We have a close reason which tells people to use "alternative websites" for proofreading:
Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. See: Alternative websites for proofreading
The accepted answer on this meta post directs people to Lang-8 to ask their proofreading questions:
Lang-8 is a website where you can write a journal post in English, and have your entry corrected by native speakers of English.
Unfortunately, Lang-8 is no longer accepting new users. If you try to sign up, this text box pops up, telling you to try HiNative instead:
So we shouldn't really direct people to Lang-8 anymore. Is HiNative a suitable replacement? I'm not sure. Ooker's answer to our meta post says:
If you just need to proofreading a single sentence, you can use HiNative. It is available in web and iOS. It is a product of Lang-8.
But we use this close reason when people post significantly longer text for proofreading as well. If Lang-8 is closed down and HiNative isn't appropriate for this sort of thing, then we probably shouldn't send them to either site.
I think we can do one of two things:
- Update the close reason and make a new meta post. If we don't have anywhere to send these users to, we'll probably need to write up a new meta post to direct people to. We can use this post to explain what we count as proofreading, and what we don't count as proofreading.
- Update our existing meta post. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if there are any sites that can replace Lang-8 at the moment, so I don't have anything useful to post there myself.
What should we do?