I'd just like to bring the following to your attention: some weeks ago I re-suggested a site for Semitic languages on Area 51. The immediate reason was the closing of the Hebrew proposal, however, I had been pondering the idea for a while before. Basically, for both Hebrew and Arabic language sites have been proposed several times before but these proposals failed due to lack of interest (for Arabic, apparently at least 4 times). Additionally, there are smaller languages like Akkadian, Aramaic, Ge'ez, Maltese, etc., that are too small to ever get their own site. By combining these topics in one site for Semitic languages, I hope to create a greater user group and a sustainable site. I think the current example questions show that combining the topics is worthwhile, as several high-scoring example questions consider multiple Semitic languages.
So far, much of the interest has come from Hebrew-oriented people, for several reasons (closing of the Hebrew proposal; community ads on Christianity.SE and some advertisement on Judaism.SE and Hermeneutics.SE). I think that's a pity. I had hoped for a more or less even distribution of Arabic and Hebrew, since that way people from both target groups can be interested in the site. There is a risk that the site becomes too Hebrew-centred and that people interested in Arabic will not find the site that easily.
So, basically, I'd like to invite you all to come over to Semitic languages and participate in the site's definition with questions about Arabic, Arabic dialects, interaction of Semitic languages, etc. It is perfectly fine to support both the Arabic language proposal and the Semitic language proposal. The goal is that at least one of them results in a sustainable site.
- Follow the proposal
- Post example questions
- Vote on example questions
- Create discussions to resolve unclarities / further specify scope