I just created a proposal called "API Seek".

The intention of this site is specifically release Stack Overflow from "what API is best" very common off-topic questions and give them a solution here.

Stack Overflow is full of those kind of questions and they are downvoted and often deleted (as off-topic), but they normally have good answers and good information.

My intention to promote "API Seek" was really simple: I'll take a look to the new Stack Overflow questions about "which API is best" (they are very common) -> Those questions are for sure going to be answered but downvoted and people will specifically say that are off topic in Stack Overflow -> I will comment there and say: Hey boy/girl, the site to make these kind of question is "API Seek", go ahead and do it.

My question is: Will copying a link to the proposal be considered spam and the proposal will be deleted?

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I'm sorry, but that would not be appropriate.

I can appreciate your need to find a community for this proposal, but that type of solicitation would not be appropriate within our existing sites. With the number of proposals that go through this forum, it would simply become untenable for our existing sites.

  • Hi Robert. Could you better explain why this site would be untenable? You say it because it would have too much traffic? Apart, when you say that it would not be appropriate you mean that will be considered spam? Jan 11, 2014 at 12:00
  • I meant if copying the link to the proposal on the stack overflows comments will be considered spam. Jan 11, 2014 at 12:19
  • Why isn't that appropriate? I have been leaving comments to tell people about Area 51 proposals when they ask questions that would best fit on that proposal. I don't think I've been spamming. It's even encouraged by Area 51 which is all about publicity. How have I been behaving inappropriately? Jan 13, 2014 at 19:33
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    @Gilles Because comments are to request clarification or to offer suggestions to help improve the post. Period. Even if we're not talking about blatant spammers/spamming, everyone who wants to tout something starts with the premise "but the users are interested in my <thing>." So we can't allow that that type of solicitation in posts. It's tricky business to start saying this is good spamming verses, no, that's bad spamming. The whole thing is unsolicited and outside the purpose of comments. We should not be advertising proposals (or anything else) using that channel. Jan 13, 2014 at 20:00
  • Fortunately for the proposal i made, there is now "Software Recommendations", a proposal that is in the commitment phase and will grow by itself so mine was not needed. That said, talking about this specific question, is still considered spam leaving a comment with a link to a proposal in a question that is specifically tagged as off-topic in that Stack Exchange site? If comments are to help improve the post and that post is tagged as off topic in that site, i find logical and an improvement to the post to find a link to a proposal where that question wouldn't be off topic. My opinion. Jan 18, 2014 at 19:19

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