Here are some data from site analytics, regarding the last twelve months:
Traffic holds and has recently picked up strongly to historic highs:

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...but voting exhibits a clear downward trend irrespective of traffic:

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...while "Questions" also tend to slope downward :

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Meanwhile, "Answers per Question" appear to have stabilized around $0.9$ :

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Tentative Descriptive Summary: people keep coming but mainly to look and search existing content, while active participation is not satisfactory: voting falls, questions tend to fall, answers per question are not what they should be (ideally I would say it should be $2$ A's per Q, at least $1.5$ A's per Q).

Let's vote more - this is 2016 after all and many people are voting for something important in one country or the other. It is the aspect of site activity easiest to improve, and it has its way of helping the core Q & A function.

  • $\begingroup$ Ironic that nobody is up-voting your post. I am trying to do my bit... $\endgroup$
    – Ubiquitous
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Ubiquitous Yes indeed!.. and don't be modest, you are just the second user to exceed 1.000 votes cast. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 19:33
  • $\begingroup$ I'll do my best. Btw, IMO, the number of views is more important than votes in identifying the questions worth answering. People find Econ.SE in Google, and views show when a question is SEO-friendly and, therefore, required by many. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ @AlecosPapadopoulos Big ole up vote on this post. Voting, or the the absence thereof, is one of the big differentiating factors between making an impersonal Q&A site and building a community. Good on you for encouraging the latter. $\endgroup$
    – Ana
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 18:45


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