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The area51 page of beta sites show several statistics about how well a site is doing. Are there any general advice or guidelines on how a site's community can improve those numbers during the public beta period?

  • The biggest thing is attracting and engaging experts in the field. How you do that is tricky and domain specific. – Ben Brocka Apr 30 '12 at 13:43
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I think all the metrics listed can be improved by one thing: More Users

More users directly influences Questions Per Day and Visits Per Day, which gives the experts a reason to come to the site regularly to answer questions, which will increase the Percent Answered, Active Users, and Answer Ratio.

So providing SE is OK with us advertising beta sites, go out there and advertise your site!

In addition, be mindful of how you treat new users of your site. They might not understand the scope of the site, or if they're new to SE entirely they probably won't understand downvotes or votes to close, so be a bit more understanding with them.

If they ask an on-topic question that is badly worded, edit it into a good one. If they ask an off-topic question, simply vote to close and leave a comment about why it's off-topic (don't downvote). You want new users to keep coming to SE with their questions, and to perhaps one day become a contributing members of your community.

Remember, you need users to ask questions before you have a reason to need experts.

  • One solution I was considering for advertising, was poaching Yahoo Answers (or other Q&A sites). Find good on-topic questions there, ask them on your beta site, then post the answer along with a link back to the SE site on the original question. You'll probably get not only the original poster to visit, but also any other users who happen to stumble across the question. – Rachel Apr 30 '12 at 15:28
  • What about percent answered vs. closing questions? Closing prevents answering, right? Closed questions count toward questions per day, but do they also count against percent answered if they're closed before receiving an answer? I assume answer ratio will follow percent answered either way, so that's two statistics for the price of one potential complication with your advice... – Nick Stauner Jan 25 '14 at 9:01
  • Went ahead and asked the question properly. – Nick Stauner Jan 25 '14 at 11:24

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