Apologies if this is a naive question, but I was surprised to note in the criteria for upgrading GD.SE from beta that one of the criteria is the number of answers that questions attract on average. There's obviously some rationale behind this, but I can't think what it would be.
Many questions of the "How do I..?" or "What is this... ?" type are answered well and definitively by one of our number and I see no advantage to adding a redundant 2 cents. Questions of the "What do you think of...?" variety, which are frowned on in the FAQ, or which call for opinions (the classic being "How do I learn to be creative?"), are the ones most likely to attract many answers.
It seems to me that using ">[x] average answers-per-question" is not a valuable metric, at least in this forum. Why do we have it?