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How to "follow through" on an area51 proposal
What is the exact commitment when commiting to an area51 site?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Lance Roberts, Jeff Atwood Aug 22 '11 at 7:20

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This is covered in the Area 51 faq

Once you've fulfilled your commitment on a new site by asking and answering a few questions, you'll be able to commit to another site. If you are very active, you may be able to re-use your commitment as soon as the second day of public beta. If you aren't active on the site, you won't be able to re-use the commitment until the end of the public beta (up to 90 days).

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what do you mean by "a few questions"? Is the fulfillment of a user status decided by someone (as opposed to an automatic limit)? –  Louis Rhys Sep 29 '10 at 6:33
    
@louis it is automatic, but we don't disclose the actual number because we feel it would lead to gaming –  Jeff Atwood Sep 29 '10 at 6:37
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@Jeff Atwood: Gaming? I've fulfilled one commitment, and was informed that my commitment was fulfilled within minutes after I'd posted the last question. If I need 17 questions and/or answers, how does that allow me to game the system? If I'm going to flood the site with bad questions and answers, I can do that until either I hit the magic number or get the notification. –  David Thornley Sep 29 '10 at 14:49
    
as explained in this answer, apparently the fulfillment calculation runs every 24 hours, so it's not immmediate. I think you'd hit the fulfillment limit before, and you also happened to post another q/a just before your status was calculated. –  Louis Rhys Sep 30 '10 at 1:52
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@Atwood - love the system of course. When a user signs up to commit to work on a site, Area 51 gives the user the impression that they are signing a contract. The big difference between that contract and real-life ones is that the terms of the commitment are not spelled out. How can you ask people to commit their time and effort to something, while you can't even tell them the exact terms of that commitment? Forgive me, but that sounds exactly like it makes the Stack Exchange system hypocritical on some level. –  Mark Rogers Jan 12 '11 at 14:23
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@Jeff: Given that it's ages ago that I committed to the beta, I have completely forgotten that pledge in Area 51. They should include that in the notification email we all got when the beta launched. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Apr 1 '11 at 6:16
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