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I would additionally like to point out the cleansing effect of downvotes on questions: If a question is more than 30 days old, and... has -1 or lower score has no answers is not locked it will be automatically deleted by a script that checks daily. If you feel that we have too many low-quality questions that "do not show research-effort, are unclear, or ...


I'm looking at site stats right now - ignoring the first 30 days or so of the private beta (just because all our Q/A/Vote stats were all over the place then) we have consistently maintained an average of 4 to 6 upvotes per question and right now we're sitting at about 4.5. Given that, mathematically, we have maintained the same proportion of upvotes per ...


New users can't vote up questions, but they can ask questions. Thus, when the ratio of nonvoting:voting users increases you will see a decrease in votes. With more new users, questions drop off the front page faster. Total views should stay relatively constant versus number of users. However, views by voting members will decrease.


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