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I was wondering if there are any plans to implement more mini-sites like the Facebook one, or something similar. I'm hoping that we'll see topic-specific sites (as opposed to necessarily company-specific), as Pekka lines out in the referenced link below.


Is it time to re-evaluate the Facebook-Stack Overflow partnership?

Introduce sub-communities (or “Portals”) to prevent fragmentation

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marked as duplicate by michaelb958, slugster, Shadow Wizard May 16 '14 at 5:08

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There was also supposed to be a mini-site of Skeptics for political fact-checking, but we haven't heard anything about it in over six months. (Possibly because it overlaps with the new Politics.SE? They never said.) – Jeremy Banks Dec 12 '12 at 18:21
Funny, someone else asked about getting a mini-site about a half hour before you. Anyways, the answer to your question is no, according to Anna Lear. – Pops Dec 12 '12 at 19:18
Not funny, that question got me thinking. I'm more interested in non-company (i.e. topic) specific sites as Pekka was referring to in his post. – Lance Roberts Dec 12 '12 at 19:20
It's really a shame and a half that facebook was the first implementation chosen for this idea, because AFAICT Facebook the company totally screwed the pooch by trying to send non-developer support over here too. Now it looks like SE is gunshy about trying it again, when in fact picking a different topic (php or c++, e.g.) which already has a strong community could make this a success and contribute to the overall site. – Josh Caswell Dec 12 '12 at 20:07
God no, I hope not. It just doesn't work well for us. – casperOne Dec 12 '12 at 20:13
I realize that the facebook one didn't work well, but why don't you think that a topical one won't? – Lance Roberts Dec 12 '12 at 20:18
@Casper: It didn't work well, but something other than opening a new fire hydrant of idiots to be absorbed by an unprepared site (with no existing sub-community for the topic) might. To strain my own metaphor, there exist wells, aquifers, and ponds with potable water on SO already -- building pumping stations to make them easier to access seems like a good idea to me. – Josh Caswell Dec 12 '12 at 20:20
@NickStauner no it's not. – Shadow Wizard May 15 '14 at 21:44
@ShadowWizard How isn't it? – michaelb958 May 15 '14 at 23:07
@michaelb958 The other question is about constructing one's own site. This question is about mini-sites – Emrakul May 16 '14 at 5:03
@michael oops, thought the other one asked about using the engine. My bad, it was late at night! Hammer used to close. – Shadow Wizard May 16 '14 at 5:09
@ShadowWizard: FWIW, you made me second-guess my flag, and I see an argument for reopening. The other one is practically a feature request (that doesn't know it's asking for something not implemented), whereas this one is asking about what the in-house plan for mini-sites is. I guess the answer is pretty much the same either way though. – Nick Stauner May 16 '14 at 6:31
@NickStauner both about the same thing and Anna's response is official: no such sites are planned. Hmm... no indication of hammer. – Shadow Wizard May 16 '14 at 6:33

The impression I've got is that the idea of subsites had been abandoned for the forseeable future, at least in this specific form. I asked an SE employee about the future of subsites some months ago, and the response was pretty negative on future subsites happening the same way as Facebook.

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Makes me wonder if the answer would have been different had Facebook actually decided to contribute employee answers. Last I checked, they still weren't. – Charles Dec 12 '12 at 20:17
Yeah Facebook didn't really live up to their side of the bargain with the community, did they? – Jeff Atwood Dec 13 '12 at 5:46

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