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
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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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
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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23 votes

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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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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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
16 votes

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
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. ...
damryfbfnetsi's user avatar
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
8 votes

What constitutes flagging a proposal?

This is because of the volume of recent new followers to the area 51 site. This is what the official FAQ page says: A good Q&A site needs a lot of people to support it, so users are asked to ...
ROMANIA_engineer's user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

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 ...
warren's user avatar
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7 votes

What constitutes flagging a proposal?

To be more direct and general about your question: evidence. A list of users that recently joined the site to follow a proposal means very little. We already run checks to make sure there is no ...
animuson's user avatar
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6 votes

What constitutes flagging a proposal?

I personally would not jump to conclusions without taking into account the entire context. The way I see it for this particular case, but I feel most points could relate to any topic: The number of ...
Cristina_eGold's user avatar
6 votes

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:/...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
6 votes

Is it possible to withdraw my proposal?

The Area 51 process was derived from our Q&A core code, so I tend to treat requests to remove a proposal much like we do in Q&A. Essentially, if a question proposal has no additional content,...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
6 votes

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 ...
Philipp's user avatar
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5 votes

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 ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
5 votes
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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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
4 votes
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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 ...
Henry WH Hack v3.0's user avatar
3 votes

What constitutes flagging a proposal?

You said : "There could also be voter fraud (meaning people creating multiple accounts and then voting up as many questions to 10 votes as possible)" But it doesn't make sense. Why would ...
Amo's user avatar
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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 ...
Mark's user avatar
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3 votes
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Is there a difference between closed proposals and removed proposals?

Proposals that do not meet the minimum activity requirements after 3 days on the site are automatically deleted, not closed. This is done to prevent the list from being flooded with proposals that ...
animuson's user avatar
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2 votes

Is there an automatic process to delete closed proposals on Area 51?

If a proposal is closed it will automatically be deleted by the system after a certain period of time about 30 days after the closure. (The proposer can manually delete it after 3 days.) However, if ...
Henry WH Hack v3.0's user avatar

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