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In January 2013 we passed 500 visit per day. Towards the end of September 2013, we passed 1,000 visits per day.

I just thought it was good to celebrate the growth of the site. Presumably most of this traffic is coming from Google deciding that answers on our site are relevant to what people are searching for. I look forward to when we reach 1,500 visits per day and move another one of our Area 51 statistics into the "green".

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This is very good on that statistic - however, answer rates and especially question per day rate are a but concerning, aren't they?

How can these be improved? Is it possible to build on the growing visits per day?

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  • I agree; good point. If anything the answer rate has been improving over the last 6 months or so; at one point it was sitting on 80%. That said, it would be great to get it even higher. In terms of questions per day, it went up really high there about a month ago up to about 8 questions per day, but it seems to have returned to the more long running trend of around 3 per day. Perhaps we could encourage some of the regular users to ask a few more questions. – Jeromy Anglim Sep 30 '13 at 1:47
  • @JeromyAnglim with asking questions, on occasion there is some nitpicking about how the questions are written, and if Wikipedia needs to be consulted etc - that is very off-putting. As is having unreplied questions - so, really the two issues are linked. – user3554 Sep 30 '13 at 1:52
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    Yeah, we've had a lot of discussions about those issues. Personally, my main desire is for the question to be clear. I'm not too fussed about the need to show prior research. And more broadly I like the idea of making this a friendly place to ask questions. Of course, there are quality and focus concerns on occasion, but I tend to associate such issues more with occasional users of the site. – Jeromy Anglim Sep 30 '13 at 2:01
  • As a side point, if you're getting 2,3,4+ upvotes for your typical questions, then clearly the larger voting group of this site are appreciating your questions. – Jeromy Anglim Sep 30 '13 at 2:05
  • @JeromyAnglim I understand that, my point is that when questions go unanswered. – user3554 Sep 30 '13 at 2:45
  • Personally, I don't think there is a major trade-off between number of questions asked and answer rate. I think questions vary in ease of answering, and that more questions means more answers, but that some questions don't get answers because they are difficult or unclear or for some other random reason. – Jeromy Anglim Sep 30 '13 at 2:56

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