Note: I wasn't sure if this belongs here, or on Meta SO, but it was about area-51, so I decide to post it here
I have noticed that when creating a proposal, there is a very limited number of characters you can put in the description. This creates a bit of a problem, because it may be hard to fit your entire idea into 250 characters. This then can create misunderstanding of what your vision of the site was, and people may close the site as "too local" or "not a real proposal" because the OP was unable to explain it well.
The reason I think it's done the way it is, is that the title of a site, unlike a question on any other SE site, is not a short title summery if it's description, it's the actual name of the site. But this leaves the description of the site, to be equivalent to the title of a regular SE question.
What I am proposing is as follows:
- A "full description" field, that will allow you to write a description, the same length as a question (which is unlimited).
- The "full description will be displayed underneath the short summery (what is now the description) up to 300 characters, after which it will display a "...View full description" link, that will expand when clicked.
I like the fact that there are short summaries of the site when you look at it on the list of sites, but something needs to be done to allow users to explain themselves fully and clearly, to avoid confusion.
Add a comment or answer, and let me know what you think.