question's even been asked, clearly some elaboration is necessary. Starting with the end: what exactly is a "(serious) English language enthusiast", for our ...


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Note: This list was originally included in the question body. I moved it here based on comments made in chat. Apologies for any confusion caused. Here is a bullet list of how I interpret this question. I don't necessarily think any of these questions are easy (or even possible) to accurately answer. I put them here in an answer because these aren't really ...


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First, I want to be clear that I have what I hope is a shared common goal with everyone on the English.se community: I want English.se to be great. Unfortunately, the current reality is kind of...far from that. Almost every time I peek my head into the site, it's filled with puerile stuff like: Differences between slang words for breasts What does this ...


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