So, I was looking at the Chess.SE site stats today - I found them quite impressive, for the most part. However, one statistic was - ahem - not so great.
Area 51 says a healthy beta site has 10 questions a day, and a beta site with five or less needs work. Chess.SE averages 2.5 questions a day.
That's not so great!
So, what can we do?
I think that we need to expand the scope of the site a little bit.
Proposed Expansion #1:
Allow for chess puzzles on this site. Now, we would obviously get an influx of less-than-impressive puzzles. To combat this, I would suggest that we create a chess puzzle sandbox. Proposed puzzles with sufficient up-votes are allowed to be posted on the main site; puzzles that have not been run through the sandbox will be closed. Ideally, puzzles that make it onto the main site are not immediately obvious and show some originality. We could also add tags for various puzzle themes - skewer, pin, discovered attack, sacrifice, etc.
Proposed Expansion #2:
Allow questions about chess hardware and software, as long as they have definite, objective answers. This would include finding/identifying/creating certain styles of pieces/boards and asking about features in widely-used software/websites. We seem to get a lot of fairly reasonable questions in this area that are closed because they aren't about chess directly.
Proposed Qualifier #1
At the same time, we don't want to throw the gates open nilly-willy. I consequently incorporate my recent meta question into this expansion request, asking that as we open up to more types of questions, we also have definitive answers to what is and is not a chess variant that this site addresses. I would think that we would need to nail this down before expanding the site.
This site is kind of quiet. Let's broaden its scope a tad and maybe wake it back up.
Edit: So......do we have a consensus? Were would we go with this from here?