I mean, that would definitely attract more users, and while probably would bring a lot more off topic questions(which would get closed as in any site), would increase also the number of the good ones, and in general, allow the survival of the site.
I don't think it really makes sense to promote the site right now, but once we're public and have enough content and traffic, I'm sure Jeff and the team will help us with promotion.
Of course it's up to us to make sure the site reaches that point. Entering private beta doesn't necessarily mean the site will stay alive, we have to bring people in once it goes public, and make sure we make it attractive enough for them.
Advertising the site to print and design professionals and students who might participate in the beta is a good thing at this stage. Trying to blindly drive up traffic is not helpful at this stage.
It is the job of the community to promote the site heavily through any means necessary so the questions you deem on topic should be promoted. But first it may be necessary to work on the other points :
As described in the guidelines : The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta one would need to look at
- What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?
- How do we promote our site?
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