Proposal: Biology

I recently found out that commitment scores decay over time.

It would be nice to see how many people are still interested in the biology proposal—it's over a year old! So please un-commit and commit to update the score.

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    It is getting irritating to see it stuck at the current level; even if I goaded my fellow students to commit, it wouldn't go up because it's (currently) limited by the users with 200+ rep across the network.
    – Nick T
    Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 0:15
  • @nick yeah, but your fellows would more increase the quality of biology.SE as some hobby interested 200+ programmers here, its awkward, probably it needs another pointless year to wait...But SE represantitives seem not able to make a exception here... Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 19:55
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    It's absolutely absurd that there is a SE site for Bitcoins but not an entire academic field like biology. Just create it already, I'm pretty sure there will be enough interest among the millions of biologists to keep it going.
    – so12311
    Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 15:18
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    @dori no im not, only with process for scientific big topic like biology/chemistry/psychology. When these are in BETA, they get so highly frequented, that your 200 200+ user cannot guarantee any quality, so you should think about how to attract/invite experts in such fields without the pointless hurdle of earning 200 rep on another site. For topics not related to porgrammers hobbies, it doesnt work anymore, for small special topics related to programming it works excellent. When a proposal like biology needs over 2 years to gather 200 user, than your system does not work in this case Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 22:48
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    @dori you only need some high rep users already commited to biology and willing to moderate. There are enough tricky questions on sites like skeptics.se which would better fit there. The "tool" you give us is "invite a expert and persuade (somehow) him to waste time on another site he is not interested in to earn 200 rep... If we had at least a few big sites not directly linked to programmers hobbies, it would be much easier to start alot interesting scientific proposals, as more experts in near fields would frequent SE. Philosophy/Astronomy are examples process doesnt work well anymore Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 22:55
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    I agree with @zephyr - it's absolutely absurd that we've got something for BitCoin, but non-physics science is essentially ignored. And the solution - try to get an expert to join the site, then not only build up 200+ rep on one site but need to do it extensively to boost the commitment score as well is, well, a non-starter. I've thought about doing that for my own proposals, and then decided "why would I bother". "Hey Professor X, can you spend hours and hours of your time for a pay-off maybe a year or two from now?"
    – Fomite
    Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 3:32
  • @dori fine, you see my questions are nerving but not totally pointless ;) Anyway sry if i cause you some troubles. SE is great, i just try to improve some downsides i see with non-technical sci-fi topics. Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 0:44

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Actually, that doesn't help much for the Biology proposal.

If you go to the proposal page, there's a blue box on the right hand side that ends with a "▾ more info" link. If you click that, the box expands, and you see something like this:

Bio commitment details

I circled the commitment score, but the commitment percentage itself is the lowest of those three numbers.

Looking at the numbers, the proposal's limiting factor is the number of committers with 200+ rep elsewhere—that is, everyone who's currently committed could re-commit, and the commitment percentage wouldn't change at all.

For the proposal to progress, what's really needed is:

  • More committers in general (another 85 still needed)
  • These people to work on getting 200+ rep elsewhere on SE (another 52 still needed)
  • thx i just saw on the theoretical physics proposal that the commitment progress raised instantly about 20% when many did un-commit and commit. The number of committers stayed afaik pretty the same. Commented Sep 8, 2011 at 9:49
  • Actually, the number of committers in theoretical physics increased too, including the addition of at least five committers with site-wide activity exceeding 6,000. (As I recall, the percentage of progress for committers with rep>200 had stalled for some time in the mid-eighties, but has now of course jumped to over 100.) Commented Sep 8, 2011 at 13:26

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