I seems to me that Bitcoin.SE members got a bit overwhelmed by the amount of work that they were stuck with. Fact is that there are few active experts, but a disproportionate amount of dabblers that come to ask one question and zip away again. There is a very small middle-ground, the people that would help by raising flags and voting. When I rediscovered Bitcoin.SE for myself a few weeks ago, I had the impression that this SE had slowed down and fallen to disorder in some degree. I think that if a handful people restart it by putting a bit more effort into cleaning house, working through review queues, consolidating duplicates and voting this site could quickly would regain momentum.
It is somewhat of a self-sustaining cycle:
- Good questions and answers hardly stand out of the flood of mediocre and localized questions¹
- -> the page first confronts you with what looks like a mountain of work²
- --> people aren't motivated to stick around³
- ---> there are few people that vote and sustain the quality
- ----> Good questions and answers hardly stand out...
Since I started coming here about a month ago, I have cast more than 400 votes, raised more than 50 flags, and done more than one hundred reviews. I am sure that I won't be able to keep up the pace (I have a lot more time currently than I usually would), but I'm hoping to help clean up, inspire others to do the same and perhaps initiate the breaking the aforementioned vicious cycle. By the way, I think it would also help, if there were more interesting questions. Most questions that currently crop up, are localized, duplicates or low hanging fruits – so if you have any, hit us!
¹ Currently, you get what, maybe one or two votes for a well-researched in depth answer? And most times the asker doesn't even bother to accept anything.
² Hundreds of unanswered questions, even more questions without an accepted answer, tons of duplicates
³ Nobody ever hangs out in the chat, praise for effort put in is scarce
So, let's just do this. :)