Proposal: Dutch Language

The community description states that the site is for

linguists, teachers, and students wanting to discuss the finer points

Looks like it is an academical Q&A site. But taking into account the proposed questions, we seem to consider this community as the place where proficient speakers help others to learn the language, not finer points at all. If so, the description can confuse potential supporters. Can or shall we change it?

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That description is common among the various existing language sites on Stack Exchange, e.g. French Language:

French Language is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the French language.

or Spanish Language:

Spanish Language Stack Exchange is a bilingual question and answer site for linguists, teachers, students and Spanish language enthusiasts in general wanting to discuss the finer points of the language.

However, all language sites (with the possible exception of English Language & Usage, since there is a dedicated site for English Language Learners) welcome beginner questions, as long as they meet minimum quality standards. The word students in the description does not necessarily mean academic students; if you're learning a language on e.g. Duolingo, you're a student too.

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Even though I appreciate Glorfindel's and the description is mostly accurate and the phrase "finer points" is not probably not meant to be excluding, I think it would help to reword it as something like this:

linguists, teachers, and students wanting to discuss Dutch language matters from beginner's questions to the finer points of the language.

Edit: At this moment there is two questions with a positive vote count,, that are less about the language itself but how to learn https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/124544/dutch-language/124593#124593 https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/124544/dutch-language/124592#124592

While these two questions might be a little bit broad, I think "How to learn" questions should be on-topic to. So I am also suggesting an addendum..

Question about how to learn Dutch are on-topic too.

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    Hi Helena, Whether learning the language should be on topic or not is such a major question for language sites on SE that it should really be discussed in a separate question. For example, there was a time when Spanish SE did not accept such questions. People might also find it redundant with the scope of Language Learning Stack Exchange. – Tsundoku Oct 9 at 19:13
  • You've missed the point of the description. It is not a place to describe every point of topicality - that is the purpose of entirely separate, whole pages, that are created by default and can be edited by moderators later. – Nij Oct 9 at 22:38
  • @Nij Indeed, I don't get what you are saying – Helena Oct 10 at 5:58
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    Exactly, and that's the problem. – Nij Oct 10 at 8:24

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