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I know that finding the right granularity for a proposal is tough. I'm wondering if the Powers-that-be have any information on how many proposals have changed (presumably to be wider in scope), and thereby increased their number of followers?

Personally, after I proposed a Blender software site, it didn't do so hot - so I widened the scope to all 3D modelling software, and it did - slightly better... :)

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We're still discussing how to deal with merging smaller proposals at this point.

My idea was if enough high rep (2k) users vote for a merge then every committer is emailed and has to say yea or nay to the merge. If at least, say 50 percent, on each side agree this is a valid merge then we merge them.

I think the committers have to agree as only they have the required domain knowledge to determine if this is a valid merge or not.

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    What if the smaller proposal is a duplicate? area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/10961/weight-loss Can these be merged by a moderator? – Jon Seigel Jul 10 '10 at 8:13
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    I really don't think it takes much domain knowledge to know that barefoot running is a very limited subset of running, despite the proposer's claim that it's "specialized enough to merit its own discussion." But hey, I don't run barefoot, I could be wrong... :) – John C Jul 10 '10 at 14:05
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I have an example of the inverse: my writing proposal was originally called "Books and Writing", but the audience seemed to be very different, so I dropped the "books" part and it got to commitment phase anyway.

Then a books proposal was created to cover what it was left out there (this one still needs more followers though).

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