While searching for answers on Stack Exchange, I've noticed that a lot of natural language processing (NLP) questions reside on Stack Overflow, Linguistics or any corresponding language site.

I assume a lot of people, just like me ask questions on natural language processing in the Stack Overflow section, when it is not correct to do so. NLP is not only concerned with programming. This is a separate well-formed field of knowledge that requires a separate Q&A site. Bewildering the fact that English Language and Usage exists together with English Language Learners as well as a lot of other unnecessary spinoffs like "Physical Fitness" and "Sport" and no site for NLP...

NLP questions may be scattered all over the place. I have several questions on the subject and I feel like posting on several Q&A sites because currently none is appropriate.

  1. Who and how do we create a site for a particular topic on Stack Exchange?
  2. When shall NLP become a separate Q&A site?
  • What's wrong with Linguistics as a place for stuff like this? – Nick Stauner Jul 20 '14 at 2:49
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    I agree, I created an NLP proposal, but as spirc mentioned it got closed. I personally use stats.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/natural-language for algo questions, SO for coding issues, DS for question in between. – Franck Dernoncourt Oct 7 '16 at 23:50
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    @NickStauner, do you think linguists could answer questions about such things like LSTM, attention networks and deep learning (currently state-of-the-art approaches in NLP)? – Roman Jul 24 '17 at 14:00
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    I've started another: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/119217/… At a conference recently there was too much going on that was the same that others were not aware of. – AER Jul 20 '18 at 1:51
  • @AER what happened to your proposal? – Anis LOUNIS Jul 14 at 3:48
  • Deleted, I may have ran out of time to do anything further on it. – AER Jul 14 at 3:59

Attempts have been made to start Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing sites, it looks like this one is the current best candidate, in beta as at Nov 2015.


  • As at Feb 2015, that proposal has been deleted. – spirc Feb 24 '15 at 1:18
  • Any idea where nlp-related questions should be asked? – Adam_G Apr 5 '15 at 19:54
  • Down-voting because - unfortunately - the answer is not relevant anymore because the link is dead. – Bram Vanroy Nov 24 '15 at 18:22
  • @BramVanroy I have found a new stackexchange for this. – spirc Nov 26 '15 at 5:07
  • Thanks for the update. I removed my down-vote. – Bram Vanroy Nov 26 '15 at 7:26
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    @spirc stats.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/natural-language also welcome NLP questions. DS overlaps a lot with stats. – Franck Dernoncourt Oct 7 '16 at 23:52

This one seems to be what we're looking for https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/computational-linguistics

  • Computational linguistics is a different beast. Same principles, different methods. – AER Jul 20 '18 at 1:52

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