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Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 130 Stack Exchange communities.

If you've been to any of the new Stack Exchange sites, you've seen that each new site has its own meta. And at the top of each site, you'll see a byline to invite people into meta:

got a question about the site itself? meta.gadgets is the place to talk about things like what questions are appropriate, what tags we should use, etc.

I would like to generate more interest in the community-building discussions during the beta — to encourage more involvement in issues like this stuff.

I am looking for suggestions for a new byline. Something that is a bit more punchy and inviting. Something that says "help build this site!" and "get involved!" rather than just "if you have a question..."

Right now, meta looks like a place to go with problems. The goal is to portray meta as a larger concern to everyone on the site. I want people to understand that the very existence and health of the site depends on their participation.

If you have a suggestion for a new byline, submit it below (one suggestion per answer, so we can vote). If something is markedly better, maybe we can try it out.

Bonus points if it has marketing flair.

Thanks for the help.

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You might want to pick several and test out conversion rates. –  Tyler Carter Jul 26 '10 at 5:12
    
I always tell them: if you have a beef with me, take it to meta! –  Ivo Flipse Jul 26 '10 at 12:21
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@Ivo - I believe "Where's The Beef??" is still copyrighted by Wendy's. –  Tim Post Jul 26 '10 at 13:20
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@Robert - Thanks for raising this. –  Tim Post Jul 26 '10 at 13:25
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I think there may be some extra incentive if reputation earned in meta was counted towards the parent site's rep. –  jjnguy Jul 26 '10 at 13:46
    
Yes. Credit to @Tim Post for the idea of improving the meta invite: meta.webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/162/…. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 26 '10 at 15:07
    
@Tim, as long as we're ripping off of fast food, "Have it your way!" might be more apropos. Or... on second thought, "Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined." –  Pops Sep 13 '10 at 1:52

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

We now highlight child metas in the sidebar as a house ad:

The rules for populating this question list are, to take the hottest ...

  • questions tagged [featured]
  • weekly
  • front page hot

... from the child meta, in that order exactly, filling to 5 total. We also randomize the selection a bit so the list isn't so stale for regular visitors.

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+1 Nice solution. –  Jon Seigel Sep 12 '10 at 21:43

Get Involved! Speak Your Voice and Give Feedback at Meta.YourSiteNameHere.com!

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Classic, but nice. –  Gnoupi Jul 26 '10 at 7:41

Having Problems with the site? Have an idea? Speak Your Voice at Meta.YourSiteNameHere.com

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I'm not really looking to attract more people who have problems, per se. I'm trying to convey that the very existence and health of the site depends on their participation: blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/…. I clarified that in my original post. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 26 '10 at 4:57
    
@Robert I'm guessing the Unicorns and Waffles one doesn't fit your criteria then eh? :P –  Tyler Carter Jul 26 '10 at 5:00
    
It's hard to tell sometimes, where unicorns are concerned. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 26 '10 at 5:03

Meta.YourSiteNameHere.com: Your place for [Site Topic], Unicorns, and Waffles.

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Stolen from today's most brilliant marketing geniuses:

Ever sit and wonder what would happen if something great got even better? meta.yoursitenamehere

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I am reminded of Snapple.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoh0tHRXOvE –  Tyler Carter Jul 26 '10 at 5:09
    
@Chacha102: wrong product. Think: even more awesome than Snapple... –  Shog9 Jul 26 '10 at 5:11
    
Apple? (It is two characters shorter) –  Tyler Carter Jul 26 '10 at 5:12
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Hep C? Better than Hep B! –  random Jul 26 '10 at 5:13
    
@Chacha102: even shorter –  Shog9 Jul 26 '10 at 5:14
    
The letter 'E'? –  Tyler Carter Jul 26 '10 at 5:15
    
@Chacha102: you disappoint me. It's the favorite food of pythonic vikings! –  Shog9 Jul 26 '10 at 5:28
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@Shog9: Spam, spam, spam, eggs, and spam! –  Andrew Jul 26 '10 at 7:31

[Site].com is ran by its users, like YOU. So get over to Meta.[Site].com and get involved!

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I wont like being shoved around like this –  Midhat Jul 26 '10 at 5:45

Hmm... Maybe I should actually try:

The very existence and health of this site depends on your participation: meta.<sitename>

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Well, it would definitely create a sense of urgency. –  Tyler Carter Jul 26 '10 at 5:10
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And it gives the idea that the site is in a desperate situation currently, hardly stable, ready to collapse. I mean, even if that was true, you don't want to say that. –  Gnoupi Jul 26 '10 at 7:39
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@Gnoupi: True. Dialing it back a bit would be prudent. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 26 '10 at 15:12

Be a part and in control of what [site] is all about. Help shape your community. meta.[site]

Then grab the Sword of Omens and run head long into the fray.

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I miss my daily dose of Sword of Omens: youtube.com/watch?v=eRsmoSis-2I#t=5m10s –  Robert Cartaino Jul 26 '10 at 5:47
    
@Robert - Snarf Snarf ... –  Tim Post Jul 27 '10 at 19:37

I want people to understand that the very existence and health of the site depends on their participation.


WE'RE ALL GONNA DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (without you. meta.yoursitenamehere)


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Learn the secret to (insert one of) [weight loss|cure cancer|get rich|larger body parts]. Visit meta.sitenamehere.com now.

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Your site - Your ideas - Your change - meta.guesswhat.com

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Should actually be our changes, unless status-declined. But it would attract less people. –  Gnoupi Jul 26 '10 at 8:02
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This is marketing, @Gnoupi. Go for damn lies! –  Ladybug Killer Jul 26 '10 at 8:13

Your input shapes this community - learn how to take a more active role [here]

I suggest the link leading to the meta FAQ page, which would need a little more tweaking to roll out a slightly warmer welcome to people who want to get involved.

This is at the expense of assuming the people who go to meta are already somewhat familiar with how the site works, so perhaps the FAQ could be more on community building and less on how meta works.

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[Site] does not end here. Go beyond and get involved in the decisions that help build this site and its community. Go to the back stage. Go to meta.[site].

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Do you want REAL ULTIMATE POWER? Then come to meta.blagowhat.com and become part of our elite squad of ninjas shaping the destiny of this site!

(Okay, it probably wouldn't fly on the food SE, but I bet it would work on the techie sites.)

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Want to know who is really controlling everything here? Visit meta.whatever.com - Schsssss: don't tell anyone!

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Go to meta. and suggest a better message.

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Head over to meta if you want to have a say in how this site works (e.g., policy, moderator selection etc)

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Stack Overflow, Inc. Is now providing funding to put great promotional ideas into action that will help this community grow [link to meta]

The individual sites should make an announcement prior, though explaining how the process works. That announcement should be written by all newly elected moderators / liaisons.

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