I want to know how the decision to start a new Stack Exchange site is arrived at. What are the things considered before a new site is approved?

Why are there multiple sites for one set of things? For example Ask Ubuntu is separate from Unix / Linux. And so on...

  • Check out Area 51. – Matthew Haugen Dec 29 '14 at 8:23
  • Checked out! I understand now! – One Face Dec 29 '14 at 8:31
  • Area 51 is not available in android app? – One Face Dec 29 '14 at 8:32
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    No, Area51 is running on an older version (as in antique) of the software and so the api used by the mobile versions don't include Area51. – rene Dec 29 '14 at 9:34
  • @rene is there any plans to update area 51's stack exchange version? Will it be available in android app if the version is updated? – One Face Jan 5 '15 at 4:10
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    No plans: Area 51 is not under active development. If it is ever replaced by something, the new thing will not be like Q&A sites, so it seems unlikely it would be accessible through the app. -- my interpretation of Anna Lear's comments – user259867 Jan 5 '15 at 4:31

There is a Meta SE Q&A called What makes a winning site proposal? which discusses how Stack Exchange sites can go from conception to graduation.

I recommend reading this answer from Joel Spolsky.

  • Thanks great post! – One Face Dec 29 '14 at 8:30

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