How Can We Increase the Size of Our Community?


View Poll Results: How Can We Increase the Size of Our Community?
Nothing we can do. Good enough already. 20 30.77%
Fill the gap between newbies and UNIX gurus (funyotros) 19 29.23%
Advertise on other sites (specify which web sites). 13 20.00%
Give less infractions to new users. (Neo) 11 16.92%
Add new features (specify features in your post). 8 12.31%
Change the format (specify format in your post). 4 6.15%
Review our Homework policy (scottn) (please explain how in your post) 6 9.23%
Partnering with other top Unix/Linux sites (thegeek) 5 7.69%
Update the forum rules and guidelines (specify rules in your post). 2 3.08%
Why increase?i think we are fine. (procsmags2013) 0 0%
Make member profile visible to public like stackoverflow and other forums (Akshay Hegde) 1 1.54%
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# 1  
Old 07-30-2010
How Can We Increase the Size of Our Community?

Any suggestions on how to increase the number of posters and contributors? Please vote and write in your suggestions.

Thank you!
# 2  
Old 07-31-2010
Gather up 10 of the most interesting problems that have been solved here recently, especially those with novel solutions, and publish an article about them in a journal. Advocate this forum as the premier example of the UNIX/Linux community solving problems together.
# 3  
Old 08-03-2010
One possibility might be to encourage word of mouth. I got here after getting a reference by a colleague, who used a snippet of code he found.
# 4  
Old 08-03-2010
I think what Pludi says will help the most - though I currently have no idea how to implement it. The rules are okays as they are.
# 5  
Old 08-04-2010
What I can suggest is that to make some kind of contest which can motivate members and may also invite other new members to register and well also to send out email to members while there is something new feature or informing them to participate in the contest.

And I guess advertising on other similar sites and making link with them might help too like www.linuxquestions.org.....Smilie

All in all, there are also enough genious members who are volunteer to help!!!Smilie
# 6  
Old 08-04-2010
I would say
less infraction to new users,
word of mouth
allowing anonymous posters - am sure would be big discussion around this point like sanity of the message posted, advertisements etc Smilie

at any cost - I would like/love the guidelines to be as strict as before and not to bend ourselves in that Smilie

---------- Post updated at 07:23 PM ---------- Previous update was at 07:17 PM ----------

I would like to add this point specifically.

There are lots and lots of sites that helps/deals with shell scripting, perl scripting, unix for dummies etc. But there are only few sites that explains about the internals of unix, operating systems in general and various other operating system related concepts like memory management, virtual memory, scheduling, kernel programming, kernel compilation etc ...

This would be in particular great interest to members like me and others who wanted to know "How stuff works than just knowing how to make stuff work?" Especially students would be interested to know. My personnel experience as a student is its quite difficult to go in the right track with respect to system internals unless someone is eligible and knowledgeable says/teaches you about that. Whole student community will bless us for that not just praising ! Smilie

We have so many members who are champions in unix internals - internal concepts of operating system in general and they can explain it here. Then this would become the "The" place for unix internals.

My 98 cents Smilie ( not just 2 cents )
# 7  
Old 08-04-2010
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Originally Posted by matrixmadhan
I would say
less infraction to new users
New users get infractions for the same reasons old users do; why should the rules be applied unevenly? It's not like being edited for code tags actually does anything to them. Even the most egregious offenders haven't had anything worse than editing of their posts done to them unless I'm highly mistaken.
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word of mouth
Naturally, but that sort of thing's hard to encourage more than it already is.
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allowing anonymous posters - am sure would be big discussion around this point like sanity of the message posted, advertisements etc Smilie
Considering the number of accounts here that were one-post wonders, maybe this isn't entirely wrong. But it'd have to be controlled one way or another.
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Especially students would be interested to know. My personnel experience as a student is its quite difficult to go in the right track with respect to system internals unless someone is eligible and knowledgeable says/teaches you about that. Whole student community will bless us for that not just praising ! Smilie
We already have a forum for schoolwork.
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