The Apocalyptic Defense proposal has been closed as "not a real proposal". This, however, did not stop me from committing to it. Unless I misunderstood the purpose of the close mechanism, this seems like unintended behavior.

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    Closed? Dang it - the Men In Black must have... gotten to the moderators... On a serious note - if the moderators are going to close proposals they don't like, why even let it get this far? Close them from the start, like they will presumably also do to the Conspiracy Theory site...
    – John C
    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:10
  • I assume it was left open because we are in beta @john
    – juan
    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:21
  • @Juan Manuel: You would be correct. Apocalyptic Defense was fun but I had to do a bit of clean up prior to our public announcement coming up very shortly. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:23
  • @Juan a heads up from head honcho that the close hammer were comming would have been nice.
    – perbert
    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:32
  • It was the Men In Black, I tell you... :)
    – John C
    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:48

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This is the intended behavior. Closing a proposal is analogous to closing a question. You can still vote on it and it can be voted to re-open. Eventually, closed proposals will be deleted.


We changed our mind on this. Following / Committing are different than normal voting, so you won't be able to follow / commit to a closed proposal, and a commitment on a closed proposal won't count against your commitment limit.

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    Closing in the definition phase makes sense, but what's the point of closing in the commitment phase if people can still commit, presumably to the point at which the site would go into beta? Jun 16, 2010 at 2:10
  • @kyle, not a real proposal won't make it to commit before being closed in the future; now it's in beta.
    – juan
    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:13
  • @Kyle: A closed proposal can still receive "votes" (a closed proposal is not deleted, it can be re-opened) but it will not pass on to the next phase. Jun 16, 2010 at 2:26
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    I don't get it. It was pretty obvious where this site was going from day one. It's not like the site was bitten by a zombie after 10 days and, only then, did you finally realize you had to "remove the head or destroy the brain". Why let people waste so much time with it before you put the kibosh upon it?
    – raven
    Jun 16, 2010 at 3:47
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    Did anyone actually think it would not be closed? It was a silly beta proposal. People had fun with it, but I hope noone was counting on it actually getting created as a real site!
    – Blorgbeard
    Jun 16, 2010 at 7:01
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    @Raven, in the beta phase they are testing all the mechanisms. Proposals like "Apocalyptic Defence", because they are fun by nature, will draw a lot of attention, and this enables the dev team to test their functionality. However, the "test data" that you use in the beta phase should be expunged before you go live. Even if people like the test data.
    – devinb
    Jun 16, 2010 at 7:09
  • Thanks for getting this done so quickly :)
    – user50049
    Jun 16, 2010 at 17:29

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