Proposal: Ethereum

This proposal has exactly 100 users, many who joined very recently, who only follow this proposal and have no associated Stack Overflow accounts.

Nearly a quarter joined in the past 12 hours.

I call shenanigans.

  • It has exactly 109 users now. I'd say there's nothing special about that number.
    – Mark
    Aug 9, 2015 at 8:14
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    109 is prime which makes it very special indeed Aug 13, 2015 at 9:09
  • I disagree with the creation of this group for numerous reasons, but this doesn't surprise me. I don't think this is "shenanigans". Cryptocurrency people create MASSIVE fan bases. All it takes is one high-level user to suggest an SO site, and many followers will join just to up-vote the proposal. Ethereum has a huge following. This type of response doesn't surprise me at all.
    – RLH
    Dec 14, 2015 at 16:29
  • @RLH I think you disagree for numerical reasons, rather. Dec 28, 2015 at 23:21
  • @NewAlexandria Why?
    – user190497
    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:29

4 Answers 4


There's nothing fishy here. This is how Stack Exchange sites are supposed to be created — someone going out to find an enthusiastic community to support their proposal rather than relying on the existing Stack Exchange community to build it for them.

Stack Exchange was never intended to slice up the Stack Overflow pie into increasing smaller pieces. It was designed to spread this Q&A engine into more audiences.

So that's what looks so off here — they did it right.

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    The linked reference on Reddit is a bit overly optimistic it and your answer neglect to mention the next requirement (Commitment Phase) for Stack Exchange experience "100 committers with 200+ rep on any other site" Aug 11, 2015 at 14:33
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    @JamesJenkins I don't understand. What does any of that have to do with the topic at hand — the accusation that something fishy is going on? Aug 11, 2015 at 14:36
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    Not to the topic, but the community that is developing seems to have little experience with SE and Area51 note the title on your link is "Ethereum gets its own StackExchange page with just 90 more upvotes y'all!!!" it and your answer may leave some people disappointed, when the definition phase is done, and the site does not launch. From what I see the energy is good but there challenges of Commitment Phase are significant. Aug 11, 2015 at 14:43
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    @JamesJenkins In 7 days, they nearly completed the first phase, farther than the vast majority of proposals go. I don't know if they have the support to see this through, but I still fail to see why you think that is the topic of this conversation at all. That's okay; I answered the original question. You are free to answer however you see fit. Aug 11, 2015 at 14:50

This was just posted on the Ethereum subreddit. Not fishy. It's just that users are finding it now.

Many joined recently because Ethereum just launched like a week ago.

  • The reddit announcement reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/3g8b9b/…
    – J-B
    Aug 9, 2015 at 9:06
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    Additionally, the creation of this Ethereum Stack Overflow was recently announced on social media. People were encouraged to create accounts and vote.
    – user75798
    Aug 9, 2015 at 10:25
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    @user75798 Asking people to create accounts just to vote is dubious. It's awfully close to using sock puppets. Only when these people understand the Stack Exchange model and Area 51 process, should they be asked to vote. Aug 9, 2015 at 17:38
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    Ethereum people are very familiar with computing. There is certainly a need for a Stack Exchange forum dedicated to Ethereum. It is just the sort of project for which Stack Exchange is intended. I was surprised there wasn't already an established Stack Exchange for Ethereum. It should have been started long ago. Hopefully, the Q&A that takes place in the Ethereum community will migrate here and there will be good answers to questions available when the project reaches the wider public, as it surely will.
    – user75798
    Aug 9, 2015 at 17:41
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    That linked subreddit page specifically tells people to only vote on sub-10 vote questions.
    – user88642
    Aug 10, 2015 at 1:46
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    @S.L.Barth, that tends to be self-correcting. The commitment phase requires a hundred established users. I expect this proposal will hit the 200-committed-user mark quickly enough, but struggle to reach the requirements for "established users" and "commitment score".
    – Mark
    Aug 11, 2015 at 0:12

Ethereum is quite a large community of enthusiastic people, and most of them think that getting independent stackexchange is a cool idea.


Considering Ethereum just launched weeks ago there's nothing fishy about it.

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    Much older projects, with larger user bases, are still having trouble getting their proposals off the ground. For example, the Django proposal. Aug 13, 2015 at 13:50
  • @S.L.Barth The Django proposal is now closed.
    – user190497
    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:27

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