If you look at our stats on Area 51, you will see that one of the areas where we are falling behind is in the number of users with a good reputation. This is sad, because we do have quite a good answer rate, and so we most likely have a large number of users who are not getting the upvotes they deserve.

Of course, this could also mean a smaller number of users are doing all the heavy lifting. Either way, for the site to remain healthy, you need to vote (up or down) on questions and answers where you can. Just remember - vote fair and honestly, because the system is built to catch fraud, and the moderators are also watching (even when we are sleeping, with one eye open!) ;)

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    Don't pay much attention to Area 51 stats, they were chosen in 2010 and somehow never removed even though experience shows they aren't very useful. In any case, this stat is a cumulative one, of course the number of high-reputation users is be low when the site is young! Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 20:00
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    You can see comparative voting statistics at data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/195762/… . But there's a lot more activity (including voting) during the first few weeks, so it'll be months before the figure for elementary OS can be meaningfully compared with other sites. Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 20:02
  • Just that you know I do my part: I have reached my voting limit today ;)... But the only stat I would really care about is answer rate (hoping they are high quality answers), everything else will be reached easily over time.
    – quassy
    Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 20:39
  • 36 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers... It probably wouldn't hurt if mods started closing questions without activity. There are plenty where OP's haven't bothered responding to questions for more information etc.
    – elmato
    Commented Aug 1, 2015 at 13:21
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    @elmato flagging helps in that regard - a lot :)
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 5:58
  • Fair call. I'll have a skim through and flag a few. How long do you think is reasonable before a question should be marked as inactive?
    – elmato
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 7:55
  • @elmato on AU we usually go with 3 months, but I'd prefer to open a new meta question here to let the community decide.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 16:04


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