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In this blog post, it was said that communities that don't prosper will be closed in order to prevent fragmentation of the community and to draw attention to other sites.

Browsing through the computers section of the master Stack Exchange 1.0 list, I see multiple sites that have less than 50 questions and all are ghost towns. For example (all statistics as of this post):

That's only a few of the sites that are graveyards, and that's only in the computer section! These niche communities only exist to draw people away from other sites, which is bad.

Now I know that these people paid a lot of money for these sites. But couldn't you give them a refund of some kind? I don't think we should bully the sites out of existence, but if you remove 75% of them (and I'm hoping that most will voluntarily go), the master list above will actually be useful, instead of a bunch of links to various dead sites.

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They may have paid for WordArt logos, but they didn't pay anyone at SO, inc for those ghost towns. – random Jul 23 '10 at 20:36
Wasn't that the business model of SE 1.0: Hand over $150(?) and you can get a new site? – TheLQ Jul 23 '10 at 20:40
They never lasted long enough for SE 1.0 to start charging and before the VC money. – random Jul 23 '10 at 20:48
Here's the blog entry btw: – TheLQ Jul 23 '10 at 20:49
More like put out of their misery. – random Jul 23 '10 at 21:03
@random, I'm confused. The blog entry reads "However, by setting a price ($129-$5000/month, depending on traffic) to cover the cost of servers and bandwidth, we discouraged a lot of people from making sites that might have been great." Are you saying they announced but never collected those server/bandwidth fees from anyone? – Pops Jul 24 '10 at 3:59
The monthly costs were part of SE1.0 after a certain beta period for each proposal. They never really went past the beta to start collecting on the fees. – random Jul 24 '10 at 5:13
@random: Ah, thats why you all have been saying you never made any money. Thanks for that, I was really getting confused – TheLQ Jul 24 '10 at 20:59
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Most of those sites have already expired (i.e. they are scheduled for removal). We will have to remove them soon for technical reason but we are in no rush to do so.

We are keeping them up as long as we can out of consideration for all the users who have contributed content — content that those users can save on the newer sites as they come online. Until then, site owners and users are backing up their content and making other arrangements.

As for "special treatment," how many SE 2.0 sites have been deleted? And nobody "paid a lot of money for these sites." Stack Exchange never collected any money for hosting sites.

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So they are going to get deleted, just not right now because of the amount of contributed content. That makes sense. And the reason I said they cost money was because of the blog post. However random relieved in a comment above that they only cost money if they got out of the beta state, which none did. – TheLQ Jul 24 '10 at 20:58

How are they distracting from the SOFO/SE/Area51 community? They're inactive so clearly nobody is going to them. If they were distracting our communities they would be bustling with activity.

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You have people there that occasionally ask questions, meaning they are only partially inactive. But as per the blog post, inactive = deleted for SE 2.0. So why do SE 1.0 sites get special treatment? – TheLQ Jul 23 '10 at 22:23
@Lord, because they signed up under a different set of rules. – Mark Henderson Jul 24 '10 at 3:15

Both and are closing because

as of September 1, 2013, Stack Exchange, the operator of the forum, will be shutting down the site.

So apparently, yes.

Or as explained on their new platform:

The Stack Exchange team decided that it was time to decommission all of these old servers and let us know we would have to move to a new site by the end of the summer (2013). We were disappointed by the news...

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Wellllllll, they won't be on SE 1.0 anymore, but those particular ones will be moving to their own platform. – Nick Craver Aug 22 '13 at 10:04
@NickCraver interesting, but that's what Derrick told me... – Michel de Ruiter Aug 22 '13 at 10:58

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