Right now, out of all the users on Area 51, there are only seven trusted users. Seven. Reputation is incredibly hard to get on Area 51 compared to other sites. For example, this user has had 3 proposals, all of which went to beta and two of which are launched, 2 fulfilled commitments, and 23 positively-scored example questions. Yet still, he is more than 2500 reputation away from being a Trusted User.

I propose that the reputation threshold for the Trusted User privilege be reduced (maybe to something like 3k or 5k), because reputation is very difficult to earn on Area 51 and there are very few users with enough reputation to do the work of a 10ker.

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    Why? This site is highly monitored by Robert Cartaino what could/would anyone need to do with trusted users rights more timely then Robert is already addressing it? Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 14:43

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Unfortunately, the reputation model of the Stack Exchange Q&A does not map very well to the site-creation process of Area 51, so it's not really something you should expect to accumulate in the context of this site. We simply rely on a different model.

Proposals are meant to be developed by the audience who will actually use the site. Area 51 has increasingly discouraged 3rd-parties from asserting themselves as "expert site creators" across every idea proposed here.

The early users you linked above were more prolific because they were first to propose subjects closer to our original developer audience, but it hasn't been that way for a long time. Ultimately, it is up to each new community to administer and prove they have the support needed to turn their idea into a site.

To this day, I still get flags "objecting" to a proposal with reasons like:

  • These don't look like Stack Exchange users
  • The 'followers' don't have any experience or reputation
  • I would never use this [site]

So no, I am not inclined to encourage a more prolific layer of "senior users" overseeing the early proposal process. There's just too much disconnect in what a typical 10K user should reasonably do. Area 51 is not like your typical Stack Exchange collection of knowledge meant to be curated by the most avid users of the site. I don't believe the privilege list of Area 51 is even entirely accurate.

  • It's worth noting that the rep-retention model (where on most sites, posts with +3 score and visible for 60 days that later get deleted do not cause a rep-reversal for the author) is not active here on Area 51. So that means that a user who makes a lot of positively-received contributions to a proposal that ultimately fails loses the rep. (This may not be visible for a while because rep is not recalculated automatically, but it does happen.) Is this intentional? Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 17:04
  • @damryfbfnetsi Yes, Area 51 is not part of the same code base as the core Q&A, so those types of updates and algorithm changes do not get reflected here. Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 17:06
  • @damryfbfnetsi see related I just lost 1k+ rep Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 18:47

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