I'm sure I'm not the first ex-pat to join this site, then be a little surprised to, first, see that 100% of non-closed questions on the front page were legalistic in nature (status, permits, visas, etc), and second, to learn that this is largely by design.
I'm having trouble understanding when I would actually use this site:
- My actual questions to do with living as an ex-pat will be off-topic here (or at least, they'll turn into tedious close-reopen conflicts). Anything that isn't directly related to my legal status can be interpreted as also affecting locals (particularly incomers from other regions). So, for these, I'll use forums, or, if possible, I'll try to make them on topic at travel.SE or workplace.SE
- If and when I have questions about legal status issues, I'll ask them at Law.SE, because that's where the lawyers are
Which leaves me puzzled because I'm an expat with expat related questions and knowledge, and I'm an enthusiastic long-standing SE user, but I can't see any situation when I'd use the SE expat site.
Every question I can see on the homepage, I think I'd personally have asked on Law.SE - but maybe there's something I've overlooked? What does this site offer that Law.SE doesn't?
Edit: I just saw the closely related Expatriates sucks because most questions are about Immigration. One of the answers there suggests such questions would be welcome, but this shows that in reality, that's not true and "edge cases" get closed.