# Posting same question on other statistics forums in addition to Cross Validated

I'm aware that it's a no-no to post the same question on multiple Stack Exchange sites. I'm curious, however: what do people feel about posting the same question on non-SE sites, such as MetaOptimize and AnalyticBridge? These seem to be largely disjoint communities, so I don't think I'm bothering the same people more than once. And if I get a good answer on one, I would plan to cross-post it to another so everyone benefits. Still, I'm not sure what the community norms are for this.

• So it is. FYI, it was up yesterday, and this is first time I've seen that problem. It's a quite active site. Sep 3 '11 at 15:37
• My personal feeling is that analyticbridge compares to crossvalidated like programmers to stackoverflow (plus Human Resources). I was active on that site some time ago, but the amount and mean-quality of the technical discussions were not satisfying ... so I left when crossvalidated.com was born, oh joy :). Sep 9 '11 at 7:20

Depending on the site, you may want to consider sharing a link to the Stack Exchange question, instead of completely cross-posting it. In essence, this is less of a "Here's my question, help me out", and more of a "Hey, I'm part of this statistics Q&A over here, it's quite nice and you should try it out. (Oh, and help me)" type of action. This is less of an option for Q&A sites that operate similar to ours (such as MetaOptimize), but for forums and other communities that you don't have discrete "questions", then it is a viable route.

Basically, promoting the site as a whole to attract new users to the site, while also attracting people who might be able to answer your question. It's also a pretty helpful thing to do - by sharing a question in need to those who can address it, you'll be attracting experts to the site who can assist, rather than spectators and other net-wanderers.

There are also a set of badges you can earn if you use special links. If you click link beneath the tags of your question (next to things like edit and flag, you will get a special link that has your UserID associated with it. By sharing that with others, you can get badges like Announcer that reward the promotion of sites, all while still potentially getting an answer to your question.

Cross-posting remains a valid options, but as Jeff recommends, make sure to stay on top of the developments on the sites. You don't want people of any site to end up wasting time providing an identical answer that you had gotten a couple days earlier from a different site altogether.

I think it is OK, but nevertheless it is good to provide link to other questions/threads. This way the users of one site may still benefit from related content on the others.

• I would add that the user should be mindful and update the status of the question as well. If he/she gets an acceptable answer on MetaOptimize, he should post the answer on CV (with a link and credit to the original author), and close the question so no one further wastes their time.
– Jeff
Sep 4 '11 at 4:10

And if I get a good answer on one, I would plan to cross-post it to another so everyone benefits. Still I'm not sure what the community norms are for this.

That is indeed the one requirement I have on this, so it seems you are on the right track.

Post a question to five different (non-se!) sites on the internet if you must, but you are now morally obligated to be responsible for the care and feeding of all five of those questions -- anything less is disrespectful to the audiences of those five sites.