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The moderator/founder of one of the Stack Exchange sites I frequent, Basically Money, frequently tweets links to questions on his feed. This got me thinking that perhaps a way to solve the dilemma of bringing an audience to the Stack Exchange sites that don't have cross-over appeal with programmers is to make better use of social media.

Why not add a sharing link to the bottom of each question (maybe even answers too) so you can easily re-post them to Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc.?

For example, on some of the Do-It-Yourself Stack Exchange sites the traffic was so poor that it wasn't even worth posting the question, but I still felt a desire to support the site and help bootstrap it. If I could post the question anyway, then easily share it on Facebook or Twitter then I could still leverage my own social network for answers AND get the benefit of all the cool voting/commenting features of the Stack Exchange platform.

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You mean like the text that was at the bottom of this very question? (only appears when there are no answers yet)

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, twitter, or facebook.

Or like the existing share buttons on every single Stack Exchange 2.0 site?

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/a-recipe-to-promote-your-site/

Or like the Booster, Announcer, and Publicist badges that exist?

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/announcer-booster-and-publicist-badges/

  • Umm, yeah. But that wasn't there when I posted the suggestion back in June. – JohnFx Dec 17 '10 at 21:52
  • @john ah, sorry missed that :) Well, status-completed! yay! – Jeff Atwood Dec 17 '10 at 21:57

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