The last proposal was open for 2 years and thus closed:

Old Joomla Proposal

The Joomla users deserve a dedicated Stack Exchange site as the tag on Stackoverflow is becoming more and more popular with thousands of questions.

Stackoverflow contains a lot of up to date support and it would be nice to have something a little more dedicated than a tag.

Wordpress and Drupal both have one, so let's not let this one get closed!

To follow the proposal, go to the following link:

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/58842/joomla

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You need to add a link to the relevant proposal, otherwise you are talking to nobody! Adding a link is how you get it to show up in the proposal discussions – JohnB Aug 17 '13 at 13:54
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Or maybe you could just use Stack Overflow and word your questions correctly – Cole Johnson Aug 18 '13 at 0:07
    
@Cole"Cole9"Johnson some questions just aren't suitable for Stack Overflow. – oooooo Aug 18 '13 at 2:02
    
@Lodder I've opened a similar discussion on the old Joomla proposal so that the link to the new proposal is visible. – oooooo Aug 18 '13 at 2:03
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@Cole"Cole9"Johnson - The problem with keeping it all on SO is that on there it's more coding related questions that should be asked. With it's own Stack Exchange site, other questions that would usually be closed due to being "not constructive" or "off topic" can be asked. – Lodder Aug 18 '13 at 4:14
    
@Lodder maybe if the site wasn't just joomla, but a CMS site encompassing Joomla, WordPress, and many other CMSs – Cole Johnson Aug 18 '13 at 4:45
    
@Cole"Cole9"Johnson - The thought would have crossed my mind a long time ago, however there must be a reason why they decided to keep Wordpress, Magento and Drupal separate so far. – Lodder Aug 18 '13 at 5:04
    
@Lodder no one ever though about it? – Cole Johnson Aug 18 '13 at 6:07
    
Well it has already been proposed but will most likely not get far as the main CMS systems already have their own sites (apart from Joomla). I'm personally not sure why they're not all merged together but there must be a valid reason. I think the majority of the people who have followed and committed to individual CMS proposal would agree with me that they are better off not being merged. – Lodder Aug 18 '13 at 6:23
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@Lodder: I agree. More people use one CMS for the majority of their time than use all of them. – Bobby Jack Sep 25 '13 at 19:30
    
@BobbyJack More people use one programming language for the majority of their time than use all of them. – Cole Johnson Dec 12 '13 at 16:46
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I am all for getting our Joomla! brand out every where possible. This is a great technology solution! – Christopher Nielsen Feb 4 '14 at 10:48
up vote 13 down vote accepted

Supporting a proposal successfully isn't a one click and forget it kind of deal. There are several different phases that occur during the proposal period-what is required of us in each stage is different.

To support Joomla in the definition phase, we need to follow the proposal, need to ask good example questions and vote on the ones we think are suitable for a Joomla QnA. Comments about how to make questions better or why they are bad are important for making better quality questions through edits or writing new questions.

In the commitment phase, we need to reconfirm our support for the proposal. You might think that showing support during the definition stage automatically means you support the commitment phase, but this isn't the case. An interesting thing to note about this stage is that if you have rep of over 200 on any other StackExchange sites then your commitment is worth more. Each site with rep over 200 helps. Note that once you reach 200 points on any StackExchange site you are automatically given 100 points on every StackExchange site that you sign up to (or have already signed up to).

Next step is the Beta stage. Not all proposals make it this far.

UPDATE: The below image was taken from another proposal that had completed its Beta stage. It is a good example of what is expected of us during the Beta stage. enter image description here

The 3 stages need to be completed in less than 2 years otherwise the proposal will be closed down(again).

How can we further support Joomla?

Finally, if you want to show even more support for the proposal I recommend mentioning a link in your profile, making a chat channel in Stackoverflow or just telling people about the proposal when appropriate. For the die hard supporters, it might be possible to take out advertising either on StackExchange or Google Adwords or something like that. If you have any other ideas I would love to hear of them!

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING COMMITMENT STAGE

According to https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/53650/area-51-commit-percent/53733#53733 our commitment score will decay over time. To prevent this, we must keep visiting the proposal (while logged in) to refresh our vote.

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If you attend Joomla! events (Joomla days, conferences, camps, etc.), please help trying to convince those genius to join this proposal and/or SO (to get at least 200 rep points). – Shaz Sep 8 '13 at 6:18
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For a while now I've been wondering why our commitment score is less than our combined scores. Apparently we need to keep visiting the proposal to keep our commitment score from decaying. I've updated my answer (last part) to include this information. – oooooo Dec 18 '13 at 0:46
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@moomoochoo - just seen your update. I visit the Proposal every day myself to check for any new activity such as new commits :) I might get everyone at work at get an account going and commit to this as I am stating to think that the same thing will happen this time as it did last time. – Lodder Dec 26 '13 at 12:57
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Thanks Lodder, yeah things have definitely slowed down. I think it would help us a lot if you got your work mates to participate! If they're not interested though I wouldn't worry too much as once we are in Beta, only committed users can participate. It would be hard if only a small group of people were asking/answering questions. – oooooo Dec 28 '13 at 2:20
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Hi, I haven't quite figured out what is going on here but I thought I would check it out. I have no clue how this will keep steam but I would rather be here than the forum. Although it seems everything serves its respective purpose. Anyway, hello I will try to come back weekly. – poproar Jan 11 '14 at 6:43
    
I've updated my post with some information relating to the Beta stage :) – oooooo Apr 7 '14 at 2:16
    
Thanks! @moomoochoo – Dmitry Rekun Apr 18 '14 at 10:37

It seems that we are doing ok at the moment :)

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