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People who answer a lot of questions spend a lot of time on the site. They get invested in it and eventually are likely to come across both this meta and their site's meta. Once you know how the sites work, because you've used them a lot you can start helping other people via these meta sites and unlike main sites where the scope might be very broad e.g. on ...


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Short answer: Fewer questions means more eyeballs per question (a question in a high-volume tag like Stack Overflow's Android tag can easily be seen by a couple dozen people and then disappear with the other million questions in that tag), and the people looking at them are often power users confident in whether answers are correct, so they tend to vote on ...


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My understanding is that Stack Exchange sites are designed for focused Q&A. Consequently, I think that broad questions should be closed as needing more focus. I think that the best way to find a solution for a broad question, that you are thinking about asking, is to break it down into a series of focused questions that you then ask as a series of ...


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They won't be notified of your comment. So either they organically come across your question in which case the comment wasn't much use as they are already looking at your question when they came across it or, they'll never see or know about your comment at all. In general therefore this is, at best a waste of effort. Worse, many high rep people don't really ...


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T-SQL (and hence SEDE) doesn't have a MEDIAN function, but it does have PERCENTILE_CONT. This query may help: the median number of views on Meta Stack Exchange is 114, the IQR is 67 to 216 and the standard deviation is a whopping 4772. Apparently, there are many outliers... Here is one which groups questions by age:


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There are lots of reasons, but I'd argue the driving factor here is that most questions are asked by low-skill / inexperienced members and most answers are given by high-skill / experienced members. Therefore, you'd expect the quality of the questions to be much less than the quality of the answers. If I simply browse the most recent 10 questions with tag [...


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Unfortunately, not much. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of questions that look like X-Y problems, are. And for many questions where people claim to be asking for X explicitly because they don't want/need Y, it turns out they're convinced Y doesn't actually solve the problem because they don't understand it enough, or are trying to Rube ...


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I upvote questions when I see that someone made his own thoughts about it, and he/she was searching before. I can see it if relevant information is present in the question. Whether or not the problem affects me doesn't make any difference to me. And I take the chance to learn something that is new for me. I sometimes have the feeling, if English is not your ...


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It looks like Google is trying to tap into some of the Quora / SE market and enable users to find the answers to their questions directly from the Google search box. I'd imagine this will definitely impact SE traffic when fully rolled out.


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