What ideas do people have for promoting the site to a larger community?
Maybe we should promote a "Stat flashmob week"
There was something similar done about a year ago for stackoverflow (I wrote about it here: http://www.r-statistics.com/2009/09/r-flashmob/ but for one day only)
It can give an excuse for bloggers to write about an actual call for action from their readers (go join the Q&A party!)
And also have a limited one week where they all aggressively advertise the site (banners on their sidebars, hangup signs in their University, and so on).
An event like this should be known in advance by people, and promoted in many venues simultaneously.
It can be coupled by approaching a leading figure(s) of some topic(s), who is currently outside the community (for example "multiple comparisons", "bootstrapping", and so on) And this way to attract even more people. Who to choose can be voted previously on the meta site.
We might want to make such an event a yearly (or half yearly) event. And only do it after the official website will be up (with a formal URL and logo).
Also, for something like this it would make sense to prepare a press release for the bloggers to use as a basis for their post. And also have fliers/banner graphics prepared upfront.
Statistical software user groups seem a natural place to bring it up - perhaps during a presentation on how to find resources for [insert statistical software], or on a randomly interjected "commercial break" slide during an unrelated presentation.
Or if there's money for it, sponsor a meeting with pizza, beer, and a prominent Exchange member as presenter. Might not be cost-effective for my nascent R user group, but what about the SF/NY/Chicago RUGs?
I think that we should consider hosting a predictive data analysis contest. We should come up with some kind of contemporary problem that has available data. Here are examples of what I mean:
How about selling/giving away t-shirts with our logo/site url at conferences? See the following links for how mathoverflow does it:
- See Anton's shirt: https://mathoverflow.net/users/1/anton-geraschenko
We can request prominent bloggers to post on their blog discussing our website.
If we make any such requests we should also actively monitor the blog post for comments so that we can address any issues raised by anyone appropriately.
Andrew has posted about the site on his blog. See this post.
I don't know anything about advertising, marketing, etc. but i do know a fair amount about web metrics, and for the past few years i've been using Google Analytics as my web metrics platform, which is what the Stack Exchange Sites use (at least the ones i've checked out, including this one).
If we could get access to the relevant GA account (it's simple to partition access so that you can grant access to a single 'profile', which in this case would just the this Site) then i would bet that we could quickly come up with some very good (and usually free) suggesting regarding how to 'promote' the Site (just by looking at e.g., referral sources segmented by number of new registrants and segmented by total traffic volume, etc.)
In any event, i am happy to help with this effort.
I noticed the other day that when I did google scholar searches my citeulike bibliography came up as a result. If you guys are able to implement a site wide bibliography for when people cite articles related to their forum post (and then presumably have google index them) it would seem to me to drive up web traffic for an advanced academic crowd. This would be particularly good if the bibliography linked to forum posts in which the work was cited.
Advertising via email listservs that each of us have access to. (e.g., R help list perhaps or would that be spam over there?). The following meta link is relevant for this answer: Email Blurb for Public Beta
Now, we're not a discussion site, but it seems a lot of the actual "discussion" is quite amenable to a Q&A format. I wonder if we could create tags before any upcoming conferences or workshops and encourage organizers/attendees to spread the word and ask questions about papers/concepts, etc that were presented on this site.
Two upcoming workshops I'm aware of are:
- LCCC : NIPS 2010 Workshop on Learning on Cores, Clusters and Clouds
- Networks Across Disciplines in Theory and Applications
(Not sure how well those fit in with our mission statement, but there are also several conferences to consider in the threads started by Shane.)
I've been thinking a little more about how to give things away while getting a benefit from it (rather than just raffling stuff). One thought:
At smaller events, we can give books away to the person who posts the most questions during the event. That way we're getting some site traffic as part of the give-away.