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Questions tagged [definition-phase]

The start of a new site. This is the first phase of a new site, where only question titles are proposed and then voted on in order to define the meaning of the new site.

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Is it ideal for SE to prematurely close area51 proposals attracting new users?

Stack Exchange is based on having a big and increasing community of people who are interested in new things, in asking new questions and in answering new questions. Sometimes a new community out ...
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Who really has the expertise regarding how new Area 51 communities should organize?

A large community proposal was very recently closed in Area 51: Neuroscience (update: in fact it has just been deleted and all data permanently erased, see below). 150 early supporters gathered in ...
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Why is it so difficult for new users on Area 51 to understand the Area 51 phases?

I have launched a proposal on Area 51, and I was super enthusiatic, but I am now realizing that Area 51 is surprisingly terrible at "educating" new users. For the first phase (definition), ...
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Purpose of Definition Phase and specifically the Example Questions [closed]

It seems that quite a few people don't quite understand the full purpose of the definition phase and the example questions. The FAQ states The goal is to come up with at least 40 questions that ...
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What are the requirement to launch a stackexchange Q&A

I want to launch a stackexchange forum for a specific area of expertise. Unfortunately the audience is quite limited (one reason is that I need the forum to be in french). I would like to see what ...
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How can we ensure the site creation process consistently targets the right level of expertise?

With the Economics site about to close, I've been thinking about the level of expertise that seemed to be forced on it. I can't know for sure whether it contributed to the failure of the site, but I ...
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“Not a good example” questions should not be great example questions

Area 51 has a mechanism for making sure that dubious questions are not counted among the five good off-topic questions: they need four times as many off-topic votes as on-topic votes. There should ...
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Add an option to hide the question for editing

Recently I asked a question, only to realized that the image that I posted should be cropped. Because it takes few minutes to do, I deleted a question and expected it to stay for some time (like ...
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Add additional statistics for proposals in definition to Area 51 sidebar

The Area51 sidebar contains these useful tidbits during the commitment phase: However, none of these are available in the definition phase. They should be! "Followers also committed to", "...
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Should we merge area 51 proposals to attract more followers?

General proposals The main problem I see in more general proposals is that each follower is interested in a subset of the proposal and vote for the example questions that deal with the subset. It ...
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Shouldn't the questions proposed in Area51 definition stage be added and attributed to the user who proposed them?

One site I was following on Area 51 just went into beta, and I had a couple questions in the top ten "example questions" during the definition stage, but when I looked at my account, I had no ...
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Allow sorting of Area 51 proposals by followers

On Area 51 sometimes I want to find sites that have large amounts of people interested but are having trouble getting off the ground by finding good definition questions. I can just look through the ...
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Area 51 Group Development Syntax

During the defining phase of a new proposed group, is it preferable to post questions with a specific topic, or to generalize them to show the type of question you're implying? Example 1 (for a ...
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Should a specialised proposal be merged into a more general one even if it has more followers?

My discworld proposal ("Ook!") may turn out to be too specialised, but it has currently more followers than the fantasy proposal but would make a good subset using a [discworld] tag. So should I close ...
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Active in Questions but not Following?

It seems some Area51ers like to be active in a proposal's questions (as in composing questions, commenting, and voting) without following it. Wouldn't following be the most basic involvement in a ...
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Can't propose question on area51 site in definition phase?

I am able to enter my question in the edit box, but the 'Post' button does nothing. I don't see anything about this in the FAQ.
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When is a question counted as on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many on or off topic votes does a question need to count against questions needed now? What are the criteria used to count a question as on-topic? Does the question need ...
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Expanding the definition of future SE sites (specifically, discussing tagging)

It seems to me that there's no possibility of discussing the details of area 51 proposals that are in the commitment phase, and this feels a bit shortsighted. Specifically, I was concerned with how ...
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How to deal with disruptive people on Area51

How can we deal with disruptive people on Area51. It seems that one person, if determined (or simply incompetent) can derail a community. For example see these two questions on the Firearms ...
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mini-faq for proposals

Many proposal-specific questions on the direction etc. arise from comments. Allowing the proposal site during definition phase to provide a mini-faq (only editable by followers or maybe even only the ...
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Difference between “great off topic example” and “not a good example” [closed]

These questions were voted down I suppose for being inappropriate for the site because they were too broad or subjective. But shouldn't we have some off-topic questions like this to show new users ...
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Show how many on-/off-topic-votes are remaining

Maybe as small red|green|[colour-of-meh] numbers next to the "my votes" tab of a proposal?
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curator or endorser for proposals

I like the idea of scholarpedia to ask real experts. Maybe that would help during the definition-phase.
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voting and posing example questions should only be allowed for followed proposals

and maybe additionally joining a new proposal should either cost some rep or be limited (per week or in total)
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separate own questions from others

So one doesn't waste time trying to vote on ones own questions but can easily tidy them up
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Marking questions as “potentially on-/off-topic”

Could we have some non-public, pre-vote way to give ourselves a better overview? For example, on proposals with 50+ questions we could use this to better distribute those few real votes currently ...
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On-topic Off-topic Leader Board

I'm perceiving a class of problem that I don't know is really there, so I'm posing this as a feature request but would like to see some discussion if anyone else has an opinion. Problem: The process ...
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On Area 51, what do we do with the users who have no previous exposure to the Stack Overflow network?

I've noticed a very popular Area 51 site proposal: Myanmar IT Pro At the moment it is the second most followed proposal with well over 100 following users. The problem is that most of these ...