So lately we've been discussing how to encourage more ELL participation, and StoneyB brought up the fact that, while we can easily reward answers with bounties, there's not much beyond voting that we can do to reward truly excellent questions.
Well, that's about to change! I'm excited to introduce the first monthly ELL Question Spotlight, where top questions are nominated for recognition by our users! If you see a really great question that you think deserves more attention, please come nominate it here. We want to encourage our users to ask interesting, well-thought-out questions, because we wouldn't have a quality site without them. So let's recognize those who do!
This is how the process will work, at least the first time around. If you have any thoughts as to how the process could be improved as the month progresses, please leave a comment on this post and we'll take that into account for next month!
For the rest of the month of October, keep an eye out for truly stellar questions. When you find a really great one that you think deserves more attention, come post a link to it as an answer to this question! It would also be great if you explain why you think the question is worthy of recognition. You should nominate a question when:
- The question is very interesting to you, and you think others should be made aware of it.
- The original posting date on the question falls between October 1st, 2013, and October 31st, 2013.
- The question is not your own question.
For now, you may nominate as many questions as you like for the duration of the month. If we see a need to set a limit on the number of nominations per user, that can be modified in the future. To nominate:
- Post the link to the question as an answer to this post.
- Ideally explain why you think this question is deserving of recognition.
- Please use a separate answer for each nomination.
Be sure to check this post periodically (it might help to sort the answers by newest) to see if a new nomination has been made. The way we will determine the best questions is by the number of net votes it has; that is, upvotes minus downvotes. So when you read a nomination, click through and read the question. If you agree it's great and deserves its time in the spotlight, upvote it! You can always upvote the answers to this meta post as well, if you think a nomination is very deserving, but note that this won't factor into the question's score.
When the new month begins, the votes from all nominated questions will be tallied. The top 3 questions will be announced in a featured meta post, and their posters congratulated. It'll be a nice bit of extra attention for those who really go the extra mile in putting effort into asking great questions, and it will put our best questions out there for the world to see. In addition, having examples of great questions will help new users learn what really makes a question excellent.
After the October winners are announced, the November nominations post will open up, and the process will start again (this time with only questions posted in November being eligible). Hopefully everyone has a lot of fun picking out questions they really enjoy and seeing what others liked, too! And I hope our amazing askers will enjoy being noticed for all their hard work :)
What To Do Now
Go forth and read questions! Find a really great one and nominate it (right here, on this post!). Come back and vote for the questions you think are really great. And see if the question you nominated (or wrote!) ends up winning in the end! If you have any suggestions about how to improve this process, please share them in the comments!
The intent was to pick the top 3 questions from the nominations; however only 3 questions were nominated in October. As there still seems to be interest in the Question Spotlight, I've decided to extend the nominations for this round through the end of November. So keep nominating those great questions, and we'll showcase the winners in a month! :)