Background: Area 51 has recently gone from using comments for each proposal to a site-wide discussion format.

Question: Where do proposal-specific questions go (like this one)? Another example: we've had an extensive discussion about the name of one proposal - where should that go?

  • I'm not sure why you think questions like the first one are desirable. Mind explaining?
    – Borror0
    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:58
  • @Borror0 - yes, sure. I originally saw this on another site (sorry, can't find the link) that was close to the Commitment phase. The proposer asked people to re-arrange their votes (which were distributed across multiple questions) to get the 5 on + 5 off topic questions. That inspired me to ask the followers (many of which have joined in the last week or so) to get voting to get that number up. After all, I thought that if they were new (and many were new to the whole Stack Exchange concept) they would not know what was expected of them. It was not intended to be site wide spam! Jan 29, 2011 at 11:03
  • @Wikis: But why the rush to enter commitment? Even if there are finally 60 followers, the proposal will need at least 200 more before having enough to exit commitment. Taking a bit more time defining the site won't make much of a difference.
    – Borror0
    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:10
  • @Borror0 - well, at six months so far, we're hardly rushing! But we need first 60 followers and 10 questions, and then we go to the 200 followers in the next phase (commitment). Also - turn it around - what's wrong with asking the followers to vote (especially since many are new)? Jan 29, 2011 at 11:14
  • @Wikis: It's unnecessary, which is probably why Robert called it spam.
    – Borror0
    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:22
  • @Borrow0 I think Robert called it spam because it was site wide. Jan 29, 2011 at 11:24

1 Answer 1


The question you linked to was correctly closed - you need to drum up support for the proposal elsewhere.

As for your question about the name I don't see why it can't go on the discussion site. You are, after all, discussing the proposal. However, I'm not in charge of the system and the process so treat my answer as an informed guess rather than the "truth".


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