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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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Right now, the site (islam.com) is not something I would want to frequent. Whereas the StackExchange proposal process attempts to build a strong expert community before the site itself goes live, islam.com seems to have skipped that step and went live as soon as they could. As a result, it just feels like an islamic Yahoo! Answers with a StackExchange ...


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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 increased the requirements to slow down the number of sites that were being created that don't have all that much support to begin with. These slow-grown communities spend a year-plus in development and then just barely limp across the finish line to have less than half the users show up for the beta launch. This will not make it more difficult for ...


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Stack Exchange has no association with that site. It's a clone of the basic Stack Exchange website, but is not part of the Stack exchange Network. It would not be possible to merge or redirect users from that site.


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Based on our experience with the Mathematica site, yes, commitments aren't fulfilled until the end of private beta. Many of us had already posted ten answers at that point. A few minutes after the site went to public beta, I got a notification that my commitment was fulfilled, and that two people who I had referred had also fulfilled their commitment.


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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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Down-voting here is equivalent to down-voting on a meta site: You down-vote a question because you disagree with it. Actually, the discussion site is for Area 51 what for other SE sites is a meta site; that is the reason why "area51-meta" is a tag used in this site.


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It doesn't ASSURE anything. Adding your name doesn't claim to. It just a user-exerpience-y way to raise the bar just a bit to give you pause from the typical button-pushing you do all over the Internet. "Do you agree to...? —Yeah, yeah, whatever <click> <click> <click>" It says, "We're looking for a bit more than a button push here." We'...


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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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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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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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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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This account was created for a "special project" to create an experimental election coverage site. The exact methodology behind how we'll execute these special projects is still largely experimental, but I agree that the "Stack Exchange" user seems a bit out of place. Thanks for pointing that out. This is just one of those areas that still needs a bit of ...


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The purpose is to force you to think. Sure, you can make up many questions in three minutes. But are they all good questions, and are they diverse enough? The point of example questions is to give some broad coverage of the topic of the proposed site; if the questions are too much alike, they won't have the desired breadth. That being said, the limit is ...


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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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There are some StackExchange blog posts about this: When will my site graduate? Does this site have a chance of succeeding?


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As of the last build, deleted proposals will no longer eat your commitments behind the scenes.


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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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