As we all know we have a policy that we discourage questions that are on a single language.
I understand that this would filter out things like English usage questions that laypeople thing often mistakenly think are in the realm of linguistics.
This makes sense because a) such questions are not linguistic and b) there is English Language & Usage specifically to deal with them, and now counterparts for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
But is this the only reason? It seems that apart from this we are blocking potentially interesting linguistic question for an arbitrary reason.
If there is a sound reason I think we need a page we can use to direct people to explaining why.
If not shouldn't we rethink our rules and scope.
- Usage questions definitely don't belong here.
- Non-linguistic questions about a single language that has its own L&U site definitely don't belong here.
- But what about linguistic questions about a single language?