Update: As planned, the original Economics Stack Exchange was shut down shortly after I posted this back in 2012. A few years later, in 2014, a new Economics site was created at the same URL, and as of 2019 seems to be doing fine. This meta post is thus now only a historical curiosity. Sorry for any confusion!
As a side effect of shutting down the site and recreating it from scratch, the database (including all post and user IDs) was reset. Thus, any links to questions on the old Economics site below will, if clicked, now take you to a random question (or answer) on the new site that just happens to have the same ID number. I have
struck outsuch broken links in this post.
It now looks like many of the other sites are going to be fully or partially absorbed into more active SE sites with overlapping topics, where their questions can remain on the web and receive the tender care of an active community.
posted about this on the Economics meta, where I've also listed several other sites that might want some of the questions, but I'd like to request opinions and help from the Statistics community here. If you'd like to help in keeping the more statistical questions from Economics.SE on the web, here's what you can do:
- Express your support for migrating these questions here, so that the SE folks can tell that the community here is (as I hope, at least) in favor of it.
- Go through the list of questions on Economics.SE and look for ones that would be on topic here.
- Collect links to the questions here, so that we can point an Economics mod at them before the site closes (example of such a list at SF&F meta). Or you could just flag the questions for migration directly, but this way we avoid needless duplicate flags.
Note that there are only 412 questions total on Economics.SE, so having someone who knows the topic review them all would not necessarily be an overwhelming task.
(Personal disclaimer: I'm neither an economist not a statistician, and I haven't been active on either of these sites. I do have a passing interest in both topics, and I feel like I should at least make an effort to salvage some of these questions before they end up just gathering digital dust in a compressed archive somewhere.)