The text on deleted proposals says, emphasis added, "Inactive proposals that do not receive any activity for one month are subject to deletion."

However, "one month" should actually say "three days" because that's how it gets implemented in practice, if there aren't at least five followers and five questions.

Deleted site screenshot

  • Which proposal? There are multiple reasons a proposal might be removed (emphasis mine). The messaging (or lack of) should be different — area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/20966/… – Robert Cartaino Jan 16 at 15:02
  • Sure, there are multiple reasons. The question was prompted by the recent removal of a proposal of mine, three days after the last follower was added, which was short of the 5 required. However, this inaccurate text causes confusion beyond just me, e.g. area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/27648/… – WBT Jan 16 at 17:31
  • Okay, so where are you seeing the text you quoted? I don't see it on that proposal. It was simply removed for the reason you cited. – Robert Cartaino Jan 16 at 17:38
  • If I linked to the proposal which prompted this question, this question would apparently be autodeleted. I have added a screenshot. However, it could just as easily be the proposal in that other question I linked to. – WBT Jan 16 at 17:42
  • Okay, I see it now (I [incorrectly] thought everyone could see deleted proposals with a direct link). Unfortunately, trying to correct this will unravel a can of worms with all the ways a proposal can be closed/removed; and with Area 51 development all but ceased, the best I can do for the moment is leave this tagged as a known bug and see if I can come up with a quick workaround (What's going on with Area 51?). – Robert Cartaino Jan 16 at 18:06
  • I don't think that adding or changing a few words about one of what I presume is probably one of the most common reasons for deletion will "unravel a can of worms." The status quo grammar appears to be presenting a reasonably complete list of why sites are deleted. When a site like Audit doesn't fit any of those the deletion can be confusing and frustrating. It gets worse when the user comes to meta to ask and that gets quickly downvoted & closed as an exact duplicate, as if the asker really should have known better even though this status quo text is blameable for the understanding gap. – WBT Jan 16 at 18:30

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