I found that an interesting and important question that someone asked on one SE site is likely to benefit from answers coming from users who frequent other SE sites. What are the best ways to attract attention to this question from the users of other Stack Exchange sites?

Suggesting that the author cross-post the question is one possibility (but not the best one, in my opinion). Is there a way to "ping" a few selected communities? I am looking for something less intrusive than cross-posting.

Note that I am not the OP of the question. I merely provided one possible answer to the question. Even though it was upvoted and accepted, I think the OP would benefit from other answers.

My question above is general. But for the curious, the post I refer to is on Parenting.SE: Supporting kid in innovation

I think that it may benefit from answers by users in the "makers" communities (there are a few of those on SE).


The pros and cons of cross-posting:

Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?
Cross-posting on StackExchange sites
Is cross-posted forbidden/discouraged on Stack Exchange sites? If so, why?
Is cross-posting wrong (to an external site)?

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    I can only imagine Chat.
    – rene
    Oct 19, 2020 at 13:57
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    There is nothing really wrong with cross-posting as long as you do it sequentially, stop as soon as you have an answer and link all the cross-posts with each other, I'd say. Oct 19, 2020 at 15:38
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    @Trilarion And focus each post on the specific site. 1:1 cross-posts usually don't go over well.
    – Mast
    Oct 19, 2020 at 19:45

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Post the question link (share):

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in chat, or the selected site's chat room(s). Also, it's usually useful to leave a short note on why you're doing this, and why you hope someone will answer your question - dropping in random links will get you nowhere.

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    "dropping in random links will get you nowhere" If you do it often enough, it will get you kick-muted from the room.
    – Mast
    Oct 19, 2020 at 14:56
  • @Mast Had no idea. Then, I've never been there ;) No wish to either.
    – Ollie
    Oct 19, 2020 at 17:52
  • As a room-owner, I've been tempted once or twice. But it's usually not necessary :-)
    – Mast
    Oct 19, 2020 at 19:44

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