I'm amazed at how quickly I receive answers! What is it that people are doing? Is there some sort of monitoring program that beeps or something when a new question has been asked that is tagged with the subject that you specify?

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    Check the lamp next to you.
    – mmyers
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 21:30
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    2,000 questions per day may seem like a lot, but there are 600,000 unique visitors per day, which means each question gets, on average, 300 people who see the title at some point as they are monitoring the front page.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 21:51
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    Out of those 300 people, 1-2 of them understand the problem and solution well enough to jump in an answer it, all within minutes of you publishing the question.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 21:52
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    @AdamDavis The majority of those unique visitors go from a search engine directly to an already-answered question of interest to them; they are not monitoring new questions.
    – user259867
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 15:34
  • Is there an RSS feed of the latest (tag) questions? Maybe people have a toaster notification when someone asks a new question in their favorite categories. For instance, SO sent me an SMS with your comment. Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 16:18

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I think F5 does most of the job. :)

But also and most importantly, there simply is an awful lot of people browsing SO at any given time.

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    I think someone mentioned something like 600k uniques a day, so divide that by 86400 seconds in a day, there's always somebody watching the pages ...
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 21:46
  • What would it be a beatiful lot of people?
    – user150068
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 21:57
  • @Alejandro an awesome lot of people would work too :)
    – Pekka
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 22:12

Some people use the sort order newest question, look for questions they know something about and hope to type quicker than others.

Next question please.


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