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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...