I don't have any numbers to back this up, but I just have a feeling that some of our site's answer and voting rates may be slipping. It may just be a symptom of a maturing site, or perhaps an influx of software questions that just aren't all that interesting.

Does anyone know if these stats are available and if they are, as I suspect, on the decline?


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Yes, voting has dipped about 20% since mid-January.

It did that in 2011 and 2012, too. :-)

I, too, have an impression that we are receiving a spate of poor and uninteresting questions. Such trends should not be a surprise, since others have noted that some FOSS developers are referring users to our site for support: that virtually guarantees we will get an increasing load of mundane, duplicated, one-off, and poorly researched software-specific questions in proportion to the rate at which that software is adopted. But if we were to ban all such questions, site traffic would slow to a trickle and then where would we be?

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    Interesting pattern if this happens every year, does that mean that people start out in new jobs/courses and in over their head?
    – underdark
    Mar 3, 2013 at 19:43
  • @underdark its true : )
    – Sunil
    Mar 6, 2013 at 13:15

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