Questions tagged [closed-sites]

Questions about how closed Stack Exchange sites affect other sites on the network.

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Why did Theoretical Physics fail?

Theoretical Physics (TP or TP.SE), a Stack Exchange site for research-level questions, is going to be closed. It was clear that the traffic was declining, even though the quality of questions (...
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Why did Literature fail?

In the interest of not repeating the same mistakes if another book- or literature-related site is proposed: why did the first incarnation of Literature Stack Exchange (2011–2012) fail? What should we ...
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Salvage questions on closed sites via migration

I was pretty sad to hear that some sites are being closed. I understand why it's necessary, though. But, some of the sites have overlap with other, established sited. TheoreticalPhy.SE and Astro.SE ...
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Keeping links to the closed sites

Is there any way to keep links from the closed sites, so they can redirect to the migrated questions? See here for the migration of the recently-closed sites. The problem is with links on external ...
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What happened to Startups SE?

I really enjoyed that site. I've only posted on it once, but I enjoyed seeing other people's posts and appreciated reading about entrepreneurial dilemmas.
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Keeping dead beta sites as “archive sites”

This is not a duplicate of Keeping closed sites in suspended animation: a modest proposal because the main point of that is to allow for a process in Area 51 to "reopen" a closed site, while this one ...
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Can graduated Stack Exchange sites get closed too? [duplicate]

For Beta sites, it is not uncommon to get closed if they for example don't fullfill the desired activity criteria as explained in Stack Exchange blog post When a Site Grows Quiet (2012-04-24). My ...
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Keeping closed sites in suspended animation: a modest proposal

At the moment, when a site is closed to due to insufficient activity, it's taken offline and archived. I'd like to propose an alternative approach. Let's keep all the content online. Keep the "link" ...
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Can I make the data dump of a closed SE site public?

Let’s say I download the data dump of a closed site. The SE site is not available any more and not every one can read the data dump easily. Am I allowed to display the data in readable form on a ...
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Is it allowed to read the data dump of a closed SE site into a clone SE site model to start a new Q&A site?

Is it allowed to read the data dump of a closed SE site into one of the Stack Exchange site models listed for example here and use it as a base of questions to start a new Q&A site (or continue ...
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Where is the list of closed beta sites?

When I know the name of the site that was closed during public beta, I can search for that site in Area51 search. However, is there any place where I can find the list of all closed public betas? I'm ...
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Is there a nice browser to view a data-dump?

Flipping through text files of XML to try to read what was going on at a dead site makes it difficult to get the gist of it. Is there some tool that will order the posts into Q and A's and sprinkle ...
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Migrated questions from closed sites link to real pages on the closed site [closed]

File this under "Bug or Feature?", but Cog Sci got this migration from Economics. Economics is closed. Now if you click the "migrated from" link on Cog Sci, you get the actual question on Economics ...
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What should have happened to make Arduino.SE a real SE site?

What sort of things were overlooked by the community that caused this site to fall short? Here's a screenshot of the original "Arduino.SE is closing" post Also relevant: What should be the scope of ...
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Data dump of closed beta sites

The data dump of some closed beta sites are available in xml format. Is it possible to see their content in a more readable form? Why are not these data available in HTML format too? One of the ...
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Why has the closed beta site “Big Data” no dump available?

I wonder why the closed beta site Big Data has no dump available.
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Links to questions on metas of closed sites should redirect to the Area 51 proposal (for the main site)

If you click on a link to a question that was on a site that is now closed, you get redirected to the Area 51 proposal page for that site - for example, Why is the timeline of Catch-22 all messed up?, ...
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Why did a mod answer a meta question on a beta site that has been closed down?

A mod, @AbbyTMiller (note that the link redirects to the area 51 site because the site is closed), just now answered a question I asked on the Gamification Meta site before it closed. The link ...
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When a beta SE gets closed, make the data dump available on Area 51

When a beta SE gets closed, a data dump can be downloaded for a few days right after, then it's not possible to have access to the dump. It's annoying for several reasons: People who took part in the ...
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What happens to chat rooms whose parent sites get closed?

Stack Exchange sites can get closed if the become inactive.. The site contents are removed and are available only as data dumps. However, chat rooms have a more liberal retention policy: they are ...
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Is there a list of closed sites? [closed]

Is there a way to list all the closed sites (Atheism, How Things Work etc) on Area 51?
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Was there any full-featured site that managed to get out of Beta and then was closed?

Was there any site in the Stack Exchange network that managed to become full-featured SE site, i.e. got out of Beta, and then was closed after some time, due to not having enough attention? Or, if a ...
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Questions migrated from old Economics site erroneously link back to new one

In May 2012, a question was migrated from the old Economics Stack Exchange to Academia Stack Exchange: Are European schools experiencing the same cost raise as American schools? The question has a ...
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Stack Exchange 2.0 sites not mentioned in attribution notice of Stack Exchange data dumps

Looking at the data dump for the recently closed Freelancers Stack Exchange beta, I note the license.txt file reads: So let me clarify what we mean by attribution. If you republish this content, we ...
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Closed site is not being removed from app favorite sites list

Recently I was in the private beta for Game Theory, however it didn't take off and the site was closed down. When the site was closed, it was automatically removed my from my favorites in the drop ...
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Is there a way I can still gain access to answers from closed Literature site?

I would like to obtain some answers to questions I have posted on now closed stack exchange Literature site. Is there still a way for me to do it?
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Has any Stack Exchange site been closed after public beta? [duplicate]

Going over the impressive list of topics discussed on the Stack Exchange network, it got me thinking - has there ever been a site that was in public beta, but then closed? Is there a list of these ...
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Do mature Stack Exchange sites ever close? [duplicate]

Communities need to pass some critical mass and quality criteria in order to come out of Area51 into StackExchange proper, and be "born". But do sites ever "die" ? Put another way - is the number of ...
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What happens to the reputation of active users if a private beta was closed?

What happens to the reputation of users of a private beta when it is closed? Is it counted anywhere on the SE network? It seems to me that this may only appear for users who are active in Area 51, ...
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Are closed sites ever archived?

A site may be on a very specialized topic, and may open and get some good questions and answers but not enough to satisfy the SE rules for keeping a site open. For example, on the Podcast #68 blog ...
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Following meta link from question on closed site → Error 404

As a user on Academia, I can follow the link to the original questions migrated from the failed Open Science site, such as this question. From there, I can click through to the main Open Science page,...
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Finding a SE user from a chat user whose parent user is on a dead site

At http://chat.stackexchange.com/users/3786, the "parent user" link links to a user page on a dead site, and that URL redirects to the Area 51 proposal page for that site. Is there a way to see ...
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Answers.OnStartups isn't “offline for maintenance”, is it?

If you visit http://answers.onstartups.com/ (which was formerly a beta site, and is now closed), you get the following message: We are currently offline for maintenance This Stack Exchange ...
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Has a graduated site ever closed down? [duplicate]

Sometimes, sites in beta can be shut down due to stuff like lack of activity. Has this ever happened to a Stack Exchange Network site that had already left beta? If so, what caused that?
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Any help hosting a closed site?

With the site "On Startups" recently closed, I understand that its content now is only available via Data Dump. It is however much less user-friendly. I wonder if SE can provide any help hosting it in ...