Seriously. This site has very low engagement. Even when it reached a beta stage I see very low activity. Please let's discuss how to get more people's attention.
Some time ago I participated in a spanish site named 52cartas.com which had pleeeenty of people, so there IS people outside. However the basic (default, even unintentional) strategy of simply staying up while people from other SE sites becomes aware of our existence is not efficient: Have you watched poker tournaments and player profiles? Few of them are IT people (potentially interested in visiting SE network). Even my poker mates! I am among the few IT experts among them.
I say there is a big share of players we are missing by default.
How can we improve the engagement? I think I said few of them in another post I'd like to remark, while adding new:
- This one is dangerous and possibly not efficient, but recommending the site when playing online poker, is people chatting in the room, and the context arises: recommend them to visit poker.SE. I say dangerous because there's a blurry line of doers becoming spammers and no game server (and game type!) wants spammers.
- If you have a poker-related website or blog, make sure you... spam... some references to poker.SE there to encourage participation.
- Ensure the topics are wide enough in this community and there is a proper environment. This involves:
- Make a fair and respectable application of the Good Subjective, Bad Subjective criterion. Most applications of this ruling lately in the whole SE network is crap and reading that document does not help when the closer's attitude was not actually an interpretation of the blog entry. I did not see this behavior in poker.SE but better to prevent than fix.
- Always keep the topicness of this site as wide as possible. There is not so much regarding poker theory once a year or two of useful and non-duplicate contributions run in the site. After that, discussing how I played my hand, hoy Gus Hansen trained to have such devil's face, how did Doyle Brunson adapt his strategy after publishing his book... they not always fit the SE format but we should be careful and perhaps offer a good attitude a priori.
- Despite a personal issue I had, I don't see a bad interacting environment here as I saw in other poker sites. Pleeeease we all must ensure the community is friendly and not become like other sites.
- Upvote when good. Downvote when bad. Close when blatantly inappropriate. Be willing to review closed questions when they get a modification. This is never remarked enough across whole SE network.
- THE CHAT IS almost NEVER USED - we should encourage people to use it. I visited it. It is no man's land. I would like to visit there and even be visited to, say, a good server allowing custon poker tables, heads ups, tournament invitations. This goes for moderators or people able: put a sticky note reminding people of using the chat. It is never used enough across whole SE.
I think I covered the points I can imagine now. What am I missing? What could we improve?