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There are quite a few proposals and a handful of sites that did not make it. When a proposal fails, it doesn't mean that the site could never be created. As the network grows, oftentimes all we need is a more-targeted audience with a renewed energy to build a viable community. But in the case of Atheism, the problem wasn't with the size or qualifications ...


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Ideally, a site for the Portuguese language should be conducted in Portuguese with an English component to help those who are first-day beginners. But to say "You cannot speak Portuguese here" (oops, I mean "Você não pode falar português aqui") would go against everything we know about full-immersion learning. Anyway, this has come up several times on other ...


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I think that they should be combined. Alcoholic Beverages seems to cover everything that Beer does.


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The reason for ELL is to support language learners while making ELU work for experts. Robert, you have made the point yourself: ELU never developed into a site solely for serious language enthusiasts. But this is because there was also an unfilled need for an ELL site, and people – being people – have overrun ELU trying to fill this need. You are quite ...


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I hope you're working on a new scope or a new approach to this site, and not just rehashing the same community that only recently failed to build a dynamic, lively site. Most of the core users lost interest and left the site. The users I talked to found that the content had become uninspired and "painfully uninteresting" — that's their words; not mine ...


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Given how many differing opinions there are between the major interpretations of Islam, there's probably no way to completely avoid controversial answers. Limiting responses to those from only Muslims wouldn't help the situation, and it would potentially cut off knowledgeable people who happen to study Islam scholastically despite their own religious ...


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I do not think so. There should be nothing automatic about moderator selection. If it were set up that way, the system could too easily be gamed. The mod tools provide too much access to a lot of personal information for moderators to be automatically designated.


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I am not sure about who coined the term 'HINDUISM'. But even before the advent of the British Colonial Empire, Hinduism existed. This is very clear from the historical facts which state that during the rule of Muslim sultanate in India, various Hindu kings fought against their supremacy. This establishes the fact that Hinduism, as a religion, existed long ...


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So what do you think will make this this proposal a success when the two that preceded it failed? I'm hard pressed to think of anything that would. Doers, not abstainers Consider for a minute, that we have a site for cooks, but not a site for vegetarians (though a couple have been proposed, and a third appears to be adopting the same "expand the scope ...


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It is my feeling that while Atheism-focused sites have been wildly successful on the internet as a whole, a trend is that those seem to be discussion-oriented as opposed to being well-suited to a question-and-answer format. I don't think bringing in more well-known people who can answer questions will fix this fundamental concern: there just seems to be a ...


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We already have a site for homebrewing. Bring your questions there! Homebrewing Stack Exchange


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Folks looking to ask questions don't have to worry: "Is my question too basic for this site?" I think that's the point; some questions are too basic for EL&U, and people asking questions there should have that concern. As an example, here's a recent question: Could anyone explain what does it mean when someone texts "I would talk later". IS this a ...


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I see your reasons for an "Italian only" version of this site. However, I think that it might be a little too demanding for learners, and perhaps some of them might even be put off by the difficulty at expressing their own questions, or their answers for that matter, only in Italian. I think that all those who are Italian mother tongue should stick to ...


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Islam hasn't been launched because of an insufficient number of committers, not because of any action or inaction by Stack Exchange, Inc. Sites on Area51 are proposed by ordinary users like you and I, and depend on ordinary users to progress towards beta stage and launch. Jewish Life and Learning was proposed in September of 2010, gained 100 followers in ...


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There are two parts to this, and neither is as hard as it sounds. 1. Questions About External Morality As with any subject of Stack Exchange, it is generally assumed that the target community are those who purport to be following (or at least interested in learning about) veganism. So in that context, it is entirely defensible to close any question that ...


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I can't think of any reason why a proposal for vegetarianism would be restricted to "natural" products. So-called "unnatural" products are still vegetarian, after all.


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I don't think this site should function as a translation site. However, online translators often translate word-for-word, and the resulting translations often sound notoriously unnatural. So I could see presenting a piece of translated text, and then asking if that translation sounds on the mark, or asking if it flows naturally, or if could it be improved. ...


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"What needs to be done to prevent this proposal from stagnating?" I'm not going to mince words -- the description practically guarantees that it will stagnate! The major problem is the phrase "committed Buddhists". Here are a couple of specific issues with it: how do you define "committed Buddhist? How do you define just plain "Buddhist"? Why exclude ...


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It's a de-facto standard for language sites within Stack Exchange network, that they are bilingual and accept questions in both English and the language of the site (it's at least so with the sites I've visited). It makes perfectly sense to ask questions in Latin. Of course those would be rather expert than beginner questions. But the advantage is, it ...


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Yes, Veganism should be expanded to include Vegetarianism. Previous attempts create a vegan only site have failed. Widening the scope should improve the chance of a successful launch.


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The thing is that Stack Exchange sites are generally defined by an audience and what they approve of/want to here. A good read would be the blog post on the Ubuntu/Linux ‘schism’ or the many answers Robert wrote addressing this problem. When it comes to programming, if you know one language you often have an easy entry into another. You can read a question ...


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In my experience, it probably won't. Some people call such questions "trivia"; I call them "general reference" questions — but without any real problem statement to be solved, this becomes little more than a collection of links or citations to libraries that already compile this stuff. We even had a close reason for such questions called [general ...


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I suggest the following (similar to Christianity): Q&A site for Muslims, experts in Islam, and those interested in learning more about Islam.


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I would say no, it wouldn't be a good name. This is supposed to be a site for language learners, and the name reflects that. "Language Overflow" is much more vague - it could be a name of a site for professional linguists, or for people whose hobby is to learn about languages. Here are some more arguments: https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/a/5220/147300 ...


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The proposal was originally just for Veganism (not just the diet aspect), but after discussion we decided to expand to include Vegetarianism due to many (but not all) overlapping aspects. If we included non-Vegetarian diets such as Pescetarianism, we may as well include all other diets like Paleo etc. It would be too broad, so the line is drawn and ...


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If you don't see a future for Politics SE, then I would respectfully suggest that you do not commit to it. Creating a successful Stack Exchange site is hard work; We need people who will activity fight the against the bullet points you raised above to guarantee its continued success. Politics SE will not become a discussion board if we adhere to the same ...


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The issue of forming a site exclusively around "beginners questions" is one of reciprocity. Most sites at least perport to be experts talking to experts and answering each other questions. They, in turn, attract a fair number of enthusiasts and beginning learners asking interesting (albeit, beginner) questions. In contrast, an ESL site is setting itself up ...


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The nature of beginners means that they often lack the vocabulary needed to know what they're looking for, and may not understand what they find. Still, having some guidelines would be good. A basic site could provide some standard references in the FAQ (like an online dictionary, thesaurus and grammar guide). If the answer can be looked up there, the ...


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Other than what John pointed out, there are a lot of other reasons too. Proposal creators disappear many a time after creating the proposal. Other users have a greater impact on the proposal than the creator by bringing in new followers, sharing, and spreading the word. Many users come together, discuss, debate, explore and then clearly define the actual ...


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"Second Language Acquisition" sounds like a perfectly fine description of what I hope this site to become. But @michau brings up a good point, that it this name may have too much of a linguist-centric ring to it. Perhaps SLA fits better in the description/subtitle of the site? Language Learning Q&A for students, teachers, polyglots, and anyone ...


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