Our analysis enabled us to discover that:
- the existence of a previous high-quality answer does not discourage other users from contributing subsequent answers;
- when two answers have equally high ratings, users prefer the newer answer regardless of the order in which the answers are displayed; and
- the contributions of highly active users decline shortly after receiving community recognition of that activity level.
If you are interested here is the link to the paper titled as Causal Discovery in Social Media using Quasi-Experimental Designs.
We wanted to share our findings with the Stack Overflow community and see what you guys think about our results.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Thanks to Jon Seigel for giving me the idea to post our findings on Meta!