As a new contributor on this website, I often wonder how this community got to where it is, and how important conventions were established. After getting a lot of feedback from experienced users, I'm starting to develop a sense of how things work and who people are. But I still have a lot of questions. So here, I'll spell out what I've learned, and I hope that others can fill in the gaps for me.
It all began with StackExchange
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When was Skeptics founded?
According to the badges, there were 32 participants in the beta. Who all started on March 4, 2011 at 18:05 (GMT). Was there any vision statement that was more elaborate than the "about" page? Who were the founders?
According to the 90-day evaluation, the number of users was high, though the numbers of questions and answers was low -- but that seems to be appropriate due to the nature of the site.
When did the moderators get their red pens?
There seem to be annual elections.
That's about all I could find, here are my remaining questions about the history:
- When did the site leave Beta, what changed at that point?
- Who were the initial leaders (e.g. moderators, editors, voters)?
- What were the major milestones?
- Were there any major changes to the vision or policies of the community?
And finally, perhaps the moderators would like to share their vision for the future of the site, and their opinion on what needs the most attention.