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A proposal on Area 51 was recently closed by a staff member with a comment that contained

Please do not disregard the community requirement when submitting a proposal. When you submit this proposal for a site, you were asked to demonstrate that you already had an audience ready to actually build it.

I checked some of the other proposals currently in the Definition phase, but couldn't find links to the "community requirement" communities for these proposals anywhere, even though Question 3 of the proposal form contains the question prompt "Please link to the organization or website organizing this effort".

How do I view the link to the "organization or website" that was declared by the proposer when they proposed the site?

  • Is this considered confidential, in that passersby who might get interested in the proposal or even join it are not entitled to know what community originally organized it?
  • Is this considered extraneous or niche data, not shown by default but available on request (e.g. through an API call or a support post)?
  • Did I miss something major and the community link is actually visible somewhere?
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    It doesn't appear anywhere, and my guess is that it's mod-only (or staff only) detail, used to determine if the proposal has any chance by the mod/staff taking a look and based on that decides whether to close with the reason you quoted, or give the proposal a chance. – Shadow9 Oct 30 '19 at 13:16
  • Annoucement on Area51 which may give insight Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0 – Tensibai Oct 30 '19 at 13:28
  • The "community requirement" is a rule that's often neglected. I think the link is only intended for verification by the team, I've never seen them made public. Of-course, a community could always state their 'other' location in an Area 51 post. – Mast Oct 30 '19 at 13:33
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Unfortunately, there is currently no public view of that information mostly because of What's going on with Area 51, and because the information provided is typically a vague reference to a website or social media, or it is simply nonsense.

I do not have an "online" organization, although I have some friends offline willing to follow/commit.

Without further development and support and enforcement of that feature, the information isn't really all that useful.

The question was added to the submission form in response to recent Changes to the Area 51 process which necessitated finding communities ready to build these sites before submitting a proposal. Proposal authors were dropping titles and descriptions into Area 51 expecting someone else to build it for them. But Area 51 no longer has the audience to build sites without a community to support it, so most proposals gather dust and scant bursts of activity from unsuspecting users until the proposal itself just expires.

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    Can the information be disclosed upon request, or is it considered private and confidential? – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Oct 31 '19 at 3:41
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    It is not confidential; it's just not typically useful. If there's an issue where surfacing that information seems relevant, I am more than happy to provide it. – Robert Cartaino Oct 31 '19 at 18:42

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