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I would like to see a view on Area51 that hides all [closed] proposals - right now, they're cluttering-up many pages, and I'd like to be able to see the live proposals without the clutter.

As of 1138EDT on 18-May-2011:

I see 29 on the front page of All looking at "newest" (set to view 50/page).


  • Arts: 8
  • Business: 2
  • Culture: 5
  • Life: 13
  • Professional: 1
  • Recreation: 13
  • Science: 2
  • Technology : 39

Total [closed] currently:

  • 84

Total proposals:

  • 508

[Closed] as a percentage:

  • 16.5%

That's some serious clutter, imho :)

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Hey, I'd even be happy if I could search with closed:0. – Dori May 18 '11 at 3:54
@Dori - that's saying quite a bit coming from a moderator :) – warren May 18 '11 at 12:22
@warren Which pages? The only place I see a lot of them is the "newest" tab, but I'm not sure we want to hide them there. I'd be fine with adding a search filter for it. – David Fullerton May 18 '11 at 15:22
@David Fullerton, see expansion above – warren May 18 '11 at 15:40
@Dori actually, you can already search with closed:0 – David Fullerton May 18 '11 at 15:51
@David - not on newest questions, or with any other filter/sort. – Dori May 18 '11 at 23:06

"Proposals" are a lot like "questions" in Stack Exchange (hint — they're derived from the same code base). I think it would become very confusing if we started changing the expected behaviors between the two systems.

Area 51 is supposed to work as much like a Stack Exchange Q&A as possible. "Hiding" a closed proposal would be much like hiding a closed question. We've all become accustomed to the behavior that a "closed" question is not deleted. It can be re-opened by voting. Same goes for a closed proposal.

And much like a closed question in Stack Exchange, if you feel that a proposal does not belong on the site, you should vote to deleted it (with the appropriate reputation requirements, of course). Closed proposals will be deleted automatically if they receive no further activity for a month, anyway.

I would rather NOT see the behavior of Area 51 drift too far away from the core functionality of Stack Exchange. Then you would just have two sets of behaviors to learn.

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then why not put them all in a view of "closed" like "newest"? – warren May 18 '11 at 16:57
also - there are only 5 users with the "appropriate reputation requirements" to delete proposals on area51 – warren May 18 '11 at 20:32

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