Recently JordonBiondo answered the question of what is this site's biggest challenge with this:
Specific questions that a Emacs generalist can't answer, usually dealing with Latex, ESS, CEDET, Spacemacs etc. The problem with these questions is that the population of people who can answer them is a lot smaller, and without understanding the tools it is hard to vote on or review the questions and answers. I think the only thing we can do is try our best to upvote answers on these questions to hopefully keep people around who can answer them.
I agree that this is a problem. It made me think of the question I'm asking here.
Something like LaTeX goes beyond Emacs, while something like CEDET is specific to Emacs. The problem that Jordon notes (about too few users being able to help in such areas) pertains to both.
My question here is about topics, such as LaTex, that do go beyond Emacs. For these, I'd point out that this is one of the disadvantages of having a separate site for Emacs, as opposed to using the
emacs tag on all SE sites (especially StackOverflow). LaTeX users who might use LaTeX with Emacs, and who frequent a LaTeX site but not this site, might be able to help here -- but they might never see such a question, if posted only here.
One thing that sometimes happens in this context is that a frustrated, impatient, or unaware SE user might post the same question to multiple sites. That might help that user find an answer, but it is messy and inefficient for everyone.
It would be good if we could find a way to get the best of both worlds: (1) Emacs as a separate, specific SE site and (2) Emacs as a tag across SE sites.
Another way to put this might be to imagine, in some way, merging or identifying emacs.stackexchange with the
emacs SE tag - or in some other way leveraging the tag and this separate site.
This was one of the reasons I argued against creation of this site from the outset. (But I do recognize some advantages of having a dedicated site.)
In a way, I want to argue for the creation of a virtual site dedicated to a tag or, equivalently, a way for all of the posts on a site such as this one to automatically be included across SE, under tag
emacs. And vice versa: make the Emacs site automatically include all posts tagged
One possible "implementation" might be as simple as having this site (somehow) automatically add tag
emacs to all of its posts. That way, SE users everywhere who filter on tag
emacs would see all of this site's posts. And a user filtering on tag
emacs and tag
latex (or whatever) would see posts relevant to both.
And a user would be less likely to post the same question to both sites. And (perhaps) we could close a question as a duplicate if that did happen. (Dunno about that - that seems to be proscribed by SE rules (?).)
If this were implemented everywhere on SE, it seems like it would facilitate use across the board. Both a site and a tag are ways to classify posts. At least for some sites, like this one, there is an obvious corresponding tag.
So far, there seems to be no connection made between the two - the human connection between them is not yet leveraged/recognized by the SE software (AFAICT). That's a problem, and perhaps an opportunity for improvement.