This is more of "here's what I've been doing" than "here's the correct approach", but:
Only in circumstances where I think an A51 Proposal is the best answer to the OP:
- "Where the heck can I ask about my iPad?"
- "I have a crazy programming question, but only speak Persian, and this machine translator can't handle my awesome code. Thoughts?"
- "Is there anywhere I can ask fake questions about what to do when the Zombie Apocalypse befalls us? They keep getting shut down on all three trilogy sitges for no reason!"
I link to the relevant A51 proposal.
And I do use referral links, with a clear disclosure indicating so. I'll stop if that's inappropriate, but thought it was almost the ideal referral:
As the weighting system reflects, Trilogy users are deemed a better indicator of useful commitment. I'd think a (regular) trilogy user who is actively looking for a place to ask about an A51 topic is a near perfect referral.