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We have close to 40 followers on our Definition phase site and we have to personally follow up with many of them to explain the importance of voting on this type of site. Once they understand, most promptly come back and vote. Its a bit of a learning curve that isn't obvious to someone new to the site.

Anyone have techniques that work well in orienting new users?

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    I'd say "personally follow up with many of them to explain the importance of voting" is a great way to help orient new users, and then recruit enthusiastic new users to do the same. – Alan Storm Dec 19 '12 at 21:57
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You're assuming that users don't vote up the questions on your proposal simply because they don't understand the importance of upvoting.

But the Area51 is the place mostly for more experienced users willing to start new sites. If the user don't understand the concept of voting, he/she wouldn't be valuable commiter anyway, so why care. On the other way, think more like that, that the users are aware on limited upvotes for proposal, and don't want to waste them on questions, which they don't find themselves interesting enough.

IMHO on define phase, the example questions are much more important than upvotes. Upvotes are the natural consequence of good example questions. Upvoting only to fulfill phase requirements is against the concept of the phase.

  • Great point. I think that is the case for maybe 50% of the people - the other 50% just seem to not really notice that they're able to vote. Some of it may be that many of our users are not super internet savvy as all IT professionals are from stackoverflow. – cmiller8 Jan 7 '13 at 14:30
  • I need to disagree with your statement, "If the user don't understand the concept of voting, he/she wouldn't be valuable commiter anyway, so why care." I believe that once a potential follower joins the site, they will quickly learn the importance of voting. Let's not dissuade potential users from becoming a valuable part of the community. – LN6595 Feb 4 '15 at 21:18

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