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The question feed on Signal Processing is mostly comprised of questions bumped by the Community User, as discussed here on the site's meta. Seeing that Signal Processing isn't the smallest site in the network the same is happening at other sites as well. A solution could be to allow moderators to set Community's 'activeness', or have Meta.SE staff review various networks and see if the Community User is being excessively active.


Why:

  1. Clearly abandoned questions: sometimes a question is neither good nor bad, and it's answerable, so it should be neither be closed nor downvoted, but there is an answer.

    (a) Are we to upvote an answer for the sake of making bumps go away?

    (b) Rigged incentive; sometimes we don't upvote because we don't understand the topic and cannot assess the quality of an answer. And reading questions and answers shouldn't be some chore one does just for the sake of making it go away.

  2. The problem is worse than it may seem: for those on more popular sites, seeing several Community bumps on the question feed is no big deal - but on DSP.SE, these posts comprise nearly 50 percent of the question feed, on average. When you're a regular user, this isn't much better than ads being inserted between every other question.

  3. "Just upvote an answer": 1(a), 1(b)

  4. "Just downvote/close the question": 1. AFAIK, "OP's not here" isn't a criterion.

Lastly, remember that the request is to reduce, not eliminate, Community's activity. If we proportionally scaled up its activity for each network relative to DSP.SE, Stack Overflow would get 150 bumps every hour.

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    If they were answered suitably, why didn't you upvote the answer? – Bryan Krause Sep 29 at 1:58
  • @BryanKrause I didn't refer to any specific question. – OverLordGoldDragon Sep 29 at 2:19
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    @BryanKrause Just read Rob's link. Hm, alright, that's something. – OverLordGoldDragon Sep 29 at 2:22
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    YMMV. For me, I see good answers I missed and upvote thanks to community bumps. I have the same happen to my own answers that I thought were good, well-referenced, etc. If you only want to see recent questions, there is a Questions tab just for that purpose. – Bryan Krause Sep 29 at 3:45
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    That indicates there's a voting problem on DSP.se. Ignoring Community won't fix that. – Mast Sep 29 at 4:28
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    Moving them kind of defeats the purpose of raising the visibility. Seems to me like the issues are too many unclosed questions without answers or not enough voting. I think you raise a reasonable concern, though it seems to me like a low priority. – Bryan Krause Sep 29 at 4:31
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    @Mast Not any more than on other networks; the real problem is lack of new questions to offset the bumps. – OverLordGoldDragon Sep 29 at 4:35
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    See also: meta.stackexchange.com/a/48579/282094 (and it's link to) Shog9's comment and meta.stackexchange.com/a/340310/282094 - you can ask for fewer Community bumps. -- So consider adding the support tag. --- But your community is served by dealing with the Q&As, let others know that it's helpful or not by voting. RE: Most recent edit: 'Rigged Incentive'?, Rhetorically what is the incentive to trigger the Community to prompt you, even lowering the limit still leaves the problem to deal with. – Rob Sep 29 at 4:36
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    OverLordGoldDragon, the most recent activity on that webpage is listed as over 4 years ago; but the OP was last seen a couple of days ago, so you could leave a comment asking if they'd support adding the support tag (ironically bumping). It looks to me like you used to have a fair amount of interest in the subject, whether others still feel the same way remains to be seen (and child metas, on an inactive site, are notoriously low views). --- Ideally a tag there would do, after views & votes a support tag here, maybe. – Rob Sep 29 at 4:52
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    @Rob This seems the most viable path, thanks; I'll open a new Q&A to gather popular sentiment, then tag it with support if appropriate. – OverLordGoldDragon Sep 29 at 4:58
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    A moderator can featured tag that DSP meta to bring more attention to it, if they desire to do so. --- Possible steps to solution: Comment to OP asking, use your Chat to discuss with a Mod, ask / flag for featured after support tag added there, wait patiently until there's enough views and votes. A new Q&A may be closed as a duplicate of the older question. – Rob Sep 29 at 5:01
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    Please: Put your question in the post, not at some link. Don't lead with a link, don't put a link in without context, don't expect us to figure out what is relevant about a link. Please don't add EDITs, edit your post to be the best presentation as of editing time. This post is just a bunch of disconnected fragments. Clearly say what you mean. – philipxy Sep 29 at 5:11
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    @philipxy, I completely agree, so I edited the post. – Luuklag Oct 12 at 8:23
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    The bounty was removed by a moderator. You can look at the timeline to see this. It is the clock symbol beneath the vote buttons. – Luuklag Oct 12 at 10:20

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