It's been suggested that a chat session to discuss ways of promoting the site would be a good idea. We already have a question with some ideas, but the thought is now is the time to act on some of these.

I agree with this, and (assuming others do too) the next step is to find a time that's suitable for the most number of people interested in participating.

I'm in the UK so something around 22:00 UTC on a weekday would suit me the best, though I could probably arrange to be around earlier on a weekend, but I'm probably in a minority here.

So when can we hold this?

  • It seems to me that weekend traffic is much lower than during the week. Do you have access to traffic statistics in the moderator-only tools that might give you an idea of when most people are on here? – Niall C. Aug 12 '11 at 17:55
  • @Niall - yes there are stats. I'll check. There's a dip on Saturdays, but Sundays seem to be as busy as the rest of the week. – ChrisF Aug 12 '11 at 18:09
  • Speaking of During-the-week stats, when does traffic usually hit a high during the week? we can schedule a chat during peak hours that way. And, hopefully, include the other DIY mods whom I haven't met. – Aarthi Aug 15 '11 at 16:12
  • @aarthi - traffic is fairly flat with Saturday being the only day with a significant dip. Though it's difficult to tell for sure. – ChrisF Aug 15 '11 at 19:56
  • Do we know if there's a certain time of day that our traffic peaks? If not, then let's just schedule this for, oh, between 20:00-22:00 UTC? Those are better times for me, though if it needs to be later then I'm game. I'd really like for our other mods and major users to be present there. – Aarthi Aug 15 '11 at 21:46
  • Maybe there's a dip on Saturdays since that's when everyone's out doing what they asked about during the week. – Doresoom Aug 30 '11 at 19:56

The chat happened.

You can see what we discussed by reading the transcript.

Please add anything else you can think of as answers to this question or this older question.


Given that Chris is in the U.K. and I'm on the East Coast of the U.S., and that a number of our users share my time zone, I'm thinking some time in the afternoon here would be best. Say, perhaps, 15:00 (3pm) on Wednesday? I'm not married to that time, but I have a scheduled chat with Parenting tomorrow.

[edit] I'm pretty much available whenever -- rather, I will make myself available whenever. I'm not awesome in the mornings, as a warning, but after lunch and into the evenings is fine. I'd rather not meet after 22:00 (10pm) EST, though.


We need to get at least one question a week in the "hot questions" list. All of those questions get a few thousand views each, which would bring in maybe 10 new users a week.

I visit SE pretty much daily, and I've only seen one question from Home Improvement in hot questions (something about guessing the height of a tree.) I don't know who's in charge of that, but if it's something that we have a little control over, we should take advantage of it. Avoid being spammy, of course, but there's more than enough good questions to put one a week in there.

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