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Here is the graph of our voting activity in the last year. As you can see, we have our normal jumps whenever a question hits the hot list, but overall the trend seems to be going downward.
Compare this to some of the other betas that were opened around the same time as Pets like:
While the other sites' graphs show some spikes in voting, their general trends are either stable, or seem to be relative to their user growth.
So what's going on with our graph?
We've had several comments and meta discussions recently about whether or not we should be closing questions or whether the quality of our questions are up to par, and that we've just generally started downvoting more than usual. While I don't agree with the premise of some of the questions, I do believe we are having some sort of problem, and that new users are starting to notice.
I want to propose a solution, but right now I'm not sure exactly what the problem actually is. And I think in order to effectively work towards a solution, we have to first address what it is that needs fixed.
I know most people won't want to share their reasons for voting, and in any case voting activity can be based on a person's mood that day. But I wondering if anyone has any insight as to why our voting activity is going down. Maybe you've noticed some general trends on the site that could be causing it.1
What problems are we facing that could be keeping people from voting?
1 In hopes of helping people share their honest opinions without having their name attached to it. I've put together a survey. The survey is completely anonymous, so feel free to share anything you feel like. I'll post a summary of the responses I get at the end of the week as an answer, so that no one should even be able to guess who wrote the responses.