I started the Marketing proposal last year and it was shut down a few months ago because it didn’t get 10 votes on 40 questions within a year (got 26 I think). I believe the problem with starting business related topics on StackExchange is that there are too few business people who know what Stackexchange is and or use it regularly. Also they are often not interested in learning about it either. Topics that make it through Area51 are often either hobby or not work related, or have a technical aspect to it.

I believe we need to gather the major business expert areas into one proposal to gain enough support for a non-technical business topic on StackExchange. We need something like StackOverflow for business people to get business people engaged. That is why I have proposed the general "Business" proposal now on Area51.

Does anyone agree with me or have I started yet another doomed business proposal on Area51? :)

(Also, on second thought, I should have named the proposal BusinessOverflow)

Edit: I see Business more as a multi skilled field with many specialities. For example in business school people studying marketing also learns accounting and vice versa. This is absolutely necessary because the different specialities effect one another so directly.

There are many people working with a mix of several business fields and many of the true problems in business occurs exactly where two specialities meet. For example: Marketing if often held back by accounting/finance because marketing requires long term investment. although the long term return of these investments are often incredible hard to show (account for). The result is that that short term price that accounting/finance can easily argue against often wins due to lac of proof from marketers.

So a combined Q&S site for multiple specialities within business would actually closer resemble the true business environment and challenges. This would also produce more balanced answers as both marketers and accountants can answer questions that revolves around an issue that has more than one side to it.

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I think there is a flaw in trying to form a cohesive community around a group of failed proposals simply by piling them together. When you start trying to connect disparage groups under on umbrella, I think you'll find there's little passion for the umbrella as a subject. For example, when someone lives and breathes "Marketing", they're not really looking for an "all things business" site to share their passion. There's a point where the audience you are trying to describe becomes so vague and mundane that you're not describing a community at all. That's is just my opinion.

A for dooming professional audiences in Stack Exchange — I haven't really seen a professional association go out and bring their audience here. Long gone are the days were you can simply post and idea for a site and expect folks to simply flood in and make it happen. There is nothing in the site-creation process that will provide the audience to build your site. Finding and rallying an audience is one of the biggest challenges in creating a site. Don't underestimate that as part of the challenge.

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Thank you for your answer. I agree with the second part of your answer. Creating an audience is indeed key and the most difficult task for those of us who do not have a strong network or a opinion leader in his field. However i disagree with your first point when it comes to business (regarding many other field i completely agree). I see Business more as a multi skilled field with many specialities. For example in business school people studying marketing also learns accounting and vice versa. This is absolutely necessary because the different specialities effect one another so direcly – Ole Henrik Skogstrøm Jul 16 '14 at 20:01
    
Continuing: There are many people working with a mix of several business fields and many of the true problems in business occurs exactly where two specialities meet. For example: Marketing if often held back by accounting/finance because marketing requires long term investment. although the return of these investments are often incredible hard to show (account for). The result is that tha short term price that accounting can argue against often wins due to lac of proof from marketers. – Ole Henrik Skogstrøm Jul 16 '14 at 20:06
    
So a combined Q&S for multiple specialities within business would actually closer resemble the true business environment and challenges. This would also produce more balanced answers as both marketers and accountants can answer questions that revolves around an issue that has more than one side to it. – Ole Henrik Skogstrøm Jul 16 '14 at 20:10

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