I've noticed that many of the recent questions asked by newcomers to the site are low quality and/or off-topic, dealing with "what's the best university for discipline X?" and "how can I get into field/program X"? On a similarly worrying note, there have not been any new users asking more academic-related questions, such as those asked by site regulars. To me, this suggests that we are attracting the wrong kinds of users, and we are not attracting the kinds of users we want. My interpretation of the data is that we are attracting typical SO users, who make up a very diverse (and typically non-academic) population, and we are not marketing this site well enough to the general academic crowd.
My question is, what do you think of this? Do you agree? If so, what should we do to fix this? If you disagree, what do you make of the trend?
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This question is completely unrelated to Academia and is unlikely to benefit any future readers of this site.
This question is almost impossible to answer. Sure, it's common, but there are far too many factors for a definitive answer.
Off-topic, as it pertains to undergraduate work.
This type of question is the most dangerous, because the information is freely available on department pages of individual programs. Many questions like this here will significantly decrease the value of this site, as all answers will be "check this link" and "-1, check department webpage".
We have had some very good questions recently (e.g., this, this, and this), but of those three, two were asked by "old" site members, while only one was a newbie. My main worry is that new folks are viewing the site differently than we are, and that the way they're viewing it isn't good for our long-term health.