I realize that this issue may be more appropriate for Discuss.Area51, but I have posted about it there, and I believe that a greater number of eyes on the issue are needed.
Mechanical Engineering was just closed after 1 year of "inactivity." However, the proposal had 154 followers, and had added 25 new adherents in September and October, and was a mere 15 votes away from having the requisite 40 questions.
I understand the need to crack down on idling proposals, and I respect Robert's decision to close this one in an attempt at consistency, but other proposals have been closed long after the 1 year and 1 week tenure that this proposal held.
I understand that the Community Team has experience in vetting proposals, but I'm not sure a single judge and no visible jury are sufficient to shut down what may have been months of effort on the part of users and early adherents.