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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 ...


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MTG would really benefit from some game specific features (simplified linking to cards) and more specific tags (formats, sets, etc.) Including features like that will make it more appealing to more questions. Can features like this be included in board and card games without taking it over? I was just looking at the Board and Card Game tag listing and see ...


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I challenge anyone who reads this to honestly tell themselves that a site dedicated to the technical ins-and-outs of 3D Graphics as a whole doesn't deserve an Exchange. Of course it does. So do crafts, outdoorsmanship and aviation - but we don't have sites for those topics yet either. It's not enough to just throw up an empty site and hope folks use it. ...


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I have to say, this was an astounding and disappointing decision, and one that is entirely contrary to the way Area 51 is supposed to work. If the site wouldn't have enough usage to reach critical mass, that would be identified quickly and it would be shut down. Why shut it down now that it has almost 90% commitment? The only people that don't want it shut ...


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Being frustrated with how the Answers.Onstartups knowledge was closed, we re-created the community over the last month: Bright Journey More details on this answer here: Site "On Startups" is closed - what to do now? 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 ...


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UPDATE: We have transitioned all accounts. In order to regain access to your old Answers.Onstartups account either: Use the forgot password feature: http://www.brightjourney.com/a/password/new OR If you signed up using Facebook or Google+, just login as normal: http://www.brightjourney.com/a/login === ORIGINAL POST: After a month of working round the ...


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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 ...


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I'm sorry that this jarred you, we posted a notice there well over a month ago letting folks know that the site would be closing. I probably should have moved a recap of that here once the site redirected, and I'm noting that for the future. You'll soon be able to access all of the content, we'll make a data dump available that you can download from the ...


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The subject had quickly run its course and simply had nowhere else to go leading to an uncharacteristically rapid decline early in its life cycle. Most of the core users lost interest and left the site. But even beyond issues of traffic and the size of the subject and audience, most of the early users stated sincerely that they lost interest as the ...


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Fishing isn't some niche interest of The Great Outdoors. It is flat-squarely and wholly consumed by the entire bulls eye of Outdoors SE. The site was created exactly for questions like these (one my personal interests). Can you honestly see the FAQ of The Great Outdoors reading something like: The Great Outdoors is for people who love outdoor activities, ...


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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, you are free to removed it. But once users start putting their efforts towards the development of that idea… the proposal becomes part of collective ...


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Like many others, I too spent numerous hours on the answers.onstartups.com site over a couple of years. I answered a lot of questions and did my best to help people, as well as report spam, up-vote questions and comments, edit typos, etc. In short, I spent a lot of time being "a good citizen" and this seems to have been reflected in the reputation points I ...


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The knowledge that went into these sites is not lost. In keeping with our promise not to hoard what was given freely, all content on closed sites will be available for download from the Area 51 page corresponding to each site, in the same format and with the same open license as the data dumps for graduated sites. From the blog post: When a site grows quiet


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I agree. I made this proposal only because I did not know about that site and I could not find it when I was searching for one.


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I've been active on B&CG but I still think that M:TG deserved it's own beta cycle to see if it could work. I think that this decision flat out stinks. We thought the GO site would flop, and it did, but it was given a chance... B&CG gained those questions and some nifty expansion. Poker's in beta now ... these are on topic for B&CG as well... ...


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I started to participate in Board and Card Games because I found it through the Magic the Gathering proposal: one of the questions linked in that proposal was Board & Card Games exists and is ready for your questions!, but I would not have entered Board Games otherwise. Magic the Gathering may be big now in Board and Card Games, but was it that way ...


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Probably because it's not really necessary? This isn't SO, where there are a bunch of 10k users who can act on a subset of the gazillions of flags they get. On big sites, yes, it's useful to have a separate 10k flag queue where you can review flags-as-duplicates while moderators handle different matters. On small sites like most of the current SE 2.0 ...


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I can see that you're disappointed (I would have been, had I been in your shoes). But I don't think all your rants make perfect sense, and I don't think all is necessarily lost. I'm coming in very late to the game here, but I couldn't understand the site very well from either the proposal or the description. One or two of the questions were programming ...


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That's the principle, although the concept predates How I Met Your Mother and is wider. Of course the trouble is that it's really a joke, and there are no rules for it, or even any generally accepted principles. Which is why this isn't a good proposal.


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Technical writing questions are within the category of writing. In fact, it's one of the most used tags on Writers.SE. As for your chemistry example, both nuclear chemistry and chemistry experiments are well within the area of chemistry.


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It is very frustrating when you look at the stats that the site was so close to the requirements with excellent on 4 of the 5 requirements only under on number of questions (an important metric I accept) and yet was still pulled. Regrettably, in my opinion, unless the rules and requirements change then I don't think it has a future so proposing a variation ...


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Your answer seems well covered in the various discussions you linked. Shog9's is probably closest to answer your question — https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3684/5. The premise of "if you build it, they will come" doesn't work. We tried it with thousands of sites in our previous iterations, and the failure rate was something like 99.7%. So we ...


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It's not just how broad the category is on a definitional level per-se, it's also how much activity we see in that category. If the great outdoors beta was overrun with questions about fishing, I'd say it made perfect sense to split it into its own separate proposal, but as it stands there are really very few so creating a separate niche site seems somewhat ...


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I concur. The entire beta process for proposed stackExchange sites is FUBAR. They are measuing the number of questions, but I couldn't publicize the site on my blog, because people couldn't contribute, because it didn't go public. This makes my head spin.


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Please see my post on meta https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/112747/the-living-and-the-dead-proposal-for-an-artificial-intelligence-robotics-s regarding this very subject. I have already posted a notification on aiqus.com to try to rallye the troops. I have also attempted to contact the professors of the course to see if they can help leverage their ...


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The posts that are most often closed are the ones that should be posted as example questions. I think the most used off-topic reason would be a re-wording Robert's boilerplate comment: This looks like a question for a site that hasn't been created, yet. This forum is designed to discuss these proposals to create new sites. If a site is created for this ...


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The code that runs the proposal process was based on the original Stack Exchange software. Since it was split off long before the close system was redesigned, those changes are not easily retrofitted back here. But once the dust settles on the new closure system, I'll see if changing the text (not the behavior) of the menus makes sense. But it's not likely ...


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Board & Card Games partisans have been very fond of pointing out that the B&CG site has 270 magic the gathering related questions "many of them with multiple answers". What a joke. Draw 3 cards has 2196 questions, more than 8 times as many as B&CG... many of them with multiple answers. And you think that Magic doesn't deserve a chance to ...


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I think this project failed for a number of reasons: Lack of clear scope Here's what I mean: "Q&A site for 3D graphics creators" What is a "3D graphics creator"? For me, as a programmer who deals with game development, a "3D graphics creator" is a modeller and/or animator. This might also extend to texture artists and possibly shader artists. And yet:...


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