I think, that these numbers:
- 233,334 users in forum / site,
- 11,474 questions tagged "yii" on Stack Exchange,
- 300 developers were actively involved in creation of Yii 2.0.
are enough prove, that we're able to make a mature community and we can handle having own site.
There are currently 24 different tags on Stack Overflow, that tags different questions and areas of expertise around Yii. And these are only for Yii 1.x. Think, what we'll get, if Yii 2.0 started to roll really nicely?
Proposed Stack Exchange site -- of course -- won't be any concurrence to this forum, because it has a different format. Only question and answers, no chat, no discussion, focus on high quality etc.
I'm pretty sure, that we need and want an own site at Stack Exchange network. Community (society?) of Yii developers is far bigger than communities, that already have own sites at SE (for example Drupal coders or users of some strange, not widely known CMSes). And, I'm also pretty sure, that having own site at SE will help us bring our community to a better level -- since questions and answers on SE sites are always oriented toward high quality. It will, in general, help us grown a better community itself, bring more, better, high quality knowledge to the beginners in Yii and let us achieve a lot more.
I'm also pretty sure, that with release of Yii 2.0 the entire community and framework itself passes borders of what "our little corner at Stack Overflow" can offer us. With own site, we could have questions and answers that do not fit to SO. Questions about hosting Yii applications, questions about books, sites, resources etc,
Process of maturing own Stack Exchange site is complex and time consuming. But, what is most important in it, is a strong support by the community of experts. We need at least 200 Stack Exchange users, who will commit they're willing to spare their time and hard work on maturing site, so it will grow to public beta level. And, we need approximately 1000-2000 of active users to let the site live its own live once it goes from public beta to real-life.
Can we find that number here, among 200k+ forum users? I'd like to know your opinion about this idea in general. And, if you find it interesting, I'd like to ask you for writing some commitment below (and kind or form of information, that you're willing to spare your time for building such site and community). Because, there is no sense in even starting a site proposal, if we don't find enough enthusiasts and supporters among our own community.