If you look at our new questions page, you might notice a few things.
- There are very few high rep users asking questions.
- There are quite a few questions that are either closed or migrated. In addition, the questions that remain are often low quality, and many are about someone looking for a specific script (which we agreed were off-topic).
- There isn't a lot of questions being asked per day. We got 13 questions a day on january 28 and january 27 (14 on jan 26).
- According to area 51, 15 questions per day on average is a healthy beta.
- The stack exchange stats place us at 15 questions per day on average. That is not even above the area 51 recommendations.
- And I bet most of those questions were from a while ago, based off of the activity we have now.
It's pretty important that we have lots of questions, because without questions, there wont be any questions to answer, and therefore there wont be any activity. Barely meeting the area51 questions per day requirement clearly shows that we don't have enough questions.
Furthermore, the point of stack exchange is to be a q&a for experts, not low rep users. The fact that there aren't a lot of questions asked by high rep users shows that we are failing to meet that requirement.
So, to recap, we are failing to:
- Make this site a q&a for experts.
- Get enough questions to make this an active q&a site.
In order to become an popular q&a site, as we said we wanted to do in this question, we clearly need fix those two problems. If this site does not have any questions to generate activity, and if it isn't a q&a for experts, it will not be a popular site.
However, we can fix this. If every high rep user committed to posting it least one quality question a week, our site will have made huge progress towards fixing those two problems and making webmasters.se more popular in 2012.
So, what do you think?
Who wants to commit to posting a question a week?
UPDATE: Here is the first question that I have asked as part of this initiative: Hotlinking: what is it, and why shouldn't people do it?
UPDATE #2: I created a community promotion add to promote this initiative.