So, I've created an Area 51 proposal. I've emailed it / tweeted it to others and added it to my profile page. (The proposal has been deleted by now).

What other tips do you have? Is there a good way to frame a proposal? How do you get the views after it disappears from the front page?

I've asked two people whose proposals entered the commit phase how they got past definition and both said, "Don't know, it just happened!" =:-)

Update: after Tim Post's useful answer below, I need to clarify that this is meant to be a general question for all Area 51 user's, so not specific to my proposal.

  • Just out of interest... what happened to your proposal? I only ask as this question was posted in 2010, but there is currently a Wiki proposal which was proposed Dec 2015. Mar 12, 2016 at 3:16
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    @Greenonline: my proposal died. Thanks for the info, I have joined! Mar 12, 2016 at 6:49

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I think you need to do a little more in the description to convince potential contributors that the proposal could actually lead to a viable site.

I do realize that there are a number of options when it comes to wikis, but would an entire site devoted just to wikis attract a large enough community / receive enough traffic to sustain itself?

  • Thanks for the reply, Tim. But just for clarification: this is meant to be a general question, not specifically about my proposal. I'll make that more clear in the question. Jul 31, 2010 at 18:27
  • PS - I'll take your advice Tim. Jul 31, 2010 at 18:29
  • @Mark - In general, if the proposal looks viable .. people start working on it and promoting it. You've already done (as far as I know) everything that everyone else has done as far as promotion. Granted, some people have more followers that might be interested. One tweet from Jeff on a new proposal usually results in a swarm of new followers.
    – user50049
    Jul 31, 2010 at 18:32
  • @Tim - Jeff? Sounds like I should know his name, but I'm still fairly a newbie. After your last message I added to my description a bit but if you have any further or specific advice I'd like to hear it. Thanks for your help so far. Jul 31, 2010 at 18:48
  • @Mark - Jeff Atwood - see meta.stackoverflow.com/users/1/jeff-atwood (He runs Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange and the blog codinghorror.com)
    – user50049
    Jul 31, 2010 at 18:53
  • @Tim - oh, Jeff. Of course I've heard of him (for some reason my brain stopped working). The funny thing is, I started following him on Twitter just 2 days ago... =:-) Jul 31, 2010 at 18:59

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