This site should be pretty easy to publicize; simply post flyers around the various departments. Would someone with design skills be willing to throw together a flyer to be around the various campuses by Academia SE users?
Well, since no designers answered the call, I'm going to expand it to designers. Since I'm a member of the "not a designer" crowd, I figured I'll make the first poster.
Click here to see an Academia.SE poster, which you should print and stick in public places in your university
It's not going to win any awards for awesome design, but it is better than nothing. My requests to the crowd are twofold:
Please print these out and put them in public areas. I'll probably kindly ask you to re-post it when the fall semester starts and the new crop of grad students show up.
The original call for someone with some semblance of actual design skills still stands. Please feel free to make something that, you know, looks good.
Here's the same link again, just because I like writing links. Please post it wherever it makes sense to post it.
Is there a way to get a blurb on the Chronicle of Higher Education, or Inside Higher Ed ? there are some friendly bloggers there who might be willing to mention the site.
Could we somehow get Academia.edu interested? They had something like ask-a-question back in the day. I'm not sure what happened to it, but there definitely ought to be some scope for cooperation. I'm not very good at networking or making contact with humans in general, but what do others think of the idea. Perhaps we could form a contact committee?
Another place to get grad-students, especially those in the depth of despair would be Phinished.org.
Would sending a short email to one of the mailing lists (listservs) count as spam? Perhaps more senior people can comment on the appropriateness of such an act. At the very least we could offer a suggestion to take the more flamey (but important) topics to stackexchange, something like the entire Elsevier situation, discussion of responses, etc.
I would appreciate hearing from the more experienced what they think of the appropriateness of these steps in terms of academic etiquette.
I have some design skills. I suggest that people should think of (and post as answers) some things that could be said about this site. Attractive catchphrases and details are important to attract students. Examples would be like:
"Confused about the academic world? Turn your browser to Academia StackExchange for answers to your questions!"
This is just an example to start of your imaginations. A poster should appeal to a general audience, have a short catchy phrase, and contain a short description of what this site is about.
I can produce black and white as well as colour versions in vector format suitable for a variety of sizes, and others who can design can also try as well!
I think this is a good idea and I would definitely put up a few posters on the bulletin board in my department.
I would suggest picking particularly good questions from the site, and making a poster that just has the question in its usual SE theme (so that users will recognize the site if they come from the poster) and then says something like:
Want to know the answer? Come to academia.stackexchange.com
This also allows you to make tailored posters for specific departments.
Another place to put a small banner is the side-bars of sister-SE sites, mainly TCS, MATH, physics, STATs, etc.
This is how I learned about the existence of other SE's (and also about the existence of meta.. :).
I think a lot of universities would be interested in this as a resource. At the University of Bath (United Kingdom) we have a small team devoted to generic skills development for postgraduates. Perhaps it's worth publicising to similar teams within other universities? PG student societies would also be interested, I think.