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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.

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
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
@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
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 '14 at 17:35
@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 '14 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 '14 at 9:27

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