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I have some more current thoughts on this post here: What's going on with Area 51? Yes, there is a next-generation Area 51 on the drawing board. It is very early in the design phase, so there's not really much to say about it. I wish I could indulge you in premature, wild speculation, but the design is still developing and changes literally every day. ...


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The technical and timing issues aside (this isn't even a site, yet) — generally speaking, you don't want to start a new site with questions imported from elsewhere. If there is a good questions on the Deep Web for this site, you should simply re-ask it. Importing a question from elsewhere means the question and answers wont likely have an owner ...


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I hope that Area 52 takes advantage of some of the following MSO posts: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/103247/155668 https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/80106/155668 https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/92836/155668 https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/55045/155668 https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/128442/155668


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How to find: Closed Beta proposals Proposals grouped by reason: Proposals "closed as duplicate of [insert-existing-stackexchange]" Proposals "closed as poorly defined" Proposals "closed as not a real proposal" Proposals closed by "merged into [insert-proposal-name]" Recently [CLOSED] proposals Recently [CLOSED] proposals (note some closed proposal are ...


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We just fixed an Area 51 bug that was preventing emails from being sent as normal for the past couple days. It was choking on our new Ask Patents site, which is the first SE 2.0 site without a corresponding A51 proposal. The commitment emails were just sent (2 days late). Sorry about that.


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This proposal will not work, for several reasons. As mentioned by Ashish and magisch in the comments, it would take a huge amount of money to cover all conceivable languages spoken on Earth (including Klingon). You'd need to find a moderator for each language and pay him/her solely to moderate your chatroom (or full Stack Exchange site). The original Stack ...


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Please read the faq: http://area51.stackexchange.com/faq What makes good questions? Ask real, expert questions Ask questions that can be answered Off-topic questions are important, too If you have a good, useful question in mind, but aren't completely sure that it's on topic, ask it anyway; others can then discuss the subject and ...


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Don't count on a new Area 51 anytime soon. "building a new (Area 51) system isn't on our current road map" Aug 11 '2015 at 21:08 Robert Cartaino


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Yes, if the intent was to provide an answer to the question, then there would be an option to do so. My suggestion would be to comment to the poster informing them of this meta after someone with more authority than I either comments I'm correct, or better yet, post an answer. In terms of the comment to the user, you might say something like: @answer-...


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The first week of a private beta is often critical to long-term success. We want to give sites the best possible chance, which sometimes means delaying the launch while we get our ducks in a row. Our resident expatriate was out of town. :) The site should be launching early next week.


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You don't get reputation for people following a proposal via your referral link, only if they come back and commit once it enters that phase, and when they follow through on their commitment once it enters beta. (I'm not 100% sure if the referral carries over between the follow and commit phases. Can someone confirm?) Anyways, the only person who gains ...


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The Area 51 discuss zone is effectively the child-meta of Area 51 and like all other child-meta sites inherits the reputation of its parent site (Area 51). The only Meta that doesn't follow this convention is meta.stackexchange.com, which is essentially the support site for the entire network.


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Five months later, fedorqui pointed me in the right direction. Emmet (former SE dev) posted an answer in 2011 that explains it: Do the statistics show on Area 51 include also the closed questions? answeredPercentage ("% answered" on the stats page) is actually "percentage of questions that have been resolved" ...either by an answer or by closing. ...


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I have taken the time to show how I did it, starting from here: This takes me to the page: I filled in my Name, Email and Password, and then clicked Sign-Up. This showed up: I got an email to join "Meta Stack Exchange": I clicked "confirm", then went back to Materials Modeling and clicked "Follow", which lead me here: Then I had to confirm another email....


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Your reputation counter is not messed up. It's working exactly as it should. Look underneath the "793" and you'll see an Area 51 icon and a Stack Overflow icon. The 793 is the sum of 225, your Stack Overflow reputation, plus 568, your Area 51 reputation. In other words, this is your total score on Stack Exchange where all accounts are included where you ...


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We're aware of the issue, but we're not sure what exactly is going on. As far as we know, it's not something on our end. Gravatar seems to be serving different identicons for the same hash but different requested sizes... and only sometimes. Marc Gravell wrote up some more details here: https://diy.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1218/hmm-something-funny-...


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Yes. There isn't a direct link to click on, but you can reconstruct the URL path to bring up the revision history for any post. Under the example question, click the link menu. The URL (listed at the top of your browser) will look something like this: https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/2578/philosophy/2669#2669 ← the post id That last ...


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The way to resolve it is to ask to merge the unregistered account with the other account. The only way I see to do this is to click on the contact us link visible on Area 51, and explain what happened. On the other Stack Exchange sites, the "contact us" link doesn't send an email, but opens a page where you can ask about merging two accounts you have. Area ...


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Suppose that you want to refer someone to the History of Science and Mathematics proposal. Right below the green box with the number of committers (or, if the proposal is not yet in commitment, below the orange box with the number of followers), there is a "Share This" link: If you click on that, a dialog pops up with a box that contains your personalized ...


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There's actually a pretty broad range of communities you can link to. The platform on which you gather support doesn't really matter. All you need is an active community large enough to launch a site. At least 100-200 users is usually enough. All of the examples you mention would work just fine, as long as you have enough active supporters. A change.org ...


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The proposal is still there, so I'm not entirely sure what you are asking. With over 800 questions on Stack Overflow, some folks feel you are duplicating a subject already supported on that site. Stack Overflow is the literally the largest, most-highly regarded and complete resources for programmers on the web. I think you are going to have a very difficult ...


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I don't see why you can't restart it whenever you like. You might consider, though, taking some time to think about why the proposal was closed or failed, and what your new proposal will do to address those concerns. If you have a solid understanding of this and are able to articulate it well to potential committers, the proposal stands a better chance of ...


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Duplicates are not determined by the number of people who use related sites (or follow other proposals). Duplicates are determined by the scope of the subject and the example questions being asked. There's a blog post covering how we divide and scope sites: Merging Season That blog post has become a bit dated. We've evolved and refined our criteria for ...


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To merge accounts, click on the 'contact us' link below and follow the procedure outlined there. Thanks.


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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 and reversed about 17 hours ago.


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Area 51 doesn't have such an option - you'll have to settle on a category that the least inappropriate for your proposal (usually Life). On a side note, I don't think the The Bone Yard described in the post you linked to is a viable proposal. We've had several similar ideas over the past years, and they were all closed.


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Yes, otherwise we're thinking of Area 51 like some sort of contest where, if you can meet the minimum requirements, the prize is a site regardless of whether that site will work or not. For as infrequently as I’m able to improve the Area 51 process (due to dev resources), when I can determine that {criteria X} no longer results in a healthy site, launching ...


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I am glad you asked this question because already several people told me they had the same problem, but I just assumed that they were telling me that they had joined my Area51 "just to be nice" and didn't actually join. There was an example of someone that says she followed the proposal, but then it still said "only 1 follower" which was me. Did you also ...


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Yes. Robert Cartaino confirmed* that it is possible for Area 51 to contact those who supported the other proposals, but that apparently won't happen right now. We are, it seems, "doing really well." In light of Robert's information, perhaps this question should be updated. It might be rephrased, "What are the requirements this proposal needs to meet in ...


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The example questions are there simply to start filling in the scope for the site. I.e. "What type of questions would you like to ask?" These aren't supposed to be fully fleshed out questions with details and background. Users don't typically know enough to avoid answering these questions as it is. This would only exasperate that problem. The purposely-...


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