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I was just on Area 51 to find out they have changed the site's layout, and I find it a bit confusing. Like comments: it is not possible to post comments on the topic instead of the question.

I have found this from my Sports one but can someone please explain why this has happened?

I guess this must have happened in the last 12 hours because that's the last time I was on it.

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I think it was more like 10 minutes ago. – mmyers Jan 27 '11 at 22:09
Actually, I think it just happened. There was just a notice in the Tavern naught but a few minutes ago. – Grace Note Jan 27 '11 at 22:09
@mmyers do you know why this has happend – Benny Jan 27 '11 at 22:11
Nifty... Although, I'm not sure why "Life" has so few proposals in comparison to "All Proposals"... Or why there's no "Death" category... – Shog9 Jan 27 '11 at 22:18
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Welcome to the new Area 51! There will be a blog post to explain everything soon, but to answer your question in the meantime, comments have been replaced with discussions, which are full questions & answers on the new

You can still view old comments, but from now on you should create a discussion instead. There's a link on the proposal page to quickly create a new question with the appropriate tag and a link to the proposal pre-filled for you.

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can the discussions still be about the proposal? – Benny Jan 27 '11 at 22:16
@Benny Yes, the intent of is to provide more discussion / commenting ability. Instead of a single thread of comments, you can have many discussions about a proposal, or discussions about multiple proposals. – David Fullerton Jan 27 '11 at 22:17
Does that mean I can talk about it there and it can't be closed? – Benny Jan 27 '11 at 22:17
@Benny Yes, is where you discuss anything to do with proposals: "Should X be closed?", "Should X be merged with Y?", "Should X include subject Z?" etc – David Fullerton Jan 27 '11 at 22:20
Ok thanks David – Benny Jan 27 '11 at 22:20

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