I observe more and more silly new proposals. While the ones in current commitment are of great value and can reach the critical mass, it seems to me that space for new and actually promising SEs has been exhausted.

I know that proposals expire after a while if no activity is present, but I was wondering if area51 is here to stay, or it's going to disappear as soon as it becomes self-evident that its purpose has been achieved.

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It may appear that way, but honestly: there have always been silly proposals and there always will be. It may just be because you don't see the older ones as they've already been deleted.

Every so often I think things are slowing down, and then we get proposals like SharePoint Overflow:

  • 6 Feb: Proposed/Definition phase began
  • 8 Feb: Definition phase completed/Commitment phase began
  • 7 Apr: Private beta began

60 days from proposal to beta? That's darned impressive. So far, the site has been in beta less than three weeks and it's already got good numbers.

  • Indeed - that shows where a specialist, focussed, site is justified. But a lot of proposals are just fragmentation of existing sites (or even of not-yet-launched sites)
    – Andrew
    Sep 22, 2012 at 9:16
  • Take a look at a more recent site - Genealogy and Family History
    – Jeni
    Oct 19, 2012 at 15:19

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