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Did you know SharePoint's anniversary of its graduation is coming up on 13 September? Congratulations!

How about a contest or some other fun activity to stir things up a little? After a year of great Q&A, we'd like the opportunity to "give back" for everyone's hard work.

Anniversary events area a great way to spark some interest in the extracurricular activity in your site (more meta participation). An “anniversary event" can be just about anything. Take a look at Super User’s 2nd Birthday Super Contest or at the Unix & Linux Birthday Bash for inspiration. It doesn’t have to be a contest. Dream up whatever you feel the community will find interesting, and go for it.

Start a meta post or chat event to work out the details. Rally support for your event and bring it to our attention through your moderator team! We're really interested in community-lead initiatives, so let’s just say, if you can work out the details, we’re very motivated to say “Let's go!”

  • One really cool thing that one of our sites has done is organize an analog-space meetup. Feel free to get creative! – Aarthi Aug 28 '12 at 17:17
  • Darnit, just realised I'm away next week. :( – Stu Pegg Sep 5 '12 at 12:44
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Since there's been a giant great ominous silence, I'll make a reasonably feasible suggestion:

SPSE Blogfest

Given that the SE infrastructure is already in place (Arqade for example): The SharePoint community's full of prolific bloggers, and I think SPSE would be a great platform to encourage more high-quality article writing.

There's plenty of starting material already out there on the site (some of @omlin's answers are almost blog articles already!). Sometimes a subject needs more in-depth analysis or broad introductory material than the site's designed for.

Here are some example subjects that may well gain the site more attention:

  • Tutorials and reference guides (Client Object Model, Custom Field Types)
  • Datasheet Q&A summary ("No")
  • Anything to do with 2013 (although I'm loathe to encourage yet more speculation on this subject)
  • Pretty much anything from the site's Greatest Hits list

So how about a blogfest?

  • Does this community have a blog site? – bagus ilman Sep 4 '12 at 3:28
  • Stack Exchange has the mechanism to provide us with one it seems (see the Arqade link), but we don't have one currently. – Stu Pegg Sep 4 '12 at 7:27
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    +1 great idea - this is something I've considered on and off for a while. It would be great for some of those "poll" or more discussion oriented questions. We would need to consider how people could contribute. I definitely have some posts from my own blog that would fit. – Kit Menke Sep 5 '12 at 15:26
  • @KitMenke I've got a monster Custom Field Type article I need a kick to finish that might fit the "reference guide" category. Possibly the "unreadable tat" category too. – Stu Pegg Sep 6 '12 at 21:37

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