A proposal that I've followed is nearing the end of its Commitment phase. I elected to reshare a link to it over social media. I've been thinking, if a user that has never been on a Stack Exchange site before, let alone never being on Area 51, how are they to know what I'm really pitching them here? In the Definition stage of the proposal, users can get a sense that people are proposing questions, etc.

I don't know what the user experiences when they land here in response to a link to a proposal in commitment, but if faced with just the page containing announcements/links to Discussion questions regarding the proposal/a bunch of information about reputation with a lonely isle of "Top Example Questions," should there be just a bit more information about what they are getting themselves into?

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    I have definitely lost a few potential commiters due to the commitment page being unclear and not explaining what stackexchange is all about (or even the fact that the site is not live yet, and needs their help to go live). So I would like to see improvements to this part of Area51 Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 1:27

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In my opinion, the 'Welcome to Area 51!' alert box that appears when you share a proposal should link to the FAQ if the visitor hasn't already signed up.

Since I don't know anybody who uses Stack Exchange, I need to explain both the concept of the Q&A site and the Area 51.

  • I wasn't sure what popped up. I tried clicking on a link for a proposal in commitment phase in incognito mode and nothing popped up, but I trust you on that. I can see the possibility to informing your close friends about the Exchange, but if I share a link to a proposal on Twitter, I don't really see myself giving a 3-4 tweet preamble on how the system works.
    – jonsca
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 21:17
  • @jonsca: You can select 'Share This' to get a custom URL that tracks who commits to your shared link. Example
    – Ambo100
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 21:20
  • Yes, very true, and I've done that, but it attaches some token boilerplate to Tweets that isn't very meaningful. I just meant that I tried clicking through a link I found on Reddit using incognito to see what the experience was like and the FAQ didn't come up.
    – jonsca
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 21:23
  • @jonsca: Oh, I only meant it as a suggestion.
    – Ambo100
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 21:25
  • Hehe. Yes, I definitely appreciate your answer, I'm frustrated with the system is all.
    – jonsca
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 21:27

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