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I have not been on this site long, but it seems that I have asked several questions which in some cases get no answers at all, and in others, just one or two. I see old questions that I find to be interesting, but no answers on them. Are we getting more questions than answers lately?

Is it a requirement for citations and research that prevents there being so many answers as some of the other SE sites?

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    Your questions just aren't very interesting, but not so bad they ought to be closed either, so here we are. – Christian Hummeluhr Apr 1 '16 at 12:16
  • @ChristianHummeluhr I have better luck on Security.SE. Anyway, I asked about other peoples' questions on CogSci that also have no answers. More boring stuff I guess. Perhaps there should be a "dullness" criterion for closing a question. I also asked if the research requirement was lowering the response rate? I have no opposition to that, I was simply saying that perhaps it takes a lot more effort to answer a question here. Skeptics is brutal. Christianity is Hell: different people edit my question and then declare it off-topic based on that. This place is just a Zoo. – user9634 Apr 1 '16 at 16:49
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    @nocomprende I think that research requirements when asking questions would actually enhance the response rate in the long run. When somebody does their homework before asking a question, they tend to ask better questions that then attract more knowledgeable people to the site that want to answer them. When people ask a question without a grounding in the literature, it is not that interesting for an expert to spend time answering it. – Artem Kaznatcheev Apr 14 '16 at 21:29
  • @ArtemKaznatcheev To me, the most interesting questions are those that the largest number of people want the answers to and would benefit them. I don't care if they are a complete idiot and can barely form a sentence, the answer is important because it will help. Probably everyone has wondered about some things, and the question is no less interesting or vital because the asker does not have a university degree. No wonder people use the phrase Ivory Tower! What a self-serving bunch of rubbish. The goal is to help people, not reinforce a self-continuing cultural anomaly. – user9634 Apr 19 '16 at 12:07
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Our answer ratio has been hovering around 80% for quite some time as far as I recall.

At the time of writing, it is 81%.

For example:

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  • "Answered" meaning one or more answers, or an accepted answer (which arguably is less common)? OK, well, either way, I seem to get more than 20% completely unanswered questions. – user9634 Mar 10 '16 at 21:42

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