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

We need more answers, and therefore answer-writers There's no escaping that more answers to on-topic questions are required to close the gap. More active participation in closure queues is a ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Let's look at the data. First up is a plot of acceptance rates versus the number of answers, with a weighted GAM smooth superimposed (courtesy ggplot2). It shows $...
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Why is math.SE more responsive than Cross Validated?

Math.se has more site traffic than Stats.SE. https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=list#traffic Math.SE has much more site traffic. Moderator @whuber notes that depending on the statistic, the ratio of ...
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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?

I presume this is a tongue-in-cheek self-reference, but the question is a good one. Let's take it as a general question -- so let us imagine that we face some case where someone posts a lot of ...
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How to make math/stats discussion friendly to blind people?

I'm not literally blind, but I'm legally blind, with corrected acuity on the order of 20/200. My condition could be more informatively described as "low vision". So I'm just as dependent on my vision ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

Downvote Here is the mouseover text on the downvote button: The question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful I'd recommend we be more liberal with actually clicking on ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

We do not have a problem with unanswered questions. We have a problem with low quality questions. See the below image from this sql script which gives for the monthly answers and questions the 10-log ...
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Statistics on Cross Validated usage

Some of the sources of information: The "Users" tab, which stares at you every time you use StackExchange: That should be on screen every time your read or post on the main site. If you investigate ...
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When is traffic slow on CrossValidated?

Based on number of posts: Time of day: Looks like 3:00-7:00 (all times are UTC) is half as busy as 14:00-18:00 day of week: Saturday is the least busy day, followed by Sunday combined: 6:00-7:00 ...
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How many questions are too many?

I'm not sure there is a 'too many' in a general sense. Let me make a couple suggestions: Try to keep your threads consistent and manageable. I think it's OK to put more than one question into the ...
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Is it true that the number of questions is growing while the number of answers can't keep up?

I've been watching this for a long time now. While both questions and answers are growing, there's a somewhat faster increase in questions than answers, and over a period of a couple of years it can ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

If a user asks an on-topic, answerable question, will that user get an answer? Most likely yes (currently ~60% of all questions are answered). The question graph is biased because the unanswered ...
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How many questions are too many?

You should generally ask questions separately unless they're very closely connected (in a way that it's natural to answer them together). Posting laundry-list questions will get your question closed. ...
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Is it time for an independent Statistics Q&A website? How can we be more independent? #STEXIT #WhoOwnsTheInternet

Solution: exact copy elsewhere It is possible to have a virtually identical format, widely and productively used, under control of a non-SE entity that is invested in high-quality treatment of the ...
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Is it true that the number of questions is growing while the number of answers can't keep up?

In answer to Glen_b, I think the site management is outstanding. It seems however that the group of users who have questions but cannot answer any is much larger than the group of people who can ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

The question is asking about rich-get-richer at the level of users (high rep users getting undeserved attention as they get higher rep). I'll address that first, but I'll then discuss a slightly ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

One example where rich definitely do get richer causally (i.e. after controlling for quality), is questions, in particular newly posted questions. The more upvotes a newly posted question gets, the ...
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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?

there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- ...
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Why do time series questions get such a low response rate?

It looks like I'm one of the more active users in the forecasting and time-series tags. Here is my subjective take. I very much agree with Nick Cox' comment. Many, if not most of the questions ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

We need more answers, and therefore answer-writers There's no escaping that more answers to on-topic questions are required to close the gap. In my opinion this is the single most important point, ...
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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?

Users who ask too many questions are welcome, as long as the questions are decently good. Questions are very useful contributions to a QA community. (How good a question is is a bit subjective, just ...
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Is it time for an independent Statistics Q&A website? How can we be more independent? #STEXIT #WhoOwnsTheInternet

Solution: create an independent WIKI portal The Q&A format of StackExchange has generated a sort of yellow pages for all sort of problems with several advantages: It generates content/information ...
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What happened to the journal club?

I was around when the journal clubs took place, so here is my take. The journal club (and the blog) were events outside the usual Q/A that a few involved community members took time to initiate. ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

I don't think the problem is solvable just by closing more questions or downvoting. I think all users start at a point where they just ask questions, then some of them become knowledgeable enough to ...
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Brainstorm: Should we collaborate with an alternative Q&A website? (and how?)

Here's a bump to this thread: Codidact now has a Math.Codidact site, with scope General Q&A about all branches of theoretical and applied mathematics, including closely-adjacent sciences where ...
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How to make math/stats discussion friendly to blind people?

This is mostly an addendum to @Kodiologist's enlightening answer. I suggest downloading and installing an app that simulates different types of color impairment, and then running your visualizations ...
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How to improve attention to interesting/advanced, but complex/difficult, questions?

I have been here for not quite long but I do have a taste of what HNQ does. So, count me in among the league of those users who feel exasperated when an HNQ bloats a mediocre question and it gets ...
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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

Lately I have used a lot of my spare time to answer questions on CV. I do get a little frustrated when my answers receive no attention at all, such as here, here, here and here. Now I'm happy to ...
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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

User @amoeba pointed out to me that data about stats.SE is queryable from a simple API. One way to re-frame this question is "Are more questions asked in a month than are answered?" This plot ...
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Brainstorm: Should we collaborate with an alternative Q&A website? (and how?)

Create a general landing page for statistics questions. We could create a statistics landing page where all sites, for instance also datascience.SE, could join together in a single same spot. This is ...
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