I believe most regular contributors would agree, that they would like to see answers like this, a far more common occurance on this site, rather than being as rare as hen's teeth and at risk of being drowned out by noise.
The questions How can we get better expert-level questions? Or, StackExchange vs Yahoo! Answers, Who is an expert, and where are they? and Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? seem just as fresh and relevant today as I imagine they were nearly three years ago. I realise that site standards have been better defined since those early days, and the enforcement of those standards seems to be fairly consistent on the whole - not saving us from the ongoing influx of poor questions and answers, but at least clearing them out somewhat effectively. We are still left with the problem of how to generate a consistent level of 'expert' answers as, in particular, there is a dearth of truly novel, high-quality focussed questions. I have a modest proposal (not in the Swiftian sense) that seeks to address this issue through attracting users who have a vested interest in asking and answering such questions:
A campaign of deliberate promotion of the site to theological colleges, seminaries and bible schools of various persuasions (possibly also organisations like the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and denominational equivalents if there are any) - seeking to inform them (gate-keepers, heads-of-school, information systems managers, people like these guys etc.) of the site's existence, purpose, ethos etc. and soliciting involvement from students and staff.
I'm presuming this hasn't actually been tried before, but has it been seriously considered? What would be the pros and cons?
If they were willing, perhaps the mods/community could nut out a good form letter and the community could help build up a serviceable contact list. A little bit of effort to set up, but after it was done, an annual or bi-annual promotion would then become very easy and even if the response was just a trickle of contributors, they would be the sort that are either directly engaged in theological education/research at an (at least semi-)academic level or at the very least, interested in setting the facts straight in their particular bailiwick. What are your thoughts on this proposal?
Addendum: truly, there is nothing new under the sun, but how about doing this with a little more community backing?