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44 votes
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

Cross-validated is a question-and-answer site. I think it's worthwhile to ask "How well does this website serve people who ask (on-topic, answerable) questions?" To answer this question in a ...
Sycorax's user avatar
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35 votes
4 answers

Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

It is known that CV has a large and growing number of unanswered questions. If that is to improve, increasing the number of people who answer questions and/or help clean up (downvote, edit, comment) ...
Martin Modrák's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers

How should performance answering questions best be evaluated

There are many statistics computed on the StackExchange websites that could be used to evaluate how well a person is performing at answering questions. We have (1) total reputation points (2) ...
Michael R. Chernick's user avatar
11 votes
2 answers

Mentioning commercial/freemium product that I developed in my answers

I am an expert on the topic and answered a set of questions. I am wondering if it is OK to mention the solver that I develop given that it is commercial but has freemium plans. All my answers are ...
IndieSolver's user avatar
14 votes
2 answers

When we vote to close a question as "unclear" should we state why in a comment?

Some questions are completely unclear and it's fairly obvious that they need to be closed. But I've seen some votes to close as unclear that could really use an explanation - and sometimes the person ...
Peter Flom's user avatar
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11 votes
2 answers

How can we best help to improve the questions asked on our site?

Some differences of opinion have cropped up concerning how to go about clarifying a less than perfectly formulated question. Because comment threads on our main site are not the best venue for airing ...
whuber's user avatar
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7 votes
1 answer

Converting comment to answer in simple questions. Good practice?

Sometimes there are simple questions, often by newcomers, that could be answered by a one-liner (e.g. "What method to use for my data?"). In most such cases I provide a comment rather than answer ...
Tim's user avatar
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5 votes
2 answers

Should quote only answers be treated like link only answers?

As the question suggests, I'm unsure of what to do with flagged answers that only have a quotation and no other commentary. For context, I came across a review today with this answer, which fits this ...
Shawn Hemelstrand's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer

Is the datascience SE harming CV's answer rate?

Following up on this question: We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it? Where one of the suggestions was: We need more answers, and therefore ...
Skander H.'s user avatar
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7 votes
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How are we doing on the "Repository of Knowledge" front?

One of the acknowledged and shared long-term objectives of CV and of other .SE Q&A sites appears to be the creation of an on-line high-quality "Repository of Knowledge" (RoK). While "quality" ...
Alecos Papadopoulos's user avatar