Some of you may have seen the recent blog post announcing the closure of 6 sites on Stack Exchange:
when a site struggles to maintain any semblance of steady progress — when it’s struggling to garner an audience, a healthy core of experts, and a steady stream of questions — it becomes increasingly unlikely that the site will find a core audience to sustain it.
We periodically review sites for traffic, activity, and quality. The decision to close a site is not made quickly or lightly, but all too often we're remiss in communicating our concerns with the individual communities prior to that point. This is an attempt to address that...
For the record: Biblical Hermeneutics isn't closing. Not in the near future at least. Yes, the site is small, and the core community even smaller. This is very much a niche topic, and the stats reflect that.
But quality appears high, and - for the moment - participation by the tiny few of you who make up the core of this site is strong. If it were possible to guarantee that that wouldn't change, I would have no worries about the long-term viability of this site.
Of course, that's a risky bet. The few of you who've made this site work thus far have my deepest respect, but presumably you also have lives and families and jobs and such. And the truth is, it wouldn't take too many of you dropping off to put this site in an unmaintainable position.
So again, this is just a heads-up: anything you can do at this point to draw in additional expertise should be done - tell your friends, colleagues, those you respect and have learned from or taught in the past... Encourage them to poke around a bit, ask a question or contribute an answer, and offer some assistance in learning how SE operates. You're doing great - the biggest thing this site needs right now is more of you doing great.
And thanks again for the time and effort you've all put in thus far. I always enjoy visiting BH, and hope to see it around for a good long while.