Thank you for deciding to follow Embedded Systems Programming and Design. We are asking you to cast votes for the examples questions, and also to check back to the proposal frequently for new discussions, questions, scope updates, and phase movements.
Currently we are in the commitment phase of the proposal. This is where those who are interested in the site commit to using the site if/when it becomes a Stack Exchange beta site.
Do not believe the myth that voting on a question that has more than 10 votes does not help. I thought this very same thing, however the truth is that it further helps to define the site. For example, imagine the following two questions were proposed:
How do I port u-boot to a new board?
Does the blackfin processor have an MMU, which is required to run Linux?
and they both have 10 votes. Just from looking at the votes it appears that these questions would have equal interest on the site. However, the reality is that there will likely be more people that want to know how to port u-boot, than whether or not [processor] has [feature], so be voting up (or down) either question would show the difference in how interested the community is in seeing this site answered.
With that being said, don't be afraid to downvote questions as well. If you feel a question wouldn't be a good fit for the site, downvoting the question will show that clearly. Typically following up a downvote with a comment as to why the question was voted down is a good practice.
I know what I'm saying is against the grain of 'Vote up questions that are close to 10 so we can move on', but that doesn't guarantee the best possible site, and a clear definition of what will be on/off topic for the site. The most important aspect of voting is to use your votes.
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 proposal progresses I will update this accordingly. Please feel free to leave an answer or comment if I've missed something, or some other info should be added in general.
Have people read this? We've reached the followers we need, but every hasn't exercised their votes or asked their 5 questions, and we cannot move on w/out it.