I've talked with the moderators (as foreshadowed), consulted the rest of the community team and listened to users on meta about the difficulties faced by a site called "Health". The general consensus is that we would be better off with a site like the proposed Medical Sciences site. Unfortunately, that proposal failed to get sufficient support. Fortunately, we can re-orient this site to be more like that ideal.
Let's follow the precedent set by Software Engineering. They were previously called Programmers, but found that name and implied scope too broad for the sorts of questions they hoped to field. We asked for two things from the community:
- A description of the new scope.
- A new name that more accurately reflected that scope.
I'd like to propose Medical Sciences as an answer to #2. The idea would be to make questions technical, academic and generalized. This isn't so different than what Robert suggested, but maybe a bit more formal.
For instance, I woke up this morning with a charley horse. In order to avoid that happening again, I'd like to ask on the site:
How do I prevent getting a charley horse in the morning?
Instead, the new scope would require me to ask:
Are there preventative measures for frequent leg muscle spams (i.e, charley horse)?
If I ask the first question, it could be edited into shape or closed. Either way, answers won't appear to be specific medical advice, but rather making existing medical knowledge more accessible.
How does this sound? How would you define a good scope for this site?
This discussion is back on the table. Let's continue to move forward with our ideas on how to improve this community!