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How to increase our question rate?
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The problem is not the questions per day. The problem is that we're not growing the site. Simply said, not enough people know about G&FH SE. The initial push to get it known was not enough and it ...

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StackExchange posts are written in English, but which English?
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Let dem peeples write dere posts in der own speeling.

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Does Stack Exchange provide an appropriate environment for family historians?
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You've asked a good question, Fortiter. I'm not concerned about the stats as much as I was earlier. The simple fact is that very few genealogists know about Genealogy SE because the users here have ...

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Are questions relating to personal and family journaling (both physical and digital) appropriate for genealogy.stackexchange.com?
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During the proposal, we originally named the site "Genealogy" but then decided it was more than that and called it "Genealogy and Family History". Family History includes more than just tracing ...

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Why are we accepting answers so fast?
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I just answered a question that was really too general. It was pointed out in a comment that it was too general and should be more specific and I agreed. So I added a comment to edit their question ...

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What should our FAQ contain?
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Most of the questions we're trying to come up with so far are high-level questions on the specifics about genealogy. But what really turns every genealogist's crank are solving their genealogy ...

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Why does a permalink that I create append my userid to the URI?
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You get credit for any referrals you give. The xx is your user number on Genealogy and Family History so it knows you are the referrer and it can give you credit. You can get announcer, booster, ...

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Do we allow searches for private information?
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No. I don't think we should. SE is not about questions and answers. It is about questions for experts and answers from experts. The goal is to attract the experts and get them to answer the questions ...

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On- and off-topic: Ethics?
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Yes, this question is about the ethics. It technically is on topic. But this question bothers me too much. Because, I still think a living person is a distinct possibility. I have provided an ...

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Brainstorming solutions to grow this site?
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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 ...

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Can a question with an accepted answer be updated with results of suggestions?
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Absolutely! I've done that quite often over at Stack Overflow. When I finally solve my problem, or find a better solution, I go back and add a followup to my question. See, for example this ...

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What makes a good tag wiki excerpt for our site?
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For tags of countries and states, I think too much "common knowledge" and not necessarily relevent material is being added, e.g.: united-states: The United States of America, commonly called the ...

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Why put actual questions in question titles?
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If you go to Stack Overflow which is made up of the most experienced SE people and look at the front page, you'll see that the majority of the question titles are not expressed as questions. This ...

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Helping Genealogy & Family History to graduate Beta sooner rather than later?
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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 ...

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How to improve 'Software that will print everybody - related and unrelated'
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Yes, I agree with @fbrereto that closing a question, especially to a new user who doesn't understand, simply sounds like their question was rejected. They may never return. Even with all my ...

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Is it appropriate to ask questions from other genealogy sites?
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I think the proper way to increase the number of questions is to get more users. We want real questions for real problems from real users. We want those users to see the answers and learn from that. ...

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How to manage the numbers of answers per question (without gaming the rules)?
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The psychology is that people tend not to add answers to questions that have accepted answers. And people tend to be accepting answers too early, not giving enough opportunity for others to add their ...

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How might we encourage members to include either their general location or similar information in their profile?
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Since signatures and taglines are not allowed in questions or answers, I think we can also encourage users (maybe in our FAQ) to include the family lines and places they are researching in their "...

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Do we want hats? Announcing the 2016 Winter Bash!
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Yes! Yes! Yes! I love hats!! Bring 'em on! Hopefully one year, they'll bring the Unicorns back.

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Will MyHeritage Q&A impact GF&H SE's plans to expand?
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I submitted a comment to James' blog post about MyHeritage's new Q&A hub. I said: It's too bad more people aren't using the Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange Q&A site at: https://...

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Can we improve our pitch to potential users?
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Putting the pitch together took a fair deal of discussion when we were trying to get this site going in Area51. There were lots of proposed pitches. The way it ended up, it had the "experts" in it. ...

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Do you want hats? 2014 Winter Bash
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Here's our Genealogy & Family History SE Winter Bash 2014 leaderboard, for who's earned the most hats on our site.

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Generating a reference list of software packages
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No, I don't think specific software packages should be listed as that would be a subjective listing and unfair to those not listed. There are over 700 programs for genealogy available. See ...

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We need consistency in the various records tags
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Get rid of the general "records" and always require a "type" prefix.

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How many genealogists are there and where are they worldwide by country?
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Some genealogical societies give their memberships on their websites: e.g. If I look up "800 members" genealogy society on Google, it gives: Toronto Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society (Scottish) ...

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How should you deal with an answer attached to an edited question it no longer matches?
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I usually change my answer to reflect any changes in the question. I wouldn't quite edit down to a stub, but if I no longer had an answer to the revised question, I would say so. Questions should be ...

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Should credence be given to Wikipedia links or should we encourage more authoritative linking?
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I think we should just let people source whatever they want and not police it. It's up to them what they think is best. I've never seen this as a problem on, say, Stack Overflow.

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Should we be allowing specific support questions for specific software or online genealogy sites?
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Some of the expert genealogists here are software developers for genealogy software. I'm not going to give an opinion, but do you want these expert programmer-genealogists to come here and be part of ...

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Unpinning accepted answer from top of list of answers on G&FH SE
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I see advantages of both and don't feel strongly either way. StackOverflow usually has more answers per question and often the accepted answer does not have the most votes. So their decision to unpin ...

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Should We Include Documentation-type Questions?
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My own opinion is if we do this, we should be very careful. Stack Exchange policy is that questions and answers on all the sites are supposed to not be opinion-based, but should be answerable ...

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