I just posted an idea in the chat for a Weekly Challenge, inspired by this meta discussion on the judaism.se site.

After some discussion, I was pointed here to the site SO blog, discussing graduation, area51 stats etc. The main thing they look for is "Reaching Critical Mass", which looks like this:

Suddenly it all takes off

So I was thinking what idea did people have for getting us to reach critical mass?

Some ideas from this blog post.

  • A Weekly challenge.
  • An Answer-a-thon.
  • Community promotion ads

Personally I think we'd benefit from more advertising on the forums of large gaming roleplaying sites, like ENWorld.org, RPG.net and Giantitp.com

What ideas do you have?

  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for advertising in RP sites \$\endgroup\$ – OddCore Jan 5 '12 at 9:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ The question is how do we do this affectively? \$\endgroup\$ – AncientSwordRage Jan 5 '12 at 9:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Opening threads in said forums with links to some of our better questions that have been answered? \$\endgroup\$ – OddCore Jan 5 '12 at 9:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ I fear that might smack too much of spamming the forums with stackexchange adverts. \$\endgroup\$ – AncientSwordRage Jan 5 '12 at 10:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ I still think flyers at your local gaming shop is the best idea so far. Apart from that, we could design a forum signature for the site and people can have it in other forums, so people will notice. \$\endgroup\$ – OddCore Jan 5 '12 at 10:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OddCore Go forth and post that as an answer! \$\endgroup\$ – AncientSwordRage Jan 5 '12 at 10:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Start browsing the site through holistic.xkcd.com! \$\endgroup\$ – dlras2 Mar 16 '12 at 5:04

It has been suggested a few times that we give flyers to our local gaming shops to hand out or stick on the windows, and I still think that is the best idea so far. As far as online goes, the less intrusive way would be to design a forum signature that we can "wear" in any forum we like, so people can take notice and maybe attract more members this way.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've had a link here in my RPG.Net signature for months. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Jan 5 '12 at 12:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Care to share? Is it an image or just text? \$\endgroup\$ – AncientSwordRage Jan 5 '12 at 23:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd say let's make it an image. With our name and picture, and then something like "got RPG questions?" and the signature itself will be a link to the site \$\endgroup\$ – OddCore Jan 6 '12 at 8:13

We need to start using our Flairs on some websites like ENworld.org and RPG.net.

profile for Pureferret at Role-playing Games, Q&A for gamemasters and players of tabletop, paper-and-pencil role-playing games

  • \$\begingroup\$ RPG.Net doesn't permit graphics in signature files. \$\endgroup\$ – Jadasc Jan 9 '12 at 1:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ And I've run into some issues using them on ENWorld too. \$\endgroup\$ – AncientSwordRage Jan 9 '12 at 2:07

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