Proposal: Materials Modeling

There's actually two companies now (one much more serious, the other one less serious but still worth mentioning). There's still some things that are unclear though. I understand some sites were sponsored before getting into private Beta: Site Sponsorships — Bringing Resources BACK to Stack Exchange, but I imagine Stack Exchange would not accept such sponsorship if the proposal has not even met the 60 followers requirement (I am just assuming here).

Is there a minimum requirement before sponsorship may be considered? Once the minimum requirement is met, what is the next step?

  • Sponsorship is usually only granted to sites that organically make it through the Area 51 process: companies can't pay to establish public sites (only private ones), and companies also can't use their own employees to push a given proposal through the community process. – damryfbfnetsi Feb 27 '20 at 0:29
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    @damryfbfnetsi: Quantum Computing only had about 150 committers (out of a necessary 200) and 80 of them with 200+ reputation on another site (out of a necessary 100). – Nike Dattani Feb 27 '20 at 0:34
  • The keyword there is usually. What happened in that case was that the proposal was clearly on the road to getting the required number of users and there was no reason to suspect it would falter (and it didn't), so it was fast-tracked. – damryfbfnetsi Feb 27 '20 at 0:38
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    I caught the word "usually", but I wanted to point out quantum computing because I think it serves to demonstrate that 100% of the Area51 proposals that had a sponsor, ended up getting through. I don't think there's any proposal that offered sponsorship but didn't get through. Quantum Computing took about 1 year in the Definition phase, so would not have survived by the new standards imposed the following year in 2018. It makes sense that there would be some "minimum standard" before they allow a proposal to sponsor their way in, and that's why the question asks what the minimum requirement is – Nike Dattani Feb 27 '20 at 0:48
  • For Quantum Computing, the minimum requirement was not the same as the regular Area51 requirements to proceed to Private Beta! – Nike Dattani Feb 27 '20 at 0:48
  • True, but just one sample isn't enough to conclude that it'll be the case for all proposals. The only guaranteed* criteria are the standard ones. – damryfbfnetsi Feb 27 '20 at 0:50
  • I asked here because I thought RobertC might be able to give some guideline as to what the minimum requirement would be to sponsor our way into Private Beta. At the time, I didn't know that he was nearing the end of his time as an SE employee. – Nike Dattani Feb 27 '20 at 0:53

As far as I know, there are no "requirements" outside of a potential for a great community and a company that has a very legitimate interest in making sure the site succeeds. That said, it is far easier to sponsor an existing site than to try and create one.

There are tons of factors that go into a decision like site sponsorship. If a company has a strong interest in attempting to sponsor a site, existing or not, they should reach out to our advertising team to get in touch with the appropriate people who can discuss the options. There's not a lot of detail that can be provided here.

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    Thank you @animuson. When I asked this question in August 2019 (almost 8 months ago!) I was in contact with a Major materials manufacturing company that was interested in sponsoring an SE site for materials modeling Q/A, and the other company mentioned in my question was a materials design software company that sells the licenses for the proprietary software that a lot of us here use. In this answer: tinyurl.com/ych3wnqc you told us to spend 100% of our energy on meeting the commitment requirement, so I haven't been in touch with the companies lately. But now that we're going to Beta – Nike Dattani Apr 20 '20 at 18:21
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    I ran out of space in the comment :) Originally the question was about whether the companies could start sponsoring SE before reaching the Beta requirements (which is what happened with QuantumComputingSE, as they went into Private Beta with only 114 committers in about 3 months). Now that we're going into Private Beta, it might make sense to just wait the 7-14 days or however long it takes, and I can get back in touch with the companies when the site becomes a real Public Beta (they might also like that more!). Now I've been very busy emailing a lot of mailing lists to get ready for Beta. – Nike Dattani Apr 20 '20 at 18:26

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