See http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/48872/magento

Ahead of the "Let's get critical" monthly site review, we need to get out there and promote a healthier beta.

Right now we're falling behind in two critical areas:

77% Answered, Needs 90%:

Needs Work – 90% answered is a healthy beta, 80% answered needs some work. In the beta it's especially important that when new visitors ask questions they usually get a good answer.

Higher Reputation:

Needs Work – Every site needs a solid group of core users to assist in moderating the site. We recommend: 150 users with 200+ rep (currently 59 users with 200+ rep) 10 users with 2,000+ rep (currently 1 user with 2,000+ rep) 5 users with 3,000+ rep (currently 0 users with 3,000+ rep)

Sonassi will break 3000 this week. I'm working on getting to 2000 by the end of next month - 5 or 6 others are in that hunt as well.

But we can encourage faster growth:

  • More answer upvotes - upvote some answers that aren't your own. Encourage some of less engaged users on the site by giving them a reward for actually making an effort.
  • More question upvotes - do your part to upvote interesting questions.

Additionally, Fabian Blechschmidt has been doing a great job of poking old unanswered questions for a response from the OP. I think we can all do a little more to police this.

There may be little reward (read: accepted answer) to digging up old questions, but a word of encouragement - the tough problems posted in Unanswered may still be unsolved. Today I had an accept on an unanswered from January. Everything contributes to driving up the % of answered questions on-site.

In short - the more questions answered, more upvotes, and we're well on our way to a healthier beta.

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    There are lots of questions where the poster will never be here again and there are nice answer. Is it possible to accept a solution somehow? Can the moderator? I didn't read the moderator guide yet to be honest. May 1, 2013 at 18:36
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    @FabianBlechschmidt - unfortunately not, there's no auto-accept or forced accept. So a lot of good answers never get recognition as an accept; but they will benefit from an upvote if the community at large likes the answer May 1, 2013 at 18:38
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    But this doesn't help the beta criterias :-) May 1, 2013 at 18:41
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    A site can stay in BETA much longer than the 90 day window - basically as long as it takes. So I wouldn't worry too much May 1, 2013 at 18:43
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    It's not so much a worry to me as it is making sure the key users stay vigilant. We can't force accepts - but we can poke and encourage. Basically, keep doing what we're doing.
    – philwinkle
    May 1, 2013 at 18:44
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    Upvoting good answers will help us toward our other goal - promoting the good answerers.
    – philwinkle
    May 1, 2013 at 18:45


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