Robert Cartaino
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Next Generation of Area 51
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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 ...

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Why will this dupe of Atheism succeed where the former beta failed?
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There are quite a few proposals and a handful of sites that did not make it. When a proposal fails, it doesn't mean that the site could never be created. As the network grows, oftentimes all we need ...

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Default Language for Questions in Portuguese
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Ideally, a site for the Portuguese language should be conducted in Portuguese with an English component to help those who are first-day beginners. But to say "You cannot speak Portuguese here" (oops, ...

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What is the rationale for not allowing answers during the definition phase?
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I understand your eagerness to get these questions answered. But part of building a Stack Exchange site is to make sure the participants can properly build a reliable canon of knowledge. The core ...

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Something smells fishy
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There's nothing fishy here. This is how Stack Exchange sites are supposed to be created — someone going out to find an enthusiastic community to support their proposal rather than relying on the ...

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What can be done to get Smugmug into Beta?
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Sorry, just to go off topic for a moment, I have to quote your meta thread to make a coherent point: I just want to bring up this site specifically, as it's an interesting case example of a site ...

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Is there value in merging the Libraries and Books proposals?
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I do not agree with this merger. They serve very different purposes. The study of the Library Sciences and professional librarians has very little to do with actual "book enthusiasts." The former is ...

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How to help a NEW community get through the commitment phase?
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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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Rationale for other.stackexchange.com
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Creating a 'slush pile' for miscellaneous questions goes squarely against the purpose for which Stack Exchange was created. Our goal is not to create "general sites" for technology or anything else. ...

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How to help users get the minimal rep points
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I would strongly suggest NOT taking the actions outlined here. The suggestions are INADVISABLE. The activities suggested in this thread will only hurt the chances of this site being launched, but ...

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Will this site be safe for work?
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This is really a discussion for the community who is actually going to build this site once it is created, but here's the gist of it — If this site makes it to beta, it is reasonably safe to ...

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Vote here to decide the name
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The main challenge is making it clear to those who stumble across this that this isn't a "math education" place where students and teachers gather to work out homework problems. Be more direct in ...

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Rushed proposals and Community Moderation
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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 ...

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When this site reaches beta, can it be populated by questions from previous Atheism site?
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I hope you're working on a new scope or a new approach to this site, and not just rehashing the same community that only recently failed to build a dynamic, lively site. Most of the core users lost ...

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How is this different from Freelancing?
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Freelancing is being self-employed working for different companies and not being committed to a specific employer except under temporary contract. That is a very different from the problems of ...

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Translated Stack Overflow
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From How we can establish useful, thriving communities in other languages? — If local versions of Stack Overflow are to thrive, they must have all-original content. They cannot survive as ...

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Why yet another trial at an AI project?
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AI as a subject isn't likely to attract a community you can build a site around because it is a broad term that's been applied to everything from creating synthetic beings to creating more-...

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On 'Sex and Intimacy' should spoiler tags be used to hide sketches/diagrams/images?
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Personally, I would find a site that hides content behind a curtain like that an embarrassment. It's not going to happen if I have anything to say about it. Will this site be safe for work?

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Why should any of us contribute when Stack Exchange will throw away our work without consulting us?
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The "rarely-visited meta" — as you called it — was a big part of the problem. Meta hosts the core governance of the site. I wish I could point you to the myriad of efforts that went into ...

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Why a new site for this as opposed to making these questions "on topic" at other sites
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Because no other site wants them, really. These questions don't typically do well on a Stack Exchange site. First, they totally break the reputation system as the top "answers" are from whomever ...

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Apparently this is a duplicate
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Proposals are meant to create new subjects not already covered by our existing sites. We generally do not split off sites simply to give a topic its own space. In very rare circumstance where we ...

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Awaiting proposal approval — but we need another name!
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Title: Technical Communication URL: techcomm .stackexchange .com I was fond of "Documentation", but this covers everything a technical writer and technical communicator does. The URL is a well-known ...

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Is this a site for brewers or just drinkers?
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We already have a site for homebrewing. Bring your questions there! Homebrewing Stack Exchange

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Can language based Stack Overflow proposal regrouped the most popular stack exchange sites (SO, SU, SF...) using tags
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It isn't enough to simply fill a room to create a productive Q&A community. We build sites around groups of experts in very specific fields. You can't simply start gathering up smaller groups of ...

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How can I start a proposal?
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Go to the Main site, pick your category to the left, and scroll to the bottom to propose a new site.

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Would a site like this cause more quarrel than reliable answers?
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The answer is deceptively simple. The Stack Exchange sites neither encourage nor support these "discussions" that cause other types of sites to fail in very predictable patterns. The purpose of a Q&...

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What does a asterisk (star) in front of a proposal name mean?
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The asterisk indicates that a proposal has NOT yet met the Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51. The asterisk (*) was originally visible to employees only so I could see which proposals were ...

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Should all the Q&A in this proposal use Chinese language only? | 这个项目里的所有问答都将使用中文吗?
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Our goal to make the Stack Exchange Network a great place to produce high-quality Q&A sites, no matter what language they speak. But we are still predominantly an English-speaking organization and ...

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Should Ethics be allowed?
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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 ...

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What is the purpose of this site?
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I do believe there is need for an outreach program to help people learn how to ask for help; but I am having huge misgivings about this particular solution, creating another standalone top-level site. ...

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