I have been poking around looking at the question answer rates and they don't look too flash at this stage.
At the moment of writing this (the site is one week old) we have 64 questions, of which only 21 have a marked answer. A 33% marked answer rate is not fantastic. This could be the result of several things:
- question askers are new to the SE way of doing things and are unfamiliar with the practise of marking an answer
- question askers are not getting answers that satisfy them enough to be marked as the answer and are not elaborating on their questions to get better answers
- the questions are too generic and no one answer can be picked as the best
- the question has attracted several good answers and the question author doesn't want to make the decision of which answer should be marked
With #1, it is an often talked about issue on SE sites, and there is no silver bullet to fix it. In fact Jeff has stated in the past that it should not be mandatory to have a marked answer. This is fine, but could potentially be damaging to a beta site if it is one of the metrics being monitored.
With #2, there is probably not a lot of things we can do about this, except for drawing the attention of the questioner at a later time via a comment on their question.
With #3, this is a really dangerous and unproductive type of question to have on the site. There has already been a fair amount of discussion on Meta trying to flesh out what is and isn't on topic. I'd expect this process to continue for a while, but even once it has finished there will still be a bunch of questions that are still too generic.
For #4, questioners have to bite the bullet and choose an answer. Someone's feelings may get hurt but they'll have to learn to live with it - it doesn't mean their answer wasn't good and they will still accumulate up votes over time.
The site has only been going for a week and we shouldn't be getting too alarmed yet, but I think we need to keep a close eye on this - we don't want indecision and inertia to keep the site from thriving.
Has anyone got any comment on this?
(For those who want it, here is a link to the questions that have no marked answer).