Spread the word - SE meta information page?
We all know that Stack Exchange has been there for a long time. It has taken root to a lot of people. Unfortunately, I feel like
codidact's word has been spreading less than what I would expect. I had just encountered two people who were skeptical about
Codidact and thought that it was just a simple GitHub fad which would take years to come to fruition.
I understand that this indeed is a work on progress and it might take some time but you have to understand that marketing is one of the most important aspects. Codidact's founders think that the site is not developed enough to spread the word. However I see that people are skeptical that codidact would indeed thrive.
We have to make this community better but all that mean absolutely nothing if there are no people in it. Every company advertises it's product before launch. There is a psychological reason for it. It would make potential donors even more confident that this community will indeed learn to stand up on its feet.
It would give the code contributors moral support that they are creating something and they should contribute to it.
Don't just go outright that "join codidact. it is one of the best forum" but instead a simple SO meta post explaining the work we have done (as a progress bar to judge when the site will be ready) the core rules (since it is still in draft) and observe it's views and support.
This community will be dead in water if experts (like the people who showed skepticism) don't join to build this site. I think this page will advertise our work, and people will come to know that there is an alternative to Stack Overflow but to build it, we need their wholehearted support.
What is the problem with that? How long will codidact hide in the shadows? At this rate even when the site opens we will have only a handful of people. We have to do something about this!
It will also bring feedback from everyone - what do they dislike about SE? what improvements can be made? encourage them to join in our discussions!
As a reply to Monica Cecilio (too big for a comment) We need some more people to help us contribute. A meta post can give us at least some advertising to further pitch our idea. I guess SO might not be happy with it but if they prevent someone posting on their forum for their own business gains, it will paint them in a bad light.
People will think of SE as
big brother and they will leave it to join
codidact which would benefit from their actions. Please think about this. what do we have to lose except our imaginary internet points?
If they ban one of use, someone else will uncover their activities. Someone else will post that question.
So on the whole, SE will frown over us but they won't do anything (more) to ignite the already dissatisfied community...I think the situation warrants the risk and is worth the try.....
If anybody has any objection, then you can reply to this thread