This looks like a great idea, I'd certainly be happy to have Hats on Robotics.
Badges are great, but with plenty of people here on Robotics being new to Stack Exchange in general, having a fun way to promote the norms of Stack Exchange behaviour would be a great way to engage people in the site and encourage community building.
Getting an Area 51 proposal into the Commitment Phase is difficult.
Getting a proposal from Commitment into private beta is very difficult.
Getting a private beta into public beta is incredibly difficult.
Getting a public beta to graduate is almost impossible if you are a niche site like Robotics (it looks like this site will be in permanent beta for ...
Mark, thanks for all the work you've put in to get Robot.SE off the ground.
Regarding the points that need work, my feeling is that the problem might not be attracting new users, but convincing them it is worth sticking around. I get the feeling that most of the questions here are either too advanced/specific (likely the topic of current research) or too ...
I like Ian's suggestion to flag questions on Stackoverflow for migration, but we have to be careful.
If you are going to flag questions for migration to robotics:
Always make sure the question is new enough to be migrated.
Questions over 60 days old cannot be migrated.
Always make sure the question is suitable for robotics.
Whether or not it is on-topic ...
There are a lot of questions about robotics on stackoverflow, with the following tags:
Could we start flagging some of those questions for migration to this site? A lot of them ask things that are similar to what's asked on this site, but the answers are of poor quality or nonexistent alltogether.
If the questions there ...
What kind of content are you expecting will be posted or asked about on a FIRST SE site?
Programming questions would all go to Stack Overflow, robotics algorithms would all go to Robotics, circuits questions would all go to Electronics, Lego questions would all go to the Lego SE.
It seems that, while you may only have a little overlap with Robotics, you ...
Once immediate thing we can do is "spruce up" the site. math.SE front page specifically has a welcome message outlining who they want to visit the site. So does cs.SE, etc. Where's ours?
I agree with @georgebrindeiro. I think the problem is most people have a disconnect between what's possible and their expectations of a robot. I believe we can serve both ...