Music Practice & Performance is about people who make music. I'm no subject expert, but this strikes me as very different from people who consume music — like writers vs. readers or computer programmers vs. computer users.
MPP is open to enthusiasts — as in people who participate in the church choir or play the guitar now and then as a hobby. That's ...
I and others have posted Community Promotion Ads for the Literature proposal on several sites which are similar enough in scope that a significant proportion of their userbases might be interested:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
English Language & Usage (thanks @Helmar)
Movies & TV
Role-Playing Games (thanks @KitZ.Fox)
Each of these ...
This would probably be a question for the Literature meta site if/when that's created. I don't know whether any of these Area 51 Discussion questions will get migrated to the meta site (and suspect not), so any consensus reached here may only be indicative of site policy rather than actually setting it.
That being said ... in my opinion,
literature in all ...
Remember that the 40 questions with 10 votes is just the first hurdle for a proposal. It still needs to get through the commit phase and then the highest one: the public beta.
When you can not get the proposal over hurdle one without urging people to do tactical voting, there might not be enough momentum behind the proposal to get it through public beta.
I'm not sure what you are asking about regarding "limitations", but you can read the 'faq' to learn about the process:
Area 51 FAQ
To submit your proposal, go to the listing page (http://area51.stackexchange.com), pick a category to the left, then scroll to the bottom and click "Propose a new site".
Please let me know if you need anything further.
There was a Literature site for a little less than a year. It failed in beta due to lack of traffic. (The rules have changed so it would now be given more time to expand.)
The Literature site did have problems, but friction with SF&F (which existed before) wasn't one. I followed both sites, and never encountered anything that I can imagine calling ...
There are good and bad points in what you say.
Topic and name
From the name, I imagine a site about books could include questions about:
Writing books. That's what Writers is all about.
Publishing books. That's also covered by Writers.
Managing books. The proposed Libraries is about professional book management.
Trading and collecting books.
Wait a minute! I thought that research questions were the main reason why this SE group exists! After all world building is 95% research and 5% everything else. Actually, I'm deeply disturbed even by the idea that this kind of stuff should be moved elsewhere.
Besides, almost no answer here will be definitive. Unlike say biology.SE, there're additional ...
Book recommendation questions have a tendency to invite multiple subjective answers and fall under the "primarily opinion-based" close reason which applies on all sites:
Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, ...
I see this as no different to the potential overlap between SF&F and M&TV.
These two sites have coexisted for a quite some time without friction, as you put it. Look at the number of questions on M&TV about Science Fiction (336 tagged with it at time of writing).
The position with Literature will surely be the same. Questions could be asked ...
No, I'm sorry. I can appreciate your need to find a community for this proposal, but that type of solicitation would not be appropriate within our existing sites. With the number of proposals that go through this forum, it would simply become untenable for our existing sites.
Our communities are already aware of Area 51. It is better to try and draw a ...
The description of the proposal mentions
music listening enthusiasts
So, if you listen to broadway musicals, I guess your questions would be on topic.
Questions about classical music would fit in as well, but some historical music questions might fit better on Musical Practice & Performance.
I believe that "identify this" questions make the site look more like a bar room trivia contest than anything even close to a serious "music appreciation" site. Please consider carefully if you want to turn this site into a game show. The site will fill with these questions. Our Movies SE site decided to allow [identify-this-*] questions — it was ...
As a former student-turned-enthusiast with a really really long history in this space, I am neither an artist nor a craftsman. Am I allowed here?
Arts & Crafts is a Q&A site for artists, craftsmen, amateurs, professionals, students, ex-students, retirees, hobbyists, teachers, designers, scholars, researchers, historians, tinkerers, and ...
My opinion on this question is that no, character development and plot/story development are off-topic on this site.
These two categories are looking into something that has moved beyond the realm of worldbuilding.
I would say that if a question applies to one specific person (or even two specific people or just something that doesn't apply to a broader ...
Let yet another voice over from Movies.SE assure you that you don't want identification questions. I for one thought them to be a good idea a long time ago as I thought they were well-suited to Q&A format. But I have since desparately regretted this approach and the decision to include those questions. Let me assure you that there will be no shortage of ...
No, not directly. As with other forms of advertising, it would be frowned on by every stack exchange site I've used.
However if you are participating in a meta discussion anyway, and the subject comes up, I see no problem in mentioning that this proposal exists in passing.
This happened a lot on Stack Overflow, when we were trying to get Programmers ...
I definitely like the idea of changing the name from books to literature, that seems to be a far more encompassing idea.
As to the overlap with other sites, well, I'd say that there's some inevitability that there will be overlap with sites, but that's alright really. I think that this site would be fine for the non-sci-fi enthusiast who has a few sci-fi ...
Your first example
What is [obscure reference] in [song] by [artist] about?
Can in theory be answered by reliable references (i.e. band/author interviews) so a single, relatively brief, correct answer is possible.
Your second example
What do the lyrics for "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap mean?
Is overly broad, subject to opinion, would tend create ...
Yes. Arts and Crafts explicitly mentions origami in its description, and was created as a way to bridge a number of smaller proposals like these.
This proposal is older than the Arts and Crafts proposal, which explains its existence when there's a broader proposal around.
It's been here 7 months with only 6 questions so I suggest anyone interested in ...
The proposal is advancing nicely, I would expect a Beta launch about February.
At Beta launch the proposal will take on new life, most of the things discussed in Area51 Meta will be forgotten. It will have its own dedicated Meta section and scope issues will be decided there.
You won't be limited in the number of questions you can ask, so start writing ...
I personally would have thought that it would be perfectly ok to discuss symbolism in movies, e.g. 'what does the feather in Forrest Gump's opening sequence represent'.
However I think that you've been downvoted (not by me), because either:
The definition phase of setting the scope of this discussion zone has been finished. Comments are now more about ...