I learned that Area 51 is also a website of this network. I have visited it for several days, and I studied the FAQ and the privilege page. I also see some questions in different stages, but I'm not quite sure how to build a new website, and I don't know the rules of Area 51.

How does the site complete each stage?

Now, I see now that the "define" stage needs followers and example questions with more than ten up votes. The "commit" stage needs people to commit, and the beta seems to need enough days and is separated into private beta and public beta. Did I learn right? And do I need to know anything else?

  • So, to clarify: you're asking how Area 51 works, right? Not just if the question is a fit here?
    – simchona
    Aug 28, 2012 at 2:36
  • I know that in the define stage ,it need enough followers ,and enough example questions with more than 10 vote up .and are these all requirement to complete the stage ?
    – Winnie
    Aug 28, 2012 at 2:38
  • @simchona yes ,I’m not sure if it is only the requirement I have find is enough to finish each stage.
    – Winnie
    Aug 28, 2012 at 2:39

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Check out the Area 51 FAQ for the overall description of the process.

The individual stages of each proposal are:

  • Definition - the proposal needs 60 followers and 40 questions with a score of 10 or more to advance.
  • Commitment - the proposal needs at least 200 committers, of which at least 100 must have 200+ reputation on an existing Stack Exchange site.

Commitment is a slightly fluid stage in the sense that how quickly a site passes through it depends not only on the raw number of people it attracts, but also on how quickly they commit to the proposal and how active they are elsewhere on the network.

After the commitment phase, a site goes into private beta, where it's only available to the people who committed to it on Area 51 and people personally invited by the committers. After the private beta, the site is opened to the public.

  • I don't understand " how quickly they commit to the proposal and how active they are elsewhere on the network",is that mean the same people must have 200+ reputation?
    – Winnie
    Aug 28, 2012 at 5:16
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    @Winnie That applies to all people who commit to a proposal.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 28, 2012 at 5:49
  • @ Anna Lear♦ I learned that if one commit,he has to ask more than 10 questions in the private beta. if someone don't fulfill the promise ,then what will happen?
    – Winnie
    Aug 28, 2012 at 6:00
  • ♦ if I want to be commit a question ,should I became the follower for its definition at first?
    – Winnie
    Aug 28, 2012 at 6:05
  • Hi @Winnie, you can only commit to 3 sites at a time, if you don't fulfill your commitment, you can't reuse that commitment for 6 months, or until the end of the public beta, whichever comes first. If you do fulfill your commitment, you can reuse the commitment, and you get +50 reputation points.
    – jmort253
    Aug 28, 2012 at 6:36
  • @jmort253 thank you.
    – Winnie
    Aug 28, 2012 at 9:14
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    @Winnie Not much will happen. Eventually your commitment will be too old and disappear from your profile (though you can, of course, keep using the site). You'll possibly miss out on a badge and some reputation points here on Area 51, but it doesn't really affect anything.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 28, 2012 at 14:34
  • @Anna Lear I See
    – Winnie
    Aug 29, 2012 at 1:57

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