Proposal: 3D Graphics, Modeling & Applications

Hi there, I was wondering if someone could post this announcement on the 3D graphics site:

(Start announcement) Attention, committed users: We have almost reached the 200 committed mark! If your commitment is over three months old, then please take a moment to renew it now. Doing so will increase this proposal's commitment score and help us reach beta shortly. To recommit, simply click the "Uncommit" button on this proposal's page, then commit again. Thank you for your time and your dedication to helping this proposal become a reality! (End announcement)

I know this will very likely get no upvotes, but I am unable to post announcements myself and I'd appreciate someone's help. Thanks!

Edit: Please upvote this question if you think the above announcement is needed!

  • I've thought about this before, and sort of gone back and forth, on whether it's a good idea to ask people to uncommit then recommit... If this Question does get some upvotes/feedback, maybe I will. (Of course, there are others who can post announcements also).
    – John C
    Sep 25 '11 at 13:24
  • Also, reading this commitment percentage calculation - another way to raise your percentage, is to get 200 rep on one other site. And it's more if you get rep on three other sites. So if you're totally new to all of the StackExchange sites, check out the List of Sites, see if there's one you might be interested in, and want to contribute to.
    – John C
    Sep 25 '11 at 13:27
  • Thanks, Cyclops; I'm currently only on the SciFi site (I've got over 200 rep there), but I'll look into some of the others too. Sep 25 '11 at 13:53
  • So just to confirm, since my original commit was almost a year ago, my commit score will have decayed by about 20% (based on David's explanation - so I should uncommit/re-commit and that means my "commitment score" will raise by a point or two (which is maybe 0.5% added to the commitment percentage). There are no negative side-effects to uncommitting then re-committing? Sep 25 '11 at 18:15
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    @Peter Boughton Nope, there will not be any side effects to uncommitting and recommitting. In fact, David pretty much recommended it ("If a user is very committed, they can 'renew' their vote every few weeks by uncommitting and recommitting."), so it'll be completely safe. Sep 25 '11 at 18:53
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    Right, if I end up losing a finger, I'm holding you personally responsible. ;) Sep 25 '11 at 19:24
  • ...well that wasn't so painful, and it has helped to knock it up to 75%, so if enough high rep early committers do the same thing then we should be significantly closer to finally getting this site into beta! Sep 25 '11 at 19:32
  • @Peter Boughton Great! I presume your fingers are all intact? Sep 25 '11 at 19:56
  • Yep, all seven of the... wait a sec... oh, phew; just hidden behind the mouse. :) (You'll no doubt see it anyway, but I just added a response to your original question, as an "answer" below). Sep 25 '11 at 20:09
  • @Cyclops You're a pretty high-rep user, so there's a chance that the commitment score was like 74.7% , when you uncommitted, it went to 74.4%, then when you recommitted it went up to 75.0%. Also, it could have been others renewing their own commitments. :D Sep 26 '11 at 0:55
  • FYI, as of today this post was viewed 72 times, and the total votes are 2 up/1 down (net of +1 upvote). Although the 72 viewers aren't all necessarily people who committed to the proposal, still, the number of votes is fairly under-whelming. Unless things change, I won't be posting an announcement asking people to uncommit/recommit. But of course, there are other people who can post announcements, should they care to.
    – John C
    Sep 29 '11 at 18:46
  • Just to say, I upvoted the question because I agree with the spirit of the post, but think the announcement feature is the wrong method (as in my response below). Oct 1 '11 at 12:56
  • Also, I guess since my response has had no reply in the past week, there's no local mods that are able/willing to email older members, which is a shame. Although commit percentage is climbing slowly (78% now), it'd be nice to get a more accurate figure by letting people know they can re-commit to refresh their value. Oct 1 '11 at 12:56
  • Ok, so since there's apparently no official contact option, I've just gone through the commitment list and checked for people old commitments, high mixed-site rep, and public contact details (either on profile or on their websites), and sent them an email asking if they'd re-commit. Sent to nine people in total, so I guess we'll wait and see if it helps, and I hope none of them object to the email. Oct 6 '11 at 3:25

Is an "announcement" the best way to reach the people who need to re-commit? It doesn't cause any notifications to be sent, and I'm specifically thinking we want to reach out to the people who committed at the start, then gave up (because the Area51 system seemed designed to oppose the creation of proposals like this 3d graphics one), and so don't realise that we are now 75% of the way towards beta, and thus they are unlikely to see the announcement.

I got an email a couple of days ago saying the proposal was "over halfway" and telling people to advertise the link to get others to commit, but for those described above that's not what we want - the point is to directly say: "if you're still interested, you can re-commit" and emphasis that this is a simple action they can take which directly helps move the proposal forward.

That email was signed from "The Stack Exchange Team", so I guess it may have been an automated thing added to all proposals, but can anyone here send an email to everyone who signed up over six months ago? (Stating that they need to re-confirm their interest if they still want the site to come alive); or - if not - how might we go about trying to convince the SE staff to do this?

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