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Today, I was comparing our current stats with those of Mathematica.SE when it graduated. It is good to see that most numbers are very similar, except for the number of questions asked per day.

I can see how that would be different, with Mathematica being a site where people asks many shorter questions, while ours tend to be on the longer side (and we have more answers per question).

Now the question I had (more like, the discussion I wanted to start, really) is: do we need to let this number grow on its own, as traffic will increase, or is there something we can/want to do to help it increase?

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Another question might also be whether we should also expect a higher number of questions. It's of course hard to compare different SE, but to some extent, I would say we have a community closer to that of CS Theory rather than CS. I don't have the exact numbers for CSTheory, but a quick look at their question list seems to show that they have around 7 questions per day (at least in the last 5 or 6 days).

In other words, by excluding undergrad questions, we chose to have a community homogenous, rather than a bunch of experts answering a lot of "simple" questions (this is clearly an over-simplified, exaggerated interpretation). My point is that I'm not sure if we should expect to reach the 15 questions per day anytime soon, but at the same time, I believe we have started to build quite a nice community.

  • The current stats for cstheory can be found here: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/8766/…. Indeed, we are relatively close to their stats. – walkmanyi Feb 5 '13 at 15:18
  • @walkmanyi: I believe that these are the stats at the end of the beta, so they might be a bit outdated. But indeed, their stats were quite close to ours at the launch of the site. – user102 Feb 5 '13 at 15:45
  • I see. It was not that obvious from looking at the page. Thanks for the explanation. – walkmanyi Feb 5 '13 at 22:56

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