I ask this not of a particular site in general, but of the area51 community as a whole - why? Because looking at the sites that have spent a long time in beta (around the two year mark) they seem to be almost unanimously excellent on everything apart from the number of questions, where they're struggling.

Given that this seems to be a pretty common metric to be struggling with, is there something we can do to encourage more good questions to flow in? Or is this something that will be integrated in the "new area51" design that's often talked about?

  • While this is a valid question for every site still in beta, it is out of scope for area 51, which is for sites before they reach beta. – James Jenkins Nov 23 '18 at 11:31

The reason why almost no sites make it to commitment, let alone beta, is because they do not have an audience.

It says that Area 51 cannot provide an audience, therefore it is really hard.

I was planning on making a Designing Programming Languages proposal, but I couldn't find anybody to join, because I don't have access to social media, and my friends are not interested in programming.

I think the best way to get to beta is to use something called tactical voting.

Discourage downvoting, and try to get every post up to 10, but not more than that, so you can get to beta.

It doesn't matter whether the question is good or not, try getting it to 10 and not more than 10.

In my opinion, I wish there was a way to recruit people to join the Q&A site, but I would get heavily downvoted, maybe even banned for that.

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    STOP!!! This is not the way to go, trying to bypass the quality control system is bad. In fact it can backfire. – Henry WH Hack v2.1.2 Nov 22 '18 at 20:37

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