When a site is in commitment phase, why are the example questions locked? I would think refining the scope of the site would be a worthwhile activity, during all phases of the project. As it is now, you can't really do much about the project during commitment phase.

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    I agree that questions should be allowed, but for a different reason. When I committed to a site that's now been in Area 51 for 7 months (History of Science and Mathematics), I sent out a rash of emails to people I knew. None of them has committed, as far as I know. Why should they if they have no experience with SE and didn't like what they saw? If they come back now, they'll see exactly the same thing. New questions can't be answered--OK--but they're evidence of what the site is capable of. They show that it's not just a fantasy, but something that could have ongoing engagement
    – Mars
    Sep 23, 2014 at 20:56

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Because the "definition" phase is, essentially, done. Users are asked to commit to a proposal based on a series of questions shown to them when they digitally sign it. It doesn't feel proper to have that page change dynamically, after the fact.

A lot more definition work can be done during beta. Go out and evangelize the site and get ready for the beta. You'll have more than enough time to contribute improvements during the real discussion… in beta.

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    Should not the question be migrated to meta.stackoverflow.com? Are we now accepting meta questions about Area 51 on the site here? Feb 17, 2011 at 18:20
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    I'd rather have them here, actually (not that my opinion matters, of course)
    – o0'.
    Feb 18, 2011 at 21:41

The current process naturally goes like this:

  1. define the scope through the description; as a guide, a title doesn't always say enough.
  2. refine the scope through the example questions, see the requirements for that phase.
  3. commit after the scope has been defined & refined, so that the right people join.
  4. improve the site once in beta, through meta discussion as Robert C. mentioned.

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