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How do I gather the people to create a new Stack Exchange community?

Technically, to create a new Stack Exchange site, there is a procedure on Area51. This is covered by the question How do I create a new community on Stack Exchange?. However, since then there have ...
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How can I encourage users to use the system rather than directly addressing a CM or Moderator?

I am a moderator on two Stack Exchange sites and I occasionally see users who would rather directly address (through pinging in chat) the Community Managers or moderators of the site they're using to ...
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How do I complain to Stack Exchange about one of its communities? [closed]

I am having a difference of opinion with the users and moderators on a Stack Exchange community. I claim that the questions I ask are all in accordance with the rules of the site, but because my ...
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When should a new site tackle its tag set?

I've participated in several new Stack Exchange (beta) sites, and they've all had this same problem (which is again current): developing the tag set. I'm talking here about tags that don't fit neatly ...
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What can we do to reduce problems from comment explosions?

I moderate a Stack Exchange site that gets a lot of comments on posts. On Stack Exchange, comments aren't meant for discussion or chit-chat; they're meant to help improve the post. So asking the ...
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How do I create a new community on Stack Exchange?

I want to create a community on a Stack Exchange website for welcoming discussions about Tamil language literature. How can I do that? Being a registered user of Stack Exchange, is there any special ...
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What motivates people to ask questions about bizarre made-up situations?

This question arose from this discussion on Meta Academia SE. This discussion on Meta Travel SE is also related. I also clearly remember questions on the Workplace to which the following applies; this ...
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How can we set a good pace for our new blog?

One of my Stack Exchange communities started a blog recently. The content is of a good quality and from a variety of authors. Some posts are one-shots and some are parts of series. There is a good ...
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How can I mitigate some of the more harmful effects of anonymous downvoting on the community?

This question is about a Stack Exchange site, but may also apply to other sites with similar voting mechanisms. Stack Exchange, for better or worse, allows anonymous downvoting. People are strongly ...
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How can I get more (frequent) users to edit more in a StackExchange community?

The chat regulars on ELL unanimously agree on the fact that it suffers from a lack of avid editors. While we have a fairly large user base in comparison to sites almost as old as us (111 users with ...
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As a moderator, how can I resolve a tie in voting between contradictory answers to a policy discussion?

I feel we are in a bit of an awkward position on Engineering SE at present due to a three-way tie between answers to a scoping question. The question defines a particular category of question on the ...
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How can I get people to join a site and not simply glance and pass it by?

A Stack Exchange site I participate on has been getting many questions in the Hot Network questions list recently, which has resulted in many questions getting lots of views. However, there comes a ...
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How can I stop a user from turning the site in the wrong direction by asking too many questions about one topic?

In a young site I participate in, the community is trying to figure out how much we want to focus on different parts of the scope, and what is and is not off topic. There's one point that has been ...
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How can I get experienced users to ask more questions?

On a Stack Exchange site I moderate, there are many experienced users who write excellent answers. I can count on them to give high-quality answers to most questions. Their efforts substantially help ...
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How do I start an active userbase for a tag in on a question and answer site (like Stack Exchange)?

I like to code in AS3 (ActionScript 3) in my spare time. My code quality is okay, but because I write most of the code after work or in weekends when I'm tired, I make a few mistakes. I'd like to be ...
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How to prevent new users from asking off-topic questions

On an SE site I moderate, there has been a lot of off-topic questions lately. Nearly 40% of the last 50 questions have had to be closed or migrated. This is a huge problem as almost everything else ...
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As a user, how can I stay on top of a fast-growing community?

I have a good "problem": a fairly new Stack Exchange site I participate on1 took off running. Our users are active, we get lots of engaging questions and answers, and our metrics are in good shape. ...
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What is the expiration date for featured content?

Community leaders often draw attention to some content—announcements, important discussion topics, etc.—by giving it some degree of extra visibility beyond what is normal for content shared within the ...
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Does a monkey-see-monkey-do approach work with self-moderation?

In the context of a Stack Exchange site (or any site with self moderation), is it OK for a very small number of users (1-3) to do most of the work to keep the site clean? Small communities sometimes ...
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How to handle “drive-by” users on a Stack Exchange site?

On the Stack Exchange community that I moderate, we have a lot questions from new users who ask a question, get a response, and then leave right away. It seems to be hurting the quality of our ...
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How can we attract more women to our business-focused Q&A site?

Problem I'm a moderator on Startups Stack Exchange, and we're facing a significant gender bias in our contributors and visitors that I'd love to see evened out a bit. Evidence According to ...
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Can't watch 24x7; how do we keep comments under control?

"Don't read the comments" is pretty common advice on the Internet, and for good reason: once somebody starts leaving snarky or rude comments others tend to follow suit. Blog owners or community ...
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What (if anything) should be done about users who publicly threaten to leave the community?

I am a moderator on a StackExchange site. Like many SE sites, ours has fairly specific community standards and customs with respect to things like comment deletion, closing questions, and the like. ...
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How to handle user whose heavy participation causes minority of bad contributions to be a drain on moderator resources?

I have a user on a StackExchange site. He is well-intentioned, enthusiastic about the site, and his contributions to the site are improving gradually after a rough start. His participation is mainly ...
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On Stack Exchange, how do I motivate users to prioritize the needs of the community over personal gain?

On Stack Exchange, users gain valuable Internet points (reputation) when their questions or answers are upvoted and lose (fewer) points when they're downvoted. This creates an incentive to try to ...
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How to deal with useless comments on popular posts?

On boards that try to stick to particular topics, posts may gather comments unrelated to the topic of the site. A recent question on SuperUser about Windows thinking a keyboard is a toaster suffered ...
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How to identify partisan voting groups and effectively get rid of the continuous problem?

Let us say for instance, there is a community which has a problem of it's voting system being abused by the users. Users who come together and vote on each others posts or posts of a certain topics ...
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Dealing with good intentions but bad contributions [duplicate]

We have a user in our community (a stack exchange site) who is very well-intended in his efforts to help improve existing content, but consistently is providing low-quality edits, flagging things ...
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On Stack Exchange, how to help others dealing with being annoyed by new users?

This touches on both How can moderators prevent an 'in-crowd' forming? and How do you deal with a back-seat moderator? issues, but I don't think it's the same angle. I have noticed, in ...
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What should I do about a moderator who dislikes me and lets that affect how he manages the site?

I'm a well-regarded, long-term user on a site. One of the moderators has taken a personal dislike to me, I think because we're often on opposite sides of issues on the site. I strive to always be ...
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Should I intervene if my community acts contrary to its own policies?

I am a moderator on Cooking Stack Exchange. Our activity is quite low compared to the tech-oriented sites on the network, but we do have a bunch of users with sufficient reputation to cast close votes,...
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As a Stack Exchange moderator how should I share a close vote opinion without using my Moderator powers?

On Stack Exchange sites, there is a no way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding vote, If I have an opinion but I am not sure it represents the community response how can I best share my ...