Mark and I were discussing on this question, How close are we to coming out of beta?, what things we would need to do to get closer to coming out of beta.
We're doing great, but if we graduated today, we would only have 6 regular users who are close voters, assuming the 3 elected moderators were from the 3K+ pool of users. This is not enough people to effectively community moderate the site.
To solve this problem, we need more good users who can edit posts (2K+ users) and more users who can vote to close/reopen (3K+ users on graduated sites). we have a lot of good users who are below these thresholds who would make great editors and close/reopen voters.
I see that there's a lot of great content on the site, and I see that this content could be voted up even higher if more people were to commit to using all of their votes.
I was thinking that a cool way to get more people voting would be to have a contest of some kind surrounding the voting badges:
- Vox Populi: Used the maximum 40 votes in a day. (3 users hold this badge)
- Suffrage: Used 30 votes in a day. (15 users hold this badge)
- Civic Duty: Voted 300 or more times (7 users hold this badge)
- Sportsmanship: Up voted 100 answers on questions where an answer of yours has a positive score
We'd need some rules and guidelines, of course, criteria for how to pick winners, what sorts of prizes would be involved, etc. Is anyone interested in helping or participating in something like this?