This site may reach a fair amount of people that are willing to keep Latin and the institutions teaching and studying it alive. If a university is planning to sack all its remaining Latin professors or a country is planning to demolish its classically oriented institute in Rome, those involved might make a petition and want as many as possible to sign. But is asking for petition signatures or any other such support on-topic here, either on main or on meta?
Here are some proposed answers:
- Such requests should be posted as questions on main with a specific tag. (I don't like this, since such questions would not be real questions even if disguised as such. This site is for questions and answers. The main site should be reserved for Latin itself.)
- Such requests should be posted as questions on meta with a specific tag. (I think this is better than the previous, but still not good.)
- We should make one meta question to which all such requests would be posted as answers. (This sounds reasonable to me. Requests would be in one clear place instead of flooding all over the site in any situation. And if it doesn't work out, we can simply lock the question and change our mind.)
- Such requests are completely off-topic on both main and meta sites. (This sounds reasonable as well. I'm not sure if this site should be used as a tool to rally forces for any cause, even if most users agree with the cause.)
I find it inevitable that this would come up at some point, and I would much prefer to have a policy in advance. Not everyone with the power to decide about funding thinks that Latin is worthwhile.