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How to promote an open-source project?

One of my hobby projects currently is about to reach a stage i would call 'public beta' where i would like to see real user feedback.

I've been 'dogfooding' it, i think it scratches an itch, i am currently working on improving the documentation to provide an introduction, it is publicly available in full via SCV (bitbucket) etc.

But, all that will not get users, as far as i can tell, but only keep users from leaving.

Is there any common way of intruducing new projects to the community?

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marked as duplicate by Anna Lear Sep 27 '11 at 17:29

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This surely must have a billion dupes. –  DeadMG Sep 27 '11 at 17:26
I found some, but they seem to focus on the 'dogdood it, see that it scratches an itch'. the ones i found did not seem to answer the 'get' but the 'keep' part. –  keppla Sep 28 '11 at 6:40

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Conduct an Unconference. jQuery was released at BarCamp.

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that sounds like a good idea! –  keppla Sep 27 '11 at 12:05

Figure out your audience, find the places they're most likely to get information, reach out to the channel's moderator and make signing up for your beta look sexy :)

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