OK, so I am fairly new to this site, being a refugee from seasoned advice. But seriously, where is everyone. I have been putting up questions, even answering them as I think that this is a great site. How do we get more people through, and staying put?
Share the site and bring others in! Really though, what it comes down to is the hard work of creating quality content, both questions and answers. Our traffic has been slowly building. We're considerably ahead of where we were a year ago, which was considerably ahead of where we were two years ago.
The number one source of traffic for StackExchange sites is web search results, and the StackExchange team has don a fantastic job of building a platform that surfaces relevant content to the search engines and regularly appears at the top of the search results. In order to take advantage of that, get that traffic, and then turn some of eyeballs into committed community members who continue building our repository, we need to continue building the content base.
So, continue to do what you're doing, and tell people about the site as well. It's a process, and it take awhile to build momentum, but we're headed in the right direction.
The problems are two-fold:
- The majority of people aren't hobbyist drinkers
- Alcohol is a shallow topic
No matter how well this site is advertised most people drink alcohol to get drunk, not to study the fine details of it, and so most people will just never be interested in a site like this.
The other part of it is that alcohol is a shallow topic. I've asked a fair number of questions in this area to date, but to be frank there just isn't a lot more that I want to know that would be appropriate for this site. And so the nature of not repeating questions on Stack Exchange means that activity is naturally slow here.
If anything I think this speaks to questions over why and how we define a site as 'beta'. To me this is a fairly mature community, but will likely never meet non-beta status just due to the nature of the topic. That doesn't mean that the section isn't interesting, worthwhile, valuable or in need of improvement.
Many sites do not seem to make it past small volume.
This site was expanded from just beer to hopefully bring in a larger audience a while ago.
I don't think fabricated questions grow a site as it feels fake. But I am OK with users that fabricate questions.
I feel like this is welcoming site.
There are some sites that new users are not welcomed.