Our description says
Ukrainian Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, teachers and students of the Ukrainian language.
This is also the message that pops up when someone inquires about joining the community. When I got this message upon joining up I felt excluded. Those three categories seem very limiting. We could target broader range of users, including:
- travelers wanting to learn more about Ukrainian language
- foreign expats living in Ukraine
- Ukrainians expats/migrants living abroad
- professionals doing business in Ukraine who need help with technical lingo (IT, legal, finance, etc.). This would be a huge boost, considering SE network pretty much revolves around Stack Overflow.
- journalists who cover Ukraine and need to translate something they can't google up
- Ukrainian scientists who struggle with translation of difficult vocabulary into English
- Readers who have specific questions about books in Ukrainian language
- Translators, interpreters, and other language specialists
This list is pretty long and would probably exclude some potential users.
Perhaps we could change the description to something simpler that would include all of these categories, like:
Ukrainian Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for everyone interested in the Ukrainian language.
Finally a few thoughts on widening scope.
Wider and more inclusive scope would have the following positive effects:
- bring in more users
- increase the quantity of questions/answers
- increase the quantity of high quality questions
- bring more traffic from search engines (I think this is critical to graduate from the beta stage)
- reduce burden on the active "core" users that basically brought this site to life. The site will become self-sustainable quicker.
Here are some negatives of widening the scope:
- it will require more effort to moderate, edit, review, etc.
- decrease the density of high quality questions. While there will inevitably be more of these, there will be even more low quality questions that will have to be tolerated
Given all the pros and cons, I would like to see the scope expanded. What do you think?