Proposal: Railways and Railroads

The previous version of this site had 100 followers, but failed through a lack of +10 questions - what can we do to help this one succeed? Were the old questions lacking? Or did we simply not have enough people voting?

Any thoughts?

  • Is there a way for me to see the past proposals? I'm new to this one, and think it would be helpful. Thank you! Feb 12 '17 at 20:17
  • @Sue I don't think so, it has vanished from my list so I presume it has been deleted or archived...
    – Nick C
    Feb 13 '17 at 21:05
  • Thanks for checking and letting me know. Hopefully this one will make it! Feb 13 '17 at 23:30
  • Hopefully! We still need more questions, and more people voting...
    – Nick C
    Feb 14 '17 at 9:43
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    Hint: moving your vote from a +10 question to a lower-scored one helps. A question needs 10 users to go from 0 to 10, but one user can bring 5 questions from 9 to 10 easily.
    – SF.
    Apr 19 '17 at 8:39
  • @Sue thanks, spelling corrected! We are doing better than last time, but still need more people voting - it seems to have stagnated a bit recently...
    – Nick C
    Jun 25 '17 at 22:02

After reading the example questions, from the prior attempt [Edit: presuming those are the ones shown now], I have a number of ideas:

1) For each example question, preface the question with an explanation why would the question be asked?

If an explanation prefaced the question it would help demonstrate question context and relevance. Some questions seemed too obscure to be of community interest or be likely to have any/many members capable of answering it; a couple were too easy.

2) One should be mindful that "Railroad" and "Railway", as well as everything concerning the two terms (ie. guage, equipment, operation, and etc.), will vary by country and time period. This could cause some confusion/misunderstandings.

3) What's true about #2 above holds for modelling, to some extent, unless one is mindful that, for simple example, "HO" could mean "HOn3-1/2", "H0m", "HOn3", "HOe", and etc. depending on country.

  • With regards to your point 2, that's why I included both terms in the proposal title, to try and be inclusive. It's a valid point though, and a problem many SE sites suffer from when people forget that the terms they use may not be universal...
    – Nick C
    Jan 10 '17 at 10:06
  • Inclusivity is good. Perhaps example questions should be clearly indicative of this inclusivity and Q&A guidelines include some specificity requirement to ensure clarity. Jan 10 '17 at 12:05

I’ve actually seen two iterations of this proposal be restarted. We came closer this January than last year.

I think, our chances are getting better every time simply because of the SE userbase increasing and maybe this one’s the one. Let’s go for it!

Ten months later and we are merely missing two upvotes to get 40 questions of score ten. We basically did it!

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    We actually came very close with the one that ended in Jan - just 9 questions short. I think we need to encourage people to vote on questions and/or post more questions...
    – Nick C
    Jan 23 '17 at 10:08

A similar proposal, LEGO, has been in beta for over 5 years.

It's successful question set can be found:


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