Let me start with just reiterating that we all want the best for this site. As the tone gets more and more hostile (or is perceived that way by me), this is something we should all remind ourselves of.
We (the avid user base of Health) have identified a threefold problem: - a multitude of off-topic questions - not enough good questions - low user base
These problems form a cycle of doom: bad questions -> low user base -> not enough good questions -> bad questions and so on.
We have tried breaking through the cycle by communicating more why questions are bad (but it gets challenging with a low user base), and by asking questions we know the answer.
This was not enough to break through the cycle. Many new users gave us the feedback that they thought their question would be suited for Health.SE due to the name.
We have therefore updated the How To Ask page and tried to direct users to that page to make them understand why posts are off-topic before posting, but we again received the feedback that scope and the intention of the site do not match the name.
Furthermore, veteran users and former mods have stepped away from the site because of the amount of bad questions.
Similar to our sister sites Physical Fitness and Psychology, we think that the name change will discourage and prevent the „Doctor Google“ Problem we are facing right now.
We had articulated this belief roughly 4 months ago and received the encouragement that the change can happen. However, since then, nothing was heard.
I am not complaining that no action was taken, and I will not complain if our plan is rejected, but it seems rather unprofessional to leave a proposal hanging for 120 days without comment. In this case, the damage was done (as can be seen by the roughening tone, sadly), but for future sites it would be better to communicate precisely what needs to happen when and give updates (similar to the monthly product team updates on Meta).
With that being said, I hope we are all on the same page now, and I‘m looking forward to an improved communication by the SE team, as well as a less toxic tone by us users!