Watching the site grow on Area 51, our visits per day and the number of questions asked per day are rising steadily. But what I've noticed one number that doesn't change is the answer ratio (It's consistently at 1.6).
One reason I think is that most everyone tends to stick to certain questions that they answer, and our core userbase isn't big enough to have much overlap. So we simply need more users who answer questions to get more answers on each question.
But I think part of the reason is that as soon as an answer is posted, we all comment on it to have that person add to it until it's a single answer that contains everything. This tends to work well unless the topic is pretty open to differing opinions I think.
I kind of like that method, because it builds a good, solid answer that is approved by multiple people. It's problematic though because looking back at the answers, after the comments are all deleted, it just seems like the question is ignored once there's an answer posted.
As nice as it is to have one answer that covers everything, should we be focusing more on writing alternate answers instead?