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I popped over to Arduino SE, as I was planning on asking a question or two. However, I got side-tracked by some meta posts, some that we really could do with.

First off, they linked to a SE blog-post that I think we should all read, as I think it should help grow the community.

We've actually hit on several of the topics mentioned there, we've had Is {X} on-topic questions, we have a topic for the creation of the logo, I believe we have a few How do I tag {X} question meta Qs, as well as (I think), who should the moderators be.

The ones we've missed are What should our documentation say, What's the site's elevator pitch?, What should the site design be?, and How should we promote our site?. Please correct (and forgive ;D) me if I'm wrong. Edit: @Jivings has pointed out in his answer that we do have a site pitch question as well as several promotion ones :) My bad, it was late when I wrote this ;P

I will try and create some of those, as I believe they are very important in a Beta's life cycle to graduation.

Beyond the Beta related stuff (not that it isn't important, it is, very much so) there is a very well-done post by @AsheeshR over on the Arduino Meta site regarding voting, especially upvoting, which you can read here. He includes two links that make a lot of sense, and I suggest you read them.

Final thing, Arduino Project Showcase Contest thingy.

Awesome idea, I think it would hopefully bring some more user integration. Arduino's had a fair amount of attention for a site as small as theirs. I know that this was because of Arduino hitting 10 years, which, for the RPi, is quite-a-ways-off, but I think this would be something fun to remember for the future.

We are a very effective site, just look at the stats. Over 13,000 hits a day. People use us, 8.6 questions per day w. a 2.0 answer ratio. 78% answered, not the best, but still okay. We are an active site that is used and referenced a lot.

I think we need to start considering a few more of these things, and then actually following through on them. Read over those links I gave, and let's keep on keeping on :D

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Remember we have been in Beta a lot longer than Arduino.SE (609 days longer to be exact). We went through the same processes as them, and had the same discussions that they are having in the early days. Here's the elevator pitch question, which I don't believe has changed:

What is the elevator pitch for the site?

There are also a number of other questions tagged promotion:

Questions tagged 'promotion'

However, promotion has never been an issue for us. As you said, we currently get 13k hits each day, which has dropped from the 15k peak about 6 months ago, but is still excellent.

The issue that will prevent us from graduating is the lifecycle of the Raspberry Pi, something that will effect Arduino.SE, and any other SE that is product based.

A lot of effort goes into a full SE site, and the community leads need to be absolutely sure that a site will be worth the effort.

It is pure speculation as to how long the Raspberry Pi will maintain it's popularity. Currently we are winning on this front, as most did not expect it to last this long, but I'm afraid this will forever be a barrier to graduation.

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    Like I said, please correct me if I'm wrong. Great to see we have had those, I will edit my question. And I see what you mean for the Product-related sites, who knows how long we will last :( Let's hope a long while :) – RPiAwesomeness Apr 13 '14 at 12:27
  • @RPiAwesomeness I'm in it for the long run :) – Jivings Apr 13 '14 at 19:02
  • I agree :) I'm here as much as I can, I'm on a question voting/flagging rampage right now. We have a few good answers that lack an upvote and some interesting questions. Also, I was thinking. Arduino is a platform over 10 years old and still going strong. If they are able to get a Beta site going at age 10, I think we can graduate :) I think the Pi will stay relevant :D – RPiAwesomeness Apr 13 '14 at 19:06

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