I suppose I could be considered an expert in gardening because I did the study and have qualifications, though I don't like the term. The point about horticulture is its variable, its not like coding - make a mistake with coding and the programme won't work, or will glitch, but that's not always true with horticulture. In the 40 years I've been in this field,...
Find out what questions experts ask and ask those questions.
Taking a page out of Jeff's blog post, we should figure where expert gardeners hang out on the internet and watch for unanwered questions that might be suitable for this site. If we can get great answer to these questions (this is a chicken-and-egg problem, of course), it's possible to introduce ...
They don't exist exactly as stated in your question.
There are badges -- Announcer, Booster and Publicist -- for sharing a link to a post using the share button underneath the post. (More information in the Q&A: How can I 'try' to get the publicist badge?)
On Area 51, you can get both reputation for each person that signs up for a site ...
I think the idea of a Facebook page is excellent. It's irrelevant that it's based upon likes or oil or a Presidential Primary.
From my perspective a Facebook page helps to gain attention for the site. It allows for interesting gardening questions and answers to be posted on the page and highlighted in order to gain attention and get more views.
I large ...
FB is based on Friends & Likes. While it may be possible to generate some traffic, I don't think a FB page would get much notice unless you want to pay for it.
FB is about sharing cute animal/baby pictures, funny/strange videos and funny/political memes. I don't think a Gardening & Landscaping page would be a good fit.
(if you decide to, let me ...
A couple of points:
I think a range of categories would be best, to encourage both the long-term users and new users of Gardening SE.
It would be nice to have a category that encourages (reminds) of the value of voting since Gardening SE seems to have quite a low rate of voting across all questions. Voting for useful/correct answers is probably nearly as ...
I like most of the ideas in your post.
I'm not so much excited about the idea of "most useful tag wiki". Are wikis really that useful? Do they get many hits? Inbound search engine traffic? Do other SE sites get loads of traffic from these? I hit SO and SU questions in DDG all the time, but have never hit a wiki.
Most inbound referrals. ...
I would like to see the following topics:
How to make things yourself e.g. compost bins, strawberry towers, rainwater collection and distribution systems etc.
Sustainability and reuse e.g. Make your own soil, how to store rainwater, how to correctly use your garbage so that most of it goes back into the garden
Permaculture / aquaculture etc. Raising ...
I think it's a great idea as long as the hats fit to the gardening topic.
Possible hats could be:
a fruit hat hat like Tea Drinker suggested
or a strawhat
or a landscapers working helmet
or anything else gardening and landscaping related.
The suggested awards are fine. I would rephrase them in my own way as:
most upvoted question by a new user in 2012
most upvoted answer by a new user in 2012
it would be nice to get some of the previously regular users back to say hello so how about a new badge "Boomerrang" for users active in 2012 and not heard from in 2012 till the time period of the ...
I'd like to suggest prize packages similar to what U&L was able to do for their anniversary contest:
Several SE store gift certificates (redeemable for SE swag) perhaps to be used as weekly prizes or individual awards based on specific categories.
With a gardening specific capstone prize like a subscription to a gardening magazine, a gift card to a ...