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I believe we have a problem of lack of Reputation in this Area51 world. The Meta topic about Area51 Commitment Phase scores suggests we have enough people committed to this proposal but not enough overall reputation.

If you haven't already, create an account on either stackoverflow.com, superuser.com or serverfault.com. Ask questions and write answers to get 200 reputation on one of those sites. Once 100 of us have 200 rep on at least one of those sites, I think we will move forward.

Proposal: SharePoint Overflow

  • Interesting! Too bad the rep from the sharepointoverflow 1.0 site doesn't count yet either. x_x – Kit Menke Mar 9 '11 at 14:58
  • I agree Kit. Have you tried to get 200 rep on StackOverflow.com yet? I'm sure you can. – Tom Resing Mar 9 '11 at 16:37
  • Tried and succeeded: stackoverflow.com/users/98933/kit-menke – Kit Menke Mar 9 '11 at 17:40
  • Of course! I didn't realize the difference between discussion user and main user on Area51. When I click through to main user on your name in the comments, now I can see your rep on the other sites under the Accounts tab. Great link in your profile. I will copy your method. – Tom Resing Mar 9 '11 at 19:29
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This is [status-bydesign], because it is Jeff's opinion that committers with high reputation are far more likely to contribute to a site's success than committers who were attracted from a mailing list.

See Jeff's answer to Why does reputation make your commitment 'heavier'?.

  • Thanks for the link. It is clearer to me now. It feels a little like working the system, but I thin the only answer is for SharePointOverflow contributors to gain rep on one of the other sites to move this forward. – Tom Resing Mar 9 '11 at 16:36
  • @Tom: In a way I agree that it's like working the system. But it also gets people unfamiliar with Stack Exchange exposed to how it works, and may well get them hooked on a site as well! – Alex Angas Mar 9 '11 at 23:07
  • @Alex: I guess what I'm suggesting is that we ask regulars from SharePointOverflow.com to start asking and answering SharePoint questions on StackOverflow, ServerFault or SuperUser until we have enough rep in our community. That, I think could influence some to go back to those sites in the future, but it just doesn't seem right to build up a bunch of SharePoint content there when that's not where we want it long term. – Tom Resing Mar 10 '11 at 2:50
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    @Alex: I've created a Sharepoint tag set for keeping track of Sharepoint questions across SO, SU, and programmers. Maybe this is helpful for getting Sharepoint contributors get started with questions on the other sites. – Charles Stewart Mar 10 '11 at 6:44

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