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Closing a Proposal After 1+ Year in Definition or Commitment

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 ...
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Next Generation of Area 51

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 ...
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Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51

Also known as the 'non-starter proposal' check. There are a lot of unsupported proposals filling the pages of Area 51. It's not that these proposals are necessarily a bad idea, it's just that Area ...
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Internationalization 'State of the Stack'

For those I haven't yet met, I'm Tim Post, the Director of Stack Overflow Communities here at Stack Exchange. When we said we planned to reverse our previous stance on localization some years ago, we ...
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Internationalization 'State of the Stack' - Stack Overflow edition

For those I haven't yet met, I'm Tim Post, the Director of Stack Overflow Communities here at Stack Exchange. A little over a year ago, Portuguese Stack Overflow opened to a wildly successful public ...
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How to create a new proposal in Area51?

I can't find how to create a new proposal. So how to create a new proposal? Make the proposal noticed by others
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Why do Meta posts giving advice on how to vote get down voted?

Every couple of weeks someone makes a meta post about voting and how if everyone just does "X" the proposal will benifit and move forward. Seems like a great idea, so why do the posts get down voted? ...
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Why am I losing reputation from recalculating?

A few minutes ago, I had 252 rep. I recently discovered the recalc page. I clicked the recalc button, and now I am down to 187. Why would I end up losing rep from recalculating? Is there any way to ...
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Is there a list of failed/closed betas?

I'm looking for records of failed betas (e.g., Electronic Gadgets). They aren't accessible through the homepage sort. Is there a directory or list somewhere in Area 51?
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How long is a proposal published?

for example : I added proposal ("Tee and Coffee :D"), nobody follow it (except for me), nobody closed it. My proposal has small activity. When (if at all) my proposal will be deleted ? Who will delete ...
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When are proposals closed or removed?

To be clear, I'm just attempting to get a complete idea of the potential lifecycle of a proposal, which includes it being closed. I'm looking for a complete list of vote-to-close and auto-close ...
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Where did the 'close' link go?

We recently removed the 'close' link from proposals, preferring instead that users simply 'flag' proposals that have to be closed/removed for egregious problems. Why did we do this? My initial ...
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Prevent upvoting questions at +10 on Area 51

Would it be possible to prevent upvoting of questions when they reach an (equalized) rating of +10? Since you get only five votes on each proposal, why would you waste them on bringing a question to ...
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How can I start a proposal?

Am I stupid. Where is the button to start proposal. A new site???
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How do we do what we committed to do? [closed]

Proposal: Linguistics When I committed to this proposal, I agreed to ask or answer 10 questions during the next 3 months or something. But right now I can't see a way to ask or answer linguistics ...
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Should the down vote limit be the same as the up vote limit?

Currently there is no limit to the number of down votes one person can cast. A similar question was asked at meta and closed there to be asked here. There is a comment saying the question was posted ...
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What is the actual merging mechanism?

There is a lot of talk about merging sites, but I can't find anywhere any explanation of this process. I have read the FAQ, and as many of the questions on this topic as I can find, but nowhere can I ...
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Time & work to be done from 100% commitment to private beta

Is there a general answer to give? How many days or weeks does it approximately take to get a proposal with 100% commitment into beat? What work has to be done by SE before the private beta can be ...
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Is three commitments over restrictive?

Let me know if there's a better place to put this (i've been looking for an area 51 meta site and haven't found one) A three commitment max seems just a little restrictive to me. I'm currently ...
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How long does a SE site stay in Beta? [closed]

How long does a SE site stay in Beta? Or what makes it move on to the final stage? Is this determined by time, number of questions, or something else?
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How does the system determine when you have fulfilled a commitment?

When committing to a proposal, you commit to asking/answering 10 questions when the site gets into beta. I have done that on one of my commitments but it hasn't moved to my 'Fulfilled Commitments' ...
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Any news about the non-english SE site proposals?

There is around 8 currently existing sites reached the beta requirements, and from them with the single exception of "Engineering", all of them are non-english proposals, whose start depends on the ...
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Commitment Indicator

Is there an indicator on Area 51 showing how many questions I still need to ask or answer before a particular commitment is fulfilled?
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Do the “Questions Per Day” metric for Beta Sites Exclude Closed questions?

I'm interested in a more concrete interpretation of the Area51 questions per day stats for Project Management SE, specifically in regards to how closed questions affect those metrics. Currently, it ...
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Need clarification on what commitment really means

It is now taking much longer for a site to launch. I know that SE prefers to keep the commitment fulfillment requirements vague (so it is not gamed?), but it would be nice to have some more ...
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894 Commitments Needed to launch Beta

Proposal: Libraries Can anyone tell me why so many are needed for the Libraries proposal (894), and not for, say, How Stuff Works (200)? EDIT: To answer @foggyone's question, the most important ...
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There seems to be no limit on the number of downvotes one can make on a proposals's questions

Users can only upvote five questions per proposal on Area 51, as is well known. It is probably less well known that you don't have to have followed a proposal to upvote or even propose questions. ...
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I just lost 1k+ rep

I just lost exactly one thousand rep. I don't know why I look on my rep page and saw no reason, in fact, I should've gained a couple points. I know this question has been asked before, but I feel I ...
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Does closing questions count against the “percent answered” & “answer ratio” statistics?

