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I am working on contacting notable Skeptics to ask them to support our site.

Can you please review the email template and suggest enhancements?


Skeptics http://sstatic.net/skeptics/img/logo.png
Hello $NAME,

I write to ask for your help in promoting the Skeptics Q&A site.

Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for skeptics, rationalists, free thinkers, or anyone who questions pseudoscience. Skeptics is about applying skepticism — it's for researching the evidence behind the claims you hear or read. It is not for philosophical discussions about skepticism itself.

We are a young but very strong community of skeptics, answering questions with well-referenced answers. We stole a page from Wikipedia's book: with us, it's [citation needed].

The site is free to use and all the content is freely shareable and modifiable via a Creative Commons license.

Some good questions you can find on Skeptics

How can you help us?

You can help us by participating in the community or providing exposure to the site via your blog, Facebook page or Twitter feed:

  • You can come to our site and participate in the community. Other sites of the Stack Exchange family have become friendly homes for notable experts in their respective fields.

  • You can ask us questions. We have a proven track record of providing great answers! 97% of asked questions have a quality answer.

  • You can publicly link a question or two on our site, through an article, blog post or tweet.

  • You can send traffic to the site in general by reviewing the site or linking to it.

I really hope to hear back from you. Our community and I are at your disposal for any question — do not hesitate to get in touch for more information if you need it.

Kind regards,

First Name and Last Name
User or Moderator
Skeptics - Stack Exchange
http://skeptics.stackexchange.com

  • By thew way, I will try to gather email addresses from notable skeptics at TAM and will follow up with this. – Larian LeQuella Apr 26 '13 at 2:06
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    Did this effort ever pay off, the inquiring minds want to know? – user5341 Sep 17 '13 at 1:00
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    @DVK we got a mention by Phil Plait and a not-so-great tweet by Simon Singh. – Sklivvz Sep 17 '13 at 9:27
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I would expend a bit on here:

We are a young but very strong community of skeptics, answering questions with well-referenced answers.

Maybe into:

We are a young but very strong community of skeptics, answering questions with well-referenced answers. We stole a page from Wikipedia's book: with us, it's [citation needed].

I think that stressing the fact we require solid evidence is key. That's what really distinguishes us from every other forum and Q&A site: we ask that people back up their answers with facts. I think that's what is going to attract skeptics. It's our #1 feature.

  • Included in template. – Sklivvz Apr 9 '11 at 15:36
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In addition to this, I'd also strongly recommend following the advice I outlined here:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/04/helping-the-experts-get-answers/

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A bit late answering here, but I'd suggest that if anyone does send this template to a notable blogger, they mention it here. It wouldn't give a very good impression to have several people send the same mail to the same person..

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Maybe include a section about flair, probably the best way for them to promote us on their blog/home page etc

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    Something like: "You can become a user and add a flair to your public page (example)"? – Sklivvz Apr 9 '11 at 17:21
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    The flair is more for established users, it's of no use to someone who hasn't heard of Stackexchange yet. I don't think we should talk about that in the first mail. – Mad Scientist Apr 9 '11 at 18:51

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