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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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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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Changing the expectation of going from Private Beta to Public Beta

On the Bitcoin proposal (currently in Private Beta) it currently says: "The site's Public Beta will begin in 5 days." How about modifying this text to something like: "If the Private Beta goes well, ...
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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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Minimum Activity Requirements for Area 51

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 51 doesn't always supply the built-in audience to ...
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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 can I fulfill a commitment?

I commited to some new proposal which I were interested in, but I seldom got questions on the new SE in beta, and I don't have the knowledge to answer the questions there too. Is there no other way ...
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How can I see the list of closed proposals I once followed?

I used to follow a bunch of proposals and I'm guessing they were nixed with the recent batch. Is it possible to see a list of these (now closed) proposals I once followed and committed to? It's hard ...
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What is the rationale for not allowing answers during the definition phase?

What is the rationale for not allowing answers during the definition phase of a proposal? My naive understanding of this phase's purpose is that it helps define the topic and audience for a proposed ...
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Do not delete discussions about deleted proposals

I can see the reasoning behind deleting closed proposal — if someone proposes the same subject again, they get a fresh start. This isn't completely beneficial though: it leads to repeating the same ...
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How to prevent malicious downvoting?

We recently had somebody who is not following our proposal (at least I'm pretty sure they are not) indiscriminately go through and downvote every question that has one or more votes without leaving ...
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Space Exploration Proposal Promotion Deleted because of “Area 51” connection

I was trying to share the link for the upcoming Space Exploration, to get more users. After all, it's just about to beta. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/43283/space-exploration And then, ...
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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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Should some discuss.a51.se questions be migrated to per-site metas when betas begin?

There are many off-topic questions on discuss.area51.se: off topic not because they shouldn't have been created, or because the OP was mistaken, or anything like that. They are questions that have ...
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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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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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Don't allow votes as duplicates of closed proposals/beta sites

Proposal: Economics I noticed that the economics proposal was marked as a duplicate of Economics (Update: no longer listed as a possible duplicate), which seems reasonable if you don't check the link,...
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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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Site “On Startups” is closed - what to do now?

So I wanted to check it today and found it closed! Reason being not enough questions! Now I can't see my answers, can't see questions, can't do anything! It says "The site needs work" but sorry - how ...
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What does a asterisk (star) in front of a proposal name mean?

In the "All proposals" view I noted that some proposals (obviously very new ones) are preceded by a star, e.g. * Magic at this moment. What does the star mean?
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Why isn't there a comprehensive list of failed/closed proposals and their history, including merges, merge requests, reasons for closure, etc.?

Backstory: 18 months ago I committed to be a supporter of a proposal. I was never notified of the success or failure of the beta so I'm assuming that the proposal was eventually closed or merged. Now ...
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Proposers should have to come up with five example questions before the proposal goes live [duplicate]

Over the last few months I've noticed a lot of inappropriate or poorly thought out proposals on Area 51. Some are just carve-outs of topics that already get plenty of traffic on an existing ...
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'% Answered' does not show the correct value in site statistics

TL;DR The % answered shown in Area51 statistics does not match the real value for answered questions. Related questions What exactly does “% answered” mean? The accepted answer does not seem to ...
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Show more (or all) questions on the page for definition stage Proposals

As I understand it the main reason for answers being split into pages on SE's Q&A sites is to limit noise; the answers not in the top 30 voted answers are probably not the most useful. That makes ...
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Merging and linking user profiles between StackOverflow and Area 51 should be more automatic

It would be great if there was more automation in linking existing users to their other profiles on StackExchange. For example, this user on Area 51 is this user on StackOverflow, but his reputation ...
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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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How can I start a proposal?

Am I stupid. Where is the button to start proposal. A new site???
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Is it time to “graduate” or make a determination on some of the older beta sites?

The list of sites in the beta phase has now reached two pages in length, which probably serves to "cloak" some of the newer beta sites, and some of these sites have been going on the better part of ...
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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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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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When a proposal is closed, don't remove it from the user profile of users who committed to it

From the first comment for this answer, I take that a proposal that has been closed doesn't appear anymore in the user profile of the committers, who then wonder why the proposal is not listed. When ...
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What exactly does it take to get a site out of public beta? [closed]

I'm surprised that I haven't found anything addressing this. I have been active on the Japanese beta for some time now, and would quite like to see it get launched. It looks like the metrics are all ...
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How do you reach out to and eductate new users?

This question arise in context of Broadcast And Media Technologies, but it shares such a fate with many other proposals. Broadcast and Media Technologies - is a very specialized industry where ...
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Private Beta Requirements

What statistics are required in private beta in order for the proposed site to pass though to public beta? Is there a defined set of standards the site must meet, or is a subjective decision made ...
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How is “on pace” calculated?

When a site is in beta stage, and has not yet hit the 90 day mark, it says it's "On pace for XX users". I've been following it for a few days, and have seen it fluctuate a little bit, but collecting ...
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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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Why does Area 51 think CogSci is in public beta?

I was poking around in Area51, and noticed that the Cognitive Science proposal was apparently in public beta. However, when I clicked the "visit this site now" link, I got this: Why is this ...
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SE Proposals: Breadth Versus Depth

Looking at some of the proposals, it seems that there many which should be merged, on the basis that the combined interested user base will be large enough to support the site. Good examples are all ...
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Why do people persist in creating duplicate or subset proposals rather than supporting pre-existing proposals?

My observation of the Stack Exchange (SE) Beta Sites, is they need as much consolidated support from user to get them launched, up and out of Beta. Many fail. Once a site has become a thriving success,...
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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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What should we do to increase visits of Area 51?

The overall visits of the area51.stackexchange.com is really very low and this is obvious from the statistics of questions (6 visits per 2 hours for example). This means that the proposals move really ...
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It is not obvious enough when committing that your commitment is only counted if you confirm your email address

Here is a list of registered users who think they have committed to the Mathematica proposal but who are not showing up in the list of committers that I can see. Sal Mangano (registered version) ...
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I accidentally committed to a site as an unregistered user - how can I undo this?

A while ago I committed to the Chemistry stack exchange proposal. I already had an account on physics.stackexchange.com, and I intended to commit using that account, but instead I ended up committed ...
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Confusing website UI when following a proposal

Currently on Area 51, when you click the Follow button on a proposal, the following message pops up: BEEP You are now following this proposal with a picture of a broken-looking robot. It is ...
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Crowdsourcing: translation between natural languages

I have translated this song from Russian to English. Can you correct my mistakes? This is one of the questions in the proposal. Asker then wonders if this kind of question would work well for Q&...
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What is migrated from a Stack Exchange 1.0 site to Stack Exchange 2.0?

We're following the Area 51 process to migrate the SE 1.0 site, SharePoint Overflow, to Stack Exchange 2.0. A question from a user is, what is migrated out of: OpenID accounts non-OpenID accounts ...
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Some computer-related merges on Area 51

A bunch of proposals on Area 51 are being voting to be merged, with various results. In a comment, a user said decisions were taken, but the user was not able to explain what will be done. Could ...
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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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Fulfilling a commitment

Do questions or answers on the meta site count towards fulfilling a commitment? IMHO, it would make sense if they did.
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How do I fulfill my commitment in beta?

I have submitted 14 questions in the Economics beta, but I still haven't fulfilled my commitment. How do I?