The about page for the Home Improvement site states that:
The core of this site is around parts of your home that are typically included when you buy or sell it, the structure, utilities, and major appliances.
Based on this summary, questions about cabinetry, hardwood flooring, molding, doors, and some power tools would likely overlap with Home ...
We thought about this the first time the topic came up (and went to private beta). This isn't the first time we've examined the idea of a site primarily focused on sex, intimacy and sexuality. While it is textual Q&A, pictures and stuff do make for easier explanation, so it was a concern that several raised, and that was raised internally, long ago.
Music Practice & Performance is about people who make music. I'm no subject expert, but this strikes me as very different from people who consume music — like writers vs. readers or computer programmers vs. computer users.
MPP is open to enthusiasts — as in people who participate in the church choir or play the guitar now and then as a hobby. That's ...
No, you want to give the community a chance to vote for all questions, both up and down. The score needs to reflect (budding) community opinion.
By locking a question to a score of max 10, you remove that option. Downvoters would gain an unfair advantage, as their downvote would suddenly weigh more than the upvotes.
The voting process defines the community,...
Both answers so far tackle the practical matter of things, I'll give my two cents why it shouldn't be limited: Underage people do practice sex. Even if they don't, there's nothing wrong with learning how bodies work; I can hardly think of something that is inappropriate for a minor in that regard - we don't publish pornography.
I understand though that some ...
If you don't have a high level of professional/technical proficiency in any particular field of study, we also have many mainstream sites in subjects like
Movies & TV
The Great Outdoors
Board & Card Games
These communities ...
Your warning against letting the proposed Emacs exchange siphon off content that ought to be on Stack Overflow is frustrating. In my experience with the Emacs tag on SO, overzealous users would frequently flag Emacs questions as off topic, with the result that Emacs questions get spread over SO, Super User, Unix, TeX. In some cases, questions would be ...
I agree this is a major problem when it happens — but it does have a solution pending, sort of.
I've designed a "circuit breaker" which addresses this exact issue; unfortunately, I don't think it will get implemented for quite some time (at least months, but probably closer to next year if ever).
In the interest of transparency — I've ...
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.
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 ...
According to the post No Artificial Intelligence in Area 51 the main reason for the failure of the last proposal was the lack of expert-level questions:
It wasn’t so much the lack of questions that was of concern — a site
can stay in beta as long as it takes — but the conspicuous lack of
expert-level questions. This was also the emerging opinion ...
We (Stack Exchange) do not believe in the adage "if you build it, they will come." Every time we tried that, the site has failed utterly.
The Definition phase does more than just define the scope of the proposal. This phase helps determine if there is a sufficient depth of questions to keep the site interesting, while measuring if there is enough ...
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 ...
Supporting a proposal successfully isn't a one click and forget it kind of deal. There are several different phases that occur during the proposal period-what is required of us in each stage is different.
To support Joomla in the definition phase, we need to follow the proposal, need to ask good example questions and vote on the ones we think are suitable ...
Why is "What's the best DVD ripper?" a borderline question? I teach Information Security for a living. Part of my job is to teach people to use software like Metasploit. Metasploit is a vulnerability scanner. In the hands of the wrong person it could be used as a prelude to attacking a network. I teach how to use it for legal, legitimate ...
You can read a Spanish-translated version of Stack Overflow right now using Google Translate:
But we are not going to embrace this as any ...
My two cents: Yes, questions that discuss how to raise children in an atheistic or non-religious manner should be on-topic.
Since religion is a prevalent phenomenon in most societies, raising children without any of it could give raise to interesting issues, which are off-topic on Parenting, as they don't deal with religion (or lack thereof).
That said ...
When creating sample questions during the definition phase, we are being told:
Discussing whether questions are on-topic or off-topic helps figure out what the site is about, and, more importantly, what it's not about.
I was under the impression that this means that we as the community get to define which questions are on-topic and which are not. And ...
I'm all for including contemporary Latin. On other language sites, questions about variants (ancestors, dialects, other languages from the same language family) of the language are considered on-topic, be they literary, spoken, extinct, or otherwise. On these sites appropriate tags are used to maintain order. For example,
old-german austrian ...
I'd say that the move from proposal to commitment for the Monero proposal was only so fast because we've had a failed proposal already. Bolstered by that failure, the community was determined not to let that happen again.
Update: now that the Monero Stack has hit 100% commitment I can update this. We went from launch (2016-05-14 20:17 GMT) to completing ...
I'm not sure what you are asking about regarding "limitations", but you can read the 'faq' to learn about the process:
Area 51 FAQ
To submit your proposal, go to the listing page (http://area51.stackexchange.com), pick a category to the left, then scroll to the bottom and click "Propose a new site".
Please let me know if you need anything further.
The Arduino community is large enough to generate enough activity for its own site. Plus, the Arduino platform consists of both hardware and the software. EE is able to handle the hardware questions and to a certain extent the software, but not completely.
Implementing A* on an Arduino ?
Also, EE has 9.6% questions(around 1343) based on Arduino. SO, has ...
Remember that the 40 questions with 10 votes is just the first hurdle for a proposal. It still needs to get through the commit phase and then the highest one: the public beta.
When you can not get the proposal over hurdle one without urging people to do tactical voting, there might not be enough momentum behind the proposal to get it through public beta.
This site will contain frank discussions stemming from largely clinical questions involving sexual activities between consenting adults. As long as the crux of the question is about the subject of sex and intimacy, it will probably be okay. But as a pragmatic matter, if questions start to delve too far into the subject of porn, it will likely be off topic. ...
Unfortunately, Mr. Cartaino was let go earlier this week, along with another CM. It seems some downsizing has occured.
This is going to make this even more difficult if we have to work around the stated requirements.
My best advice would be to reach out to the 3d printing community, as it has the most crossover with us, and ask that prominent members of ...
Martijn's post pretty much covers the pragmatic considerations, but you also have to consider the purpose of voting on questions. It's to show that is a sufficient breadth of high-quality questions to start a site. If (hypothetically) a proposal had only one decent question, you wouldn't want to simply shuffle people's votes the the next "least-objectionable"...