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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

I am not sure how responsible the following is for the recent drop in answers per questions ratio (possibly not at all), but here is one thing I noticed and would like to bring it up in the context of ...
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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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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

As a very "journeyman" statistician myself, I feel somewhat qualified to post an answer expressing skepticism about the power of the less academically high-powered to make a serious dent in the "...
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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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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

I should be talking about @Glen_b's data (this is a statistics forum, isn't it?), but I have little experience with forum reports and find that I want to see a much longer run to comment. So instead I ...
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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

Using this simpler query I obtained the number of new questions and answers per calendar month for the whole time of CV existence. Here it goes (vertical dashed lines separate years): The last two ...
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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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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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When do upvotes occur?

See this blog post I wrote for the CV site, Voting behavior and accumulation of old votes on CV (I know I need to work on my titles). As of 2012, there was non-trivial accumulation of upvotes for ...
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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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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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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

Here are a couple quick thoughts: I used to read down the 'recent badges' along the right side of the main page every day. I would click through to all the tumbleweeds and see if they could be ...
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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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How to decrease the number of unanswered questions?

It is worth considering that an unanswered question is defined as a question that has no upvoted (or accepted) answers and is not closed. Also, the community user 'bumps' one unanswered question per ...
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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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How to decrease the number of unanswered questions?

Should we encourage people with unanswered question to reformulate their question or to step down a level in the difficulty? Or to expand furthermore the problem? Yes we should encourage people ...
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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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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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How to decrease the number of unanswered questions?

(In this answer I leave aside the strategy of "find questions you know the answer to and answer them" ... since I take that as sufficiently obvious to everyone.) A lot of unanswered questions could ...
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Data on things like tag views and upvote fractions

The Stack Exchange system has a data site (more information here). There you can get data on any of the network sites. You will need to extend your account to the data site, and know SQL, but then ...
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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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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

Besides the subjects already mentioned in the question, I can think of some suggestions to improve the site's statistics (and perhaps indirectly increase the number of participants too): short term: ...
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