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Design for Bicycles Stack Exchange.

I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites ...
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Should we have an associated blog?

I've noticed some interest from some users in stuff on [bicycles.SE] that would be useful or interesting, but just doesn't fit in with the [StackExchange] QA format. Bike reviews for instance. A blog ...
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One short paragraph that describes this site

I asked the BTA in Portland, Oregon if we can get a link from their site, and they asked for a paragraph for their FAQ. Can anyone come up with a single paragraph that would both describe this site ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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Do we go shopping?

After seeing this meta question about this shopping question and this blog post I wonder: do we do product recommendations on Bicycles SE?
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Help for new (and old) reviewers

This question and it's answers collect reviewer experience to help new reviewers. Feel free to edit and add more suggestions. I should mention that the only other related post I found was Seeking ...
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We have a blog, who wants to write a post?

After discussing this with the community--and then bringing it up to the Stack Exchange people--we now have an official community blog: bicycles.blogoverflow.com. As you can see, there's nothing there ...
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Are “identify my bike” postings on topic here?

Every week or two there is an "identify my bike" post on bicycles.stackexchange.com, typically with no other information besides a picture and the wording from labels on the bike. Is this considered ...
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Interest over winter

Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. I think that a significant amount of our community is North of the Equator. How are we going to maintain interest when lots of people are putting away ...
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Flyers for people to use

I'll be at the Steampunk World's Fair in Somerset, NJ this weekend, an excellent opportunity to pass out flyers for this site. Especially at the tweed ride on Sunday. Anyone have any input on flyers?...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Are Country specific Questions too localized?

If I wanted to ask something along the lines of: Where should I order X online that will ship to Canada? Can you be charged with DUI on a bike in Canada? I think that these would be relevant ...
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Suggesting bike routes, allowed?

Did we get a consensus as to whether discussing bike routes in a region falls into this space or not? Having read some of the answers to date, it seems that two issues come up. Routes are somewhat ...
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Should we be recommending Bicycles.StackExchange to our Local Bike Shop (LBS)

I know the guys at my Local Bike Shop (Cheeky Transport in Sydney, they are awesome!), are very helpful with answering questions. However, I also know that they need to get back to work fixing bikes, ...
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How to manage duplicate tags

There are a couple of tags now for Lubricant lube lubricant lubericant (my spelling mistake). For starters, how can I delete the 'lubericant' tag. And how do we manage tags of different name but ...
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Seeking consensus on closing problematic questions

It seems like there's been less voting to close since Pro-Tem moderators were appointed. Us moderators can only close a question, we can't vote to close, and we'd prefer to have the site run ...
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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. I have made a few tweaks on the design ...
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How do I ask a good “ID My Bike” question?

When asking an "ID My Bike" question what information about the bike should I include? Would a good "ID My Bike" question need all of the following or are there a few key things that would offer the ...
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Rationale for Community Wiki

Here's an idle question based on idle curiosity (so please don't feel obliged to spend time answering it; close/delete it if you like). What's your rationale for making a question "Community Wiki"? ...
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How the site is doing/metrics — Where we're doing well, and where we need to improve

Have a look at this: Updated image: We're getting better. The good news is that we're doing very well with our answer stats; almost all questions on the bicycles.se site have answers upvoted by ...
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Adding shopping recommendations to the vote-to-close page?

There seems to be some consensus that shopping requests are often off-topic, particularly those that ask for recommendations for products rather than recommendations about what to look for in products:...
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Site Promotion for Public Beta

I jumped the gun a little bit and made this post on Reddit in /r/bicycling to announce our Private Beta, but I justified it because there had been previous posts in the community asking folks to ...
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Avoiding 'Just Buy A New One' or 'Here's A Link' Answers

I've started to notice a growing trend with some answers which I'd like to expose and try to stem early on: It's very easy to answer a question with a link to an online product retailer, or with a ...
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Commuting question — why is this on-topic? Or is it?

