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I'm new to this board, but as far as I can tell, there is one major problem:
Thesis: This site lacks experts, that is professional linguists and Germanists.
But since I'm new and this should be a discussion, let me rephrase this as a question:
- Is this site lacking experts?
Now, this discussion should be about:
- Why do we lack experts?
- What could we do to get more experts?
- Should we have more experts anyway?
As well as:
- What or whom else is this site missing?
- How can we fix that?
I want to give my impressions. Firstly, why I think that this site indeed lacks experts:
It seems, many of our active members are programmers or mathematicians coming from stackoverflow, serverfault or math.stackexchange, either learners of German or native speakers of German.
I myself am a German student of mathematics, and I have a lot of questions about German grammar, etymology and linguistic aspects of German. But I'm no professional, I don't even know if my questions are phrased correctly -- I just give my best. And I get answers which I often feel are the best ones the answerers could give.
However, I also feel that the answers I got were not coming from experts (if they were I apologize). And I got the same feeling with many other answers and accepted answers: They did not come from experts, but rather from well-informed seeming dilettantes. Now, it's hard for me to judge if someone really is well-informed or misinformed, but maybe there are people here who can and will say more on that topic.
I have an example, though: Yesterday I asked this queston. Soon there was a first answer. I didn't accept it, but admittedly upvoted it for the effort and because I felt I had to do so – because I thought my expectatios were too high. Now, another answer appeared which contradicts the first answer and seems more right to me. It refers to a question on another site whose answer again refers to the Duden. I accepted this answer.
Yet I feel that isn't enough (or maybe just enough) for a qualitative stackexchange. I feel we should have higher standards – even if this means less (answer) activity. If others feel the same, I would like to open another discussion about what we can do to get higher standards. (For example, one should always back up their answers with sources if available.)
My hope is that once we get more experts on this site, they can better judge if someone is well- or misinformed, if an answer is correct, needs more citation or backup and whether the sources given are scientifically valid or not (is zwiebelfish a reliable source?). Then they could provide and define the standards of a good german.stackexchange.
And I hope I'm not out of place to begin this discussion. Let's see.