The SQL Twitter community has done a great job self organizing around the #sqlhelp hashtag. I think it makes sense to add this hashtag to the default text of the share this question on twitter link on this site.
What I would recommend is - if you're going to have anything that automates any part of this - to have the 'share on twitter' button configured to always leave at least 9 charachters at the end of the tweet. That way the person can add "#SQLHelp" at the end if they like. I wouldn't recommend that it be placed there automatically because if every database Q&A site did that the #SQLHelp hastag could easily be flooded by posts.
The basics of "what is SQLHelp" can be summed up like this:
- It should be person-to-person or person-to-people communication focusing on Questions & Answers.
- By "communication" I mean quite simply that it should be bi-directional conversation. Nothing post-only. No drive-by dropping of links.
- Finally: No Marketing! The only thing you should do to market yourself with the #SQLHelp hashtag (if marketing yourself is what your goal is) is to just help people.
Hope this helps! :-)
I would definitely advise against it as it would add a LOT of noise to the stream and defeat its purpose. If someone has a long question that can't be answered in 140 character bursts then we always recommend they create a forum question on a site like this or SSC, MSDN, etc. Auto posting would drive people insane and probably get you blocked by many of the folks. Just my $0.02 on the matter.
I typically don't like to see the same question by the same person on multiple sites. Pick on you like and trust and stick with it. I hang out a lot on AskSSC and monitor #sqlhelp. I just recently got asked to help out a bit on here as well. I am in full agreement with the others who have posted saying BAD IDEA. If you must, retype it. Don't automate it. Also if you happen to put it on twitter and on here and it gets answered on twitter, post the answer here, close your question, or delete it. Don't cause multiple people to duplicate efforts when it isn't necessary. Everyone is volunteering their time to help out. Most sites are patrolled enough to get good coverage posting your question on a single site. Just my 2cents.
Why would every question / answer on here be about SQL?
It could be a question about NoSQL, LDAP, or lots of other topics that may have nothing to do with SQL.
By spamming that hashtag on every question that gets posted (oracle or mysql jump out at me since I wouldn't think #sqlhelp would help them, but then again, idk) it's going to make it very difficult to keep getting good help for sql questions.
Additionally, as much as I like to toot the SE horn, there are other sites that are also setup on a similar model to this (but using OSQA or SE1.0) so that would be a negative mark against the SE for forcefeeding the Qs into the twitter stream.
However, I strongly encourage you to post them to twitter on your own when you ask a Q, and I have done it once already myself, bringing on a few new strong users.
FWIW: Further discussion here: