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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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