I have now published the new site FAQ, including @SergioCinos's translation to Spanish. Thank you to everyone who helped shape the FAQ.
Below is the proposed site-specific FAQ (largely and shamelessly plagiarized from the FAQs of English L&U and French L&U). Please offer suggestions for improvement, before we publish this as the official FAQ.
What kind of questions can I ask here?
Spanish Language and Usage - Stack Exchange is for linguists, etymologists, and (serious) Spanish-language enthusiasts. Questions on the following topics are welcome here:
- Linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics)
- Orthography (spelling, punctuation, hyphenation, capitalization)
- Etymology (history of words’ development)
- Dialect differences
- Usage, word choice, grammar, and pronunciation
- Problems encountered by people learning Spanish
But please, don’t ask any questions about these topics. They are out of scope for this site.
- Please proofread my document ("are there any mistakes in this text?")
- Languages other than Spanish (including translation)
- How to improve my Spanish
- Criticism, discussion, and analysis of Spanish literature
- Peeving about grammar disguised as a question
- "Explain this joke to me", except in the case where the crux of the joke relies on an aspect of Spanish covered by one of the welcomed topics above
- "List" questions, where every answer is equally valid
- Questions of culture that don't directly relate to the Spanish language
Should I post in Spanish or English?
Both languages are accepted. If you are learning Spanish, we suggest that you learn by doing, and ask in Spanish, but there is no obligation. When answering a question, we encourage you to answer in the language of the question, if you are able. Don't worry about making a few mistakes, other community members can help with corrections if you are not as strong in that language.
All tags should be in English, except when there is no English equivalent for a concept, then Spanish is accepted.
A living community
This site, and by extension, this FAQ, is a work-in-progress, and is likely to change over time. If you feel that some guideline mentioned here needs revisiting, or that some topic ought to be covered, please participate in the Meta site, and ask a question about your area of concern. This FAQ is intended to represent the opinions of an active community, not an arbitrary list of rules that are set in stone. As the community grows and changes, these guidelines ought to change to reflect the needs and desires of the community--and that includes you!