I have an idea for a new site which I genuinely believe will be very useful to many people.

Since timeline after the submission is very tight, it would be good to prepare ahead of time to ensure best results.

Can you share experiences when drumming up support for a new idea ahead of the official proposal submission? Specifically, how to organize people who will be the critical mass which will propel the idea. See screenshot below for context.

Thanks for your input in advance. Cheers.

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I've known quite a few people who submitted proposals on Area 51, and these seem to be the keys to success:

  • Have an active, enthusiastic audience. It's important to have enough users willing to participate in the site. Preparing beforehand is really helpful to ensure your user has enough support. This would allow you to easily meet the 3 day minimum requirements, and hopefully make it all the way to beta.

  • Make sure the site actually fits well with the Stack Exchange format. If most or all questions on the site will be too broad, unclear, primarily opinion-based, or otherwise off-topic, it's probably not a good idea to submit a proposal.

  • Check carefully for overlap. If your proposal already has an active audience on another Stack Exchange, or it would just make more sense to ask your questions on an already-existing site, then you shouldn't make a new proposal. See also: Merging Season on the blog.

  • Thank you for your thoughtful response. I appreciate the help. I will take a few more days to think about it.
    – Jeff
    Apr 5, 2019 at 13:42
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    Let's try again (comments gets appended on Enter). Idea is definitely not an overlap, it fits well with the Stack Exchange format. There are very few related posts on Stack Overflow (I looked up the trends page, matches are for a fraction of one percent). Finally, I am very sure audience will be enthusiastic. There are posts on other forums with members wishing for a more open, better moderated platform. I have a feeling most of those issues would be taken care of by the very design of Stack Exchange platform. Anyway, I will do more thinking on gaining support and momentum.
    – Jeff
    Apr 5, 2019 at 13:50

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