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Today we had many MathOverflow users as new users of MESE and some others who added their first post. I would like to say welcome to these guys as a sign of MESE hospitality.

Question. How can we encourage more and more MathOverflow users to participate in MESE?

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In my opinion, the best way to advertise the site to MO-users (and I assume the same is true for math.SE users) is just to create an interesting site.

These sites' communities where repeatedly informed about this site's existence. I think people are aware of it by now. And, I think we should not do more direct broad advertizing there. I rather feel what was done so far is already at the threshold of what is considered annoying.

There might be room for some very targeted advertizing: if somebody knows of some (old) questions that got closed as off-topic there but would be on-topic here, they could leave a comment on it to point this out to OP. But, even with this I would be careful.

Let us not oversell the site. Let us work on making it better.

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  • $\begingroup$ What is your idea about a simple little meta post in MathOverflow by you? I think it could be really useful and pleasant. $\endgroup$ – user230 Mar 25 '14 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ There is already a meta post on MathOverflow, by Brian Rushton, IIRC, to draw attention to the start of public beta. $\endgroup$ – quid Mar 25 '14 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ This sounds like the Eddie van Halen conundrum: $\endgroup$ – user1729 Mar 27 '14 at 11:41
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    $\begingroup$ Bill: Ted, while I agree that, in time, our band will be most triumphant, the truth is Wyld Stallyns will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar. Ted: Yes, Bill, but I do not believe we will get Eddie Van Halen until we have a triumphant video. Bill: Ted, it's pointless to have a triumphant video before we even have decent instruments. Ted: Well, how can we have decent instruments when we don't really even know how to play? Bill: That is why we NEED Eddie Van Halen! Ted: And THAT is why we need a triumphant video. Bill, Ted: EXCELLENT! $\endgroup$ – user1729 Mar 27 '14 at 11:42
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    $\begingroup$ @user1729 not sure what you mean. But there are some here already that (it is hoped) can create something good, or at least solid. I think we should be patient and persitent. The site should grow slowly and steadily, not explosively. $\endgroup$ – quid Mar 27 '14 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ Agreed! I think there are many questions that this site would be perfect for that MO and MSE simply are not appropriate for. The word will spread. $\endgroup$ – Jon Bannon Mar 28 '14 at 15:15

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