I am a fanatic user of Stack Overflow. With the help of other users I’ve solved a lot of problems as well as helped others solve theirs. but lately it seems not too many users are willing to help each other out anymore. What’s happened?
I used to ask questions and receive useful answers on Stackoverflow (and votes at the same time), but the last couple of months I don’t get a lot of answers to my questions. Questions get no views, answers and votes. When I answer someone else’s question, it tends to get only one vote. This makes it impossible to get new badges. In my opinion Stackoverflow is only useful at this moment when you have a problem that is already answered on the website.
I get the impression that people aren’t voting, viewing and answering questions anymore because the amount of questions seems to be “overflowing”. I guess the website is outgrowing itself. It has to change some things to not become a victim of its own success.
People use the site because they get answers. People answer questions because they want to help people and get reputation and badges. If there are too many questions, people won’t vote for questions and answers because they get “pushed away” from the site really fast. If answers don’t get up-votes, people stop posting answers, because they don’t get reputation and badges. If question aren’t answered people stop asking questions and go elsewhere with their problems.
Am I the only one experiencing this problem? Or am I using the site in a wrong way? What could be done to get rid of the “overflowing” problem?