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How to help a NEW community get through the commitment phase?

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 Coffee Music Fans Sustainable Living ...
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Why is Area 51 NOT counted as a valid site for the commitment phase?

Part of the Area 51 process is finding people familiar with the network model and know how other sites on our network operate. That experience is necessary in order for a new site to function properly....
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Could a large number of supporters help offset a <100 number of commiters with >200 rep?

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 ...
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How should I participate in Area 51 and not fail miserably?

Looking at your reputation history, the problem is that you're making bad suggested questions, and suggesting questions on bad proposals. Don't do that.
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Could a large number of supporters help offset a <100 number of commiters with >200 rep?

The reason why this requirement exists is so that at least a sizable proportion of the early site contributors have experience in the Stack Exchange model, not just in the topic. Having at least some ...
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What happens to reputation when a proposal is closed?

I am reasonably sure you do not retain the reputation when a proposal is deleted (all closed proposals are eventually deleted), but you do retain the reputation from a proposal while it is simply ...
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What counts as “200+ rep” in the commitment phase?

200 rep on any Q&A site counts. Just 200 rep on Area 51 and not on any other site, doesn't count, mainly because experience with Q&A is what is needed and Area 51 isn't regular Q&A. The ...
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Why didn't I get my reputation for following through on a commitment?

The good news is that I dug through the history and awarded you the 50 points for committing to SmugMug. The bad news... is that I had to recalculate the rep on your profile, which basically looks ...
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Is there a bug in the "total reputation" tab when committed users are shown?

The "total reputation" number will only ever match the user's reputation to the right if they have not referred any users to the proposal. The number is actually a calculation of that user's ...
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Hypothetically, what if you fall below 25 rep?

Time, reputation (up or down) tends to fall away as proposals are deleted. Deleting a poorly received question will also remove lost reputation. BUT On Area 51 it does not always happen in real ...
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Reputation Thresholds for Beta Sites

There are currently no plans to change the configuration or analytics inherent to Area 51 at this time. See What's going on with Area 51. Incidentally, those reputation thresholds were established ...
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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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Is Area 51 somehow like a per-site meta?

Yes. See the answer here: Why doesn't Area 51 have its own Meta?, which was posted by a former Stack Overflow employee: According to Robert Cartaino, the Area 51 Discussion Zone is intended to ...
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Why does upvoting in area51 give 5 rep rather than 10 rep?

Area 51 runs on a very old Stack Exchange codebase, so changes on regular Q&A sites aren't always ported over. One of the reasons could be (but I'm just speculating) that the change on regular Q&...
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My floating reputation score

We have a daily scheduled task that invalidates votes that match malicious-looking patterns. In this case, looks like someone did go ahead and cast a bunch of upvotes that got picked up by this tool ...
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Long Lag updating User Rep and Badges

Reputation is Recalculated Every 24 Hours To partly answer my own question. It seems like the reputation is updated once every 24 hours. So, although you can manually update your reputation, this can ...
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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 ...
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What would be the 'easiest' way to gain first 200 points of reputation on area51?

First and foremost, please remember that reputation is not important on Area 51. Yes, you get a couple extra privileges with reputation, but all the important privileges are unlocked by 150 rep. All ...
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+0 reputation on commitment from referral

I noticed same problem at my proposal and I think I found the answer. This problem will happen if the user that you refer clicks on the Commit button, but doesn't confirm his email address. In this ...
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Around 1000 of my Area51 reputation suddenly disappeared, what happened?

Periodically rep counts are refreshed in Area 51, rep points for deleted proposals fall off as they don't exist any longer. It is not unusually for a long time participant to lose 1/3 or 1/2 of their ...
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Could a large number of supporters help offset a <100 number of commiters with >200 rep?

Just now I took the time to look through every beta site listed here: https://area51.stackexchange.com/ Interestingly, almost every single proposal made it to the beta phase with just over 200 ...
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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 ...
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As a new user how can I earn more reputation?

Here is a complete list of how to earn reputation in Area 51 and what can be done with it (very little, actually): FAQ > Reputation You should note that reputation is largely meaningless in the ...
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Should I ask off-topic questions?

According to the text above, I should ask off-topic. No, that's not what it says. It says if you're not sure whether a question would be off-topic or not, you should ask it. If you're skeptical about ...
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What would be the 'easiest' way to gain first 200 points of reputation on area51?

A person's Rep on Area 51 has no real meaning or value. The only way to gain rep is by posting good example questions on Proposals.
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My reputation suddenly went up by more than 100, but there's nothing in the reputation history

Reputation changes from deleted proposals eventually "age out" of the system. The massive reputation loss you had from posting a series of bad suggested questions has finally expired, giving you back ...
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Referals while a site is in Definition

From the FAQ it looks like referrers only get rep from commitments and commitment follow-throughs. When a proposal enters the commitment phase, you can earn reputation by referring users to the ...
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Where did my rep go?

Since the Area51 model is similar to that of the other/main Stack Exchange sites, you can also gain/lose reputation in a similar way. Most notably a reputation loss could be associated with down-votes ...
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why does area51 tell me I have 51 points of reputation, and then tell me I have 1 reputation?

you have to register, verify email and leave the site during one hour or more... Then you can post, vote etc.
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