I see from a similar question that closed questions count toward questions per day, but: Do closed questions also count against percent answered? Will answer ratio change with percent answered ...
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Too many questions with exactly 10 votes

In lots of proposals, you'll see a lot of questions with exactly 10 votes. You'll even see people saying that you're wasting votes if you vote for a question with more than 10 votes. Most questions ...
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Reopening a Beta?

Would it be considered as good practice to create a new Area51 proposal to poll for interest in reopening a StackExchange site that was closed during the beta?
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What happens to questions posed during the 'Definition' phase when a site moves to later phases?

During the 'Definition' phase of a proposed site, questions are collected but not answered. Reading the FAQ it seems that questions continue to play an important part during the 'Commit' and 'Beta' ...
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“Update commitment” button

As everyone knows, old commitments count less than new commitments. The logic behind this is presumably that old committers may have forgotten about the site. The solution that people have found is ...
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Is creation of new language-devoted sites still allowed after the “Internationalization 'State of the Stack' - SE 2.0 Sites edition” was issued?

I ask not about sites like "Programming (in Chinese)" and "Cooking (in French)", but about sites devoted to specific language like German Language or Spanish Language. Important point: I assume that ...
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How can I search proposals by status?

I'd like to be able to search proposals based on the phase they are currently in. For example, I might expect to be able to use terms like these: status:definition status:commitment status:private-...
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Announcement - Changes to Area 51 Voting

We recently made some changes the voting interface for Area 51 example questions. The improvements are designed to make the voting experience more like that of an actual, launched Stack Exchange site. ...
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Non-English Proposal Requirements

Our goal to make the Stack Exchange Network a great place to produce high-quality Q&A sites, no matter what language they speak. But we are still predominantly an English-speaking organization and ...
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Instead of creating many language specific sites, shouldn't we expand the multilingual features of the original one?

I'm not sure if this belongs here or into the mother meta as a feature request, if the latter is the case, please migrate. There are a few proposed sites that are StackOverflow in a language other ...
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Notifications for closed proposals?

A site proposal I have been following for most of it's first year is coming to the twelve month mark (still in definition phase), the proposal has gathered 54 questions and more than 100 followers. ...
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Is the commitment fulfillment process changed or broken?

I've been over the 10 non-CW posts limit for several days (see my Sports.SE beta profile). I read several meta posts (Commitment Indicator and Formula to Fulfilling a Commitment) that indicate that ...
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Why is my identicon different on Area 51? All the other sites share a single identicon

My identicon (the automatically generated pattern next to my username) is the same for all of the Stack Exchange sites I use. I was confused to see a different shape and colour identicon next to my ...
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Why did this proposal disappear without warning?

I was paying attention to the Equestrian site proposal and I was a little surprised today to find that it had vanished without trace. I realise it had relatively little interest ( I guess the ...
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What's the difference between discussion user and main user?

When I visit http://area51.stackexchange.com I see my username at the top with a reputation of 51 and one badge. When I visit http://discuss.area51.stackexchange.com I see the same user name but no ...
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Any information on the new Area 51?

I've seen in a few places the Stack Exchange staff have alluded to the fact (or sometimes said directly) that the current Area 51 model is broken, not effective and needs a massive overhaul, ...
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Dates on the private beta

There's a hiccup in the date display for the Biology site, or I've missed out on some criterion that the site has yet to fulfill. On Area 51, the site is listed in the bright blue box as being in ...
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Don't start commitment phases when there's only two weeks left

Proposal: Culture and life in Japan The proposal "Culture and life in Japan" was closed during the commitment phase as not viable. I attempted to promote the proposal to people who hadn't ...
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Project deleted- committals not removed

Why are committals not removed when a project is removed? I am unable to commit to any other proposal as I am maxed out. One of these is no longer in existence but I am still committed to it. This ...
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Is there a non-manual way of contacting Committers to a closed proposal?

As would be clear from other discussions, the first Mathematica proposal was closed (on possibly erroneous grounds, but people can agree to disagree on this). The solution proposed by SE staff was to ...
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Improving the commit cap, making it dynamic

Currently you can commit to only three proposals, because likely you won't be able to actually follow them as closely in the beta as you are supposed to. This is ok, but could be better. Instead, the ...
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User is using two accounts to commit to the proposal

Proposal: App Stores A user has submitted twice to the proposal. It's clearly the same user, or the avatar would be different. I don't think it is allowed to do that, even though the user doesn't ...