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.
I have taken the time to show how I did it, starting from here:
This takes me to the page:
I filled in my Name, Email and Password, and then clicked Sign-Up.
This showed up:
I got an email to join "Meta Stack Exchange":
I clicked "confirm", then went back to Materials Modeling and clicked "Follow", which lead me here:
Then I had to confirm another email....
There are currently no plans to change the configuration or analytics inherent to Area 51 at this time. See What's going on with Area 51.
Incidentally, those reputation thresholds were established when question votes were still worth +10 before they were lowered in 2011, so the question-answer values are simply back to where they were when those thresholds ...
I 100% agree with this suggestion to change the branding. Why is there a UFO? Why is it called Area51? The question has "status-planned" which "Indicates that a change in functionality has been considered and received positively, and work on it is either in progress, or will begin soon."
It is not at all intuitive for new users, as to why the proposals page ...
As far as "how much" there is only one real metric: the minimum number of commitments. A proposal needs at least 200 people committed to use the site in order to succeed at the second phase. So if a community is smaller than 200 people, a Stack Exchange site is simply not for them yet. We have closed proposals where we have noticed the listed ...
I got Adam to look into the settings for this. The ratings info doesn't populate until the site's been in beta for 30 days. We want people to focus on the work of building a site, not getting graded on it.
So, not a bug. Just have to wait a bit.
How is inactivity defined? What effect do page visits / unique visitors play in proposal activity?
Our community seemed to have an abundance of participants who were lost in the process of registration with Area51. This was not an issue with users who were familiar with StackExchange. We had a high volume of unique page visits but only a handful of ...
Yes you can absolutely fulfill commitment well after Private Beta. You have 180 days (6 months) to fulfill commitment, and Private Beta lasts for only 2-3 weeks. Remember also that when you clicked commit, it said "I agree to post at least 10 questions or answers within the first 6 months of the Beta", and did not say it has to be "private&...
Ideally you would try to share your proposal to other communities that would benefit from it (not pre-existing ones on SE). Anyway, if you can't get a community together outside of the SE ecosystem, advertising on SE probably isn't going to push it over the edge.
I don't think a dedicated Kali Linux site will be viable. Experienced users will be able to get answers they need on sites such as Security.SE and Unix.SE, while beginners generally picked the wrong distro for what they're trying to do.
Such site(s) already exist: you can ask if a specific question is on-topic on each site's own Meta. A recent example is here. Such questions are often tagged [scope] or [on-topic].
If you're not sure what site to post on, you can post a site recommendation question on Meta Stack Exchange.
Area 51 runs on a very old Stack Exchange codebase, so changes on regular Q&A sites aren't always ported over.
One of the reasons could be (but I'm just speculating) that the change on regular Q&A sites was to make sure questions were awarded just as much as answers:
We’re changing the reputation earned from getting a question upvote to ten points, ...
You need to find a community of people ready to show up and start asking and answering questions on the site. For example, the recently-launched "Drones and Model Aircraft" site recruited people from a number of UAV forums.
According to the text above, I should ask off-topic.
No, that's not what it says. It says if you're not sure whether a question would be off-topic or not, you should ask it. If you're skeptical about whether a question is in scope, and think you cannot afford to lose reputation, you should not ask it. Or ask it anyway, and if it attracts too many downvotes, ...
You need 10,000 reputation to see deleted posts (with some exceptions, such as your own deleted posts, or deleted questions you've answered; the full list is documented on Meta Stack Exchange). Area 51 Discussions has the same privilege level as normal sites even though Area 51 uses a different one.
So the post was deleted, just like what happens to many ...
Questions about culture bias/differences are already on-topic on existing SE sites. Depending on the situation and specific topic, these can be asked on:
Travel has cultural-awareness tag.
Workplace has culture tag.
Interpesonal Skills has cross-culture tag.
It depends on the example questions asked. If there's several questions that ask for advice on things like, how to tresspass private property, I won't be surprised if it gets closed.
You can always make your own site with an open-source clone of the SE code though. You can read the Wikipedia article about PhysicsOverflow (not Physics Stack Exchange, but ...
You can't see your failed commitments anywhere as far as I know. You would have to go back to the individual sites and see yourself in the commitment list, and then compare this with your "Fulfilled Commitment" list to see which ones were failed.
Just posted a NEW question regarding the suspension of our "Commitment Phase"; however, the notice from SE referred me here; to a "QUESTION", so here I am.
The notice that I received, "After 7 days of inactivity, this proposal has been closed. See the Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51....