We are working to create a strong community on StackExchange. After having read the Area 51 FAQs we are searching for some practical direction from other community founders.

What are some of the things that we should be doing now, in the Definition Phase, to lay a good foundation for our community to succeed through the next phases?

What are some of the things you have found that helped your communities grow in strength?

What are some of the things we should avoid?

Our Proposal: OrchardCore: Open-source, modular, multi-tenant application framework and CMS for ASP.NET Core


The biggest problem we are having is that people who join the community aren't aware of how it works; so they don't do the two most important things:

  1. Post 5 example questions
  2. Up-vote 5 example questions

We are discovering that during the 'Definition' phase of a proposed site, questions are collected but not answered. What happens to questions..

The top questions from the Definition phase are listed as example questions during next phase, the Commitment Phase. The are there only to set the expectation and scope for the up and coming StackExchange community. They do not automatically get posted to the site as actual questions that will be answered.

It also takes 40 questions with an up-vote score of 10 or more to move to the next phase.

This means that once a question reaches 10 up-votes, it is important to consider voting for another question that you also feel helps define the community for two reasons:

  1. This helps the community become well defined more quickly and helps it get to the next phase more quickly (40 questions with an up-vote score of 10 or more).
  2. Questions with the most votes, are sorted to the top, this means new questions that are just good or better, don't get noticed only because they were added later.

If everyone who joins also posts 5 questions and up-votes for 5 questions, it helps the community accomplish these Phase I goals more quickly.

  • If you want to change your vote on a question, the "orange arrows" indicate questions you have voted for. Click on the orange up or down arrow and it will change back to grey. This cancels that vote and gives it back to you. Then you can use it to vote on another question. – Tyson Gibby Feb 4 at 16:33
  • I can't remove my vote from a question...the Area 51 site tell me about the need to have 150 reputation to do it :'( – PiemP Feb 12 at 11:20
  • @PiemP, If you haven't confirmed your email yet, you can get 50 reputation for doing so. – Tyson Gibby Feb 12 at 22:22

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