What models for expanding the scope of Area 51 sites (during public beta) have been the most successful?
On Atheism we have a good community in public beta pulling itself together, but some of us are talking about the idea of loosening the reins on content and expanding the topical base to be more inclusive (not just to spur questions, but to allow flexibility and encourage a focus in responding as well). Specifically, we don't want to encumber ourselves by adding just some other discipline, but an actual, practical focus.
- Have any other Area 51s come out of private beta and done such an intellectual landgrab, as it were? (Have things like this just been organic, community driven?)
- If so, what model did you take for expanding the scope of your proposal?
- What problems did you face?
I presume the success of this is based on what is grabbed, and for the sake of commentary it could be one of pragmatic secularism and atheism(*). (Obviously, not all on the site would use this example, it is just for the sake of an example.)
*Many answers refer to the semantic meaninglessness, nonsensical usage of atheism among atheists (ie. if atheists deny god, then (to an atheist) atheism is a statement that denies nothing - this inhibits question-answering)