Proposal: Mathematics Learning, Studying, and Education

At least 40 questions must receive a score of 10 or more to get this site off the ground. Each user is limited to five upvotes, so please vote for some of the questions!

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    Votes for answers that already have 10 votes are less useful! To get the site up and running, we need 40 questions with 10 votes each. But we don't need any with more than ten votes. Since each of us gets 5 votes tops, it's good to spread them around (and we're allowed to move these votes whenever!)
    – mme
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 0:23
  • Great post! Do you think it's a good idea to add "with a score less than 10" in your question title so questions with a score more than 10 stop receiving upvotes? Thank you for letting us know about this by means of your comments in the highest voted posts!
    – user101243
    Commented Jan 27, 2014 at 6:57
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    Related: discuss.area51.stackexchange.com/questions/9957/dont-overvote
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 9:48
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    Also: You can shuffle your 5 votes: Click to upvote one you already did, and it cancels that upvote and permits you to then cast a vote on another question. Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 12:56
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it doesn't seek input from the community. Commented Feb 18, 2014 at 17:56

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First up: what you posted does not seem to be a question, but rather a call for action.


@Wrzlprmft’s comment includes a link to a nice, related answert, which I’ll bluntly quote because it pretty much wraps up why you should be careful not to artificially push a proposal into beta:

Any kind of artificial voting, including refrain from voting after a question has reached 10 votes, will ultimately prove counterproductive for the proposal. People should upvote the questions they honestly feel are useful and interesting, and downvote those that aren't, regardless of their current score.

I understand that the Area 51 process sometimes is long and cumbersome, but you really do not want to proceed to the next stage if you haven't fulfilled the requirements normally. Your goal shouldn't be to get into commitment faster, but to get into commitment with a healthy set of truly interesting and helpful questions that will attract more people and encourage them to commit to the proposal. Not every question deserves to get to +10, and if you get into commitment with questions that don't truly deserve their score, people will more likely ignore it.

Note that – by quoting that – I’m not saying you shouldn’t spread your votes. I’m just saying that you should be careful not to artificially push a proposal into beta too early. I’ve seen too many proposals die due to the fact that people pushed the individual proposals into beta too early…

I think the kind of “strategical voting” you are proposing is somewhat like drinking alcohol: if you do it, remind yourself to be responsible and not to over-do it or things will tend to go wrong!

  • Does this answer have a point now? Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 5:54
  • @GeoffPointer Aaaah… now I get what you meant (which reminds me that I still need to commit). FYI: I discovered this “question” via the discussion thread, so I didn't see that the proposal already reached commitment phase. Why didn't you simply give me a heads-up on that?
    – e-sushi
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 8:59
  • I don't know what made me think that would not have been necessary, I just assumed after your earlier interest that you would know. So, now it makes sense to me too. ;) Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 9:19
  • @GeoffPointer We'll get the hang of it… some day. ;) Have a nice one btw.
    – e-sushi
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 9:25

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