As part of the process to create new sites, the Community team reviews proposals to make sure they would be good additions to our existing set of sites. One reason we close proposals is when they significantly overlap with existing sites. Starting a new site is a major investment of time and effort, so we'd prefer new topics go to existing communities whenever possible. That way allows users to to take advantage of existing moderation teams, experienced users, tagging schemes, meta policies, and so on.
One good reason for splitting a site is when the culture of the new topic conflicts with the culture of the existing site. An ideal case study is the Unix/Ubuntu split. Despite extensive overlap in topic space, the split has largely been successful. Before today, I didn't know much about elementary OS. It looks like a community that shares a lot with Ubuntu, but also distinct from it. In other words, a good potential split.
However, when I look at the proposal commitment metrics, I see a potential problem:
In order for this proposal to reach private beta, it will need more users who have experience with other sites on the network. It's important for a portion of early users to know how the various reputation, voting, and privilege systems work. Therefore, I suggest that those who have committed to this site but haven't used Stack Exchange in the past, head over to the [elementary-os] tag on our Unix & Linux site. That way, you will:
- Learn how Stack Exchange sites work,
- Increase the commitment progress of this proposal, and
- Get answers to you existing elementary OS questions.
In terms of the metrics I use for evaluating spinoffs, here is the baseline for Unix.SE:
N median_views avg_score closed_rate avg_answers accepted_rate answer_rate median_tta ----- ------------ --------- ----------- ----------- ------------- ----------- ---------- 61205 335 3 6.7 1.6 51.6 85 36
And here are the same statistics for the [elementary-os] tag:
140 295 0.8 4.3 0.8 37.1 64.3 261
Overall, I think this proposal is a good candidate for a split if people are ready to use it on day #1.
Proposal: elementary OS
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