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Area 51 is now in beta

by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Area 51 is now in beta. This is the promised place where the community comes together to invent new Stack Exchange sites.

Benofsky from Hacker News writes:

Seems overly complicated, I have no idea what's going on when I visit Area 51, I guess this is their strategy for turning away uncommitted users.

Also, how are they going to make money?

I’m glad you asked, benofsky! The answer is simple. Volume.


Well, I’m not one to take Internet chat board comments seriously. After all, the Anonymous Nostradamus’s over at Code Project reacted thus when Stack Overflow itself launched:

I think the UI sucks. I can't imagine this site being around in a year.

We all know how stunningly accurate that prediction was:

Benofsky is onto something, though. Area 51 is not for everyone. If you don’t know what it’s for, or why it’s going to work, or you can’t figure it out, it’s not, actually for you.

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