Coffee has 76 example questions, and 119 followers.
Economics has 77 example questions, and 119 followers.
Each requires about 10 more example questions with a score of 10 or more.
Call this about 20 followers.
At the rate they're currently going, I estimate this will be 20 days to a month. This progress is steadily happening, especially as the proposals have been on the hot list in the last month.
However, I can't see that there is a huge amount of value added prolonging the definition phase.
Yes, new example questions are added. In the last month, there appears to be around 10-15 new example questions. Some value is added, but I don't think it warrants needlessly not moving on and getting a beta going.
Consider some of the sucessfully launched sites:
- English - 64 example questions, 156 followers
- Cooking - 85 example questions, 174 followers
- Skeptics - 39 example questions, 179 followers
- Workplace - 34 example questions, 134 followers
- Academia - 61 example questions, 149 followers
So admittedly all of these proposals had more followers before moving on commitment phase.
I think the requirement to have so many questions of score 10 or more just warps the definition phase. It has people playing games with the votes, rather than voting honestly.
I think it would be a fair argument that both Economics and Coffee need more expert users for example, but the proposals do have plenty of defining questions.