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Looks like we need to ask the questions and help work out how to run this site. Given that, and given this questions current absence from this site, despite being featured here: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/the-7-essential-meta-questions-of-every-beta/, I think we need some suggestions of how to get this site promoted!

This is rapidly becoming a hot issue across the entire network: how to promote your site and how to reach out to the experts and pundits in your industry. We can come up with budgets and promotions but — more than any other issue raised here — the means and ideas about how to reach your target audience HAS TO come from you and your community. Has to. Has to, has to, has to! We simply are not experts in your field. We don’t have the the connections nor the experience you bring to the table. You are both our evangelist and our ambassador.

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    Not having the rug pulled from under the community would be a start meta.webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/624/… – Eight Days of Malaise Oct 3 '10 at 0:47
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    @pnuts I don't think we really need to be editing questions from 7 years ago, especially if they are not pertinent. I realize it had a tag that wasn't completely necessary, but dredging it up again creates what amounts to more clutter rather than less. It also got tweeted out, which is no fault of yours, but is still less than ideal. – jonsca Sep 12 '17 at 23:09
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In addition to getting the url to the site out there, I think giving specific examples of questions that have been answered could be valuable. Similar to the ads shown on SO:

WebApps Ad

It doesn't just say the site exists. It doesn't just give the url. It provides a specific example of a question that has been answered on the site.

If you've had a question answered here, let people know where you got the answer. This applies to Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, etc. Rather than giving someone a url which they may just think "oh, I'll look at that later" and then forget, this gives them a specific example as to the value of the site.

  • if there are enough SE sites out there we can try to convince the team to show the SE site ads where the current open source ads are on SO for a few weeks. – neo Jul 23 '10 at 12:44
  • I think you're talking about the same spot that I pulled the ad from in my screenshot. They are showing ads for the SE sites. – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 23 '10 at 13:03
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    If it says: How do I delete my Facebook account? Everyone on SO will click the link! – Ivo Flipse Jul 23 '10 at 22:20
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    @Ivo: That should be a sponsored ad on Facebook! – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 23 '10 at 22:25
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If you subscribe to aardvark, if you get any questions on webapps, just point them to here.

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    Hehe I always did the same with Super User – Ivo Flipse Jul 27 '10 at 11:33
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    I did it with Cooking now :) – Andrew Aug 1 '10 at 15:35
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I have created a twitter account, Nothing2Install (darn the character limit!) to try and draw in more users. I have been doing searches to find things like how do I for facebook, google, gmail, and twitter. I think the best situation is when I can link someone directly to an answer to their question. I will still link someone to the site itself though. I know this won't help a ton, but maybe a little?

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Not sure about this one, but:

Asking common questions that you already know the answer to?

It seems like quite a few of the questions on here fit under this description - especially given the current early-adopter and tech weighted audience of this site.

  • Yes I guess this can still work. If it is specific enough and one believes that if will benefits others I see why not – phwd Sep 17 '10 at 17:30
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Slightly controversial, but trawling StackOverflow and SuperUser for questions that could/should be here and, er, voting to close, or commenting on sending them here?

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The best way I can think of is to put a copy of StackImage Flair on your blog or in your signatures on forums.

What is StackImage?

It's a small image that stays up to date with your current reputation on this site:

Examples:

http://stackimage.quickmediasolutions.com/flair.php?id=422&site=webapps.stackexchange&background=a2c4cf&border=0093a6&text=000000&title=5555ff&font1=sans&font2=sansboldhttp://stackimage.quickmediasolutions.com/flair.php?id=40&site=webapps.stackexchange&border=ffffff&background=3b5998&text=ffffff&title=dddddd&font1=serif&font2=serifitalic

Where can I get it?

Just visit stackimage.quickmediasolutions.com and follow the instructions.

How does it work?

StackImage fetches your current reputation using the API and creates an image based on the parameters supplied in the URL as follows:

http://stackimage.quickmediasolutions.com/flair.php?options

[Required]
  id         - the desired user id
  site       - the desired SE site (in this case 'webapps.stackexchange')

[Optional]
  background - the color of the background
  border     - the color of the border
  text       - the color of the text
  title      - the color of the user's name
  font1      - the font to be used for the badges *
  font2      - the font to be used for the display name and rep *

* can be one of [mono,  monobold,  monobolditalic,  monoitalic,
                 sans,  sansbold,  sansbolditalic,  sansitalic,
                 serif, serifbold, serifbolditalic, serifitalic]
  • @George done ! :D – phwd Sep 17 '10 at 17:37
  • @phwd: Looks great on your blog! – Nathan Osman Sep 18 '10 at 18:21
  • As you can see something changed :( – phwd Sep 30 '10 at 21:40
  • @phwd: Right! I'm onto it. Stay tuned... – Nathan Osman Sep 30 '10 at 21:46
  • @phwd: Okay, I fixed it. You just need to change 'webapps.stackexchange' in the URL to 'nothingtoinstall'. – Nathan Osman Sep 30 '10 at 22:00
  • sweet !! I have it as combined flair right now just testing it out. – phwd Sep 30 '10 at 22:24
  • It's changed itself again. You need to keep up with their constant domain changing now as well. – Eight Days of Malaise Oct 2 '10 at 22:25
  • @Eight: I know... I've fixed it now. – Nathan Osman Oct 2 '10 at 22:32

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