I was looking at a new question on Retrocomputing (Where and what was Haunt.bat? A game pre-loaded on a c1992 PC) and saw this message above the answer box:


What is this message? Was it added by a mod? I don't see it on any other question. It looks like an alternative to the "Know someone who can answer?" message. Is this an A/B test? When was this added?

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We're currently running an experiment with different versions of a call to action on questions.

The original version is

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

The new copy being tested is

Can you help? SiteName depends on everyone sharing their knowledge. If you're able to answer this question, please do!

The original is still shown to users on their own questions (since it's weird to prompt them to also answer) and people who aren't part of the experiment group.


This is probably to promote answering to raise the beta stats for questions answered and answer to question ratio.

As you can see, other beta sites have this to (Coffee Stack Exchange Beta is the one seen here):

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Language Learning Stack Exchange Beta:

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Retrocomputing Beta:

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Since beta sites probably need lots of activities and very high and excellent sites for graduation. This also appears only on questions that currently don't have answers. This may also appear for inactive users since I am no longer that active at all in the above sites.


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