I've seen a few SE staff mention that a 'next gen' Area 51 is in the works, and wondering:

  • what the rough road map is for it,
  • how its release will effect proposals that are not in private-beta on its release, and
  • what the currently rough expected ETA is for its deployment is.

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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. Besides, too much peeking under the covers takes all the fun out of a big launch!

For the existing proposals, I would just continue as normal. When this new process finally launches, it will quite literally put anyone who wants a proposal so far and ahead of where they are now, no one could possible feel like we've set them back at all. Even if its not ultimately the current "Area 51 process" that launches your site, you are still gathering ideas, building consensus, and finding an audience to help build your site. This doesn't change any of that.

As for the ETA, it's still way too early to say… but its almost certainly in the "months" time frame. It's not going to be weeks; it's not going to be years.

u sure? I had assumed it would only be 6-8 weeks. ;) –  Ephraim May 4 '12 at 0:19
Can I assume the new version will be called Area 52? –  Flimzy May 12 '12 at 22:13
@Flimzy "Area 52" is the working code name for the project, but who knows if it will stick. If I had to guess, I'd say no, that will not likely be the actual name of the process... but who knows. –  Robert Cartaino May 12 '12 at 23:08
Where can we submit feature requests ? –  Rocketmagnet Aug 29 '12 at 20:47
@Rocketmagnet In this forum tagged [Area51-meta]. But it seems a bit premature to make feature requests for a product you have never seen. I am not exaggerating when I say a next-generation product will be very different than what we have here. It might be best to wait for an early release before spending too much time on feature suggestions. –  Robert Cartaino Aug 29 '12 at 20:54
We are approaching the year timeframe any update? –  Chad Apr 3 '13 at 18:05
How is it coming on Area 52? –  Cody Guldner May 28 '13 at 17:23
It's been over a year... ;) –  berry120 Sep 2 '13 at 14:33
Just a bit...Coming up on "years"! –  Nick Stauner Feb 14 '14 at 5:48
@RobertCartaino: Please update your answer to reflect that the priority of Area52 changed after you posted the answer above, delete the repetitive comments on timing, and give an update to the question based on your current understanding. Thanks! –  blunders Apr 27 '14 at 18:41
@RobertCartaino On May 4th, 2012 you wrote it's not going to be years. Since today is August 18th, 2014 I just have to ask: any update on that time schedule? –  e-sushi Aug 18 '14 at 6:48
Is this even still a thing? –  bjb568 Sep 8 '14 at 2:24
Is Area 52 still happening? –  Tim Nov 21 '14 at 17:02
@ChronoFish Implementation keeps going back to the drawing board. Most of the designs (to date) have been... overwrought. Designing something that is robust, scalable, broadly applicable, and easy to understand has been difficult. But as we launch more sites, we're learning how to be more deterministic in measuring success... and how to guide communities along that path. But implementing something usable gets pushed back every time we learn new ways to make it much less complicated. We may land on a system where we start with "beta sites" and there's hardly an Area51-style "process" at all. –  Robert Cartaino Dec 19 '14 at 18:11
the "months" has turned into "years" ... I think this is going to be the Duke Nukem Forever of the SE network –  warren Mar 4 at 16:17

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