Proposal: Operations Research

To progress to the next phase of the launch, we need at least 100 committers who have at least 200 reputation on other Stack Exchange sites. This is likely to be our biggest hurdle. (We currently have 38.)

Here are two ways you can help with this goal:

  1. Find other SE users who might be interested in the OR&A site and tell them about it. Lots of people ask OR-related questions on Stack Overflow, Mathematics Stack Exchange, etc., so those folks are out there, but it can be hard to find them to let them know about this proposal.

  2. Build your own reputation! This is not too hard to do, and will help hugely as we work toward the next milestone. There are 174 other SE sites; there must be a few you have questions about. Many are devoted to academic disciplines but many are not. Why not join the site for Coffee, or Board & Card Games, or Physical Fitness, or Politics? (Here's an (incomplete) list of "mainstream" sites.) Ask a few questions, post a few answers -- it won't take long to earn 200 points. Plus, it's fun!

Whether you prefer the "import from other sites" approach or the "grow your own" approach, please continue to share the site with your friends, colleagues, students, professors, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, Facebook friends, and blog readers!

Do you have other suggestions about how to get meet our 100/200 goal? Post below!

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    It took me about 2 days to get 200 rep on the Academia site. Yay!
    – alerera
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 1:27
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    I recently moved to 200+ rep. When I first committed, I was under 200. Will I show up or do I have to uncommit and commit again?
    – skr
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 4:00
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    It will happen automatically. Yay! Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 4:16
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    For those who don't know: A bounty is a reputation bonus funded by the person offering the bounty. In other words, @ayhan will transfer some of his/her own rep points on Stack Overflow directly to you. Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 11:45
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    Thanks for all your work, Larry and others. I just sent the message you posted on INFORMS connect to the INFORMS student chapter officers and asked them to forward to their chapters. Hopefully that will help get the word out to students. We'll see!
    – ELT
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 16:41
  • @ayhan I hope this answer is good enough for the bounty: pulp solve function gives same output. I appreciate it!
    – Wesley Dyk
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 17:25
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    @ayhan thank you for attaching the bounty! I appreciate the feedback as well.
    – Wesley Dyk
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 14:08
  • @alerera I spent weeks answering question on unix.stackexchange getting 0-1 upvotes. Then I asked a single question on worldbuilding.stackexchange and boom! straight up to 365 rep. Lesson learned: some stacks are more rewarding than others. Commented Jun 22, 2019 at 20:14

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To all users with less than 200 reputation reading this:

Please work on getting 200 reputation somewhere in the network. Any site will work; you can browse the whole list of 174 (soon to be 175) sites and choose whichever one(s) you want. Gaining some experience with Stack Exchange will actually help OR&A immensely, both to get to beta and succeed as an actual site. It will also help you once we reach beta, since you'll already know how things work, and will start off with a bonus 100 reputation.

Now, about getting enough users with 200 reputation: here are a few strategies I've found helpful:

  • Post frequently on Area 51 Discussions. Posting on meta allows more users to see it and hopefully gain reputation on a site in the network. We're already doing this, and it's been helpful.

  • Promote in your profile. Just add a little blurb asking users to come check out this proposal. This can actually bring in quite a few extra users. Additionally, putting it in your Stack Exchange profile will make it most visible to members of Stack Exchange, thus increasing the likelihood of users who already have 200+ reputation seeing it.

  • Promote it off-site, and tell users how they can help. Share it on social media, email, etc, and mention in your message that the best way for people to help us is to commit to the proposal and then earn 200+ reputation on a site in the network. Direct them here and here, and ask them to get familiar with the network.

  • This was overall a great post, but I am curious about one part: How does posting a lot of Area51 Discussion Zone, help users get more reputation? Commented May 25, 2020 at 1:19

Also, on a related note: make sure to register at area51.stackexchange.com.

Supporting a proposal doesn't require a login -- importing your hard earned reputation scores from other SE sites does, however.

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    And, if you already have an account on another SE site, make sure you use that account when you register for Area 51. Commented Apr 14, 2019 at 11:41

I guess their are a lot of graduate students having accounts on Stackoverflow. Those of us in Academia could point their students to this proposal.

If you give a talk on a conference, you could also add a slide with a link.


Following up on @J. Fabian Meier's suggestion, here is a QR code folks can use if you want to add a link to the site from a conference presentation.

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Students in OR related fields: sharing on the private fb group of the promotion could help. Talking to teachers about it would as well.

Researchers: conferences can be a good place to talk about committing to other OR workers.

OR societies: I posted in the forum for the french society for OR (ROADEF). Eventually someone with accesses to the european or international ones could do the same. Access to mailing lists of these societies is a big + as well. I'm not sure there are a lot of 200+ rep users over there, but they're experts in OR with a real big network of people.


There are some new committers with 51 or 151 Area51 points, whose Area51 registration is not linked to their other Stack Exchange user profiles in which they have massive numbers of SE points.

Follow instructions at How can one link / merge / combine / associate two accounts / users? (Anonymous / unregistered / cookie, or Google / Facebook / registered) to merge the accounts. Then you wil count toward a 200+er on other SE sites committer.

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    I think you may be confusing two unrelated issues. The posts you linked are in reference to a rare problem where someone inadvertently creates (and posts to) multiple accounts on a single site... where we can then combine those accounts to fix the problem. There's a minuscule chance someone here might have created an Area 51 account without being logged into the network, but the chances that the posts you linked have any effect on the issue you cited are near zero. Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 23:00
  • @Robert Cartaino Perhaps you have more accurately described the technical issue better than I have, Can you post or point to the solution for someone who was not logged into another SE site when establishing an Area51 account, and therefore did not bring their rep to the Operations Research site commitment they made? If you can and want to edit my answer, please feel free to do so. Thanks. Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 0:19

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