I would like to propose a site that is focused on a community rather than a topic, and that would follow slightly different rules than most SE sites.
Would SE allow this?
For example, a site for Programmers
A valid question would be any question where you want an answer specifically from a programmer, regardless of the topic. In addition, it would allow open-ended questions, questions that don't have one-right-answer, or even questions that won't help anyone but the guy asking the question.
The idea is to have a community of people in one central location that want to collaborate and learn from others that share the same identity, and that users seeking answers from a specific type of person only needs to go to one place.
I used Programmers as an example since its something most SE users can relate to, and I know this has been tried once before with Programmers.SE. The problem with Programmers was the site's scope wasn't clearly defined, and although the community embraced the site, SE did not and they changed the site's direction. I would not like to go through this sort of scenario again, so am asking before making a proposal.
So I guess I have 3 questions here:
Can an Area51 site survive that wants to use the SE framework, but not the same rules and guidelines of a SE site?
For example, optimizing the site for user usefulness over question/answer quality instead of vice-versa, and making it more like a question and answer site than a knowledge base by things like allowing duplicate or localized questions.
Would a proposal that is based on the type of Answer Required instead of the Question Topic have any chance here?
Would an Area51 proposal, regardless of topic, be allowed to specify more relaxed question guidelines than what SE currently has now?
For example, allowing subjective questions, poll questions, broad recommendations, etc.
This question is based off of a similar question on MSO. As I stated in my answer there, I love the SE framework and think it is great for a number of reasons, and think it could be used successfully for other great Q&A sites that don't follow SE's rules and guidelines 100%.