This question has come up on meta.stackoverflow.com but it would be nice if the FAQ would also include information on what the commitment requirements are for users in the event they forget that it is on the commitment page of the site proposal.


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The Commitment requirements are purposely a bit obscure. Committing to a site means you agree to use the site and help build it.

Just because we're stuck with the task as measuring what that means using the tools at our disposal, that doesn't mean "using the site" should be reduced to a formula of "please ask 5 questions with at least three up-votes and vote 10 times in the next 26 days, and leave 10 comments with at least three of them being up-voted."

It's totally besides the point, and you don't want people thinking that way. You end up with a very forced, robotic community worrying about whether they met their quota of involvement.

[^^^Don't follow that quoted example; I totally made that up.]

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    Obscure is fine and I agree that things shouldn't be formulaic, but if you go over to meta.stackexchange.com there tend to be quite a few questions that are along the lines of "I've been participating, why hasn't my token been released" and as near as I can tell, there is no way to get a refresher if you have been away from awhile and need a reminder as to what you need to be doing.
    – rjzii
    Jan 10, 2012 at 16:35
  • The commitment system itself is in someways broken in that it can get in people ways at times but that is another discussion all together - meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/92688/…
    – rjzii
    Jan 10, 2012 at 16:36
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    @RobZ - What you need to be doing is participating in the community! It's that simple. Answer questions, ask questions, vote, and do all the stuff you'd do on the normal Stack Exchange site. Your commitment is to participate in the site, not to fulfill a list of tasks. Jan 10, 2012 at 22:31
  • @KevinVermeer - Please see the question linked in the question for some context.
    – rjzii
    Jan 10, 2012 at 22:46

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