There are two Stack Exchange sites for the English language, one for proficient or native speakers (EL&U) and one for foreign learners (ELL). Although the latter is now paralleled somewhat by Language Learning, there are still two to three kinds of questions around here:
- DAF: Learners of German as a foreign language asking relatively basic questions which most native speakers should be able to answer. Often asked and answered in English.
- native: Proficient (native) speakers of German mostly asking about ambiguous, regional, stylistic or normative issues, which often can be solved by specific references (e.g. not with the Rechtschreibduden alone). Usually asked and answered in German.
- scientific: Scholars with linguistic interest in German asking specific, advanced questions that are not as generic as to be on topic on Linguistics and require knowledge that goes beyond mastering the language.
Should we better tag questions by these levels?
There are currently some tuples of tags that apply to one or two of the levels only, e.g. spelling (1–2) vs. orthography (3), see Q1112. Since they’re hardly used as intended, more obvious and generic tags may be in order, I suggest any of these:
- daf ‘Deutsch als Fremdsprache’ = gafl? or learner
- muttersprache / muttersprachler or erstsprache = native or native-speaker
- germanistik / germanistisch = scholar or linguist / linguistic or (probably confusable with existing scientific-language:) science / scientific