Can someone explain to me why my answer got that highly ranked?
Besides becoming a HNQ (see here), people evaluated your answer as useful.
Research effort is only one variable among other which is determinant for usefulness. Simple as that.
When searching for programming questions on the web I often get Stackoverflow as first result. When viewing the questions and answers over there, I sometimes get a popup reminder "dont forget to vote if this answer or question was useful to you" (something like this). It is quite similar to this one: Remind new users to choose some answers?
So I finally ...
I help manage a different site (not StackExchange based) and I find it incredibly difficult to get any voting on questions. Most questions have zero votes. I think many reasons are the same as here.
I suspect that users find answers through searching, probably Google. Unless the search engine is sophisticated enough to sort by upvotes, then voting doesn't ...
Traffic to the site has decreased since 23rd March 2020 due to the global impact of covid-19.
(more people choosing video/conferencing over browsing?)
The trend is a slow rise, people working from home finding more time to visiting GIS.SE.
Stats over the year (votes/traffic)
via mod tools (data is anomalised)
In addition to the HNQ prominence, I think people (myself included) tend to hit the "this answer is useful" selfishly rather than altruistically. It would be appropriate to click that up arrow anytime one feels, as an impartial reviewer, that the answer is well-written and answers the question posed well. But we're more likely to do so if we ...
I too would "like to see an increase of voting across the GIS SE community" and I think the onus for this should not fall just upon those users who are already volunteering their time to answer questions.
Instead I think we need to also look at the poor quality of some questions asked, and the poor quality of some answers given, as being a reason for our ...
Which types of questions do get much more than average participation/voting?
If we can identify these, maybe there is something on them (like a pattern) we can try help replicating to other questions.
One small set of those engaged questions are the ones which makes the Hot Network Question (HNQ) list. Of course, after they turn to be HNQ, participation ...