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).
- How to access digitised content at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library? asked Oct 8, 2017
- Catch 22: how do you know if a data provider's sub will be valuable to you — before you subscribe? asked Dec 6, 2014
- What tools exist for collecting and managing evidence? asked Oct 10, 2012
- Are there checklists or templates made for visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City? asked Mar 21, 2013
- What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths? asked Feb 14, 2016
- Was the 1939 Register really updated after the end of National Registration? asked Oct 28, 2015
- How should I record women with unknown maiden name? asked Oct 10 2012
- Organising digital documents for genealogy and family history? asked Jan 8 2013
- Finding half-sister who may still be living? asked Jun 20, 2013
- Can anyone decipher the comment above Louis' name on this 1940 census record? asked Dec 4, 2012
- How many genealogists and users of genealogy programs? asked Nov 5, 2012
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?