It appears that our StackExchange overlords are getting panicky about the slow start this beta has experienced. The received wisdom seems to be that the scope is too narrow. If only this site were renamed to Audio, Film, Haberdashery and Motorcycle Repair, then crowds would flock here.
My theory is that the lack of success so far is more to do with:
- failure to raise awareness in existing online communities of audio recording enthusiasts, of which there are many (Update: added a link at Jeff's request)
- lack of genuinely interesting questions that make it worthwhile checking back on a regular basis
There is already a discussion about how we can raise awareness on other sites, but I am wondering if we also need to pro-actively seed this site with the sorts of questions and answers that will raise this site's profile in search engines and make those who do stumble across it want to stay around a bit longer reading answers to other questions.
- If you participate in other forums, ask some of the most interesting questions others are asking there over here.
- Ask the questions you had when you got started recording, e.g. "what are the attack and release knobs on a compressor for and when should I use them?", "why does my recording of my acoustic guitar sound so dull and how can I fix it?"
- Ask the type of questions that take advantage of StackExchange's best features. For example, I've added a question on Freeware Reverb VSTs. There are of course loads of forum posts and blog posts answering the same question, but they become stale very quickly, while StackExhange's ability for new answers to be voted up and existing answers to be easily edited give it a major competitive edge.
What do you think? I know it seems a bit artificial to spend time asking questions you don't currently have and providing answers you already know, but if enough of us do this, perhaps we can prove that this site really does have a future without it having to become the Audio, Film and Cake Production site.