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I have an idea for a Stack Exchange site and was wondering if people who propose those sites get compensated in some way. Can they make money from advertising or something?

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The short answer is no. At least, no profit-generating scheme is built into the system for proposers. Everything on SE sites is licensed cc-wiki, except the source code. Perhaps some enterprising person could find a third-party way to monetize the system, but that's outside the scope of Meta Stack Overflow.

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I got compensated when the site I wanted with all my heart got created (at least for a few more days) – juan Aug 26 '10 at 20:10

The closest thing to compensation anyone gets is reputation on Area51.

That being said, if the topic was one you have a sincere interest in, your reward is a shiny new site for your topic that you can ask / answer questions on.

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I'd say that proposers of successful sites should get badges. Maybe bronze if it hits commitment, silver if it hits beta, and gold if it gets out of beta.

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Indirectly you will get compensated. Not just for the above mentioned reasons, but also:

  1. You can mention it on your CV (assuming it is work related - like mine =:-) ) which may lead to a higher income and
  2. You can a shiny, warm, glowing feeling of satisfaction inside at having made the world a better place*.

Note: Your mileage may vary, subject to terms and conditions.

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Depending on your chosen profession, Gaming is totally work related. – Grace Note Aug 26 '10 at 20:24
@Grace Note - sounds fantastic... – Wikis Aug 26 '10 at 20:37

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