I'm not convinced we'll be able to change their minds in short order with a surge of content.
We should instead focus on making sure all the content we have here is ready to go when we resubmit the site. As Robert Cartaino stated:
If you still believe your site will work, feel free to restart the proposal and prove it. That will give you more time to plan for a successful launch. You will definitely need more of a running start to create something viable. Slow starts have always struggled to maintain any level of traffic even after launch. Always. But rebooting a proposal to get that running start has created some of our most successful launches to date!
Call me crazy, but I suspect that the SE guys have pretty solid empirical evidence to support their closing. They share much of that data right on the Area 51 page. Let's look at the metrics they share (update 1 as of 2016-10-4 14:17 UTC):
- Questions per day:
- 10/day recommended, 6.3/day current
- Update 1: 9.4/day
- Percentage question answered:
- 90% recommended, 79% current
- Update 1: 84%
- Users with 200+ rep:
- 150 recommended, 20 current
- Update 1: 28
- Users with 2,000+ rep:
- 10 recommended, 0 current
- Update 1: 0
- Users with 3,000+ rep:
- 5 recommended, 0 current
- Update 1: 0
- Answers-per-question ratio:
- 2.5 recommended, 1.9 current
- Update 1: 2.0
- Visits per day:
- 1,500 recommended, 200 current
- Update 1: 200
We're way, way off the recommended pace, and it's unlikely we can get all of these metrics up to recommended by Friday.
We should really focus on prepping for the restarted proposal. That means getting a critical mass of developers to participate, including a ton of non-MVPs.
Update 1: Added current stats as of 2016-10-4 14:17 UTC.
Update 2: Well, I guess we can convince them :)