It's a downward spiral, at least for me.
I used to be very active. I believe I averaged 30k rep per year for the last couple years, but my participation is essentially non-existent now. I've been thinking about this since I saw this post yesterday and wanted to share my story, as it may provide insight and lead to a solution down the road.
I got busy in ...
Why don't you an active member of Server Fault bother to vote on people's answers1?
I guess it's this:
I usually only view questions I personally care about, which by the time I wade through all the stuff that's not a favorite tag but shown to me anyway isn't too many. At this point I'm already pretty disengaged.
I usually care about questions which I find ...
One thing is certain: without an attendant increase in the close vote review limit, this would only result in the close review queue length increasing.
Putting questions on hold is not a panacea for the quality of questions on this site, though it is a step in the right direction. We can also vote them down, and encourage good Q&A with upvotes and ...
Warning: This is something of a though-stream, so...
The visible symptom:
Attracting and retaining people who can positively participate in the community, either both asking and answering questions, or at the least providing substantive answers on some kind of "regular" basis.
This has been an ongoing issue for the site for a long time now. I'm really not ...
I will chime in & basically say I do not think this is an issue with the quality of posts & interactions here as much as the state of I.T. & developers in general nowadays.
Seriously, I am far from the best says admin out there, but I have met developers & other admins out in the market nowadays who somehow have gigs yet their work is jaw ...
I've made 682 votes so far this year, roughly about 4/day. However, I've trailed off considerably over the last 2 months, both in voting and in activity.
For reference, I asked a similar style question here last year:
Sure, we like the IDEA of voting, but we are poor in our actions
as a follow up to: Is ServerFault doomed? Not if we all vote more!
So to ...
It is a feature.
Upvote is approval.
No vote neutral.
Downvote is disapproval.
This gives an overall sense of how the Server Fault community and the wider Stack Exchange users feel about a particular candidate.
We could re-examine the list of things that we shut down as "not professional", and see whether there is a community of professionals who work with those subjects we could embrace. The datacenter is changing, and if we don't update our definitions, we'll find ourselves shrunk to obscurity.
After reading all the answers thus far, and initially convincing myself that I had nothing to add, I noticed something that's missing from everyone's analysis thus far.
Us. We are missing from our own analysis, particularly when it comes to the signal-to-noise ratio.
The crap outnumbers the good stuff. And for sure, there is a problem of too much crap/...
Law of Diminishing Returns
I'm still a baby with SE and have been on the sites for around a year or so. I believe what is occurring is the law of diminishing returns. I believe as experience and wisdom is gained the older generation on SE begin to see the questions as "noob" or "amateur" rather than professional. The perspective is ...
Bumping this. Given recent events it's possible we need this now more than ever. I've burned through 20 in an hour today alone, and our close queue is steadily increasing.
I'm in favor of an immediate increase in close votes, and also a tiered approach based on how close votes are being used. 500 is a lot of closed votes, If we get bumped up to 50 close ...
I think we are a little quick on the draw to close questions. I spend a lot of time looking at the close queue (I believe I am the 4th most prevalent close vote reviewer at the moment), and when I aggregate our collective requirements (as I observe, not as we intend), I get something like this:
No abuse of terminology or use of incorrect or dated ...
Speaking only for myself:
I got really busy at work. I think that's just something that's going to happen to everyone from time to time.
I also find that unless I spend a certain amount of time on the site, someone else answers the questions I would have answered first. (HopelessN00b, I'm lookin' at you, ha ha.)
Anyway. As things calm down I'll try ...
I know you're not talking about me, because even though I've been busy/distracted/absent much of the past two months, I'm still #1 for the year.
There've been previous questions about this but not focussing on answers. My thoughts (on why it's EASY to vote and most of you are doing it wrong!)
Up and down voting on answers mean: this answer is or isn't ...
There's a bug with some localization code - a fix is going out right now.
Also, your vote was properly recorded; the bug only affected any optional display message that might have been sent back to the client.
They don't release the exact numbers, but the Serial Vote detector is a pretty simple algorithm. More than several votes (down seem to be weighted more than up, but I'm not sure) in a few days period triggers the reversal.
In you case, with so many being reversed yesterday I believe even a single vote today would be reversed again tonight.
I voted 565 times and counting this year. That's what, 4 times a day? It's close to your (arbitrary, I think and mean without offense?) threshold of 5.
I recently introduced a coworker of mine to stack overflow's voting system by cajoling them into answering a couple questions, seeing that they got enough rep to upvote, and then compelling them ...
Heres my frank answer(s). I'm not by any stretch suggesting these are reasonable answers. But, thats how content consumption goes on the internet.
I've seen so many of the same question (or thereabouts, or it doesn't interest me).
I see a question that has potential but I want it to 'fill out' a bit more before I upvote it. Then promptly forget ...
I think SF is too heavy handed on the closes and non-professional complaints. Closing a question because the OS happened to be XP? Yeah, it's not a server OS, and if given a choice I wouldn't run it. But the business side of things rarely gives you such a choice. Hell, we just managed to kill our XP server yesterday. Making an active user justify a ...
I'm an enthusiast for answering questions - I like to be able to contribute to the 'wisdom of the internet' in a positive way. I've answered a few questions on ServerFault, but not as many as I'd have liked.
Aside from poor initial questions, the other reason I trip up is because some questions are extremely specific. That's an artifact of the target ...
There was a time when I did a lot of upvoting certain people to see if I could find patterns that wouldn't get my upvotes reversed. There didn't seem to be any "memory" in the algorithm - I only triggered the reversal if I voted too much for a single person. OTOH, this was strictly upvoting, and since I was mostly staying below the reversal threshold, ...
Some reasons why I don't vote.
I don't vote on duplicate content.
I don't vote when the question/answer is poorly written or formatted.
I don't vote when the issue is overly specific and does not contribute meaningfully to the broader community.
I often do not vote when there's already an accepted answer.
I don't vote on questions or answers that are ...
I actually vote less since I took up the diamond. I thought I did, and the numbers do bear it out.
So, I don't vote on:
Questions I don't understand
Answers I don't understand
I also don't usually vote on:
Questions I'm hammering closed
Any post I'm deleting outright
As there seems to be little point.
I do try to vote on questions that I find ...
Simple answer; revenue sharing.
Right now people volunteer their time while those who own the site are rolling in cash. Revenue share on a per ad impression/click-through so that the person who asked the question, and the person who's answer was accepted will receive a fraction of the revenue generated in perpetuity.