I've noticed a very popular Area 51 site proposal: Myanmar IT Pro
At the moment it is the second most followed proposal with well over 100 following users. The problem is that most of these users are new, with no previous experience with the Stack Overflow network and with no understanding of the goals of site-definition phase.
As a result the whole proposal is filled with „meh” questions and the users who are not aware that this is „meta”-question stage are more than eager to use comments to discuss the questions as if it were on an active site, not a site proposal. Since the questions were „meh” in the first place, those comments quickly devolve into pointless chit-chat and even minor political flames.
- How do we educate those new users? They probably aren't really bad users; they just don't understand the concepts behind Area 51 site proposals. It's just another web forum for them.
- Should we radically clean-up proposals such as this (possibly discouraging users by deleting most of their contributions)?
- Maybe we should just leave it alone, since it will not get a critical mass of experienced users and will be discarded after a while?