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There is a really nice process for the creation of new Stack Exchange sites (in my opinion), but is there a process for closing or merging sites if the community around a sites starts dying?

I do not think that will happen in a year, but let's say that SharePoint is discontinued 5 years from now and in 10 there are few new Q&A's and few views. Will it be merged with Stack Overflow again?

The question might be relevant if some of the new sites do not take off after the beta.

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The Gadgets site (which I can't find the Area 51 link for right now) failed and it's good questions were split between Gaming, Apple and Android. There is a precedent. – ChrisF Jun 12 '11 at 21:08
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Also Guitars was apparently merged into Music. – Josh Caswell Jun 12 '11 at 21:17
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There have been a few (very few, but > 0) failed SE2 sites. When that happens, we've made a data dump of the site available for downloading.

Examples:

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