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Assuming that the formal site title "Software Recommendations" is not going to change (it may, and that's fine, but this is assuming it won't), I think we can use the following abbreviations / shorthand in chat and when referring to Software Recommendations on other sites: Abbreviation: SR (side question: are there any other SE sites with the abbreviation ...


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Note that I'm looking at this from a purely number-driven perspective. I don't necessarily think that some of these stats really matter for this site. We're special. And nothing I say here is official at all. My thoughts: Questions/day: This is awesome. Sure we get some rather poor questions from time to time, but 13-14 questions per day is higher than any ...


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One thing I've noticed is that many questions that should be asked on Software Recommendations SE are instead asked on the Superuser SE. For many of these questions, no one flags them to indicate that they belong on the Software Recommendations SE. Furthermore, when I have flagged questions on other SE sites, the Software Recommendations SE is missing from ...


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Don't set much store in the numbers on Area 51. They were chosen way back when the sites started, before we had any experience of what makes sites tick. The numbers haven't been updated, even though we now know that they don't tell much of a story. Questions 13 questions/day is a lot for a beta site. Only 5 other beta sites have more, and they're all at ...


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IMHO this has two reasons: software developers (Stack Overflow) and system administrators (SuperUser) might have very special needs - and the required program simply does not exist there is no migration path (yet). We should make sure that SR appears here on SO: I personally would flag questions like that, which in turn would train SO users. I didn't ask ...


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I think it lies (partially) in the low votes / work ratio. (Please note that I don't have direct data for that, just my personal observation) So, I see part of the problem not in getting people here, but in keeping them here. Good answers on SR.SE tend to be longer and take more work then good answers on sites like SO. But on the other hand, the quality ...


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One action that would help boosting the number of users, question and visits is adding a pointer to softwarerecs.stackexchange.com in the help's on-topic section of all the SE that receive software recommendation question and close them (many SE are concerned). I did ask on WebApps and tried to make the case on Personal Productivity but the proposals got ...


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1. This question requires deep professional knowledge. Even though the questions has low views, many people might have read the extract on the front page, and decided that the question was not their own domain, which is perfectly fine. When I see a question about a domain I know nothing about, I understand nothing and I am not able to know whether it should ...


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I agree with may of the other users on the % Answered. It is likely low because the software simply might not exist, however a new user likely won't stick around if they ask 2 or 3 questions that don't get answered without any feedback. Maybe it would be useful to revisit questions that do not get answers after a certain period of time (maybe a week), ...


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To askers: very, very slowly. Trilogy moderators are already getting requests to migrate questions to the site, when it hasn't even left private beta. We're going to get a lot of visitors from other Stack Exchange sites, most of them asking questions, many of them asking low-quality questions. We need to promote this site actively to answerers — people ...


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I like the idea of something like "Software Sherpas" or something. Definitely tho, software.stackexchange.com or recommendation.stackexchange.com is better than softwarerecs.stackexchange.com Seems like the opinion is for software.stackexchange.com


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If you're talking about fulfilling an Area 51 commitment to this site, which from looking at your A51 profile seems to be the case, this is the wording of the commitment: I commit to participate actively in <sitename> for at least three months, especially during the private beta, and to ask or answer at least ten questions. From looking at your ...


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Here's my $.02 as a new user: don't scare away other new users with your overly aggressive "janitor" tactics. I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange and I'm already getting frustrated with my questions getting moderated. And I take the time to search before writing appropriate, lengthy, thoughtful questions. I've found enough questions closed by the same ...


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SO has a perfect channel for making SR visible. Sheesh, SR was started because SO didn't want these questions, and SO still gets them. SO insists on closing these questions. I'll agree that they way they are often posed on SO is not necessarily good for SR, so blatant migrations of such questions might not be a good idea. Suggestion 1: Migrate such ...


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I would love to see the sites name be software-recs. I think the enhanced readability offsets the additional character. (In fact I read the current name to be softwarecs, which it isn't...)


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As a new user to Stack Exchange, I find that the site is not geared towards helping people find answers, or solving problems at all, rather the inverse. It's more like a tease whereby certain people in charge get to gleefully watch and say "hahahaha, you can't do that because I will moderate you or you don't have enough reputation to do what you want". I ...


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I suspect you overestimate how closely the Area 51 stats are watched by Stack Exchange Inc. They were a best guess at proxies of success in 2010, based on the very limited information then. They really don't say much about whether there's a growing expert community here, or not. and it's that that determines whether a site gets closed, graduated, or kept in ...


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Here are some thoughts from the perspective of an interested low-rep user. Questions: I don't see any problems here, only opportunities. Specifically, if the site would graduate, questions from many sister sites (including SO, which may be a risk in its own right) that are off-topic there could be migrated here. Answered: This might be troublesome. It may ...


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While you're at it, we should change our question titles to things like: You'll never guess what syntax this notepad replacement highlighted!!! In all seriousness, this is exactly what we don't want to do! The internet is full of generic reviews and recommendations for people that don't know what they are trying to accomplish. We don't need to ...


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This might be a bit late to the party. But having to type softwarerecs.stackexchange.com (30 characters!) everytime does feel rather taxing on the fingers. Inspired by hsm.stackexchange.com, I think it's great if there's a chance we could shorten the url to swr.stackexchange.com.


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How about SoftRex that constitutes Software and Recommendations altogether and is pretty small to fit in. Its Quite Catchy too.


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