I created a 'content creators' proposal, and it appears to have been deleted, with no notification. Can someone please tell me why/how this happened?

  • Did it have at least 5 followers and 5 questions within three days?
    – JohnB
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 3:29
  • Dunno. I have no way of telling.
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 4:10
  • @JohnB - but that can't be the only reason it might have been deleted. For example the real estate proposal was proposed 27 days ago, and has less than five follows, but still exists.
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 4:13
  • Periodic housekeeping occurs, if the proposal has been stagnent for ~30 days it is closed. See related Notifications for closed proposals? Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 10:15
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    @JamesJenkins the proposal wasn't even 30 days old, but Google's cache shows only 4 example questions. I assume it was targeted by the housekeeping because it never got a fifth
    – JohnB
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 14:05
  • @JohnB less than 5 questions and/or followers at 3 days = closure, as you mentioned in your first comment. Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 14:27

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When submitting a proposal, the submission process explains the minimum level of activity needed to get the proposal going:

Minimum activity requirements for Area 51

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 which receive no activity for a period of 30 days may also be removed.

You can read more about the site creation process here.

The Minimum Activity post lists all the reasons a proposal may be closed, but in this case you did not post the five example questions needed to get started, and the community did not find enough interest in the idea to make up that deficit.

  • So a good idea would be to use all five of my example questions to get started?
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 20:37

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