I guess I fall into the "middle class" type of user (at the moment). I like to think I'm being generally helpful and contributing, but there's definitely a large, empty gap in the middle rep ranges which I've wondered about for a while. I'm going to go ahead and throw out a couple of things I've personally observed which have a negative impact on the number ...
One post per device for rooting questions is OK. Don't even make them CW, this only prevents people from answering because they don't get any reputation. They will automatically become CW when it's time for it.
I don't think that this contest should be open to anyone and everyone.
... it should have been/should be limited to users with at least some history
of participation on the site.
Noooo. Contests are here to attract and recruit new users. The problem comes from the general concept of the contest. IMHO most "kindle-fire" questions didn't produce good ...
I wouldn't mind a Bluetooth headset.
Gift certificate for the Android Market/Amazon App Store/et cetera?
I suggest against a case. There are too many form-factors out there.
I've already got one, but one of the plastic Android toys would be cool to give away.
There's some new cool ones out: http://www.neatoshop.com/product/Android-Mini-Collectible-Series-...
I've been lurking on Android-SE for months, on-and-off, mostly to flag a few things every day, to check for something I can answer (mostly non-existent, with the 1+ year old device I currently have). I've seen the promotions previously, and while a good idea generally (who wouldn't mind free stuff?!), I always thought something like "this probably won't work ...
I am very unlikely to root my device, so I don't really have any skin in this game.
That said, I do believe the current canonical question is getting too big and unwieldy.
I think "How do I root device X" or, even better, "How do I root Y class of devices" is a good way to go.
I'm concerned, though, about the different ways one can root a device. I would ...
There is so much text here, so I will keep it short:
I had the same thought. Tag based promotion just doesn't work well on AN.SX. IMHO the best promotion is purely reputation based, with a slight addition. Something like:
Questions Week - earn XXX rep by asking questions within a week
Answers Week - earn XXX rep by answering questions within a week
I've thought about this some more, and I think we had a bit of a shift after the site went public. Though I won't point them out, there were a few highly active users I can think of who largely disappeared after that.
I'm not sure why that happened, but I do wonder if it's related to the rep requirements suddenly doubling. I was about to hit 10k rep then (...
I share your concerns. I've been deleting non-answers on all the questions — most of which have been flagged — but Al has undeleted some. I haven't heard from him yet but I would assume he's trying to offer the benefit of the doubt and give everyone a chance at the contest.
I totally understand that point of view, but I am really uncomfortable ...
I was a little disappointed when I opened this and discovered that I will not be receiving free ice cream sandwiches all week, but this idea is neat, too.
One suggestion: Could we enforce some kind of minimum question score in order to be eligible for any drawings? Entering everybody would allow people to post really bad questions like "Why is ICS so ...
Gaming has gotten great traffic via asking users who get a new game to post as many questions as they can. This provides the benefits of seeding (more questions) without the drawbacks (crappy, contrived questions) since the questions are intended to be about actual problems the gamers encounter. It's simply prompting them to ask the question on Gaming ...
A few projects in the works that may remediate some of these concerns:
Improving the algorithm that controls the official Twitter account so that it brings better content and value to followers.
Building relationships with mobile & Android blogs for upcoming collaborations (You will soon see an ad for Android Guys in the sidebar + an upcoming program ...
I think part of it is the type of user we attract, for whatever reason. Most people seem to come looking for a quick fix to a problem and then leave. Like I've said before, I've seen the same problem on XDA. Lots of users who take a little and give nothing.
I do wonder if that's just how users break down across the Android platform itself -- hardcore ...
We have winners!
Congratulations to users JT703, Martin, Flow, masterjo and Erowlin, who will each receive a Kindle Fire in the mail.
Of dozens of answers submitted for 23 22 eligible questions, 66 answers remain undeleted by moderators today, with 4 marked correct by question askers during the contest period.
19 users were included in the random drawing,...
I definitely agree that these are valid concerns. One of our biggest challenges is finding promotions that have an effect. It seems like we've found ways to generate a temporary spike in questions, but that doesn't necessarily translate into users that stick around. Our theory was that if you generate enough spikes, there will be the occasional user that ...
I really like the idea, I think there are a lot!!
Here there are some of them:
Block all sounds going out through speaker when headphone connected
How can I fix the WiFi button or prevent WiFi errors when turning it off and back on?
We do generate site-specific t-shirts and stickers, as you can see here:
but this site isn't quite at the correct place in its lifecycle for that to happen.
My best guess would be banner ads on other common Android support sites; AndroidForums, XDA, Android Central, stuff like that. As far as users already on the site, you could to exclusive badges or special reputation-rewards for creative things.