This is a follow-up to What makes a question (and its answers) worth sharing?.

I was reviewing all of the questions for which someone has earned the Announcer badge on the main site:

Share a link to a question later visited by 25 unique IP addresses. This badge can be awarded multiple times.


The badge has only been awarded 12 times and to a handful of users.

Let's take a look at the questions which drew those visits (that is, after being shared, they actually attracted people to come take a look).

Looking at this list, I see a couple of interesting things.

  • Many of these questions are basic research questions, rather than specific "I can't find my family" questions.
  • Most badges were awarded (with one exception) either to the person who asked the question, or to someone who had written an answer to it.

That makes me wonder: - When you ask a question, do you share it, and where? - When you answer a question, do you share it, and where? - Do you share someone else's Q/A, and if so, where?

Note that the site has been going four years now, and NO ONE has earned:

Booster - Share a link to a question later visited by 300 unique IP addresses


Publicist - Share a link to a question later visited by 1000 unique IP addresses

Why aren't we tooting our own horn more? How can we make our questions worth looking at and worth being shared?

2 Answers 2


I share questions/answers from here when I see similar questions asked in other fora, in the hope that getting a good answer to an immediate question will encourage somebody to come back here.

I don't tweet or blog about questions or share them in other social media -- my 'reach' is insufficient for it to be worthwhile and I'm not totally convinced that somebody will follow a link unless it's immediately relevant to them.


I think that you are right to highlight the share button beneath every post.

Although I have the Announcer badge 8 times on GIS (0 for Booster and Publicist) I have not received it here.

I think that is because my Twitter followers have been cultivated around my profession (GIS) rather than my hobby (G&FH). I am keen not to "dilute" my GIS content too much and so I rarely share G&FH posts.

Something that I am considering is to create a second Twitter handle targeted at a G&FH following.

  • I have two twitter handles -- one for my writing career and one for Family History, specifically to separate the two audiences. Not that many people follow either of them :)
    – user6485
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 8:29
  • I don't have a big following either, but I am sharing Harry's GRO index hack along with the news item about the GRO PDF Pilot, hoping to get people's interest.
    – Jan Murphy Mod
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 18:38
  • I also have more than one Twitter handle -- my genealogy handle is tightly curated.
    – Jan Murphy Mod
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 18:50

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