As a frequent user of SuperUser and Stackoverflow I have noticed this huge lacking problem is that there are more and more "stack" sites being created all the time. The only organization or way of finding these sites is to search through area51, dig through the complete list of active Q&A sites, or have someone comment on a question that "this should be moved to (so-and-so) site, not asked here.. I have had this happen to me several times where I didnt even know a Q&A site for [*nix for example] existed. Since these sites are all about finding answers to questions in a fast and timely manner, I think finding the site you need to ask the right question on is just as (or even more) important. I don't have a planned out solution to this problem, but with this problem noticed the great minds of this community could come up with a decent way to organize and direct users to the proper site to ask their question.
I would love to have the time for an app to do the following (which I think would help in navigating the site options):
- Parse the data dump
- Perform a cluster analysis using natural language processing. For an example see here.
- Write an app which allows someone to propose a stack exchange question.
And then based on 1, 2, & 3 the app predicts the correct site to ask the question on. If such a feature were
- fairly intuitive Here are the top three suggested sites, click to post question.
- well advertised Add a link to the faq -- if you're unsure if you're question belongs here, try submit it to the Recommender.
It certainly wouldn't be perfect, the linguistic coincidence of important terms would be challenge to parse in certain cases, but if we could also include a dump of delete questions perhaps it would also catch some of the poorly formatted ones too.
Anyone, ehmm ehmm, George E? Could you put your skilz to work??
https://stackexchange.com/sites has a list of all the SE sites that have been launched or are currently in beta. Are you looking for something different?
A simple solution might be to have a search box where you enter the tags of the question and it will display a list of sites having these tags. When you click a site in the list it will jump to the new Question page of this site.
The list of possible site matches may be displayed beside the tags search box in the new question page as well for the user to choose the best suitable site for the question or to make sure he/she is asking in the right place before the question is posted. If the user chose a site from the list, the question should be posted to this site and may be user profile is created if needed.