I have come here and committed to a new proposal. But it is the first time I participate in the creation of another community inside StackExchange. Is there any guide about how does that work. Things I should do?

I already received a mail when the beta phase started:

The first questions set the tone for the site. If you ask high quality, expert-level questions, you'll build a site that attracts the experts and pros who will make it really successful. But if you ask beginner questions, survey questions, or social-conversation questions, experts and pros will not be interested.

The private beta gives you the opportunity to get the site off to a great start with expert questions and answers. When we open to the public, new users will look at your questions to get an idea of what they should ask. So come help us get this site off to a great start!

I fear that if I ask question for experts they won't get answered. And later I found the example questions. Should I post and answer those questions listed there?

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Don't overthink it. If you received a notice that a private beta has started — then go use the site!

Don't worry about guides and badges and FAQs and all the mechanics and minutia of gaining the abilities you can earn later. These sites were designed to learn as you go along.

Click on the site link.
Have a look around.
Look at what other people are doing… and do that.

When you start, you'll almost certainly stumble across a brief site tour. If you miss it, click on the 'help' link at the top of the site. It takes but a minute to read, and you'll learn more as you go along.

If you are working in whatever subject space you signed up for, participation in a new site should be relatively easy. If you see a question you can answer, answer it. If you see a post that can be improved, there are ways to do that, too. All that stuff about "be an expert" is about dissuading folks from straying into a site about [bioinformatics] (for example) and asking "What is bioinformatics?" or "How do I get started?"

There is an overall tone to a site where the questions are expected to be about very specific problems you run into in your day to day work or study. The biggest problem new users run into is asking very broad, sweeping questions that would need a book or a very long hands-on tutorial to answer. Questions aren't meant to start debates or back-and-forth discussions. If a question can be answered at least somewhat definitively and the best answer ranked as "most correct", it's likely a good fit for the site.

And if you stumble or get something wrong along the way, don't worry about it. Stack Exchange is designed to enable a strong ethos of community-lead moderation, so if you don't get something quite right, you can expect someone to step up to offer a helpful comment or nudging you in the right direction with up- (or down-) voting for adding helpful content; at least that's what our Be Nice Policy says.

If you have any questions about the site itself, there's a meta support site linked at the top. Good luck!

  • If you stumble… expect someone to step up to offer a helpful comment This has been the opposite of my experience so far. I've been reading answers on SE for years, but only just recently registered. So far, most of my downvotes have no explanation, and when they do it amounts to You're doing it wrong rather than Here's how you're doing it wrong. This doesn't bother me on YouTube, Reddit, or Imgur because one doesn't expect helpfulness or courtesy there. But, on SE I expected more than the equivalent of git gud noob. Jul 8, 2017 at 2:19

To follow through on a commitment, and get Area 51's Upholder badge, you have to post 10 times. Any combination of questions and answers.

To get the new site's Beta badge, you have to:

  • Gain 3 bronze badges
  • Vote 10 times
  • Have 3 posts scoring at least 1
  • Visit the site on 3 separate days (visit means do something, not just load the front page)

So, yes, post questions appropriate to the site and answers. By all means post the example questions from the definition phase - provided the person who originally proposed them hasn't already posted them in the beta. Although, I've known more than one private beta where the example questions, when reposted, get closed as off-topic.

Essentially - read this FAQ which gives you more detail.

  • That FAQ is quite general and doesn't explain the different ways for the user to influence on the site in each phase (IMHO), But I will try to have the Beta badge, I don't know what's for but ok
    – llrs
    May 17, 2017 at 10:20

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