Our site regularly receives questions from people who want to know everything about learning a foreign language from scratch and that are therefore too broad. Sometimes we get questions that are really about several skills at once, and these are also too broad. Examples include the following:
- My primary language is not English but start learning German?
- Learning from videos (now deleted, so only visible to people who have 2000+ reps)
- Best path to French fluency in 3 years (now deleted, so only visible to people who have 2000+ reps; due to the words "best path", the question was also opinion-based)
In spite of comments that advise these (new) users to break down their question into more smaller / atomic ones, we tend to lose these users and after some time, the closed questions get automatically deleted. I would like to find a way to better support these new users. Our past experience shows that comments are not effective, possibly because they are too short to provide all the explanations and encouragement (!) that a new user needs when their question gets closed.
For this reason, I think we should create a meta question that gives users advice on what to do when they ask this type of broad question. This meta question should explain what the different skills are that one needs to develop when learning a language, that broad goals can be broken down into smaller ones (providing one or two examples) and that questions about examples for specific levels are also relevant. This question would then be tagged faq and be referenced from comments on these questions.
For clarity's sake, this would not be a question that explains an ideal language learning curriculum but one that explains in what way(s) overly broad questions can be broken down into acceptable ones.
What do people think? What else should be in such a meta question?