A lot of questions get tagged with the "grammar" tag, without being related to what I think of as grammar. Before changing the tags I decided to read the Wikipedia article about grammar and learned that the term is understood in a very broad sense by laymen and in a very narrow sense by linguists. The community should therefore together decide how we want to use the term.
I think we should opt for a narrow definition. I chose to "follow" that tag to easily filter out questions about the technical structure of German, but the current use of the tag does not allow this and I can not find another tag that do.
Note that I do not claim that the linguist definition of "grammar" is better than the other, that borders on intellectual snobbery, but I do claim that the linguist definition is more useful for this site because it makes it more searchable.
I hope the following links both clarify what I mean and give us something concrete to discuss.
Questions which do not qualify for the grammar tag:
- How can a native English speaker know when it is appropriate to use the polite (Sie) or the familiar (Du)? A question about culture in the German speaking world, not about grammar.
- Dasselbe vs. das Gleiche, what's the difference? A question about semantics and word choice, not about grammar.
- Talking about money A question about convention and custom, not about grammar.
Questions which I consider edge cases:
- “Für was” vs. “wofür” – gibt es Unterschiede und Regeln? It turns out to be only a matter of style, but the questioner might have thought it was a grammatical distinction between the two.
- In welchen Regionen ist die dem-sein Form gebräuchlich? A question which involves a special grammatical construct, but the OP is clearly not interested in the grammar.
It seems I can not change the tags of the old questions without them floating to the top of the main page, so this is a request for a moderator to clean up in the questions tagged as "grammar". I ask a moderator to do it because I have heard that a moderator can choose to avoid the question floating to the top.
Some 10 odd questions need the grammar tag removed, and some other questions would benefit from being additionally tagged with "morphology", "syntax", "semantics" or "orthography".