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Sort of leaping off of PolyGeo's answer to "not be afraid to sprinkle our question titles with surnames and place names" ...I'd like to see more questions about tight-knit Societies and hard to research organizations. Like the Free Masons or Daughters of the American Revolution, etc. Asking questions about them, might garner interest from them. Wouldn't it ...


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A good question. I suppose G&FH could piggy-back on the other popular pursuits… "Click here to add BMD certificates to your Amazon basket" "Hot, hot, HOT great-great-great-grandmothers GONE WILD!!" That should bring in users, and revenue! Failing that, G&FH.SE is neither well known nor readily findable. If I type "genealogy and family ...


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Grassroots based movements like G&FH SE only make it by word of mouth. Who do online genealogists listen to? Social media of course. So people with their own blogs, on Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus need to get the word out, at least once every so often. Ask members to do a "why I like G&FH SE" post on one of those media. If 100 of our ...


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Several members of the Stack Exchange community team, myself included have reviewed the state of things here on Genealogy. Here are our takeaways. Questions per day on Genealogy are just way too low to be considered for graduation Sure, question activity isn't always make or break for graduation, but it needs to be in a significantly higher range (7-10x) ...


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Unfortunately, PolyGeo, getting each measure into the green is NOT what's required to graduate. Area51 puts those statistics up as a general guideline of how your site is doing along the road to becoming self-sustaining. According to @RobertCartaino in his answer on the Bicycles meta, all that's required to "graduate" from beta is: Must be in beta at least ...


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I'd hoped the announcement I made on Meta Stack Exchange would give this community, in particular, some peace of mind. Genealogy SE's experiences helped inform the Community Team's updated policy on small sites. PolyGeo's final words put it pretty nicely: At the same time we now have more freedom to maintain/raise the bar on question quality rather than ...


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Your observations: that genealogy is the third most common internet activity, trailing just behind online shopping and pornography. Genealogy is also apparently the second most popular hobby in the USA, after gardening. are not ones that I have come across but they do not surprise me. In order to capture a share of that very sizable potential user/...


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In response to @JanMurphy's answer, regarding the site's most viewed questions: Reading around, it looks like sort-by-view was removed from SE some time ago. However... this question has an answer leading to the scary Data Explorer. That particular query. when set to run on G&FH, returns the top 1000 questions by number of views. It returns a sorted ...


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SE set the standards for moving sites out of beta -- which are a combination of question volumes, quality and community activity. About 18 months ago they moved a number of sites out of beta status as they had been active for about 7 years, but we just missed out. See Missed it by that much( It's important to realise that moving out of beta would have some ...


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I do not disagree with anything said in @ColeValleyGirl's answer but I weigh the pros and cons they present differently. I would like to see our Beta label removed at the earliest opportunity and have asked for that to happen in this answer to Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta! which is slowly accumulating upvotes. ...


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This is the part of the announcement that I'd like to emphasize. Around the same time we recognized that "small sites" may never hit that target but they can still be successful sites and they wouldn't be at risk of closure unless they failed to maintain moderation levels to keep spam at bay and the questions on-topic and of good quality. This was ...


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From the Stack Overflow blog: A Recipe to Promote Your Site. Two key points: Encourage your community to share links to outstanding questions and answers. And if you feel you're not producing outstanding questions and answers worthy of sharing with the world, endeavor to fix that first. When it comes to promotion, don't try to take on the world. ...


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