To moderators, top beta users, and all the users,
My first question is about the site's future? As I still see a
beta attached with the name, does it mean that the site would get vanished if it does not have the quality/quantity post/traffic and all the link building around the web in a particular time limit?
If you check this Area51 status page, you'll find it's health is not well right now
Some points in detail with the current status:
Visits/day: 418/day "Needs work" We should try to spread the word, and try to tell people, our friends about this site.
Answer ratio: 2.1 One thing about answering on Islam.SE is to give authentic answers with quotes. As most of the time only 1 such answer is possible, this ratio would never increase. Any other person would also give the same answer with a little bit different explanation but same references would lead that answer be flagged as duplicate/not an original answer.
In this case, what I propose is if we find one answer too lengthy with all good references, other answer with a concise and to the point reference should also be promoted by the site users.
Question/day : 4.4 We do need to improve this, and solution to this is the same - spread the word
Answered: 96% Currently this is only the benchmark at which we are excelling, and always will. Keep it up.
Some issues which I guess most users face
Answering correctly with all the references is a difficult part for normal users like me. We should have some experts(Aalim) behind moderating the site content. Absence of whose is a major reason for the site current status. The proper aalim's/mufti that know the rulings behind the questions are away from the world of internet, so we should all try to collect info from all such people as much as possible.
What I propose?
I appeal to the moderator, the users who has gone through all the phases of the site to,
- Change the benchmarks for this site y requesting the main Area51 owner/the SE owners as the judging criteria doesn't really fit here.
- Come up with some special sticky pages that has all the info about the type of questions, rules, how the content is expected, pre-defined one standard rule for formatting the references. This info is partially scattered over the meta, but does not have a centralized space, which should be the case.
Hope, everyone take this message in right sense and think about the point for a while.