Proposal: Japan

Proposal: Pittsburgh

Proposal: New York City

Proposal: Greater Boston Area

What's the general opinion on these location-based proposals? I'm personally of the opinion that they're they're much too localized and serve only to benefit the people that live there/might travel there. Why haven't these proposals been closed already? They're getting rather ridiculous.

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    Don't you think that Japan is actually quite big...?
    – rem
    Jan 23, 2014 at 15:08
  • Pittsburgh is certainly too small of a scope for an SE site to work well (and that comes from someone who lives here and would find such a site quite useful if it did actually work.)
    – Wooble
    Feb 16, 2014 at 14:30
  • Why can't this be edited? I wanted to add the proposal for Singapore here.
    – a20
    Aug 27, 2014 at 15:44

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Your argument seems fundamentally flawed to me. Sure, the proposal on, say, New York City will only be useful for those living or visiting. But that's not really a small number. There are over 8 million people living in NYC and around 50 million visitors per year.

Let's compare that to a fairly successful beta site. Raspberry Pi SE is probably only useful for people who own a raspberry pi, or are considering buying one. As of a few months ago, there were 2 million total Raspberry Pis. Statistically, the site is doing pretty well. So NYC is definitely a big enough community to support an SE site.

That doesn't mean I think these sites will necessarily succeed. I have no idea, but I see no sense in concluding that before it's even tried. If the developers and community managers decide that this isn't the direction they want to go in, then that's their prerogative, but I don't think it would be appropriate for ordinary users to vote to close this as "not a viable proposal" until it's actually been tried.

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    Bravo! The logical fallacy of "too localized" and why we got rid of it. The answer to the question is that "benefits too few people" can only be determined by letting to proposal run its course. Not in deeming it too specialized summarily. Jan 22, 2014 at 22:59
  • Yes, well, the problem isn't so much that New York City is too localized as it is that questions such as In the event of a natural disaster, what should I do to receive information and updates from local authorities? are too localized. Even in New York, that information may vary greatly and such questions are better left directed towards, say, a city hall or some other office run by the local government. If New York City wants a Q&A site, honestly, New York City should host a Q&A site. Jan 23, 2014 at 18:29
  • @DanteTheEgregore Where did you quote that question from? I cannot find it on the NYC proposal.
    – Bernhard
    Feb 16, 2014 at 18:30
  • @Bernhard It was there at the time I posted this answer. It seems to have since been removed/replaced.
    – Logan M
    Feb 16, 2014 at 23:50

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