Our beta site has just reached the minimum time for proving its eligibility to become an official Stack Exchange site, so I think it's a good time to discuss how things are going. These are the statistics:
What these figures tell us is that the site is already very popular in terms of traffic and usage (see visits and questions per day), but as for answers provided we're underperforming. The percentage of questions answered has been dropping since day 1 and the number of so-called avid users is still quite low, meaning that only a restricted group of users is sufficiently active. How do you guys interpret these numbers? Maybe for a new beta they are just awesome and I'm being too critical :) I'm curious to know your views on how we can:
- encourage users to be more active and increase their reputation;
- improve/moderate/close low-quality questions;
- provide more "restrictive" guidelines to avoid duplicates/off-topic/downright pointless questions.
Thanks for your contributions, and please suggest other points worth discussing.