Checking our Area 51 page, question activity has nearly dropped to a standstill, just over 1 question a day. How can we encourage users to continue to ask more high quality questions and encourage positive activity?


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Good question.

It is true that question rate is an important criterion for graduation but there are 13 sites with a lower question rate than us. That includes some that have been in beta for four and a half years. I'm not dispirited.

For one thing, spread the word that we are here. We need a bit more visibility. I've seen questions get closed elsewhere as off-topic but would have been good here. If you see any, add a comment to them. Just that bit of advertising is something.

There has been some work in the background about starting a blog (Kudos to @wizzwizz4 for effort). That may help.

Historically, I've seen site activity generally pickup during Winterbash. Thanks to the cross-site publicity that produces, I would expect some fresh users to come this way then. Although of course that would be a few months off yet.

I've said before that we are building it, they will come. That still holds true.

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    This pretty much sums up my POV on it. It was always going to be a slow grower with the number of dedicated forums around, but I do think that over time it'll become a more and more valuable resource. I've already seen a couple of questions from here cross promoted, I'm sure we'll get a few that would be of historical interest to large numbers of people that'll drive adoption.
    – Matt Lacey Mod
    Jul 25, 2016 at 6:19
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    Also, everything slows down during the summer for the users from the northern hemisphere.
    – user12
    Jul 27, 2016 at 23:08

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