On occasion, we have to uproot and close a proposal which has been painfully slow at gaining support. Typically, there is nothing inherently wrong with the subject… but after 1+ year in Definition or Commitment, you have to determine if the proposal still has the support it once had.

A New Beginning for Your Proposal

Closing a slow-growing proposal doesn't have to be the end of the process. If you still believe your site will work, feel free to restart the proposal and prove it. To build a successful site, you'll definitely need more of a running start to make it viable. Slow-growing proposals typically create poorly-performing sites — but rebooting a proposal to get that running start has created some of our most successful launches to date!

If the support is here, your efforts should go quickly the second time around. If not, it wasn't meant to be.

Good luck!

Note: This is a general announcement. Please bring any specific discussions or comments about your site back to your proposal page.


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Is there a way to get a list of the closed proposals? If not, could there be a list added to this post? That would improve transparency. – Camil Staps May 7 '13 at 14:18
@CamilStaps No, there are several thousand closed proposals and the closure list would be several hundred titles long. Proposals are closed with this notice and left for several months until removed through the normal maintenance processes. It is exceedingly rare for someone to inquire what happened to a proposal after that point. It would be difficult to justify the amount of resources and maintenance this list would require. – Robert Cartaino May 7 '13 at 14:44
What about new proposals intended to be a restart of an in beta closed site? Would those immediately get closed as a duplicate of the closed beta site? For example I observe that the Astronomy site is making a restart in this way, but what is the general attitude concerning restarting a closed beta site? – Dilaton Aug 14 '13 at 22:47
@Dilaton Generally, regrouping for a stronger launch is encouraged. But you have to take it on a case by case basis, also considering why the beta site was closed in the first place. Has something about the proposal or the conditions changed? – Robert Cartaino Aug 16 '13 at 22:35
What are some examples of rebooted proposals that became "some of our most successful launches to date"? Maybe there are lessons to be learned from what they did differently the second time. – Tim Goodman Sep 23 '13 at 19:07
@TimGoodman Mathematica was the watershed example of a very slow-moving, failing proposal that "rebooted" into one of our most successful launches done in record time! – Robert Cartaino Sep 23 '13 at 19:12

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