Is there any kind of time frame in which new proposals are expected to attain the requisite number of followers to move to the next phase? I can see where if it takes a year to gather enough followers to take the proposal to beta then maybe the proposal can come into question, but I can also see where others might take longer.

Or is the thought to go ahead and let it take as long as it takes and then it'll all get sorted out during the beta period?


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Editor's note: As of April 27, 2018, there is now a four-month deadline for each proposal's Definition and Commitment phases. The clock is reset once the proposal finishes each phase. This is because sites whose proposals tended to spend longer times in these phases tended to result in closed sites.

Long after this post was originally made, there was an unofficial policy of closing proposals that spend more than one year in Definition or Commitment, but enforcement was completely manual; in mid-2015, it was made automatic.

There is currently no plan to put a time frame on a site proposal. We want to make sure that sites have all the time they need to develop properly. That can happen very quickly for a mainstream site. It might take longer for smaller sites. Smaller sites need time to reach out to experts and develop a following.

There may be some practical point where there has been absolutely no activity on a proposal and it gets deleted as a matter of system maintenance. But there's no "time limit" to get everything through in under "X" period of time.

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    Great, that's actually what I was hoping you'd say. Thanks!
    – squillman
    Jun 3, 2010 at 19:27

It seems to me that this policy has recently changed (April 27th, 2018):

[UNCHANGED] Proposal authors have three (3) days to complete the minimum submission requirements (5 followers, 5 example questions)

A proposal has four (4) months to complete the Definition phase, and an additional four (4) months to complete Commitment

Abandoned proposals exhibiting NO activity for seven (7) consecutive days are subject to closure

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