There are a lot of disaffected people on Stack Exchange, and some of them may be glad to know of an alternative. Word gradually gets around of course, but perhaps we should be thinking about nudging people over here and suggesting they plant some new communities.
What are our options for doing that?
## Organic Activity
Whenever pragmatic, I've been using TA to work through issues I'm having day-to-day at my job. TA can't yet provide a suitable replacement for _all_ of what I need in a pinch - for example...
1. high-traffic slack channels for immediate firehose rubber-ducking - such as the [powershell](http://powershell.slack.com/) and [chef](https://community-slack.chef.io/) communities
2. internal corporate chat for problems I haven't yet minified proprietary out of
3. private DMs among my professional network when I want to ask a specific mentor a targeted question
...but I can still use it to document well-formed (I hope) examples of things I learned if I didn't find good a write-up elsewhere. Much of the time I like to spend a little extra time distilling chat interactions into a self-answered Q/A or Blog style post here on TA after the fact. When possible, I'm always sure to share back to the chatroom where I've was working a link to the TA post with a quick message:
> Thanks for your help! I've done a quick writeup of this over at TopAnswers.xyz for myself as well. Please feel free to take a look and make any edits you feel are helpful if you think I've missed anything from what we discussed.
A cursory search shows me a topanswers citation in the repo I'm working in now and 10 instances of sharing a TA link in my internal corporate chat over the last few months. I don't know how effective it is, but I hope it's driven at least a little traffic here. I'll be very chuffed if and when it actually gets a new registered user participating though 🤞
Creating a banner and/or a flair could help a bit. One can put it to their profile on a blog, github, whatever. Something small but visually attractive.
Not totally sure whether this small answer fits here or it would be better to create a separate Q with `feature-request` tag.
Things that might help get the word out on Twitter:
* Suggest things we should tweet
* Follow/retweet/like TopAnswers tweets (such as [this one](https://twitter.com/TopAnswers_xyz/status/1219936680339214336?s=20))
* Tweet links to good questions/answers and tag us so we can retweet
**Update Jul 2020**: For reasons explained in the tex.ta post below, we aren't encouraging people to do this any more.
@@@ question 1195
Advertise TopAnswers in your username on Stack Exchange?
At least four people have adopted this and most appear on a [Google search for "TopAnswers"](https://www.google.com/search?q=topanswers).
Possible tags include:
* … is at TopAnswers.xyz
* … says try TopAnswers.xyz
* … likes TopAnswers.xyz
Do bear in mind that:
* display names appear to be limited to 30 chars
* "[when changing display name, you have 15 minutes grace period to change it back, otherwise you'll have to wait 30 days before being able to change it back](https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/85820/166851)".
There has to be an incentive to be here, and that are currently only the TeX, DB and CodeGolf Communities, plus Meta if you want to actively build up TopAnswers.
Since StackOverflow is the largest community on SE, we'd have to have an equivalent of that. I don't think it's possible to create a critical base of users without at least one very popular community. I'm a bit surprised that it doesn't exist, but also unsure if there is maybe a reason for that. I searched Meta a bit, but only could find another proposal for a C++ community - I don't know how fragmented TopAnswers is planned.
Appropriate participation on meta.se?
Sometimes people ask whether there are any alternatives to SE around, and it would be good to have an answer on [Are there any clones/alternatives for running a Stack Exchange style Q&A site?](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2267/are-there-any-clones-alternatives-for-running-a-stack-exchange-style-qa-site) for example.
Here's a great example of this kind of promotion in action: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/342244/166851, please upvote it if you have a meta.se account.
There may be a other questions and/or comment threads where an answer or comment might be appropriate.