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The "rarely-visited meta" — as you called it — was a big part of the problem. Meta hosts the core governance of the site. I wish I could point you to the myriad of efforts that went into getting this site going again. The Community Managers, Moderators, and top avid users tried valiantly through a multi-year effort to try to energize this ...


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Being frustrated with how the Answers.Onstartups knowledge was closed, we re-created the community over the last month: Bright Journey More details on this answer here: Site "On Startups" is closed - what to do now? It took us a month working on this 'round the clock, but it was well worth it. There was tremendous knowledge on the site and ...


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Business-speak discourages experts (unless they are experts on business/marketing). Moderators will be probably the broadest part of the site audience, and most of moderators simply don't see themselves as "community managers" unless they specifically put a thought to it. The title should draw attention immediately, sink in as something simple and well-...


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I visited answers.onstartups.com nearly every day for almost two years. I even checked the meta site most days. My complaint with what happened is that we were never told, "If you don't fix this, we'll have to shut it down." It was, "This site is shutting down November 12th." At that point, there were actually quite a few people there trying to find a way to ...


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Perhaps this site should have a policy like meta's that upvotes and downvotes indicate agreement or disagreement. If a spammer starts recommending his product, his product may initially have few votes, but if it's a truly bad product, eventually will get lots of downvotes. Let's say you also limit people to naming one product per post, with a motivation ...


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You are mixing up "low quality" and "simple". Asking why the sky is blue is not necessarily a "low quality" question (for example), the quality of the question depends on how it was asked not it's content. What it is is a simple question with an easily discovered answer and one that has probably been asked before. Asking a question on Stack Exchange should ...


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If they aren't too broad, IMO questions like this about open problems, or what technique to achieve a desired effect, etc. can be answered quite well within the guidelines. For instance, we can summarize the state of the art, compare high-level advantages and drawbacks of different techniques, and give pointers to references for further reading, etc. If ...


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Like many others, I too spent numerous hours on the answers.onstartups.com site over a couple of years. I answered a lot of questions and did my best to help people, as well as report spam, up-vote questions and comments, edit typos, etc. In short, I spent a lot of time being "a good citizen" and this seems to have been reflected in the reputation points I ...


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No, all of our sites work through a system of community self- moderation, where everything is vetted out in the open (default public) rather than hiding activities in a back room where only a few people are making the decisions.


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When I hear "moderator", I still think of those moderated mailing lists, where the moderator had to approve your email to the list, or put a lock on you if you abuse the list. So in that sense (and this is probably a very common one, even not just mailing lists - forums, etc) a "moderator" is kind of like a guard, or policeman - very little to do with ...


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I think there needs to be a no-exceptions policy that every recommendation much disclose the connection, whether that is "I wrote it" or "I just read the documentation".


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Unfortunately, this isn't the purpose of a Stack Exchange site isn’t really a valid use case which we wish to pursue. Somewhat related to this article (On proposals soliciting reviews, recommendations, comparisons, etc), Stack Exchange Q&A sites are meant to focus on a specific areas of study where folks solicit help regarding problems they encounter ...


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If you get enough rep you can do some minor moderation see Review but as you say not a lot of value added there as Robert takes care of most of it. New site proposals that actually have a chance of moving on, tend to be very focused so that for the most part, unless you are existing member of the user group there is not much you can add to the example ...


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You are correct that some of these questions may not technically be closed as an "exact duplicate" on the actual site — but for the purpose of presenting the strongest possible Definition for this proposal, the linked questions generally cover much the same topic space, even if they're not technically exact duplicates. Why "Top Example Questions" ...


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Few suggestions. Question: What programming languages can I use to create a smart contract? It's a list question, see: What is the definition of a list question? These kind of questions are usually not constructive. Question: What is the best language to learn for beginning developers that want to work with Hashgraph? It's a subjective question, and ...


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Explicit low quality is a terrible thing. Even where there's different sites for different levels of knowledge, say ELU and ELL questions have to meet a minimum quality standard. There is no ban button. Question bans are automatic and one needs to have a certain number of questions put on hold to hit it. There's even a warning. One question being closed ...


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I believe that this site should hold itself to the same standards as any SE site. But don't forget that the example questions are merely titles - there is only so much specificity that can fit in a title. Whether the question you mentioned is ultimately a good question still depends a lot on the question. I have left a comment along those lines on the ...


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Technical writing questions are within the category of writing. In fact, it's one of the most used tags on Writers.SE. As for your chemistry example, both nuclear chemistry and chemistry experiments are well within the area of chemistry.


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AFAIK There's no such thing as a site-owner in StackExchange. The sites belongs to StackExchange (the company) and are driven by the community. As for moderation, the StackExchange team closely looks the private beta to identify potential users for moderation, until the site launches and the formal moderation elections runs. See Moderator Pro Tempore for ...


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Kind of, if you collect a lot of down votes you can lose abilities. See Related Hypothetically, what if you fall below 25 rep? & How does a user with no activity get to 35 rep on Area51?


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Question and answer blocking was not implemented in the proposal process, and there are no plans to do so; it doesn't really make sense in that context (not without significant re-engineering). The "Discussion Zone" is actually a meta support site, so post bans are either turned off or set so high that it would be exceedingly difficult to trigger "...


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Although Area 51 Stack Exchange maybe more limited than the other sites you may not have a lot, BUT you still have something so by using these small things you can still help out with moderation. Voting: Voting on example questions can be helpful to show which would be of good quality and which would be of bad quality, it can help separate what is good ...


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Well, I did participate in the definition, and was definitely both irreverent and inane when doing so. And I was hardly the only one... But yeah, that third sentence isn't terribly useful. Replaced with a link to the FAQ.


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This isn't really the best forum for that discussion - as this is kind of hidden away from where most of the users of the Embedded Systems site will look. How things work (or at least used to work when Movies & TV launched, the site I help moderate), is that the Stack Exchange staff act as moderators during the first few days of a site. While they are ...


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It's a pity that SE team has forgotten the main motivation behind close votes concept: to keep noise ratio low. The problem with poor proposals, spam proposals or trolling proposals it's not that they are poor and have no chance to be launched and will be eventually deleted. The problem is, that until they will be deleted, they are noise, distracting from ...


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