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New communities: Music, Physics

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We have launched two new communities, Music and Physics. As new communities with no data imports, they are blank or nearly-blank canvases now. We'd like to have some content before we advertise them off-network (in the communities list), but y'all won't necessarily notice them if we don't announce them somewhere. Hence, this post.

Improving the community proposal and launch process, including better ways to identify and notify interested participants, is an ongoing discussion. Both of these proposals had strong support from folks who, by definition, have Codidact accounts, so we're making this announcement here first and hope to add them to the full communities list on codidact.com in a few days.

We're looking forward to seeing the questions and answers in these new communities.

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A problem we haven't solved yet is launching new communities with a plan that gives them a reasonable chance of success. Most people discussing a new community here will be the answerers, not the askers. Since we can't expect many of the askers to be here, there should be a plan to attract them. Right now I see only crickets chirping in Physics, with no plan to fix that other than wishful thinking. Olin Lathrop‭ 5 months ago

@OlinLathrop what did you do for EE, which was also founded by experts who (I think) were more prepared to answer than ask? What can we learn from EE? Monica Cellio‭ 5 months ago

I did some deliberate outreach. I personally contacted a number of people I knew, told them about the new site, and asked them to spread the word. I put a prominent link to the new site on my SE profile. (I'm a bit dismayed that some of the other founders didn't do the same, and kept answering questions on SE. I was hoping they would all go silent, people would look at their profiles, and come here. Oh well.). I also copied and enhanced a few popular questions from SE to seed things. Olin Lathrop‭ 5 months ago

Despite all the above, the EE site is growing more slowly than I had hoped. Achieving critical mass is hard. This is why there should be a plan for it before a site is launched. Olin Lathrop‭ 5 months ago

Judaism seems to have gotten started well. Are you getting new people from elsewhere regularly, or is it that there is enough interest already among the Codidact folks? It helps that it's more of a community discussion among peers (at least that's my impression) than strict Q&A. It's not a bunch of followers asking a few rabbis for advice, for example. The peer-discussion style site is easier to get going because many users will be both askers and answerers. Olin Lathrop‭ 5 months ago

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