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Proposal: Genealogy & Family History

When a proposal gets close to 100% Committment, but is only short of the 200+ Reputation people it needs, what can be done to get it there?

I see the following possibilities:

  1. Go to Stack Exchange sites or Area 51 Beta sites that interest you where there might be people you know who you think might also be interested in the proposal and invite them.

  2. Try to get the 200+ Rep on one of those sites for yourself. It's not too hard. Go to a site that interests you. Answer a few questions, or ask a few. Each upvote to your answer is 10 points, to a question is 5 points. An accepted answer is 15 points. It doesn't take long. The experience will help you once we get to Beta.

  3. If you already have 200+ Rep on another Stack Exchange site, ensure your account at Area 51 is linked. You'll see the little icons under your name (in the list of committers) for each site that you've got 200+ Rep. If you don't see them, then you probably have two different accounts. If you can, Commit with the account that's on the other site, and uncommit from that unlinked account.

Are there any other things that can be done?

  • I think I just committed again with rep +200 – M Smith Sep 24 '12 at 12:26
  • @MSmith - Very interesting. Clicking on your name to go to your profile, you can see your Commitment. But going through the 191 Committers, you are not yet shown as one of them. I have found that some changes at Area 51 take up to 24 hours, and this must be one of them. But thanks for doing that. Now every additional 200+ is significant. – lkessler Sep 24 '12 at 13:13
  • I finally worked through what happened and actually got committed. I guess they want to know I am really committed. :) – M Smith Sep 24 '12 at 14:58
  • @MSmith - Ah there you are at last. If you think what happened to you might have happened to others, maybe you can give instructions on what the others need to do in a New Discussion. p.s. You referred me! – lkessler Sep 24 '12 at 15:17
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    I'm working really hard to get to +200. :-) – Lorraine W Sep 27 '12 at 19:21
  • @LorraineW - 4 points to go on Android and you'll have it! – lkessler Sep 28 '12 at 19:09
  • @LorraineW - It just takes a bit of time for the stats to get updated. It should increment within about 12 hours. – lkessler Sep 28 '12 at 21:00
  • @lkessler so noted. I'll wait. – Lorraine W Sep 28 '12 at 21:01
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    @LorraineW - You just got it, so it took about 7 hours. – lkessler Sep 29 '12 at 3:08
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    @lkessler: FYI: If you want to keep a running total, you don't have to keep editing this question (and thus bumping it to the top of the queue). You can just add an announcement to the proposal. – Nicol Bolas Sep 30 '12 at 6:14
  • @NicolBolas - That is exactly why I am editing it - so that it can be at the top of the queue and noticed. I have already had several announcements deleted by the moderator Robert who basically said the announcements should not be used and to use the discussions instead. This is more of a discussion, because I want people to add their ideas of how to help get to Beta. It's important to make this the top priority now because nothing else can really get accomplished until we get to beta, and that is why it's nice if this discussion keeps bumping up. – lkessler Sep 30 '12 at 6:20
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    @lkessler: Your proposal is not the only thing on this site. When you constantly edit a question, you are also bumping it to the top of the list of all questions. You don't need to provide a running counter of how close your site is to beta; that info's already on the right side. Editing a question for the sole purpose of bumping it is a subversion of the rules; you should edit it to add meaningful info, not update a counter. Especially not a counter we already can see. – Nicol Bolas Sep 30 '12 at 6:41
  • You can also review honnestly answers from commiters with near 200+ rep – snowflake Sep 30 '12 at 9:54
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    @lkessler you deserve some sort of award for all the work you've been doing – user42535 Oct 1 '12 at 15:01
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    @JustinY - My award will be in seeing a successful Q&A site used by millions of genealogists. :-) – lkessler Oct 1 '12 at 15:43
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As far as I can tell, you don't get a rep for each Area51 group - I joined two others I was interested in and my rep in Area51 is a combination of all 3. You do get a separate one by joining a Stack Exchange site.

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    No. You need to get 200+ points in a Stack Exchange site other than Area 51. In your case, clicking on your profile and then on "network profile" and then on the "accounts" tab I see you are currently at 197 reputation in Libraries and Information Science. All you really have to do there is give one or two more good questions or answers, and someone is bound to give you one up-vote on one of them. p.s. It seems to take up to 12 hours after you get your 200 reputation on a site before the Area 51 percentage progress will register it. – lkessler Sep 30 '12 at 14:18
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    That was easy, wasn't it. :-) – lkessler Sep 30 '12 at 15:44
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    I wish it were easy - but honestly it wasn't/isn't. I've had questions wiped out - and questions closed. Even after reading FAQ's several times, it's still confusing. I think this whole site & its sections was designed by people whose real hobby is putting together 10,000 piece puzzles! However, it has become relatively addicting...and I'm 209 now :-) Hurrah! – Jeni Oct 1 '12 at 0:38
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    Jeni: That's exactly why the Area 51 wants beta sites to have 100 people with 200+ reputation. They will have experience in how the site works and what good and bad questions and answers are. They will start off knowing that and get the beta off on the right track while the non-200+ reps are still learning. But is does get fun and addicting after a while. Once the Beta is up for us, it'll be fantastic for the genealogy community. I just know we'll take to it! – lkessler Oct 1 '12 at 0:52

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