i "think" that there should be a website where people can ask some general social questions, i have seen many sites here which attempts to do the same but they cover a single general topic, thats why i am asking, why isnt there a Peope.Se which could cover much more juice?


Over the course of launching 40+ Stack Exchange sites, it was found that the concept and engine works best when it has a clear and relatively narrow focus, and is populated by experts for that narrow focus. So things like:

all seem to work because the goal is clearly defined and the potential experts are clearly defined. When you work with a concept that's broad or ill-defined (People would be that), there's no focus for the user base: it's hard to impossible to know what is a good question for the site, what is a bad question the site, who are the experts in the field, and if there are any experts, why they would choose to participate in the site.

So rather than a People.SE site, think:

And so on.

If you're interested in learning more about the background, the Stack Exchange team has written a few different blog posts about it:

As a postscript, it's also interesting to look at Atheism.SE, which failed mostly because it was an SE site for people who are something rather than a site for people who do something. That is, if you happened to be an atheist, you were automatically an expert: obviously, that's not true, and it's hard to define what an "expert" atheist would be.

The same would be true of a People.SE: who is an "expert" person?

  • I wish I could upvote this three or four more times. – Jeremy Jun 13 '11 at 20:04
  • thanks for the answer Mark, i didnt think it that way, it is really hard to describe someone socially "expert" +1 for you – Shaheer Jun 13 '11 at 20:59
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    Good answer, Mark. As a side-note, Skeptics is an "are" like Atheists, although you could generally say the answerers are expert "researchers". Skeptics explicitly disallows questions about skepticism, which, based on your answer here, is a good move. I think it will be interesting to see if Skeptics makes it out of beta (and if so, learn what made it work). – Nicole Jun 13 '11 at 23:15
  • @Renesis: I think one difference between Skeptics.SE and Atheists.SE is that sceptics do something (research why something isn't the case) whereas atheists don't do something (believe in god). It is a lot easier to rate how well something is done, rather than how well it isn't done. – Matt Ellen Jun 15 '11 at 13:54

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