The campaign to get SE to become an institutional member of the TUG (see Do we want Stack Exchange to become an institutional member of the TUG?) had a very happy outcome. From my reading here and there, I've gathered the impression (perhaps false!) that this is the sort of thing that SE in principle is in favour of. So I have another suggestion along these lines.
I should say before I say what it is that I have contacted neither party in this regard so do not know if either side would be amenable to this suggestion. My purpose is to determine the support from our community (the TeX-SX site) before deciding whether to take it further. Of course, if either side stop by they should feel free to say "Yes, this would be great" or "No, we'd never consider this".
Here's the suggestion. The one TeX-related site that I'd say has had the most beneficial impact on the TeX scene in decades is without doubt detexify. I'd be willing to bet that we send a heck of a lot of traffic to detexify. What if there were a discreet link on the detexify site that said something like:
Detexify is (partially) sponsored by TeX-SX. If you've got a question about TeX that detexify can't answer, try there.
I probably have the syntax all wrong, but by my count there are 50 posts on the main site containing the word "detexify". Given the number of times we duplicate back to the original "How do I look up a symbol?" I'd say this was a vast under estimate of its importance on this site alone.
So … what do people think of this idea? Should we pursue it? Are there things that I've not thought of?
(Edit There's an 8 month-old post on the detexify blog that suggests that the writer of detexify would not be opposed to receiving funds: http://detexify.posterous.com/detexify-needs-help)