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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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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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Who is using the "bounty" system and how effective are bounties?

Well, I'm certainly using it—I've offered a bit over 150 bounties (>90% of them on other people's questions). Other users have offered a substantial number of bounties as well. I'd say it's ...
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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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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 should we celebrate reaching 100,000 questions?

We can hold the local meetups with whiskey and cigars. Maybe folks with high reputation points cluster around a few places, so it shouldn't be very difficult to organize. We can set to T+1 date and ...
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Allow moderators to accept answers in old questions from inactive users?

Accepted means accepted by the original poster (OP) of the question: that's an SE-wide definition easy to understand. The main consequence of good answers not being accepted is some lost reputation ...
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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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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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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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Celebrate 100,000 questions in Sydney, Australia?

Alex came. A prominent statistician who wished to remain anonymous also attended. We talked about statistics and many other things. Thanks everybody!
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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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Who is using the "bounty" system and how effective are bounties?

I am new here, but a long-time user of stack overflow and other exchange sites. I have used a bounty once, to see how it worked. I have wanted to use a bounty many, many times. Here's a problem I ...
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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

Ultimately, I think we need more people answering questions - many times more. While more experts would be great, I think we actually need more ... journeyman statisticians, and even in some cases ...
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Celebrate 100,000 questions in Sydney, Australia?

Coincidentally, it happens that March for Science is happening worldwide on this date. The Sydney event is finishes just prior to your coffee date :) https://marchforscienceaustralia.org/sydney/
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Allow moderators to accept answers in old questions from inactive users?

If I try to search for certain things, those questions [dead questions] pop up, they don't help me at all. Your suggestion (system/mod accepting Qs) would not make those dead and unhelpful questions ...
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Why do time series questions get such a low response rate?

Maybe the following analogy/viewpoint may help. Comparing with StackOverflow you could see questions as 'bug-reports'. On SO those bugs are specific and concrete. If some bug or other type of ...
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Does anyone compute statistics about Cross Validated?

The SE team tracks a lot of statistics like these. You can find some of these statistics on the SE sites page. Specific pieces of information are also computable with specialized queries in the SE ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

So what? My dear friends, are we perhaps worrying about a statistic without establishing that it has any particular meaning? One should be aware that we can often satisfy an OP with comments, and so ...
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How should we celebrate reaching 100,000 questions?

What about Sydney, Australia. Do we have enough people to sit for a coffee gather up?
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