For anyone who follows this site, you may have noticed that Area 51 has been churning out progressively weaker site proposals and more anemic site launches, about a third of which fail in private beta.
There is nothing inherently wrong with most of these subjects; it's just that we've largely tapped the audience of Area 51 who no longer provide enough momentum to build these sites FOR you. When a proposal takes 1-2 years to accrete enough passers-by to finally launch, it's not unusual to see less than half the committed users showing up at all.
I need to create a lifeline for Area 51 if we want to continue providing this service for avid communities with the means to build these sites. It would be nice if our site-creation process allowed us to experiment with more impromptu site ideas, but the current system is not sustainable in the old format.
Going forward, we generally expect proposal authors to have the means to see their site ideas through. If you are accustomed to throwing up proposal after proposal hoping somebody ELSE will build your site, Area 51 is not the place to START your community search.
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If you have access to a healthy, enthusiastic community needing a Stack Exchange site, Area 51 is where you propose it.
Effective April 27th, we are implementing the following thresholds to focus on communities with the means to see this process through to a healthy site launch:
- [UNCHANGED] Proposal authors have three (3) days to complete the minimum submission requirements (5 followers, 5 example questions)
- A proposal has four (4) months to complete the Definition phase, and an additional four (4) months to complete Commitment
- Abandoned proposals exhibiting NO activity for seven (7) consecutive days are subject to closure
If you have an engaged community ready to build a site, these milestones should not be difficult to complete. If we find that four months is not enough time for avid communities to organize their efforts, we'll make adjustments.
These changes are intended to allow Area 51 to focus on more-productive efforts and to stop luring unsuspecting users into activities with insufficient support to see them through. It's so easy to spot these futile efforts. If you’re organizing a community ready to build your site, then these changes should not present any problem at all.
Note: This is a general announcement. Please bring any specific discussions or comments about your site back to your proposal page.