company September 26, 2012 A Windows 8 App Development Contest

Windows 8 officially launches on October 26th, and it’s already generating quite a few questions on Stack Overflow.  So when Microsoft approached us about sponsoring an app development contest, we thought it was a great idea. Today we’re announcing, a Windows 8 App Development Contest sponsored by Microsoft. The contest has two parts: A…
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Community and Growth (Former)
community June 4, 2012

Can Stack Exchange Capitalize on Hot Trends?

Hello. Sam Brand here. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m part of the CHAOS at Stack Exchange. I handle certain “special projects” across the network, oversee syndication, and occasionally poke my head into our communities to make sure our platform works to deliver killer content to the outside world. A couple weeks ago,…
company April 20, 2012

More Notes on Contest Format

A few months ago, I outlined a contest formula called “Hot Topics,” which has become a staple in CHAOS’s site-promotion efforts. For those who missed that post, Hot Topics initially worked like this:**** Pick a topic of the week, and enter everyone who asks a question related to that topic into a random drawing to…
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Community and Growth (Former)
company December 25, 2011

Intro to CHAOS Promotion Seminar

CHAOS is a fast-paced, high-energy team that concentrates on finding new ways to promote Stack Exchange sites. So when the Stack Exchange moderators asked for some help with their grass-roots promotions, we decided to publish a series of posts outlining our most successful efforts. These posts should be helpful to any users who want to…
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Community and Growth (Former)
company December 20, 2011

Gaming Holiday Promotion: Hat Dash!

To celebrate the holidays, Gaming Stack Exchange is throwing a little holiday party — specifically, a Hat Dash: Between December 16 and January 6, users can unlock hats for their gravatars on by asking and answering questions, voting, sharing links, etc.  For more info, read the full blog post: Holiday 2011 Hat Dash: The Hattening There’s also…
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President and Chief Technology Officer (former)
community May 31, 2011

Community Promotion Ads

You may have seen our vote-based advertising for open source projects on Stack Overflow — Stack Overflow users create ads for their favorite open source projects, and the community votes for the projects they’d like to see promoted on the site. In response to the popularity of that program, we’ve extended this vote based advertising…
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Director of Community Development (former)
community August 23, 2010

A Recipe to Promote your Site

In The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta we covered what we believe to be the crucial steps in forming a viable Stack Exchange Q&A community. Today we’re going to offer some aggregated advice, both from us and our existing meta communities, on step 7 — How do we promote our site? Share Great Questions…
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Director of Community Development (former)