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 launches I've been part of really had a true community before the site launched.
Fundamentally this is a problem because nothing in Area 51 is set up to foster ...
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 their tour:
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies is a question and answer site for cryptocurrency enthusiasts. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange ...
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 after making the 4/4 deadline, but I don't recall there being very many). However, the opposite situation of taking a while to go through the process doesn't ...
If you don't have a high level of professional/technical proficiency in any particular field of study, we also have many mainstream sites in subjects like
Movies & TV
The Great Outdoors
Board & Card Games
These communities ...
My plans are to develop an open source Chrome Extension+Firefox addon+ UserScript, that make StackExchange works in Hebrew and other RTL languages.
All what it is doing is to override the style and make it RTL. And also translate some basic buttons (Questions, Answers, Ask Question, etc'...)
If the team of StackExchange will see the extension and like it. ...
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 it will get implemented for quite some time (at least months, but probably closer to next year if ever).
In the interest of transparency — I've ...
The "rarely-visited meta" — as you called it — was a big part of the problem. Meta hosts the core governance of the site. I wish I could point you to the myriad of efforts that went into getting this site going again. The Community Managers, Moderators, and top avid users tried valiantly through a multi-year effort to try to energize this ...
Traditional localization typically entails offering one site, where the 'chrome' (or user interface elements, help text, prompts, etc) is available in multiple languages. As I looked into how other sites were offering support in multiple languages, this was the predominate way to do it. Many still have the 'countrycode.domain.com' available for search ...
I am now assuming the there is an OR statement between the two requirements? When I read the rule I had concluded that it was Bullet One AND Bullet Two.
I see http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/87955/magic is still active with 5 followers and 2 questions
I see http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/87795/home-ownership is still active with 3 ...
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 to do our best to support you here.
Please be patient with us! We can certainly use any constructive feedback as we pick things up. We're here to help.
Yes the up votes and down vote limits per proposal on Area 51 should match. This related question from Jan 2014 (I just found it) seems to indicate that those expressing a preference, prefer to match limits.
The argument is made at the related question, that matching these would deviate from the standards at Stack Exchange.
I disagree, on Stack Exchange ...
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 to sciences. The collaborative structure, the protocol keeping questions and answers on topic and useful, and the efforts to circumvent elitism all foster ...
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 probability of turning into avid and active SE communities even though at the outset they lack a coherent community of at least 200 people to advance them through this ...
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 people to build a new community.
But this is not the way StackExchange flourished. It has successfully build a communities of people around various topics.
I think ...
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 still in the submission process before I spent too much time vetting their content. I found it really useful, so I suggested making that information public to ...
Good news! — We tweaked the process a bit to avoid closing proposals soon after starting a new phase… and without adding any undue complexity.
Instead of a 2-year limit, we are now going to institute proposal limit of
1 year in Definition + 1 year in Commitment
This 1+1-year method takes care of two important scenarios — (1) You don't ...
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It took us a month working on this 'round the clock, but it was well worth it. There was tremendous knowledge on the site and ...
We (Stack Exchange) do not believe in the adage "if you build it, they will come." Every time we tried that, the site has failed utterly.
The Definition phase does more than just define the scope of the proposal. This phase helps determine if there is a sufficient depth of questions to keep the site interesting, while measuring if there is enough ...
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 earlier proposal, which also failed to pass Definition before expiration, but which is presently deleted (... which was itself an attempt to reincarnate a site that ...
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 is generally assumed you already have a community to build it. Area 51 cannot find that community for you.
Broadly speaking, you will need a community of at ...
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.
Reputation on Area 51 is extremely different than on other sites. You can easily get large amounts of it by just having been the person to propose the site or ...
I guess NASA can't take a joke;-)
No, seriously, we only need 14 people to commit to this as of writing, we should try to get these from any source we can. One the site launches, I imagine it will be https://space.stackexchange.com/, and that will avoid this problem entirely.
I think announcements like these can have value. Most people probably aren't going to read the FAQ, but are more likely to see those discussion posts because they're front and center.
Area 51 is, by the admission of a few SO staff members, not an ideal solution for the new site proposal process. It's run using a modified and outdated version of the SE Q&...
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 new proposals mean gaining non-SE users. For many, the benefits of SE's QA model do not outweigh the costs of learning a new platform (particularly for older ...
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/ and just check the Awareness tab.
We have thousands of people in different countries actively contributing on different collaterals and co-projects around ...
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I'd went even further and suggest, that the limit of the downvotes should equal the number of used upvotes.
Voting on example questions has other purpose as voting on the launched sites. Here I use votes to say, which question I'd like to see on the site, and which I wouldn't like to see.
Saying what I'd like to see is more important, so the upvotes should ...
I visited answers.onstartups.com nearly every day for almost two years. I even checked the meta site most days. My complaint with what happened is that we were never told, "If you don't fix this, we'll have to shut it down." It was, "This site is shutting down November 12th." At that point, there were actually quite a few people there trying to find a way to ...