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I created a proposal for a Hindi Q&A forum at Area 51 (the name was Jigyasa) and it had almost 60 followers and it was moving to the commitment phase. Today I logged in to Area 51 after a gap of about a month and saw that the proposal was deleted. (Earlier search for "Hindi" would show up my proposal in results, now it doesn't.) I never received any email notification about it. What happened to it?

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Under your profile, you had a proposal called "Indic Q&A | जिज्ञासा" (I see no entry for either "Jigyasa" nor "Hindi").

That proposal had not received a question or follower since the middle of August and was removed as part of the regular maintenance of Area 51.

This proposal has been deleted.

Inactive proposals that do not receive any activity for one month are subject to deletion. Occasionally, proposals may be removed from Area 51 for reasons of moderation: spam, off topic, abuse, etc. For more information, see the FAQ.

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Hi Robert, IMO this is quite rude. Its very difficult to bring collect people and create a community in niche areas like Indic Computing (it took me 6 years to being a mailing list to to the level of 500 members), these things don't happen overnight. I think you guys are doing it in excess and this would just demotivate smaller communities. I don't think I have the courage to start all over again. Sad really! –  Dee Jan 31 '11 at 10:50
    
@Dee: Most people feel just the opposite; that I let proposals linger way too long before removal. Even you stopped contributing to the proposal. The proposal showed absolutely no sign of support for over 4 months: not one question, no comments, no additional followers. Not one. That's all it takes to keep a proposal alive, just a little bit of support on the rare occasion. If you ever feel that you are able to gain more interest, you are welcome to resubmit your proposal. –  Robert Cartaino Jan 31 '11 at 17:25
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Robert, is it really too much to expect from a sophisticated software and experienced moderators that they will at least send one if not a few email alerts to the proposer before his and other's hard-work is dumped in to trash-box? I received no emails over these "4 months" from area51, for people who have a full-time day job will not be able to monitor stuff on a daily basis, after all this is just a hobby, we are not going to earn a living out of this. Anyways... –  Dee Feb 1 '11 at 14:20

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