Now that the site is accessible publicly we should try to promote it. This post is for discussing ideas about promotion.
How can we promote the site further?
One good venue for promoting this site is in intro-to-CS classes (if that's one component of the audience we'd be interested in attracting).
This is probably obvious but:
It is not clear now how many of those visitors "stuck". Assuming that at least some will come back, what does that tell us?
Actually, someone should write a query looking for keywords in other forums that belong here and then decide for each question if that question should be brought here. If the answer is good enough here you will have another victim, huhh, person.
Besides talking to people directly, I think spreading links via social media and CS-specific sites a good way to go. Allegedly, huge parts of our target group are online already. We should not forget to target non-English communities.
What I would like to have are presentations slides and posters/flyers I can use resp. spread on my campus.
I have starting posting my favorite question of the day on Twitter. I have few followers, but it is something.
There are many questions on StackOverlow being tagged algorithm or language-agnostic that are, in my opinion, too theorical for that site. One could write in the comments that the could cross-post them here. I know that often cross-posting is a vary bad idea, but in this case it might work.
I think it is good also because it aims to an audience of professional programmers and not only students.
The number of per day questions has dropped considerably in recent days, so in short we need more questions, and we need this in a sustainable way (i.e. migrating or reposing questions will only help temporary). We need more users and that means we need to attract them. SO has a large community and we can try to promote the site there. We also need to increase the visibility of the site by linking to it and sharing interesting question about it on other places like Twitter. Also having an article linking to the site on one of the news site (slash dot, hacker news, ...) will help a lot in both increasing the visibility and attracting new users from all over the internet.
I was recently reviewing parsing questions at SO and noticed the Norman Ramsey does not have an account here. Should we also be seeking out people like him to invite here?
Possible self action: email to the faculty/grad mailing list in one's institution.
From there it'll spread like wildfire.