How to clean up at work after a commute? This question has very little to do with riding itself, but it is a common question, and an important one to bike commuters. One could argue that this is a ...
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On or off topic: watching racing

Should questions about following racing such as these: Why can't Yellow Jersey change hands on last day of Tour De France? Why are there no team breakaways in road racing? be on topic or off ...
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What's happening!? (Campaigns in the works & Ideas that need work)

just a quick update on a few upcoming Bikes.SE initiatives. Please chime in with any questions, concerns or improvements. Water Bottles - Jin is working on a design that incorporates your ...
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Ideas for events to promote Bicycles.SE at?

We need to promote this site and get the word out to grow it, keep it interesting and make it more useful to the world. That is, of course, what SamTheBrand's been working on with the contests. ...
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Another regional specific question - are these OK or not?

Ian has posted a question specific to renting bikes in the UK. Where (UK) can we rent an adult tricycle or recumbent tricycle I voted to close as its region specific (UK) which stack exchange sites ...
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What is the policy on commercial users?

I've seen a few questions just pop up from this account. It seems like the answers that are posted are actually relevant and typed by a human, but it's obviously an account that belongs to a ...
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An accessible, multi-answer, fact-based question?

A few outside bike orgs have expressed interest in "hosting" a question at our site. This question may function as a contest submission form (ie. Submit your answer, all answerers are eligible to win ...
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Future questions? Future answers.

The low hanging fruit is rapidly being picked. What do people think a typical bicycling question will look like in 3 months? In 6 months? Bicycling and bicycles face the issue that this is not a ...
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Twitter + Stack Exchange Specialized Giveaway (UPDATE: We Have Winners!)

---- This contest is now closed ---- You were warned. The bikes giveaway is now officially on... (Note: This giveaway is not sponsored by Specialized.) The Prizes: First: A Specialized Tricross ...
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Bicycles Stack Exchange swag for top users

Update We mailed out the packages last week, but unfortunately our warehouse only included one water bottle instead of two. They'll send out the 2nd bottle in a separate package ASAP. As a thank ...
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Bike Contest - Reconsidered

Your concerns about the stolen bike contest have been heard and the contest is being reconsidered. First, let me tell you that as part of the CHAOS team, it's my job to bring in new users from the ...
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The Water Bottle (Here it is!)

Who needs messaging when you've got an eye-popping design. These bottles will be included in a care package for high-rep users (more on that later), packaged with stolen bike contest prizes, and ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Broad questions or specific?

Reading @hhh last comment of this question, I think that @hhh is saying that broad questions are better than specific questions: because when a question has been asked then someone else won't be ...
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Who wants water bottles? Who has a catchy tagline? (UPDATE! - New Bottle Design, Art)

Stack Exchange will soon be shipping custom water bottles to moderators and users with sufficient reputation. But that's not all. We haven't yet finalized the design for the bottles, in particular,...
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What (type of) bike should I buy?

The forum seems to be getting almost one of these questions per day at the moment. Whilst each question contains its own nuances (so probably unreasonable to dismiss them as duplicates), the ...
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Cannondale Mountainbike Giveaway - Winner Announced

The giveaway is on! The Prize: A Cannondale Trail SL 29er 3 - or a bicycle of equal or lesser value purchased through REI The Rules: Ask a question or leave an answer anywhere at Bicycles....
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Bicycles Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, November 12th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: Thursday 9/22 6pm UTC / 2pm EDT

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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English not a first language

Apart from the American vs 'Real' English in tags discussion. It seems that for a lot of people on bicycles.SE English may not be their first language. Especially given how popular commuting by ...
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On or off topic: Medical advice

Have a look at this question: What do you do to cure road rash more quickly after a crash? This question has had problems of its own, but the community should decide if we should give medical ...
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Bike touring and camping

I assume questions about bicycle touring are on topic, as long as we keep to cycling and not camping or journaling. (geoffc put up a separate question up about routing.) Thoughts?
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List of ideas for blog posts

We've been posting maybe once every week or two on the Bicycles blog. We have a lot of people signed up as posters, but many of them haven't written or finished any posts. Perhaps people just don't ...
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Let's do a Bike To Work Month contest!

May is US National bike month, and is the chosen "bike month" for most northern hemisphere locations. This is when a lot of bike advocacy groups get together and do a lot of special bicycling ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will ...