How should we behave and what behaviour should we encourage during beta specifically in order to make our site successful?
I have never before (knowingly) participated in a beta, but this is what I have heard:
- Vote often & smart
Apparently only relatively feq users have voted significantly often so far. We need to seed reputation so we have members with moderation privileges soon. Also, heavy voting encourages new members to participate and demonstrates that people care.
Of course, we should vote honestly, i.e. upvote good contributions and downvote clearly unuseful ones. This also serves to define our scope and comfort zones further. We should also take extra care to explain downvotes for the same reasons.
- Ask questions
We have lots of (good) answers, but we need to keep good questions coming. I have not idea how to make myself produce good questions, but well.
Remember to come back and accept (one of) the best answer(s).
- Edit to improve
It will be a while until most people know their way around the system (in particular Markdown and LaTeX) and we have a good idea how to tag questions. Therefore I expect we will have to edit a lot in the beginning, and everybody should participate to their best knowledge.
- Answer Questions
This should be obvious but needs to be said.
- Accept the (or a) best answer
This has to be done for many of the questions we have so far!