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I have recently posted a question on SO about jadclipse and noticed a surprisingly low views count.

I noticed that in the entire repository of questions there are only 4 questions tagged with jadclipse (including mine) and most are not answered and all have a relatively low view count compared to their age.

Can it be that some tags cause people to walk away (even if the question is tagged with other tags that do interest them)?

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They probably don't know anything about jadclipse. Why do you expect them to click on your question anyway? –  Cody Gray May 25 '11 at 7:52
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Maybe it's a relatively obscure topic. I, for one, have no idea what jadclipse is. –  alex May 25 '11 at 7:52
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@alex: jadclipse. didn't know about it either... @RonK I don't think that tag turns people away, it simply does not attract those who don't know jadclipse –  Tobias Kienzler May 25 '11 at 8:06
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When I first started on Stack Overflow, I spent a lot of time browsing the newest questions. I learned a lot about other topics besides the ones I knew, and surprisingly, was able to answer questions in many topics I didn't know I had expertise in. Now, so many questions are posted so fast, that when I go to the next page of newest questions, it's the same page. 15 questions are added as fast as I can read 15 questions, which I suppose is a topic for another meta question. Now, all I do is look at the newest "tagged" questions. I don't think I'm the only one in this situation. –  Gilbert Le Blanc May 25 '11 at 12:14
    
jadclipse scares the hell outta me. Primarily because of the whole Java thing. –  Won't May 25 '11 at 14:05
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up vote 11 down vote accepted

I see many reasons:

  1. Not enough knowledge to answer: People who know that do not come on Stack Overflow, and Stack Overflow users don't know it, or there are just a few experts.
  2. Too technical: People know it, but they are unwilling to provide answers as it takes too much time to test and formulate answers.
  3. Not enough reward: people answer other questions that give them more reputation.
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4. It doesn't show up on the "Interesting" list of questions based on favourite tags –  badgerr May 25 '11 at 15:26
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