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According to the blog, per-site Metas have opened up for all sites except for the special case of SO/MSO. (Discussion about the special case is discussed further here.) Area 51 is not mentioned, though. I understand that it's not exactly an SE site, but doesn't it deserve a place for meta-discussion?

Three options come immediately to mind:

  • This is by design. No meta for A51.
  • meta.area51 is coming in 6-8 weeks, just hold your unicorns.
  • MSO is supposed to be the Meta for both A51 and SO, in addition to being the "national capital" (I'd be okay with this; I just want clarification on whether it is in fact the case.)
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Area 51 also now has its own Discussion Zone for meta-esque questions about site proposals. Questions about Area 51 itself still belong here on MSO.

EDIT :
According to Robert Cartaino, the Area 51 Discussion Zone is intended to serve as A51's per-site meta, and the MSO FAQ is in error.

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Area 51 is an across-all-engine site in my estimation and belongs here.

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so the better question would be, why doesn't SO have it's own meta. Uhm, at meta.SO :p –  Tobias Kienzler Jul 23 '10 at 11:28
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I think Area 51 needs its own meta. While its topic spans all sites, its functionality is substantially different from all other sites. –  user27414 Jul 23 '10 at 21:22
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@jonb the more effective argument is that Area 51 should capture its own discussion on the Area 51 site itself. –  Jeff Atwood Jul 23 '10 at 22:37
    
It does have its own meta: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/area51 –  pkaeding Jul 27 '10 at 20:34
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I think it needs some place (not necessarily a meta discussion) for proposal authors to publicly interact. –  Mark C Oct 22 '10 at 19:43
    
@JeffAtwood - Robert estimates differently. –  Kevin Vermeer Oct 28 '11 at 19:12
    
@JeffAtwood: I have launched a proposal on Area51, I was super enthusiatic but I am now realizing that Area51 is surprisingly terrible at "educating" new users. I end up having to contact people directly to explain them the Area51 proposal phases, or write such "fake" discussion to educate them. I suspect these obvious weaknesses could be coming from the lack of a dedicated meta for Area51. –  Adrien Be Jan 27 at 17:35
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@AdrienBe good news, there will be a real meta.stackexchange.com soon meta.stackexchange.com/questions/124015/… and Area 51 stuff won't get lost as much there once the SO specific content is filtered out to the SO-specific meta –  Jeff Atwood Jan 29 at 22:22
    
@JeffAtwood anything dynamic planned such as what you do on SE approved websites to "guide" new users on Area 51? A small notification for newbies who just started to "follow" a proposal for instance. Maybe something like this i.imgur.com/xDZmc5X.png or this i.imgur.com/lVvpvpB.png –  Adrien Be Jan 30 at 9:27

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