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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?

My comments expanded enough to be some kind of answer. I think there are a number of reasons why the rate might be different - some have been discussed before. On SO or math.SE (which I participate a ...
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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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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?

Some facts The rate at which questions are answered here has been dropping for years. When we left beta in early 2011 the answer:question ratio was around 1.6:1. It has steadily declined: in ...
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My questions don't get an answer - is it a general trend, or am I doing something wrong?

The proportion of unanswered questions is indeed slowly growing because (among other things): the number of people answering questions is growing more slowly than the number of people asking ...
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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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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?

This ends up being a non-answer, but I figured I would share some analysis I did. For a while I've been concerned that the site's continual progress rests on the shoulders of a relatively few ...
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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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What is considered an "unanswered question" in Stack Exchange?

Q: Why does the "Unanswered Questions" tab show questions that have answers? A: The Unanswered Questions tab shows questions that have no answers with a positive score nor an accepted answer....
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My questions don't get an answer - is it a general trend, or am I doing something wrong?

I now have some experience with CV and other SE venues. I think CV is more challenging than others because questions are more technical and scientific, and also because subspecialization is the rule ...
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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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Is it allowed to ask questions again if they did not get an answer last time

From a FAQ: How do I get attention for one of my own questions without a good answer? You can "bump" your question by editing the question to provide status and progress updates resulting ...
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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

1. To what extent is this a common experience of new answerers? Do we lose noticeable number of potentially active participants this way? I think I felt similarly when I started participating, and it ...
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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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Chat to attract answers?

I suppose you may, but it isn't the preferred way to attract attention to your question. Be aware that most questions aren't answered immediately; it can be a few hours at least before a question is ...
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What is the "take home" message if I get the tumbleweed badge?

This is an age-old question. Seriously: there's an MSE thread about this that's five years old. My two personal favorite explanations: I see it more as a consolation prize. No one looked at your ...
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Is there an ideal time of day to ask new questions?

Looking at the locations of the users with high reputations (which tend to include a lot of people who answer), and filling in those whose locations I know but who don't give one here, it looks like a ...
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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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Can we remove some of the old questions from the "unanswered questions" board?

To see unanswered questions created last month, just use the search expression created:1m answers:0 Then you can add other search terms to refine, for example ...
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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?

Here's my take as a relatively new question-answerer, and as someone with far, far less knowledge than our superstar members. I think you guys are spot-on so far. For instance, my question Computing ...
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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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Can (should) I delete a question that gained no attention to re-create it with a simpler formulation?

One clear principle has consistently helped me moderate such situations: If your intended changes affect only your work, feel free to make them. Indeed, we encourage you to do so. But if they ...
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Simple question needs simple answer but does not attract necessary attention

Crossposting on mathoverflow (which I know is discouraged) It would be dramatically off topic on mathoverflow, which is for research problems. Unless you are planning to publish in a mathematically-...
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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 should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

Not answering Glen_b's comment does not seem to have anything to do with this question being a candidate for closing. I'd say that this question is simply too vague/too broad, so I closed it (if ...
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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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How should I flag (or otherwise deal with) questions that have not been clarified after comments were left?

As a non-moderator, I think it's sufficient to write a comment asking for clarification & register a close vote at the same time. If a comment already asks for clarification, and you agree with it,...
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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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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

To what extent is this a common experience of new answerers? Do we lose noticeable number of potentially active participants this way? Probably. I certainly answer less because of it (not that I'm ...
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Nearly 40% of questions on Cross Validated are unanswered, is there a way to improve this?

This is out of our control: it would have to be implemented SE-wide by the developers. In addition, it is intrinsic to the SE system. The tenacious and unsung hero badges exist in part to ...
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