I'd like to talk about site building a little bit. We have now been in public Beta for almost a year now and I feel that we've learned a lot about what audience we have here on Stack Exchange. However, we've got a little ways to go before we can make it out of Beta.
- Questions per day is 2.1/10; 21% of the way there
- Our answer rate is still good with 96%
- We need to work on our votes
- We have 56/150 users with 200+ reputation
- We have 4/10 users with 2,000+ reputation
- We have 3/5 users with 3,000+ reputation
- Our answers per question ratio is 2.0/2.5. which is good, but could be better
- We currently hold an average of 753 visits per day out of a recommended 1,500 per day.
All of these stats are live and always available on our Area51 site.
Let's increase our Visits!
Ultimately, the kink in the chain is that we do not have enough visitors. The more visitors we accrue, the easier it may become to reach some of these smaller goals such as questions per day and user reputation. Remember that the home page for 3D Printing has sharing links to social media sites.
There are a growing number of 3D printing sites such as Thingiverse, 3D Hubs, MakeXYZ, Shapeways, etc. All of these sites have avid users and I'm sure many of them have questions on a regular basis and are more than happy to share their knowledge with other Makers/Professionals.
Let's increase our Votes!
The more people we have visiting the site, the more opportunity we have have gaining more reputation.
As Josip Ivic states in a recent Meta post, asking/answering questions becomes a chore if people don't feel that they're efforts are appreciated or good enough. Often times there is legitimate research going into answering certain questions, so there can be real work going into providing people with quality answers.
The same goes for asking questions. If you've been in the same predicament or appreciate a well written question, give the question an up-vote.
I think it is also important for everyone to occasionally review the latest here on Meta. It's a great tool for people to express how they feel the site could be better!