Some of this thanks to HE OF THE CHANGING NAME.
And it's not even Friday afternoon.
Is this some kind of rebellion? (I must admit it was quite therapeutic asking unanswerable questions after having all my votes wiped out.)
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Area 51 is a community-moderated site in which suggestions are made and then voted on. If you don't like a suggestion, don't follow it. If you do like a suggestion, help it out. That's what community means.
So there's no need to be serially downvoting every one of my example questions, whichever one of you is doing that.
Since it's a beta, a certain amount of silliness is allowed in order to test the system. However, since there are real proposals that people are putting a lot of time and energy into, we'd like to keep the silliness confined only to the silly proposals.
Part of testing the system is seeing how these silly proposals are handled, so they're fair game for users to flag / vote to close, but the moderators won't necessarily respond to all mod flags with a close / deletion.
When we get close to leaving beta, all the silly proposals will be cleaned out. When the site is live, silly proposals will be closed and we will deal with trolls as on the trilogy.
Does this dress make me look fat?
My pants have lost their button. How can I mend it using only my power tools?
I'm trying to make mismatching socks chic. Do you have any tips?
Will kilts ever become a fashion statement?
Apocalyptic Defense (ROFL in itself)
I may have to sign up on Area 51 just to follow those proposals.
I have no idea whose accounts those are, but if it's not Welbog, he should probably be concerned about whomever is trying to make him look bad. And if it is him, I'm disappointed – you seemed like a better guy than that.
There is a fine line between being silly/useless and a small (geeky) area with experts and enthusiasts. We can't be the judge of which category these proposals fall into. The only proper thing to do is to wait it out and let the people show which is which.
Most of these proposals have been made to harvest rep, which is not that much different from some of the questions on SO that aims to harvest gold badges by being fun.
In reference to a comment above, I'd just like to point out that my suggestion about a site for discussion of the Bible code was not at all "nutty". It was legitimate.
In all honesty, I am a skeptic when it comes to the issue. But being a skeptic about something usually drives me to become more interested and learn more about it, so that I can either assuage or legitimize my skepticism. I made the suggestion just to get a feel if there was anyone else from the main body of SOFU that was also interested in such things. So far, not much interest from SOFU denizens, so I may try posting a link to the proposal on other related sites where there is more traffic from people who are already interested in the topic.
Actually, if one of these "Silly Sites" gets enough followers and such to make it past the first phase then I am open to it and will probably be joining a few just for the laughs. Hopefully we can have funny SE sites :)
For instance Apocalyptic Defense I am currently following. Along with it having the possibility for some hilarious things, there is actual content on there that people are interested in and that is serious.