Quite often when I'm scrolling through the proposed sites, I'll see proposals that don't have any example questions listed. I'll sometimes try to throw in an example question of my own to try and help out, but more often than not I'll see later that my example question was downvoted.

From what I can tell, there are two reasons why this happens.

  1. People don't like the proposal, so they downvote any example questions that go along with it. Which I can understand, some of the proposals I've put questions on I pretty much knew weren't going to make it.
  2. I've added an example question that wasn't what the person who made the proposal wanted to be on-topic, or other people don't think fits in with what's been written in the proposal description.

I'll find though, that the proposal description isn't always enough to tell what types of questions I should be asking. For example, Greek Culture, is it about people who live in Greece, or fraternities? Both?

The best person to answer that question I think, is the person who create the proposal. There is the option to start a discussion to try and find out the answer, but it would be best if we could save the time, and try to make it clear from the start what the proposal is about. That way, discussions can be more meaningful than people asking "What's this proposal about?"

I think we could ensure that proposals are clear from the start. If we were to make it a requirement, where if you wanted to make a proposal you also had to make a couple example questions for that proposal. It doesn't have to be the full five you're allowed, just one or two would be enough, I think. It shouldn't be too much to ask, because if you're making a proposal, you should have an idea of what questions would be on-topic.

  • I can't find it right now but I think proposals without example questions automatically disappear after some short length of time. Commented Aug 29, 2014 at 23:36
  • Related: discuss.area51.stackexchange.com/questions/20966/…
    – Wicket
    Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 23:50
  • @JamesJenkins: Is the above link (^^^) what you was looking for?
    – Wicket
    Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 23:52
  • @Rubén yes it is now. Thought that is the new process. It did not exist when I posted my comment. Commented Oct 30, 2016 at 4:17


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