The ask patents subsite has almost died out. I don't think there is a way to intrinsically revive it, if it were a question, I'd say it needs severe moderator intervention. Out of the last 15 questions, asked in the last 3 days, 5 are closed, 3 were asked by users with more than 1 reputation, only 1 of them from somebody with more than 1 posts (2). Last month only 12 users made more than 10 reputation. Last year most reputation was gained by somebody who hasn't been here for more than that year (ergo with posts older than that year). That is the same and only person with enough reputation to gain complete privileges. The second most reputation person (roughly 3k) hasn't been there for over a year too. The third most repuation is 1,7k. I think most questions and traffic come through the google "discuss this patent" button, which is pretty much off-topic itself and generates low quality. (see link below) In my time here I have seen (noticed) ~4 frequent users.

I could keep going like that.

Is there a way to refer it back here and redefine the site? Or merge it with other proposals? (E.g. the licensing one) I think the sites focus is off and needs redefining. But a patent site is generally something interesting and important.

Are the other possibilities to revive the site?

Am I even remotely on-topic with this question?

This 2yrs old question (https://patents.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/215/ask-patents-needs-a-cleanup) and my recent question (https://patents.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/328/what-to-do-to-get-this-site-more-attention) on patents meta are related, but I realized ask patents meta might not be the right place to ask this as it is "inside the system" - meaning not frequented enough and with no real possibilities to act on.

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    Is there a reason why it can't merge with Law SE? I haven't had time to check timelines, histories and content enough to say whether it makes perfect sense, yet. – Nij Dec 16 '16 at 1:33
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    I personally feel like patent questions would get lost there. Patent attorneys are ppl with scientific background and do not have studied law (to the extend of /) like a "normal lawyer". So law-ppl won't be able to answer most patent questions and vice-versa. But if the site stays like this, nobody will answer patent questions, so maybe ... – DonQuiKong Dec 16 '16 at 7:39
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    Law SE isn't just lawyers, the same way that Travel sure isn't globetrotters and journalists, and Math isn't all graduates and professionals. And patent lawyers are definitely a thing, along with their expertise. – Nij Dec 16 '16 at 9:22
  • I meant that patent law and law-law stand on a different basis and imho have less in common than the names suggest. But I'm not saying it couldn't work, I just think it might not fit. – DonQuiKong Dec 16 '16 at 9:34
  • I was interested to learn that Ask Patents skipped Area 51. The rationale there makes sense, but perhaps that's part of the issues with the current site - not enough people have committed to helping it grow. – dimo414 Jul 10 '17 at 6:03

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