I wanted to propose a new site, so I went to https://area51.stackexchange.com/

If I click on the link "Propose a new technology site" then it shows:

Area 51 >> Login Error
Unable to log in:
No user found

So I found out I first need to sign up into Area 51, but I couldn't see any link/button to do that.

  • If you're not logged in and you click on "Propose a new X site", it should redirect you to the SE login screen. If it doesn't, this seems like a bug.
    – 41686d6564
    May 16, 2022 at 8:49
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    @41686d6564standsw.Palestine: I don't think they previously had an account on Area 51. They were being redirected to the login screen as intended, but were met with an error because they hadn't signed up for Area 51 before.
    – Justin
    May 16, 2022 at 8:53
  • @zcoop98: OP found out that they had to sign up, except they couldn't find the "sign up" button :)
    – Justin
    May 17, 2022 at 15:53

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The "sign up" button is at the top of the page, next to "log in":

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I would agree that it's quite easy to miss, given the tiny font and low contrast.

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    That's it, for goodness sake, tell me that's on purpose... (the tiny font and minimal contrast)
    – Joan
    May 16, 2022 at 8:59
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    You would almost think they don't want users to log in, sign up, chat or discuss on that site ....
    – rene
    May 16, 2022 at 8:59
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    @Joan Are51 is a bit of a forgotten corner and not getting the love from SE it might need. Don't be disappointed if a new site proposal falls flat.
    – rene
    May 16, 2022 at 9:02
  • @rene, I'm smelling that, done, not going to waste my time.
    – Joan
    May 16, 2022 at 9:09
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    @Joan unless you have a vibrant community already, new proposals are unlikely to launch: see: Changes to the Area 51 Process v3.0, so it is possible to get a new site started but the entry barrier went up a bit.
    – rene
    May 16, 2022 at 9:22
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    Also, regarding how the top bar on Area 51 looks right now: The top bar on Area 51 is malformed
    – V2Blast
    Jun 8, 2022 at 1:49

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