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Out of so many SE sites, which sites do you consider as "poster boy" sites? Apparently not all sites are equally successful.

The reason I ask this is because I want to be able to be convinced that SE 2.0 concept is a success. So, SOFU sites are not qualified.

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What, not wearing much clothing? – Rosinante Jan 18 '12 at 13:09

This is the full list of SE sites. You can see all sorts of statistics there, such as answered ratio and traffic generated.

Success is ensured through Area51, which puts many high bars for sites to go "gold": many followers, many committers, many users, many answers and many questions are required for a site to go "live."

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this I understand; but if you were to recommend just one SE sites to your friend ( the successful one), which one would you pick? – Graviton Dec 10 '10 at 9:07
@Ngu Each site is there to solve a specific class of problem. If I knew my friend was struggling with one particular problem, I'd just point them to the problem-specific site. What good is it to point a webmaster to Gaming, even though Gaming has the most traffic? Why would I point a TeX junkie to Ubuntu, the only SE with "corporate" backing? I want to help my friends, not spam them :) – badp Dec 10 '10 at 9:09
I think that he's trying to ask which one does it's job the best though. – Ullallulloo Dec 10 '10 at 14:23
It could be helpful if someone doesn't have a specific problem but wants to know if the SE model is viable. – Pops Jan 18 '12 at 14:52

I recommend Gaming to several friends, that if they have any questions: go ask them there.

Because they know a little bit about Super User, they tend to trust my opinion on similar sites.

Do I think there's room for improvement? Sure, but if you look at the growth rate, I'm fairly certain they'll be very big next year!

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If you want to see if the SE 2.0 concept is a success no one "poster boy" site is going to do that; that's not the point of the SE 2.0 format.

The point is we can have several community made sites that are active, high quality and distinct from other sites. The fact that one SE 2.0 site did well is no more significant than Stack Overflow doing well does. The Area51 process is where the magic happens.

If you need a single example, Gaming has proven it can get huge page views, a huge community and it does this mostly through popular appeal. Lots of people have gaming questions, and lots of other venues for gaming questions suck more than a black hole. See every gaming forum ever for evidence.

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Stack Overflow is the first site from which the others spawned, and also the company in charge is named Stack Overflow Internet Services, Inc., so I would say SO is a pretty good candidate for top poster boy (or girl?) status.

EDIT: Okay, I wasn't aware of the code fork, which I found out about by searching for stack exchange 2.0.

Possibly useful to the discussion, although I'm guessing you've already seen this: the listing of sites on SE lists statistics such as number of questions, number of visits/day, etc., which can be used as measures for comparing how successful each site is.

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I'm asking about SE 2.0 sites, so SO is not qualified. – Graviton Dec 10 '10 at 8:55
Thanks for the heads up, I found out about it independently and edited my post accordingly. – Mitch Schwartz Dec 10 '10 at 9:06

I would definitely recommend tex.SE. Not only is it relevant for most people in science and mathematics, they also have a very competent and active core community. They are not big, but the quality of answers (and the speed with which they appear) is incredible.

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According to the January 2012 State of the Stack message, there is 1 Breakout Hit:

Doing particularly well is our - now the third largest site on the network with more than 2.5 million visitors per month.

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