First of all, sorry if this is a duplicate of this.
Sometimes I don't understand what the deal is with Stack Overflow anymore. I look back and see old posts that have hundreds of votes, but if I see a question with no bounty that has 7 votes, that's a lot. Has it been so overrun by new users that a lot of the quality ones have fled?
Consider two answers I made today
- This post took me about 10 seconds to make. So fast that I got 4 votes because I answered before people opened the question
- This post took me much, much longer. This is actually a quality answer I put hoping to put some wisdom out there and have the user learn something. Not only did I not get any upvotes, but neither of the answers (the other is pretty good too) got even one vote.
What's the deal? I can see the current system working great when there's a lot more quality users on the site, but now the site seems to be so flooded either by total beginners OR by people who don't know how to use a search engine that I find myself linking what have you tried? in a comment in half the posts. I feel like I'm being punished for good answers.
I don't have any suggestions for an improvement, but I'm feeling disgruntled, meta. Thoughts?