I work at Stack Exchange in the community development department, and I would like to both introduce myself to the Graphic Design community (hello!) and inform you that we think Graphic Design is one of the sites that has shown a lot of potential for growth (Stats and GIS being two others, in case you frequent there as well). We want to focus some of our energy on the site, starting now.
The first thing I want to bring to the community's attention is the possible voting problem Graphic Design has. Many questions on the front page have a score of 2 or lower, which gives the impression that every question is as good as every other question (and that most every question isn't that good to begin with). Do you think the content on Graphic Design is deserving of more votes?
If you want to see what kinds of questions are getting the most eyeballs and interaction on the site, here is a list of 63 questions that meet one of these 2 criteria:
- questions with the most views and a score under 2
- questions with over 3 answers and a score under 2
Of course views should never equate to votes, and the most popular questions in search engines are those that deal with everyday problems that every Graphic Designer (from novice to expert) encounters. That being said, are these questions a good representation of the site? Does it help or hurt the site to have our most viewed and answered questions be ones with low scores? Do they deserve those low scores? These aren't rhetorical questions at all, and I want to hear what the community thinks. Your assessment trumps mine; you've all been with this site for a long time!
If you have time, please check out those questions. It is entirely possible that you've already voted on every single one of them; only you know how much or little you vote. Vote on them based on their quality, vote on the answers based on their quality, edit the titles or body if they need it, vote to close questions if need be or share questions you think are interesting. Again, most of these questions may be general, non-expert knowledge. But they are the ones people see the most, so cleaning them up and making them as awesome as possible could be great promotion for the site.
And in general, I think it could help the community to keep an eye on voting as new questions come in. Community members who are regulars on other Stack sites, do you notice a lesser degree of participation here? Do the quality questions get the proportionate amount of votes? If you think they do, are you fine with the overall low scores of the site? Am I completely wrong in my assessment that this is a low-voting site? Definitely let me know!
This is the first of a lot of exciting things we'll be doing with Graphic Design, so if you have any ideas about what we could do to help the community, please start discussing it on Meta and chat! I read Graphic Design's Meta regularly and will be hanging out in the chat room, so please ping me if you have any big ideas. Let's see if we can make them happen!
If there are bigger issues with the site, please make a Meta post about your concerns!
I apologize for this being so long!