52 votes

Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

I think it's interesting that Robert's post above focus so much on communities - the idea that a site proposal should be made with an existing community in mind is new to me, and none of the site ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
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Problem with the crypocurrency community

There already is a cryptocurrencies site. The problem is that it's called Bitcoin, not Cryptocurrencies, so users of anything but bitcoin don't realise their questions would be on-topic there. From ...
Aurora0001's user avatar
37 votes

Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

Going through the proposal process quickly appears to be a good signal that a proposed site is viable (because failed proposals evaporate, I don't have statistics on how many failed in private beta ...
Mark's user avatar
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26 votes
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Rushed proposals and Community Moderation

I agree this is a major problem when it happens — but it does have a solution pending, sort of. I've designed a "circuit breaker" which addresses this exact issue; unfortunately, I don't think ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
26 votes

Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

In short, this undermines anything other than technology sites. And perhaps that's the point, given the structure of how Stack Overflow currently makes money. The site offers a great opportunity ...
JeopardyTempest's user avatar
25 votes

Is anybody out there?

Yes! The community team is keeping an eye on things. Robert has a degree of finesse and warmth that positively can't be replicated or imitated and we know that's going to be missed, but we're going ...
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Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51

The "no activity" rule is bad. You're destroying information and contributing to link rot. For example, The Armory, facing imminent failure for spending a year in Definition, was a reboot of an ...
feetwet's user avatar
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23 votes

Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

Translated to English, this proposal is saying "StackExchange doesn't want to participate in building new communities". The community needs to be ready and Area51 doesn't want to be the tool for ...
Tomas's user avatar
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Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

This is a reasonable policy to apply to Area51 (although it was done rather abruptly). But Stack Exchange should provide some other process or mechanism to create beta sites that have a good ...
feetwet's user avatar
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20 votes
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What does a asterisk (star) in front of a proposal name mean?

The asterisk indicates that a proposal has NOT yet met the Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51. The asterisk (*) was originally visible to employees only so I could see which proposals were ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
19 votes
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Minimum number of people for a successful proposal

The minimum number of people needed to build a site depends largely on how engaged your users are and how much participation they are willing to put into it. When you submit a proposal for a site, it ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
18 votes
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Why is Area 51 NOT counted as a valid site for the commitment phase?

Part of the Area 51 process is finding people familiar with the network model and know how other sites on our network operate. That experience is necessary in order for a new site to function properly....
animuson's user avatar
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Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

Hopefully these changes will help, but I am skeptical. The real issue is addressed in https://stackoverflow.blog/2018/04/26/stack-overflow-isnt-very-welcoming-its-time-for-that-to-change/?cb=1. Most ...
Rubellite Fae's user avatar
16 votes

What constitutes flagging a proposal?

Elrond Network has one of the strongest community in the blockchain space and massive engagement from both new devs and non-tech folks. You can check the numbers here -> https://growth.elrond.com/ ...
Marius Grigoras's user avatar
14 votes

Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

Hmm, just an observation, but it turns out my hypothetical scenario in the comments actually ended up being true. This proposal was closed for being just three commitments short of the required 200. ...
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13 votes

Why do Meta posts giving advice on how to vote get down voted?

Couple of issues. First of all, I notice the OP often links to this meta post in response to downvotes on posts of the following form: Hey guys, everybody use all your votes to vote up every ...
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How quickly can a proposal go into private beta?

I'd say that the move from proposal to commitment for the Monero proposal was only so fast because we've had a failed proposal already. Bolstered by that failure, the community was determined not to ...
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11 votes
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Overlap with The Workplace

Does Stack Exchange have a policy… Yes, we do. See Respect the community - your own, and others’ TL;DR version — if two (or more) communities overlap in scope, nobody is granted "...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
11 votes
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Would Area51 Be More Effective Without Down Votes?

Unfortunately, no — Area 51 would not be more effective without down-votes under the current process. Yes, we might be able to push more proposals through, but without a means of expressing ...
11 votes

Why were the proposals for "SARS-CoV-2 pandemic" deleted?

Simply put, an entire Q&A site specifically for a pandemic is not a viable site. We do not create sites for such specific topics, especially one that will eventually pass and become somewhat ...
animuson's user avatar
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11 votes

What constitutes flagging a proposal?

In my opinion the influx of new users is normal given the fact that the proposal is only 1 week old. Elrond also has a strong community that is increasing day by day, and it is reasonable to deduct ...
theAsker's user avatar
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11 votes
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When you have committed to a proposal and this proposal is deleted, why am I still commited to it?

It's not deleted yet, only closed. It'll be auto-deleted 30 days from its close date, at which point it will also disappear from your profile. Letting everyone go and uncommit because it's now closed ...
animuson's user avatar
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10 votes
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Is Area51 also checked on cheating with "puppet" (fake) accounts?

I don't actually know how much of the advanced automation leaks through from the on-going improvement of Stack Exchange. Even though the code of Area 51 was forked off long ago, parts of the system ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
10 votes

Spam Example Questions

I would suggest you 'flag' any disruptive questions you feel are being posted in bad faith. I cannot promise every ill-fit question will be removed — sometimes a crappy question is just a ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
10 votes
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Is creation of new language-devoted sites still allowed after the "Internationalization 'State of the Stack' - SE 2.0 Sites edition" was issued?

Yes, sites like Hebrew Language, Lojban Language, and Arabic are alive and well and will be launched if they reach full commitment. Nothing has changed in the handling of these subjects. The ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
10 votes

Internationalization 'State of the Stack' - Stack Overflow edition

May 12 '15: standing up a new site doesn't take a lot of work. Jun 17 '15: each new site is an enormous undertaking What happened between May and June of 2015 that changed the situation so ...
p4ssword's user avatar
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10 votes
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Native language should be allow at least in chat groups

This proposal will not work, for several reasons. As mentioned by Ashish and magisch in the comments, it would take a huge amount of money to cover all conceivable languages spoken on Earth (including ...
Adriaan's user avatar
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10 votes

Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0

From Closing a Proposal After 4 Months in Definition or Commitment: Do you have a community ready to build your site? We generally expect proposal authors to have access to a community to help ...
Ooker's user avatar
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10 votes
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What happens when the commitment percentage reaches 100%

The latter one. The site does not automatically get created at 02:45 on Saturday morning if that's when 100% is reached. Rather, a notice appears saying that this proposal reached 100% commitment and ...
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