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?...
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 ...
It's been 2.5 years since I posted this question and I think I finally have enough data to produce an answer. The short answer is, simply, Never.
Should EL&U become such an authority?
There does not appear to be a need for such an authority. Language lives and evolves at its own pace and it will do so in spite of EL&U's middling interest in its ...
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 ...