Proposal: Digital Fabrication
As with our original Personal Manufacturing beta, our more recent Digital Fabrication beta failed to generate enough activity during private beta, so we need to go through the Area 51 process again, using the lessons we learned in the previous two attempts.
I believe that we can make a viable site based around Digital Fabrication technology.
I believe that we have the basis for fantastic community, which will eventually be a valuable resource to the Maker community and the Digital Fabrication industry, complementing existing wiki and forum resources.
Finally, I believe that if we can keep up the momentum, then just as Digital Fabrication made it through both definition and commitment faster than Personal Manufacturing, the Digital Fabrication Reboot can get into beta sooner rather than later.
After two attempts we have a pretty clear idea what the scope of this proposal is, but clarifying and honing the scope will be the aim of the new definition phase.
What do we need to do now?
Initially that means following the proposal, and encouraging people to come and lend their support too.
Next we need people to vote. Following the proposal easy an easy thing to do to show your support, but it isn't much more effort to read through the example questions and vote up the five questions you think help define the site in your eyes.
Then we need people to provide example questions which probe difficult areas of Digital Fabrication. The way we will attract experts to the site will be to ask complex, difficult and challenging questions on the site and that should be reflected in our example questions. Remember, everyone can propose up to 5 questions.
Finally, during the definition phase, we need to keep coming back, shifting our votes to better questions, commenting on how example questions can be improved, explaining how Stack Exchange works to people who haven't used Stack exchange much and encouraging everyone to gain experience of how Stack Exchange works by getting involved with other professional sites such as Electrical Engineering, Robotics or Stack Overflow, or hobby sites such as Science Fiction & Fantasy or Arqade.
If you were disappointed that Digital Fabrication failed then please:
- Follow the new Digital Fabrication proposal.
- Vote on questions on this proposal.
- Propose interesting, expert level example questions.
- Gain experience with the Stack Exchange system by joining existing sites.
- Encourage others to join us here.
Let's see if we can make this third time's the charm.