As I'm sure regular members of the site noticed, we had an insane amount of traffic yesterday. One question got over 12K views in a day (now up to over 14K). It did lead me to check out which questions have been as popular. The next most popular questions seem to be about Doctor Who and another, surprisingly, about Fringe. There are only 4 Fringe questions on the site, and I think there could be a lot more. This site skews heavily towards older science fiction and fantasy (Star Wars and Star Trek) and newer properties only have a fraction of the questions (Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones). I think the site can grow exponentially in the direction of newer stuff.
So what can you do to help?
If you already watch Fringe (Fridays at 9/8c on Fox in the US!), ask any Fringe-related questions that new episodes inspire. Also consider posting general questions about older episodes. If you're asking it, you're probably not the only one having that question. Ask them even if you think you're going to be able to find the answer yourself… and if you do find the answer, go ahead and answer it yourself. When answering these questions, do everything you can to overkill it. Don't just answer with a hyperlink to some other discussion group somewhere. Write a detailed, ultra-clear answer that is just as complete and clear as you can muster.
This is a great opportunity to build up a body of answers to a show that is currently on the air and on the minds of sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts not on the site currently. These questions will hopefully bring in lots of traffic from search engines and if Science Fiction & Fantasy.SE continues to have great answers like we have had in the past, we stand a chance of attracting some great new users who will add value for years to come!
A new episode airs tomorrow night (Friday, November 4th) in the US. Tune in and ask questions!
If you do not watch Fringe currently and want to help, Stack Exchange will get you caught up. We will be rewarding users with Fringe DVDs to enable them to populate our site with awesome Fringe questions. The grant will work like this:
- To be eligible, answer this question with your username and which season of Fringe you would like to receive on DVD.
- We will then reward the 4 highest-rep users with the season of their choosing on DVD, so they can populate the site with awesome questions as first-time viewers.
The grant closes on Monday, November 7th at 4:00 PM EST/21:00 UTC.