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My discworld proposal ("Ook!") may turn out to be too specialised, but it has currently more followers than the fantasy proposal but would make a good subset using a [discworld] tag. So should I close it or leave that decision to the followers? I mean, does that number indicate the desire for a more specialised site or may they just not know about the more general one?

Same question for The Simpsons VS Animated Series.

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+1 in spirit for having a Discworld proposal. I am going to lurk the heck out of that when it gets into public beta. (I'm not expert enough to commit.) –  Pops Sep 1 '10 at 17:11

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There is no single correct answer to this question. Some proposals are too broad (extreme example: "Everything," AKA Yahoo! Answers) while other proposals are too narrow (extreme example: "Sonic the Hedgehog, Green Hill Zone, Act 2"). The system is designed to let people naturally build communities of things that are the right size (not-so-extreme example: "Gaming"). Worst case scenario, some tinkering can happen during or immediately after beta.

In your specific case, it might not hurt to cross-advertise a bit between Discworld and Fantasy, but I suspect that Fantasy is a bit too broad and Discworld is popular enough that it'll be able to support itself.

I definitely wouldn't pull a proposal out from under a large number of followers; in addition to making them angry and confused, it'll probably be ineffective, since someone will just repropose it.

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