The proposal "Teaching and Tutoring: Math and Science" was recently deleted due to inactivity.

It is rather annoying to get the email announcement of the deletion after the fact because I would like to be able to copy the information.

Why could you not send an email: "Proposal X will be deleted due to inactivity in a week?" ?

I do not want to protest the deletion, but I want to access the sample questions.

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    It would also give you some time to try to drum up some more support.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:23

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The email you received wasn't a notice-after-the-fact of a deletion. It was a heads up to let you know there is a related, more-successful proposal you may wish to support. The disparate, education-related proposals are not gaining traction because support is spread to thin, so combining forces into a larger, more-comprehensive site is a useful tactic to getting those subjects launched.

As for sending deletion notices before cleaning out abandoned proposals — No, I don't see the value in artificially rousting support for a proposal that has had ABSOLUTELY NO ACTIVITY for 1-2 months; no new questions, no comments, no voting, nothing.

Getting a site started and making it successful in the long term takes a lot of work and dedicated attention. If we geared this system to constantly prod people "please, please continue to pay attention to this struggling proposal", that is not likely to create a very promising site.

It's not a judgement call on whether a proposal was a good idea. Sometimes you simply do not have the right people with the right knowledge in the right place at the right time; so the momentum simply is not there to create a successful site. And sometimes the process falls apart when it should fall apart, as was the case here of splintering support across niche educational interests at the expense of a much more comprehensive, stronger site.

  • Have you actually read my question? Or do you just prefer to answer the comment from someone else below my question instead of my question? I don't want to avoid the deletion, I want to copy the deleted content that interests me before deletion. I visit all the proposals I follow very often even though I don't see the point of making regular comments all the time if the proposal just isn't viable. I did make a purely activity-oriented comment on my own proposal and I think that this is actually ridiculous that this will keep it alive.
    – Phira
    Sep 22, 2011 at 19:39
  • @user9325: I see, your request is different. My bad. But the reasoning not to do that routinely is based on the same logic. Users ask to pull back questions from the failed proposal just to re-post them a second time around. I don't see that as something to encourage. But regarding your specific request, I have un-deleted the proposal so you can copy whatever you wish. I will keep it around until later this weekend. Enjoy. Sep 22, 2011 at 22:05

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