About a week ago changes were introduced to the Area 51 process which effectively make it much harder for site proposals to proceed to the beta stage. This includes the Greek proposal, which was just closed. This was at least the second Greek proposal, possibly the third or more. Considering the rate of progress that proposal went through, I don't think another proposal could succeed under the new rules, unless the general Stack Exchange user base was increased ten fold.
Questions on classical Greek have a home here, so I think for classical Greek questions it may just be time to give up on the idea of a separate site, and to direct people here.
But this brings me to my question: how has the Latin.SE community felt about including Greek questions has gone? Most of the Meta discussions I can see on it are about a year old, so it could be good to gauge the community's current feeling of those questions. It is the fifth most common tag on the site, which is a decent measure of success, while still making up only 9% of the questions, so it's not taking over as one old post warns against.
If the community feels like Greek questions have been a positive thing in this site, how would the community feel about opening the site up for other classical languages, even if just tentatively for a trial period? I recognise that some people see Greek as having a special connection to Latin which many of these other languages wouldn't have. That said, although there is much less of a historical connection, languages such as Sanskrit have a very important linguistic connection to Latin, as they are old but reliable records of the early stages of the Indo-European family. Such an argument wouldn't apply to other classical languages, such as classical Semitic languages. I would like to ask this site's community if they would consider them on the basis of the old rule of thumb of looking at university departments as a guideline for the bounds of a site's scope.
Would the Latin.SE community be interested in opening up the site (even for a tentative trial period) for the languages that might be studied in a university's Classics department, as an act of mercy considering that none of these sites are likely to be able to progress through Area 51 under the new rules?
I'm aware that this was basically proposed and rejected three years ago, but in that time the community has changed and grown, and a trial of sorts has been made with Greek. It's worth asking again now as I don't think there's any reasonable chance of these sites getting through the Area 51 proposal now. Of course the Latin.SE community may just decide to keep the site scope as it is now, and that would be fine. (Though sad for our other languages.)
Just closed Area 51 proposals: Greek: 142 committed, Sanskrit: 100 followers, Semitic: 84 followers, Arabic: 76 committed. If the Latin.SE community decided to open up the site, I think most of these sites could translate into viable sub communities here. (I'm less sure about the Arabic site, I'm not sure how many questions are about classical Arabic rather than contemporary Arabic.)