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):
- Coverflow - 21 questions
- fmoverflow - 10(!) questions
- Gamestruction (dupe of one in Area 51 anyway) - 37 questions
- 4xPDF - 112 questions, but that's from over 8 months and is very inactive
- mesa de ayuda(?) - 42 questions
- Packetdrop - 15(!) questions
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.