Edit: If you're reading this post, do whatever is within your power to help. Ask questions, post answers, and most importantly, share the link with people -- publicize on your blog, website, etc.
We're not trying to decrease quality or "game" the system; we want to do whatever we can to legitimately create a high-quality site. And if it fails despite that, then whatever is meant to be is meant to be.
First, I refer to all vitals for this site from the Area 51 Proposal page.
If you've been watching that page for a while, you'll notice that the number of questions is dangerously low (3.x per day instead of 15+ per day). As is the number of visits per day. I'm not an SEO expert, but I think that getting quality questions should push up the visits significantly.
15 questions per day over 90 days comes out to 1350 questions in total. It's no surprise that getting a site proposal requires 150 committed people -- at 10 questions each, you more than make it.
So let's get serious and start tracking this site's survival. Most of us are software developers, but we've dabbled in project management. Start pulling out those deep, dark, hard-to-solve questions. You know a few, I know you do.
I'll track the progress here, based on the formula that on day D, we need 15 * D questions asked. Hopefully, this will suffice to save the site.
- March 2nd (day 22): 140 questions (330 expected); 42.4% of target
- March 7th (day 27): 161 questions (405 expected); 39.7% of target
- March 10th (day 30): 174 questions (450 expected); 38.6% of target
- March 14th (day 34): 187 questions (510 expected); 36.6% of target
- March 22nd (day 42): 218 questions (630 expected); 34.6% of target.
- March 31st (day 51): 251 questions (765 expected); 32.8% of target.
Scope change: as pointed out in this meta question, we just need to hit ~5 questions per day. Since closed questions don't count, we can't use the actual number of questions, but will approximate by targeting 6 questions per day.
Based on that, the expected number is 6*D on day D:
- April 4th (day 55): 275/330 questions (83.3% of target).
- April 5th (day 56): 279/336 questions (83.0% of target).
- April 7th (day 58): 292/348 questions (83.9% of target).
- April 9th (day 60): 298/360 questions (82.7% of target).
- April 24th (day 76): 333/456 questions (73.0% of target).
- April 29th (day 80): 346/480 questions (72.1% of target).