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After recently asking this question, I learned that there is the concept of stack exchange 1.0 and 2.0. SE 2.0 sites are those launched from Area 51. This raises a few interesting questions:

  1. Over the long term, what will happen to these 1.0 sites?
  2. Is there a process for migrating these 1.0 sites to the new network?
  3. Is that even desirable?
  4. How would 1.0 sites that may have overlapping content with sites already in area 51 be changed / reconciled with sites in area 51?
  5. What does it even mean to 'migrate' to area 51? Could a site bring in all of it's existing content? Users / questions / comments, etc.?

Although technical problems do exist, this smells like more of a process & growth management problem to me than a technical one.

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Also: are examples of migrated SE 1.0 sites – balpha Sep 30 '10 at 17:33
@balpha - do you know how this was accomplished? – DaveParillo Sep 30 '10 at 19:02
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Wherever possible, we are working with the Stack Exchange 1.0 sites that have created successful communities. Generally, it is better to bring them into the Stack Exchange Network rather than shutting them down or creating competing sites. The more people we get together in one place, the better the site will be.

But there are very, very few sites that were successful under the SE 1.0 subscription model; even fewer that would qualify with sufficient traffic and activity to get out of the SE 2.0 beta.

The best way to show that a site would be viable part of the SE 2.0 network is to create a corresponding proposal in Area 51. That establishes the minimum requirements that you have an enthusiastic, committed group of expert users who will check in regularly, asking and answering questions. That's the purpose of Area 51.

When sufficient interest has been shown in the site's topic, we have to look at the SE 1.0 site content. It has to be compatible with the way the proposal was defined and evolved. It also has to have quality questions worth importing into a brand-spanking-new site. Many of the SE 1.0 sites were not maintained and have succumbed to spam and off-topic posts.

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I took at a look at, which indicates "we’d love to work with you to migrate it to the new, community-owned Stack Exchange platform." What are the steps to make this happen? Sounds as if it's: propose a new site in area 51 and when it has graduated to 'full citizenship' (or maybe the beta) selected content from the old site gets moved into the new site? But that this needs to be coordinated with the 1.0 owner? – DaveParillo Sep 30 '10 at 19:01
Yes, we have no rights to the privately-owned SE 1.0 sites. Migration would have to be with their permission. – Robert Cartaino Sep 30 '10 at 19:48
Actually, it appears the owner of that site is trying to work through the migration process. I'll hop on over there & see what I can do, but there are at least 4 or 5 proposals that are specializations of the project management proposal, one (Scrum) is further along. I don't like the idea of a scrum site for the same reason I wouldn't like to see stack overflow split into C, java, fortran, etc. – DaveParillo Sep 30 '10 at 21:17

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