A couple hours ago some posted a Yiddish proposal on Area51, suggesting the creation of a sister site specific to Yiddish on SE. Not sure if the content would be in scope here, or if it should be separate.

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    Thanks for letting us know -- I wasn't aware, and as the answer below says, pure-language questions are off-topic here. Oct 19, 2014 at 0:47
  • @MonicaCellio I would like you to comment here. This user is fairly new on Mi Yodeya, and a first-time-poster on Meta. He just accepted an answer that you seem to read as confirming your opinion, whereas it is in fact opposite: your only "pure-language" vs Scimonster's general "off topic". Maybe Scimonster has misread the scope text, just as I did. We risk a user walking away with a confirmed wrong conclusion.
    – Adám
    Oct 23, 2014 at 19:21
  • @NBZ I think it is clear that questions about Yiddish are not in scope here, but Jewish questions are, if the Jewish question includes some detail that is in Yiddish or Russian, or whatever, has no bearing. Oct 23, 2014 at 20:05
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    Ok, it sounds like we're all on the same page, then: a question about Yiddish (or any other language) is off-topic, but a Jewish question that happens to involve or arise from something in another language is on-topic. Oct 23, 2014 at 20:22

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This is definitely off topic for Mi Yodeya. Even Hebrew language questions are off topic, and that's a quite basic part of Judaism. Yiddish language is certainly off topic.

See What topics are in- and out-of-scope on Mi Yodeya?


It would overlap. Language questions pertaining to Jewish life are on-topic. Language questions that do not touch on Jewish life are off-topic, even if the language is Jewish, i.e. Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, "Yeshivish", etc.


I think "what does chulent mean?" is already on-topic if asked in the context of Jewish life -- e.g. "I've heard of this Shabbat dish called chulent; what exactly is that? Are there specific ingredients that are always present?" would be fine. But while it involves Yiddish, it's not really a Yiddish question, if that makes sense. – Monica Cellio♦ Aug 28 at 20:01

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