Proposal: Libraries

Can anyone tell me why so many are needed for the Libraries proposal (894), and not for, say, How Stuff Works (200)?

EDIT: To answer @foggyone's question, the most important thing, at the moment, is to get your commiters to participate in other StackExchange sites.

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As you can see, we've got 109 more commiters than we need. But only 36 have 200+ reputation on at least one site.

Tell them to go over to English.SE, SciFi.SE, Skeptics.SE, or choose from one of the many other SE sites. Tell 'em to earn 'em some rep, whatever strikes their fancy.

This way, the user score will rocket up, in addition to the number of users with 200+ reputation. Win-Win-Win.



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It's a calculation, which is detailed in the MSO post, Area 51 Commit Percent. In short, the commitment % is partly based on reputation—so the more high rep users that commit to a proposal, the fewer people needed to get to 100%.

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    and why is this formula not posted on the Area51 site itself?
    – Jason S
    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:37
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    @muntoo - Looking at your current figures the Libraries proposal only has 36% of the people committed who have 200+ rep on other sites. I suggest you get the word out to people committed to this proposal to spend some time on other sites asking and answering questions. It doesn't take long to get 200 rep.
    – going
    May 2, 2011 at 22:28
  • @xuaigiyzi79 Unfortunately, I'm not a librarian. (I was just using the proposal as an example.) :) May 3, 2011 at 0:42

I accidentally wrote this somewhere else, but I was looking at the rules and it suggests people uncommit and recommit because the commitments "decay" over time. I know a lot of us jumped right on the bandwagon at the start. Would it help us move into beta?

  • @foggyone Reread my question; I've answered your question. May 2, 2011 at 23:04
  • @Dori Yeah, but I meant that I'd edited my question so it included an answer to his. May 3, 2011 at 0:02
  • But if you manually go through and count the people who have committed that are over 200, it's like 43, not 36. And it was 35 before I recommitted. Or maybe I can't scroll.
    – foggyone
    May 3, 2011 at 14:02
  • @Dori : you say to foggyone : what's really needed is that your committers get over 200 rep on other sites. But how can we spread the word out efficiently? Can the proposer of a site send a mail to, say, all of the 51 rep committers through StackEx team? I am thinking of the German and the Japanese proposals which are close to beta and have a good lot of large rep members.
    – ogerard
    May 18, 2011 at 13:29

I want to add that this has a lot to do with the openness of your proposal.

Looking at your example questions, I can tell that your proposal is aimed at librarians only and that questions from the hoi polloi are not welcome. Compare this to the German proposal where anyone interested in German will be able to pose questions.

Note that I don't think that it is bad to have an expert only forum, but either the expert only forum grows out of an already existing broader forum or someone who is known to lot of experts does a lot of advertising or it will just take very long to find people who fit into your profile and at the same time are willing to answer a couple of trivial questions in the English forum.

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