All SE sites have a short blurb that appears on network profiles and the list of all sites. Here are some examples:
Ours currently is:
That feels weak to me. First off, I think "professional and aspiring" goes without saying on Stack Exchange these days, though it probably didn't back when this was written six years ago. Lots of sites span the gamut of interest from casual hobbyists to seasoned professionals. We don't need to expend valuable character count on that.
Meanwhile, the only specific type of writer we call out is reviewers, which wouldn't be my first choice among all the kinds of writing we cover. Further, I've gotten hints recently that while we know that "author" is an appropriate term for any kind of writer, many people hear "novelist" (or fiction more broadly). Fiction will always dominate and that's fine, but I've run into people on the network who think that academic, scientific, and technical writing are off-topic here.
So it seems like we're not doing a great job of conveying the range of our scope, and we also have room for a few more words.
What should our network blurb say? I'll propose an answer, but please share yours too. (I'm a technical writer; marketing is not my specialty.) I'd like to arrive at a consensus and then make a feature request to change it.
For reference, in our tour we say:
Writers Stack Exchange is a question-and-answer site for authors, editors, technical writers, reviewers, bloggers, journalists, and other professional and aspiring writers. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about writing, copywriting, publishing or editing.
And in the "ask about" section farther down that page we say:
- Non-fiction, technical, or scholarly writing
- Writing fiction, poetry, song lyrics
- General copywriting
- Professional-level blogging
- The publishing and editing process itself
Update: I asked SE to make the change and learned that "Q&A for" is baked in -- we can't change that part to "Q&A on" or "Q&A about" or anything else. We need a string that starts after "Q&A on". (SE calls this string the "audience", by the way.)