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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 ...
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Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51

This change is now live! I will be monitoring what proposals get removed to make sure things are working as intended.
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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 ...
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Internationalization 'State of the Stack' - Stack Overflow edition

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 ...
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Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51

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/...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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How should I participate in Area 51 and not fail miserably?

Looking at your reputation history, the problem is that you're making bad suggested questions, and suggesting questions on bad proposals. Don't do that.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why are proposals for a site on startup businesses being closed on sight these days?

After two iterations in this subject space, we ultimately had to close TWO sites on this topic. We worked hard to keep the second site open with many initiatives to keep it going. During the second ...
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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 ...
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What has happened to deleted proposals? Where to find them?

Deleted proposals are visible to high-rep users as per trusted user privilege (10k) and they're deleted because of inactivity or by different reasons (such as duplication with existing site, or other ...
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What happened to the Scientology proposal?

The Scientology proposal was removed after four months of receiving only 8 followers and zero questions with more than 10 votes. See How long is a proposal published. Incidentally, recent automation ...
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Is there any trace of my closed proposal?

After a year in development, the proposal only got about 11 of the 40 example questions needed to continue, so it was closed as no longer viable. You might be able to see it with a direct link: https:/...
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What is Wrong With This Proposal?

In no particular order, things I can think of (I didn't notice this proposal til after it was closed): no well-defined audience would practically require multimedia (audio and/or video) to work can ...
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History repeats itself (sometimes)

The announcement posted by JNat on the now closed article reads: You are welcome to resubmit an application to create a Stack Exchange site, but please refrain from creating additional accounts in ...
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Were the changes to the time limits supposed to occur retroactively?

Yes, otherwise we're thinking of Area 51 like some sort of contest where, if you can meet the minimum requirements, the prize is a site regardless of whether that site will work or not. For as ...
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Closed proposals doesn't have a chance to reopen?

You can appeal a closure, but in order to do so, you have to show how your site doesn't match the close reason. For your Mars proposal, you need to justify how it's not a duplicate of Space ...
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Who can close proposals?

Before in the past anyone with 2,000+ reputations could of close or reopen a proposal, but now as of a change in 2014 only administrators can close or reopen proposal. (There are really no moderators ...
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Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51

Note that abandoned proposals that receive no activity for a period of 7 days may also be removed. This doesn't seem like a rule that should be followed to the letter. Bioacoustics had its last ...
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Are (professional) non-technical business proposal doomed from the start?

I think there is a flaw in trying to form a cohesive community around a group of failed proposals simply by piling them together. When you start trying to connect disparage groups under on umbrella, I ...
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Why are proposals for a site on startup businesses being closed on sight these days?

I wasn't here for the first iteration of Startup Business, but for Startups, it failed to attract a sustainable community. Instead, people would show up, ask a question, and leave once they got their ...
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Why was close History in Spanish proposal?

As part of the routine maintenance of Area 51, proposals that have ABSOLUTELY NO ACTIVITY for a month are subject to deletion. That means absolutely NO activity; no new questions, no comments, no ...
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