There were a lot of unsupported proposals filling the pages of Area 51 — literally thousands. It's not that these proposals were all necessarily a bad idea, it's just that Area 51 doesn't usually supply the built-in audience to create a site for you.
When you submit a proposal to build a site, it is generally assumed you have access to an audience to build it. Instead of requiring authors to include (and verify) a few co-signers as part of the submission process, we decided to give authors three days to complete that requirement after the proposal is listed.
To Create a Proposal
After you've submitted your proposal below, here is all you'll need to get started:
- 5 example questions you would like to ask on this site
- 5 users who are willing to 'follow' this proposal
Proposals that do not meet these requirements within three days after submission are subject to removal. Note that abandoned proposals that receive no activity for a period of 7 days may also be removed.
You can read more about the site creation process here.
When a proposal receives little-to-no activity in the opening days, if the author has not met the minimum requirements outlined in the submission process, the proposal is removed.
It is easy to overlook just how much support it takes to launch a successful site. If you manage to locate an audience later, you are certainly welcome to try again. But leaving a proposal to linger unsupported for months only draws unwanted attention, often filling the discussion section with questions deriding the effort. Such derision does not bode well for a proposal which simply needs a bit of enthusiasm and momentum behind it more than anything else.
[a proposal] often has scarce few followers for weeks, then explodes in popularityActually no. Recovering from low-to-no activity is such a rare, statistical anomaly, it essentially never happens. That was the entire point of early (non-)performance indicators; to keep the listings free of completely unsupported ideas. The system was becoming unusable.