I've been pretty clear about my attitude towards the Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese page for a while now.
- It's obsolete. (It had many broken links, but I just edited.)
- It's full of non-broken, but useless resources (e.g. "some guy made an app 5 years ago")---too much noise.
- Virtually nobody actually maintains it (probably because of the above two points).
- It's wordy. We don't need an introduction to each resource. And many of the snippets read like advertisements (using words like "great", etc.).
- There are sections like "books" which could contain any single book written in Chinese, and "news" which could contain any single news source in Chinese.
- It's not limited to Mandarin, despite the title. (There's also the issue with having such a post only for Mandarin, when we should be impartial.)
- The categories themselves are poor, e.g. "Websites" includes virtually every resource.
Question: What's the future for the "Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese" page?
Some brainstorming of possible options:
We edit heavily, removing the multitude of useless links. (I think this is unlikely to actually happen; users seem hesitant to delete non-broken, yet useless links.)
Create a new resources page---a fresh start on the same approach; and add a historical lock on the old one. (But maybe the new page would quickly become obsolete too.)
Require "endorsement"; e.g. ask users on meta which resources from the resources page they actually use; delete the rest.
We could replace it with a locked version which is only editable by diamond moderators. If edits are required they can be brought up on meta (requires upvotes to add). (Adding this obstacle inhibits people from adding adverts and useless resources.) I could possibly edit my answer to What resources do you actively use to study Chinese, and why? to look like this.
We could instead maintain a list of maintained lists of resources, such as:
- Hacking Chinese for resources in general
- Learn Chinese Club YouTube videos
- Graded Watching movies and TV series
- Reddit's r/ChineseLanguage "resource" flair
- Chinese textbooks at the Chinese Grammar Wiki
- A Chinese Discord has a 资料-resources tab.
- Dictionaryphile has an extensive list of Chinese dictionaries.