Proposal: 3D Graphics, Modeling & Applications

How can we, as committed users, help a proposed site get out of the commitment stage and into public beta? Posting on forums? Emailing our friends? Do founders of some other sites have any tips for us?

This question doesn't have to be specifically about the 3D graphics site proposal - I imagine answers will be generally applicable to any proposal looking to enter beta. Thanks in advance!


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So far as I can tell, the best way to help the site launch is to raise your personal rep on other SE sites. There's a site further down from 3D graphics with nearly 500 people committed, but since their average rep is lower, they're farther from beta than we are.

The idea behind this, I gather, is that as our committed people raise their rep, they're learning the care & feeding of a successful SE site. This raises the proposal's "score" - which is intended to be a reflection of its probability of success.

What I'd like is the ability to notify our committed people that if they're anxious for the site to launch, they can help by posting (good) questions & answers on as many other sites as they can.

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    Assuming our committed people occasionally check back and read the discussions (and your answer), I'd say you have notified them. :) FYI: How commitment percentages are calculated
    – John C
    Sep 19, 2011 at 19:06
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    Looking at the age of some of the commitments to the 3D graphics site (dating back to last year) and the low commitment score it seems plausible that some commitment aging may have been done. Getting some of the early committers to uncommit and recommit may boost the score a little bit. (That's my understanding of how the aging works but I could be wrong.)
    – moberley
    Sep 20, 2011 at 17:39
  • How specific is this answer? By which I mean the OP is a new user with an account on only one SE site, so adding extra sites will have a significant effect, whilst I have an account on twelve SE sites, half of them over 200 rep. So is the best way I can help this proposal to come up with a whole bunch of questions/answers on some of those other sites in order to generate extra reputation? Or, would it be diminishing returns, and I'd be putting in a lot of effort that wouldn't even result in a single percentage increase? :/ Oct 5, 2011 at 0:36
  • I was referring to Kara's answer - I was trying to work out from the link you provided whether it would be beneficial, vs the effort required. Oct 5, 2011 at 15:46
  • I think you're mis-understanding the information - 10000 isn't significant, it's just an example number used, only the first 200 plays a role in the formula. Due to the log function, increasing rep on a single site is less effective than gaining the minimum 200 rep on multiple sites. i.e. If you have 10k rep, increasing to 200 on a new site gives the same increase as increasing the existing site to 40k. That's not a typo: +100 new site rep = +30,000 existing site rep. (That's based on the (old?) figures in that other answer, and assuming a 100 rep starting point.) Oct 5, 2011 at 15:46
  • So, spreading yourself thinly and not putting much into each site makes you more valuable for advancing an Area 51 proposal than showing that you have plenty of experience and can use the more advanced features of SE sensibly. :/ Oct 5, 2011 at 15:47
  • @PeterBoughton, re-reading the link, you're correct, I wasn't paying attention to the actual formula - I thought that 200/10K were levels reached, not just example points. Wups. (deleting earlier misleading comment now. :)
    – John C
    Oct 6, 2011 at 13:35
  • Cyclops, yeah, it took me several reads before I understood the explanation too. It's a shame - originally things were weighted too far towards experienced users, now things seem to have gone too far the other direction. :/ Oct 6, 2011 at 14:26
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    Well whatever it is everyone was doing, it seems to have worked! We're so close... Oct 24, 2011 at 17:09
  • @KaraMarfia - Looks like we need ONE MORE person with rep, and then we're there...at 99% commitment now! Oct 27, 2011 at 15:34
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    I think the # of people is ok, we just need a higher level of activity on other SE sites to push that last 99% over 100. I think? Had to drop down the "more info" under the big 99% to get the subcategory descriptions... Oct 29, 2011 at 18:25

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