This is almost what I want to ask too, actually; specifically I personally am intrigued, particularly with the recent comments on the podcast** regarding the status of computer science questions on the network, on what will happen to the cryptography proposal. The debate as to what extent such a proposal is already covered has been had on Area 51. The reason for my query would be that as of posting, this proposal has:
- 91% committers - 183/200 committers in total
- 92% rep elsewhere - 92/100 committers with 200+ rep on any other site
- 79% usage score - commitment score, based on committers' activity on all other sites and how old the commitment is
and I think it is unfair to all the people that have committed to the site for it simply to disappear one day. My views on cryptography's future aside, I see three possible outcomes for this and other such sites in a similar position:
- Close the proposal. All questions belong elsewhere. No filter.
- Give us one of those Mini StackExchange TagAggregation FilterUtility things to find all those questions elsewhere.
- Let it carry on into beta and see what happens.
and I think it would be nice to have some indication of intention. Clearly, none of the above outcomes is going to satisfy everybody, but it would suck infinitely more if the proposal reaches 100% before any decision on its future is made. I think the appearance of an open, long standing, highly committed-to proposal is that it effectively has a green light for a trial of the idea (right/wrong?) and often people are still slowly committing to it.
I extend that request to any such sites which might be merged, closed etc and have high commitment levels, without first giving the people who are committed to the site a chance to see your reasoning.
In other words, where these votes and debates are cropping up, please weigh in, suspend for now or whatever applies for that specific case. Anything but allowing people to keep committing and keep promoting a proposal that will never actually exist.
Please be nice.
** Yeah, I'm that sad. I still can't work out which voice is Jeff and which voice is Joel after about 45 minutes (I'm from the UK), but never mind.