Recently I've been contacting a user that I thought didn't see that Linguistics entered Beta. To my slight surprise, this person told me that she actually visited Linguistics at first but then lost interest because of the fact that questions got low-level as she felt that instead a place for researchers, the site was mostly used by non-linguists with a passing interest.
The reason didn't really surprise me.
Yes, someone else complained along the same notes. Now, I thought about this and I came to think that Linguistics needs to change its direction. I'm not saying we should close to newbies, enthusiasts. Linguistics is not and shouldn't be an elitist site. I'm not sure about what we should do, perhaps we should discourage the simple questions? Or should we instead allow them but with strict requirements?
This Meta question is an invite for you to seriously think about what you want this site to be. Our Private Beta is more than one year far away in the past, but we are still in Beta (and even if we already graduated), we can and must need to fix the situation.
Let me reiterate: I don't want to drive any non-expert away. Not now, not never. But certainly I don't want experts to disappear either. Quite the opposite, I want them to be attracted to this site.
In any case, I cannot do anything alone. The community really needs to step up, otherwise I doubt we'll really have any success if not in the really, really long term. My opinion is that this is a sort of self-examination: if you really care for the site and want to see it graduate, then this is the moment to do something about it.