Proposal: Genealogy & Family History
The current description is:
Proposed Q&A site for professional genealogists and people interested in genealogy or family history
Stack Overflow sites want sites that attract experts. That has now been expressed to me by some experienced Stack Exchange veterans.
They are right. We want the expert genealogists.
My one objection to the description is the word "professional", because professionals only make up a tiny portion of the experts in the genealogical community.
So hopefully that is not too much to ask.
Genealogy is a bit different than most fields. Most of the genealogy "experts" are people who have other professions but spent years of their spare time doing research or volunteering for genealogical societies and being involved in their favorite pastime - genealogy.
Genealogy "professionals" are the few who get certification so they can do research for others. They are usually specialized to a specific type/place of research, just like a PhD in any discipline.
In other fields, such as programming, the "professionals" are the true experts. They spend their working hours programming - and they therefore make up the bulk of the programming experts. Leisure-time programmers seldom have the same level of expertise.
But that is not the case in genealogy. Leisure-time genealogists often become experts and don't need a "professional" designation to indicate such. They spend as many hours and have as much experience as the professionals do. The expert non-professional genealogists probably outnumber the professionals 1000 to 1.
Stack Overflow's description is: "Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers"
Would you change Stack Overflow's description to: "Q&A for programmers with PhD's and other people interested in programming"?
That is sort of what the Genealogy & Family History description feels like to me. Yes, all other professional programmers without PhD's are included in the latter, but they won't like having to be classified there. They will feel subservient.