I am thinking about creating a local area stack exchange community. For example there are plenty of developers that just don't know English well enough to participate in StackOverflow discussions. Launching a language-specific community may prove useful.
The main question is how did StackOverflow initially manage to get the first people to ask questions and, more importantly, get the professionals to be here to answer them?
Do I need to personally contact a few dozen developers and ask them to check the question list? Then, I can advertise on discussion boards that certain technology specialist of this country are there to answer, and the questions will come pouring in?