I'm retaking this question and slightly change it to address a larger issue.

Since we don't want any broken windows on our site, but only nice shiny questions, we are going to do some spring clean up and clean the site from bad/closed/etc questions.

Start date

2th March 2012

From now on we will be grouping here questions that are:

Into separated answers so you can easily browse them. I'm asking for everyone to help with this. It's not mandatory, I'm just asking it. :) But I hope you will! Simply add the question link to the list where it belongs.

If you fix a question from the lists we will have here, flag it so we can remove it from the list and "save" it.

If a question is reopened, remove it from the list. If a question is deleted, use the tags <s></s> to apply a stroke.

Note: Please note that if questions get deleted, you will lose reputation if you posted an answer and received upvotes. If you lost reputation due to a deletion, please review the question, so it can be undeleted (you must be a high-rep user to see them though). If you don't have enough reputation, you can contact a moderator in chat. (I'm often there, just ping me by writing @Alenanno, if you start writing it, the system will auto-complete it for you.)


4 Answers 4


Eligible for migration

  1. What are the rationale of people speaking/teaching Esperanto?
  2. is the percentage of people studying constructed languages increasing?
  3. Is anyone studying change in constructed language?
  4. How did Esperanto find "early adopters" for the language?
  5. https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/1303/111
  6. https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/758/111
  • Where would you migrate 1 to 3?
    – kaleissin
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 18:42
  • @kaleissin The conlang proposal when it goes into beta :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 19:09
  • @kaliessin and Alennano The conlang proposal is now dead. I suggest that we should re-examine 1, 2, 3 to see if they can be suitably edited and re-opened here. Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 18:49
  • On 6 why would you link to the English Language & Usage site for the question not the Linguistics site? Commented Jan 30, 2019 at 1:45

Eligible for closure

(if not improved after being closed, these ones will be deleted)

  1. https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/1503/111
  2. https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/1546/111
  3. Did case systems dissappear to make embedding easier?
  4. https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/1861/111
  • #2 currently has 4 upvotes, no downvotes, no close votes, and 2 upvoted answers, though none have been accepted. Seems like it should remain open at this time. Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 2:32
  • I have attempted to improve the title of #3, and I have provided an answer. Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 3:09
  • @MarkBeadles You're right about the second. I don't remember why it ended up there. I reopened it. About the third one, I'm not as sure, so I'd like people with high-reputation to vote to reopen, so I can see there is some will to reopen it.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 10:11
  • There were no votes to close the third one, either, unless I'm not seeing something? Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 11:51
  • @MarkBeadles Ah I got it now. Close votes expire if they don't arrive at a rate of at least one every 4 days.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 12:17
  • Aha, yes that would explain the strange things. So maybe this changes my view of #3 then. I will go take a further look. Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 13:30
  • Regarding #1, the questioner asked the same question on Stack Overflow and accepted an answer there. Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 18:10
  • @MarkBeadles Thanks, I didn't notice that. The question has been closed.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Apr 3, 2012 at 18:38

I have no objections to the closing and pruning of questions, and even I have been guilty of asking questions that had been closed. However, I do think that now is a very bad time to be doing the cleanup.

In light of the fact that some SE sites are being closed down I have been looking at some LinguisticsSE metrics. As per Area51 rules:

15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta, 5 questions or fewer per day needs some work.

Last week LinguisticsSE had 1.6 questions per day, two days ago it was 1.2 and today it is 1.1. This site needs more questions, not less. Most of the other metrics are in need of improvement but questions/day is dire, we need an order of magnitude more.

EDIT: Note that I do not mean that LinguisticsSE should lower its standards. Rather, I mean that not closing or deleting questions could be an opportunity to broaden the site's scope of activity. Only keep quality questions that are borderline OT, don't keep low quality questions!

  • Actually this is not the place to be posting this answer, I thought you wanted to look at the material. But since you posted: It's always the time to cleanup. Longing for more questions doesn't mean, and shouldn't mean, lowering our standards. That way, the experts will go away or won't join at all. We must keep standards high, even if it means closing questions. One last thing, don't confuse closing with deletion. :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 21:08
  • I understand what you mean, but this answer has no relation to the question that I asked in the comments of the "sites shutting down" thread. I apologise if it looks that way. I'm not pushing an agenda, or trolling!
    – dotancohen
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 21:15
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    I know you aren't! :D Don't worry... I think that it might be harder, but keeping our higher standards will pay off in the long run! :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 21:15
  • Afterthought: I am not suggesting that LinguisticsSE lower its standards, but rather broaden its scope. I will edit the answer to clarify this.
    – dotancohen
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 21:16

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