Thank you for deciding to commit to using Embedded Programming and Design. We are asking you to ask and answer at least 10 questions to fulfill your commitment. Also, please check the meta site of the beta frequently for new discussions, questions, scope updates, etc.

Currently we about to enter the private beta. Information from this phase can found on the Area 51 faq:

Perhaps the most important phase. This is the actual, live site set up on a "probationary" basis to see if people use it. It is very important to participate early. The earliest questions set the tone and topic of the site for a long time.

Be an Active Beta Member

A big part of the private beta is the Stack Exchange (SE) asking and answering of quality questions. reputation points of those who are committed to the proposal. SE reputation comes from asking quality questions and providing quality answers on any particular site. Your total SE comes from the combined reputation on sites where you have over 200 reputation. Don't be afraid to downvote questions you think are a bad fit for the site. Questions set a precedent that's very hard to escape.


Be sure to promote the site as much as you can. Any other forums or social network sites where you frequent, where others might be interested in the site will help.

Please be aware there are right and wrong ways to promote the site.


Promoting the proposal on a forum that you frequent and are respected on by adding a link in your signature.


Signing up on a forum just to promote this site, trolling others sites and promoting this as an alternative.

Those are just two examples. The more people who know about the site, the better. If we make it to the beta, 1500 visits/day is currently a good beta (that could change, FYI). The more who know about the site then potentially more visits we will have.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, as the beta progresses Most discussion will likely take place on the meta site. Please feel free to leave an answer or comment if I've missed something, or some other info should be added in general.

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    "...if I've missed something...". You've covered it very well. I doubt if I could do better.
    – BenjiWiebe
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 18:57


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