A previous meta thread, Re: Mathematicians whose names are commonly mispronounced, concerned the appropriateness of a particular big-list question on pronunciation of mathematicians' names. I agree with the closure of that question, but I don't think that questions about pronunciation of mathematicians' names should be off topic in general. Basically, I agree with Aryabhata's comments on Adrián Barquero's answer in the other thread.
I'd like to know what people think in general, but the reason this comes up now is the recently closed question The pronuncation of “Tychonoff” and “Alaoglu”. I voted to reopen, and my preference would be for focused questions like this to be on topic. Please share your opinion if you want.
In case you want an explicit question:
- Should questions about pronunciation always be off topic? If not, under what circumstances are they off topic?