We are in the first week of definition for the solar site. (https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/119468/solar-energy-science-and-economy?referrer=KBKRhv89SyAy_-rWx8ONsg2)
I plan to do a significant push on the FaceBook groups I listed in the proposal, followed by engagement of university clubs ranging from Enviro to economics to engineering to finance, starting with Florida Atlantic University and hopefully progressing to Georgia Tech and overseas.
Before I do, I'd like to understand what happens when. My understanding is that only seven helpful things are available for those to whom I send the above link at this stage of definition.
- Get an SE account (Yay!)
- Follow It for our proposal (Yay!)
- Ask a question (creating a new example)
- Vote up another person's Q.
- Vote down another person's Q.
- Suggest a Q improvement.
- Gain reputation in other SE places.
First of all, is the above seven a FULL LIST?
In the same vein, when do other helpful site-defining actions become available? Must we gain a total of sixty followers and forty questions with a score of ten or more before a single example question can be answered?
If that is the case, I suggest having a mid-definition threshold that is maybe a third of those two quotas after which those with a particular reputation level can throw in some answers. Here's my community growth perspective as to why:
My new people, coming into SE for the first time, don't even get why they are asking questions, since no answers appear and no comments can be added other than suggestions to improve existing question examples. There is no process context.
Although I see how that policy formed and that the questions define the topic space, the strangeness of forty questions with a half dozen votes and not a single useful response may seem very strange to some, and actually give them a negative first impression of SE and our proposal.
Now if there was a truly sensible reason and I could publish it somewhere so that those I invite could see it, some of the oddity might be reduced.