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The site descriptions at are inconsistent. According to the list:

  • SO is for programmers
  • SU for computer enthusiasts
  • SF for administrators
  • Webmasters for pro webmasters
  • Ubuntu for Ubuntu users and developers
  • Gaming for passionate videogamers...


  • Electronic Gadgets is for electronic gadgets!

This prevents myself and other human beings from participating, which is reflected in the low number of users (only 768 after more than 3 weeks in beta).

The same is true for several other sites on the list. Mathematics is for mathematics, Cooking is for food, and so on. It could be argued that I am food, but I am certainly not a mathematic!

Please normalize the descriptions, consistently allowing human participation in all of the sites. In fact, why do the descriptions at differ from the ones at to begin with?

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much, much funnier than expected. kudos to you, not-an-electronic-gadget – Jeff Atwood Aug 6 '10 at 11:04
Food you say? – random Aug 6 '10 at 17:24
@random, I'll see your five and raise you ten:… – ЯegDwight Aug 12 '10 at 11:11
up vote 5 down vote accepted

It may take a little time for the descriptions to refresh, but I tried to correctly set them all to the proper audience descriptions in their Area 51 proposals.

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This is ridiculous. Bots are discriminated against on the vast majority of SE sites; haven't you ever seen one of the CAPTCHA pages? They're unwelcoming, even derogatory, to robots. AIs are people too, and they absolutely deserve a site of their own!

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I'm okay with your feature request for human participation in math, though. The heck with rights for abstract concepts. – Pops Aug 6 '10 at 15:31

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