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When I saw the advertisement for the Cognitive Science site proposal in the sidebar at Stack Overflow, I thought it was great idea.

I've committed to it, and I've tweeted the information about it a handful of times and shared it on Facebook. Unfortunately, I'm not in any close professional relationships involving the subject any longer. I'm wondering what more I can do to promote the site.

Usually, I follow up the tweet with a bit of background about my experience on other SE sites, but I think people are afraid to click on it, and even more afraid to make a commitment to something to which they've only just been exposed.

  • I'll welcome any further comments, but I'll accept the answer. – jonsca May 23 '11 at 10:47
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It sounds like you've hit a personal plateau regarding the level of promotion you can do on your own. Certainly don't stop; every little bit helps. But beyond saying "keep up the good work", maybe you try some evangelizing. Help find others to promote the site.

You may already be doing that. Everytime you Tweet to tell people about the proposal, you never know; You might just contact that one person who can spread the word that pushes that proposal past 100% committment.

There's really no magic formula or technique beyond "just keep telling the right audience about the site." Perhaps some folks here — people who are more involved in the subject — can provide more-specific suggestions on where to reach out.

  • Thanks for the encouragement :) – jonsca May 22 '11 at 17:58
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There are a few forums on reddit that might be interested

My understanding also is that growing the proposal depends particularly on getting existing contributors to the stack exchange network to commit to the proposal (i.e., the more reputation, the better).

  • I checked out those categories on there, but I'm not familiar enough with that site to know whether an advertisement for a new site would be considered on topic. That's a good point about the reputation points, I'll have to go rack some more up :) – jonsca Jun 9 '11 at 17:17
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    @jonsca I've seen mixed attitudes to Stack Exchange sites on Reddit, sometimes positive, sometimes not. That said, there are many different sub-communities on Reddit and cogsci might be more open than others. Reddit tends to be more subversive and more anonymous than Stack Exchange. Reddit has its own system for asking questions, but it's more discussion oriented. I'd see a cogsci stack exchange community as highly complimentary to a Reddit community. – Jeromy Anglim Jun 10 '11 at 4:12
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The annual meeting of the cognitive science society is happening right now in Boston. If you are in the area it might be worthwhile to try and promote it there, or to encourage attendees to promote it. Especially if the goal is to create a research level site.

  • I'm not a member, but great idea and thanks for the heads up! – jonsca Jul 21 '11 at 11:27

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