Not sure if there's a dup on this subject, did a simple search and found none.
Anyway, here's the gist of it. Taking SO as an example, here are my assumptions.
As the site grows (in the number of users), :
- it is getting comparatively tougher to ask non-duplicate and proper questions
- *answering a question and get accepted becomes more competitive than months ago
- new technology do not emerge as fast to generate new question pools
**Assumption #2 is based on #1 as relative growth rate of quantity of answerable questions can't match that of growing users*
What are you guys' views about the assumptions and therefore my conclusion that:
It is increasingly harder for new users to gain rep points which are required for them to contribute to the community in more ways (e.g. voting, editing, closing etc)
As much as I do accept that the above observations are 'natural', it can be really frustrating for new users who want to do more.