Once in a while, politics related questions that have awesome answers spring up on cousin SE sites (I just ran into this one on History).

Is there any reasonable mechanism to ensure that visitors to Politics.SE can see those questions? Copying them wholesale cross-site seems both stupid and against SE rules. Are there other valid approaches?


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One possible idea I had (assuming community likes it and moderators don't hate it) is:

  1. Create a canonical CW Q&A on main site,

    Q: "What notable/useful questions that are on-topic on Politics.SE were posted across SE network"

    A: List of links

  2. Create a Meta Q&A, with the question being about same idea, and 1 link per answer

    An answer with a link to SE post has to gain X # of votes before being allowed onto main site's canonical Q&A

    Make this Meta Q&A "featured", to give visibility to more site users.

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    I don't think that this is very useful, because people who search the site about a specific topic are not very likely to stumble upon that CW question.
    – Philipp Mod
    Nov 10, 2016 at 22:38
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    I wouldn't mind if we tried this on Meta. I'm not so sure about taking it to the main site though, I wouldn't want to create the impression that every other possible "What notable/useful ..." question is welcomed here.
    – yannis
    Nov 10, 2016 at 22:40
  • @Philipp - do you have statistics that show that THAT is how users mainly get to the site's information (as opposed to, for example, browsing "most voted questions" view)? I know I did that on SO, as well as several other sites, and many users are known to anecdotally do so.
    – user4012
    Nov 10, 2016 at 22:40
  • @Yannis - yes, definitely a valid concern. I'm more of a thought that this is the fault of my poor wording in this proposal than the underlying idea, though, so any improvement to the wording is welcome.
    – user4012
    Nov 10, 2016 at 22:41
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    It's not so much the wording, it's that we'd be opening the doors to "big list" questions. The canonical example to this is the "Hidden features of ..." questions on SO: stackoverflow.com/search?q=hidden+features (plus a million more deleted ones).
    – yannis
    Nov 10, 2016 at 22:45

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