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:
- Post 5 example questions
- 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:
- 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).
- 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.