I'm wondering how much this site is really active.

Of 5 questions I asked, 3 received no answer at all. That's a pretty high number, I've never encountered anything like that on any SE site so far.

Sure, it might be just chance, but still I think it was worth to ask here.

(looking at the main page, there's a whole lot of unanswered posts too, so I guess it's not only me)

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    Don't mean any offence by this, but you've asked 5 questions and not answered anyone else's questions at all. To get answers to questions we need people to answer questions.
    – GAThrawn
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 17:29
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    @GAThrawn: while this is technically true, you have to know the answers to give them. I help where I can, I search for help where I need. Looks like this SE only intersects the latter.
    – o0'.
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 17:31
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    Additionally according to the site directory, we currently have 85% questions answered, while Stack Overflow has 81% of questions answered. We're in roughly the bottom quarter of SE sites for answered questions, but we're not at the bottom and the "original trilogy" are all below us (notably Apple which has the most similar remit to us is right beside us in the listings).
    – GAThrawn
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 18:08
  • @GAThrawn: this covers the whole site history, which is irrelevant since I'm talking about now. Currently in front page 12/48 questions are unanswered (25%), and when I asked this question IIRC they were even more.
    – o0'.
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 8:11
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    The front page isn't a good metric for any site, you need to give people time to answer. It fluctuates constantly and is heavily dependent on the time of day. Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 16:34
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    @MatthewRead: oh, true, you're right. Well, nevermind, I was already convinced with your answer anyway :)
    – o0'.
    Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 8:09

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5 questions isn't much to go by statistically, besides that 2 of the unanswered ones are from shortly before Christmas and the other from yesterday. Two of them seem fairly obscure as well, so the whole I wouldn't be surprised. Feel free to edit the older ones (ideally improving them) to bump them to the top of the Active list.

Our unanswered question rate is 15% with SO at 19%. I would have expected it to be higher than SO (we do get a lot of obscure questions), but I would agree it does seem a bit high regardless. Our answer rate is not as high as it was during Beta, either.

While I would say the site is "active", it's not perfect. We discussed some of the site's issues before here. If you have any ideas on how to address any of this, please share them.


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