Proposal: Genealogy and Family History

The current Genealogy and Family History proposal was created after the previous proposal was closed for having been around too long. We would like to contact the previous committers, but its not possible to reach most of them without stalking and spamming on other SE sites (which I know is not welcome).

We noticed that Robert sent out an email to notify previous Mathematica committers after the new proposal was created. Could we get that done for us too?

  • Great question! +1
    – lkessler
    Sep 1, 2012 at 16:41
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    @lkessler I don't think its working chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/6036674#6036674 Maybe we will have to go one by one and contact them outside of SE
    – user42535
    Sep 5, 2012 at 16:58
  • Justin: Robert is definitely monitoring our progress, as we are one of the more active Area51 sites now. As creator of the new site, you could ask him. Actually, I guess you did by your question here :-)
    – lkessler
    Sep 8, 2012 at 14:24
  • @lkessler I'll ask Robert in a more targeted manner once we get to the commit phase, since we're so close.
    – user42535
    Sep 8, 2012 at 20:22

2 Answers 2


Yes. Robert Cartaino confirmed* that it is possible for Area 51 to contact those who supported the other proposals, but that apparently won't happen right now. We are, it seems, "doing really well."

In light of Robert's information, perhaps this question should be updated. It might be rephrased, "What are the requirements this proposal needs to meet in order for Area 51 to send an e-mail to the former initiative(s) supporters?"

The two now closed previous efforts are listed below:
(1) The fairly well known "Genealogy" proposal http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/2553/genealogy

(2) The lesser known "Geneology" proposal http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/41440/geneology

A few items follow that put the rationale for the revised question in context.

(a) The "Geneology" proposal was initiated in June of this year. The proposal page (link above) reports it was closed as a duplicate because it "would drain audience from [the "genealogy"] site."

(b) Give or take a month later, the "Genealogy" proposal was closed because, it was "not a real proposal"; it would "not result in a useful productive or viable Q&A site." At the time of closure, it had had 44 committers with 200+ rep on other sites.

(c) Give or take a month after "Genealogy" was closed, Justin restarted this proposal, now "Genealogy & Family History." When compared to the most recently closed initiative we have only have only two more committers with 200+ other rep (as of this writing).

I hope the folks at Area 51 will reconsider and support the group by sending the e-mail to those who supported the other proposals.

Please give us a chance to work together to carry this proposal closer to the goal line. We need to work together to develop strong support from those with experience on SE.

*Comment under the first answer to "Is a notification sent out to tell followers ..."

Revised: Sept 14, 2012

Update: Sept 19, 2012--We are now at 56% commitment. @RobertCartaino, perhaps now StackExchange will notice those who participated in the prior initiatives? If not then, as above, what are the requirements for those notices to be sent?

  • I'd have no problem doing that, but I don't think there is a way to do so. StackExchange doesn't have any mail-all functionality as far as I know.
    – lkessler
    Sep 8, 2012 at 2:55
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    I have sent a few personal notes to those I could identify from the former "genealogy" proposal. Ha! Mostly this meant that I could identify them either from their picture or their registered website.--GJ
    – GeneJ
    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:41

It would really help if this can be done. I went through the two earlier proposals and in total there are 132 different people on the two lists (one person was on both).

48 of them have 200+ Rep.

25 of those have already Committed to our new proposal, so 23 have not.

Earlier, there were 30 who hadn't committed. I was able to find contact information for 20 of them and I emailed or tweeted those 20. Of those, 7 Committed, and 13 have not.

That leaves 84 people with under 200 rep. Only 2 of them have Committed. I did not attempt to contact any of them.

If Area 51 can contact the people who have not committed yet, a few of them might still be interested and would Commit. That could result in up to 105 Commits with 23 having 200+ rep, but even one-quarter of those would be a good result that will let people we know are interested in Genealogy & Family History Q&A find out about the new proposal.

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