Does anybody do vetting on this site? The frequency of posting questions is very high, I bet, compared to the other SE sites. What do the metrics say? I notice too many questions being asked without research, etc.

How can HSE slow down the rate of questions made?


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In my opinion, the more questions the better, I think, because more questions = more knowledge shared and accumulated. The issue is that lots of those questions are low-quality.

The frequency of posting questions is very high [...] compared to the other SE sites.

Hinduism.SE has an average of 5 questions a day, which is about the middle of the pack when it comes to the average QPD across the network; the QPD has remained pretty much the same over the past few years. (30-40 questions a week)

Too many questions asked without research

You're right, that is an issue. I don't think the problem is the number of questions, it's what the quality of them. There are a bunch of short questions here that don't display much research, and even worse, don't display much effort.

There are a couple of things that can be done by regular users when encountering a poor, low-quality question:

  • Leave a comment for the poster and ask them what research they did.
  • Leave a comment for the poster and tell them to clarify, expand, or add details to the question.
  • Downvote the question. (And perhaps leave a comment explaining why you downvoted.) [Requires 125 rep]
  • Vote to close the question. (Use a custom-close reason: I'm voting to close this question because it's easily answerable by looking it up) [Requires 500 rep]
  • Write good questions yourself- this might motivate other users to do the same.

How can HSE slow down the rate of questions made?

More serious action can be taken by mods if they think it prudent: A mod can temporarily suspend the user for low-quality contributions. This will make it so that the user can't ask, answer, or do anything at all for a set period of time.

There is also an automatic program that, without suspending the user, does not allow them to ask questions. It kicks in when the user has contributed several deleted, closed, or downvoted questions, and can only be repealed when the user fixes their behavior.

But again, I think the problem isn't with the amount of questions, it's with the quality of them.

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