I stumbled across http://cycling-exchange.com/ when looking at Area51. It looks inactive now, but what was it and how does it relate to this site ? Does anyone know why it failed to pick up or died off - it would be good to know so this site avoids similar fate.
Looking at the list of registered users, it becomes painfully clear why it didn't pick up.
Not enough promotion ⇒ no users ⇒ no participation.
Area51 is different in that it ensures that every new site has a certain amount of momentum right from day one, or else it won't get created to begin with. Jeff and Joel have stated many times that they do not want to, and will not, create "ghost towns".
We do not believe that the Internet benefits from putting up placeholder sites with negligible traffic that do not attract high quality communities.
Taken from this entry on the StackOverflow blog. Read it for further insight.
As of 2016, the domain is now owned by a domain squatter.
Our good friend the Way Back Machine has the page archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20100511061702/http://cycling-exchange.com/ You can click though this link and read some of the questions/answers. Some haven't really changed.
- Meta was just a tag back then, as shown by question about login issues
- Product recommendations were more acceptable.
- The basic concept and design is unchanged, with answers, votes and tags, and bounties and badges.