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It's not a fair fight. Why do negative opinions have so much greater weight than positive ones in Area 51?

Because historically, downvotes have been so underused that they might as well not even exist. In fact, very few complaints have ever been spawned over downvotes in proposals, and more often we have ...
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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
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Using Stack Exchange for Survey or Opinion?

No, a site based entirely on a survey of user opinion — and similar ideas soliciting alternative content — aren't currently a good fit for a Stack Exchange Q&A site. Apart from the ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Should people have to comment on why they downvoted?

This has been discussed before countless times on Meta Stack Exchange: Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received? Encouraging ...
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Might it be considered, to add the "new user" box for users of Area51 that are brand new to Stack Exchange?

Area 51 is run on a separate system from the rest of Stack Exchange; Area 51 Discussion runs on the old version of the regular Meta Stack Exchange system. The "new user" helpbox was added relatively ...
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Suggestions and discussions for improvements of all Stack Exchange sites

Meta Stack Exchange is the right place to discuss the SE system.
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Can we add a custom close reason specific to Area 51?

This unravels a general discoverability problem inherent to what Area 51 is about. On the one hand, you want your example questions to show there's enough unique content to justify the creation of a ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Change the first example on the Markdown help page

The text for this example has been updated.
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
4 votes

Ability to make your own stack sites

The most difficult part of launching a successful site is finding a community large enough to make it work. Minimum number of people for a successful proposal We can't simply lower the numbers to ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Support search terms such as "closed:0" in the site search

Quoting from What's going on with Area 51? (thanks Robert): The gist of it is "it works well enough for the site proposal process, and we have a lot more higher priority work to do on Q&A + ...
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Should we make the rep requirement for the "trusted user" privilege lower?

Unfortunately, the reputation model of the Stack Exchange Q&A does not map very well to the site-creation process of Area 51, so it's not really something you should expect to accumulate in the ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Can we Have a Rep Loss Cap or Something?

I feel your pain, in previous times I have lost 1000+ rep overnight. But there are more important and easier things like Roberts circuit breaker and Notifications for closed proposals that are not ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Question on Mapmaking Requests

Stack Exchange will not make a map for you. In exactly the same way that it will not do your homework, it will not act like your doctor and lawyer, it will not make your visa application, it will not ...
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Edge-case example question badge

Thank you for the suggestion. Your idea has merit, but the Area 51 system is in the sunset of its development so we will not be adding additional features/badges to this system until a next-generation ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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When my proposed site gets published, Will i be head moderator of the site per being the one who proposed it?

No. ♦ moderators used to be appointed by Stack Exchange staff, chosen from subject matter experts and users already familiar with moderation tasks on other Stack Exchange sites. Nowadays, they often ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Can we have a SE site for energy information system?

I am interested in this as well - I am an energy researcher for a non-profit and from our own research and discussion with colleagues, partners, academics, and funders there is a real need for a venue ...
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Can the moderator-only faq tag be added to Area 51 meta?

I thought this was a good idea, and just to get the ball rolling I made a tag https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/faq Not really sure it needs to be Moderator only. There is not ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Don't delete questions about deleted proposals when they reference other (not deleted) proposals

This is already how discussions work. If a discussion is linked to ANY active proposal, it is NOT removed even if some of the older proposals it refers to no longer exist. Older, but still relevant ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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How do I access this site from my web browser?

If you are looking for the Stack Exchange network of sites, they are listed here: https://stackexchange.com/sites Where you landed is a bit different (probably not what you want). This is where ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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How to prevent malicious downvoting?

Here is one proposal: Each downvote could be accompanied by an anonymous text message, that would register an objection. Downvotes now only mean "I do not agree." While useful in a limited sense, "I ...
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