There has been an announcement of round of recent site closures to take final effect on May 4th.
Astronomy and Theoretical Physics might be preserved by rolling content into Physics.SE. Perhaps just a personal opinion, but Firearms and Healthcare IT sound fairly niche to me. Some of the sites had been in Beta for a long time (e.g., Astronomy for 329 days, Literature for 260 days).
However, the closure of Economics is what worried me the most. It had only been in Beta for 197 days. It had 412 question, 739 answers, 87% answered, 240 visitors per day, forty-two 200+ rep users. Furthermore, I can't see where the content of Economics.SE could be migrated. It also represents an entire discipline; i.e., thus, it's hard to argue that it's too niche.
It's also interesting to note that 3 of the 6 sites closed were from the "Science" category. This is where cogsci.se is located.
We can also look at several other sites in the science category that are in beta and have not been closed, such as philosophy, linguistics, and biology. In particular, linguistics and philosophy have somewhat similar stats to economics.
- What can we learn from this event?
- How can we ensure that Cogsci.se survives?