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Everybody is asking you to vote - Economics.se is no different

Here are some data from site analytics, regarding the last twelve months: Traffic holds and has recently picked up strongly to historic highs: ...but voting exhibits a clear downward trend ...
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We're Graduating out of Beta Status!

We're coming up on the 7th anniversary of our fledgling site being in beta status. As of this post, we've been around for 2553 days. Phew! It is our pleasure to report from the moderator team that we ...
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Thanks for visiting - can you please also vote on the main site?

With four-thousands-rep delay I was granted access to "Site Analytics" (I am joking -most probably they weren't previously available for a nascent site like ours). And they provide some raw data. What ...
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Moderators Pro Tem announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Two years in Beta

This is how we enter our third year in beta: ..while traffic in the last one and a half month shows an almost trigonometric regularity: In my point of view, and given the peculiarities of the ...
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120 days in Beta - We're fighting it

and together with the 30-days , 60-days and 90-days numbers \begin{array}{| r | r |} \hline \hline \text {Metric} & \text {30 B-days} & \text{60 B-days} & \...
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Scientific Rigor

Everyone and their mothers seem to have an opinion on why minimum wages are good/bad, no matter what was asked in the question. Clearly these kind of questions are attracting lots of visitors (2k ...
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No more question closures on a booming economics.SE

If you look at the history of the close review queue, you might notice that after 2022 Apr 1, all votes in that queue were made by myself, another user and a mod. A question needs 5 non-mod votes to ...
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Popular questions requiring answers

Some SE questions stand high in search engine rankings. This attracts traffic to SE, but such questions don't get attention from the community. Also, users from search engines typically don't vote. ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Do high reputation (500+) people know about the close questions review queue?

I notice that only four people have participated in the review queue for questions with pending close votes since I last voted. I last voted during the private beta, as I don't have enough reputation ...
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Proposals to merge macroeconomics tags

Does anyone have any problem with a merge-tags tag here so we can have things like macro and macroeconomics and ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Economics Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on October 12 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Econ SE open source Journal Proposal

Based on this suggestion, I'm taking initiative for proposing the first Economics.Se open source Journal. The standards for entry are undetermined, but right now I just want to see if there is ...
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Site data Nov 2016 Oct 2017

Back in May-Aug 2015, we had weekly visits around $4,000$ per week, and declining votes that had reached below $200$ per week. At September 2016 visits for the pat-12-months were at around $10,000$ ...
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December 2015: Regression between reputation rank and log reputation on Econ.SE

Just for kicks, I decided to run a regression on "log reputation" on "all time ranking of Econ.SE". I'm saying reputation affects ranking, and hopefully not the other way around, because I don't have ...
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Change in wording of "on hold"

There is currently a discussion over on meta.SE about whether the wording [on hold] should be changed when users vote to close a question. It seems that we attract an unusually large number of ...
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First user removed?

I just had 20 rep points removed due to the deletion of a user account. Was this our first removal? Can we learn whether it was because the user asked it or due to violations of policy? I think this ...
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How welcome are lay questions?

I am no economist. However, economy literally affects everybody. Are lay questions welcome or is this site aimed only at academic research level questions and answers?
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Creation of a Econ-Overflow Tag?

I've been thinking of creating a Tag exclusively for research based questions as a tool to signal expert questions with the creation of a econ-overflow tag. A tag ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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'Famous question' list

This is not really a question, it is more like the updates on site statistics the mods post sometimes. In case you find it irrelevant, feel free to downvote and or vote for closure. There is badge ...
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"EconSpark": The AEA's new forum

Just wanted to draw people's attention on "EconSpark", the AEA's new: https://www.aeaweb.org/economics-discussion-forum. Although there might be some overlap, I believe EconSpark and EconSE are ...
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The business side of stack exchange

Go to this article for a view on the business side of stack exchange, particularly its software development core, http://www.businessinsider.com/stack-overflow-ceo-joel-spolsky-interview-2017-8
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Voting on unfamiliar topics

This question seems strongly related. Is there site policy or lacking that some convention on what level of knowledge you should have / what level of effort you should put in before voting on a ...
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We have a help center!

Although I am supposed to be a moderator around here, I only just dicovered that we have a help center. In particular, there is an article there "What topics can I ask about here?", which takes the ...
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90 days in Beta - stable or stagnant?

and together with the 30-days and 60-days numbers \begin{array}{| r | r |} \hline \hline \text {Metric} & \text {30 days in Beta} & \text{60 days in Beta} & \...
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How to ask a homework question?

How to ask a homework question? Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't you ...
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Add a "Support the Economics.SE beta" banner in your "About me"

First of all, congratulation to everyone who worked to have the private beta move public! If you are active on other SE webiste, an effective way to advertise Economics.SE might be to add a little ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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New Econ.SE discord server

In a recent post about getting mods attention off site other than flags and I created a discord server. The permanant link is: https://discord.gg/Q8TNQbf Feel free to tag me to let me know you're in....
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Serial downvoting

In the past few weeks I frequently encounter questions that are being downvoted without a close vote. This is a valid course of action in some cases, but not in the cases I have encountered. When the ...
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Basic income tag synonyms

A user mentioned that there is no tag for universal basic income. Technically this is not true, as there is the basic-income tag, but it seems to me that mapping the universal-basic-income tag would ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Facilitate "on-topic?" querries

Related to this discussion about creating some specific guidance on what is on-topic here and what is not, when a user hits "Ask a question" (on main) he or she sees To the right, the question "Is ...
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SE sites are now allowed to set banner with their official AI generated content policy, is this community interested in such banner?

SE recently created an option for individual SE site to have banner that highlights the site's policy on AI generated answers. Since AI generated answers can lead to people using them as a content ...
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Stack Exchange reputation point concentration indicators

I am bad at using the SE query tools: Is it possible to estimate some indicators for the concentration of reputation points on Economics.SE (e.g., HHI, Gini, C4)? If yes, how do these compare with ...
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Usage of the tag "nonexpert"

The description of the new nonexpert-tag is: For questions that are not about formal economic or econometric models and techniques, their implementations using programs and languages or do not ...
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How to deal with reposts?

I noticed that a user reposted a question that was already posted on this site. Originally the question of the user was closed due to being too broad or opinion based by users. However, the user ...
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August 2017: Regression between reputation rank and log reputation

Coming out of mini-hibernation, I thought it might be fun to do this little regression again. The original can be found here. I used the top 400 users to do these regressions. (Still profiles above ...
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2,000 questions later

If you wonder about the title, see here.
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Non-specific tags

Most tags are standard categories and either subfields of Economics or specific concepts. Less specific tags are not useful if, once invented, people misuse them. One example is soft-question. I don'...
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What type of question is too simple?

This is probably a duplicate of "Is this site only for "expert-level questions"?" but somehow I wasn't able to see from the question (and its answers) what we do with very simple questions, ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is this the right site to ask about buisness models and company decisions?

Is this the right site to ask such questions: Why does Google want to make money from YouTube through ads?
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Generic Response to Unsourced Answers

This generic response should be used for answers that talk about statistics, research or results that are not common knowledge in economics (i.e. something that a person with undergraduate degree in ...
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Generic Response to Questions Without Evidence of Prior Search Effort

If the user asks question that shows no evidence of prior search/research effort you might use the following generic response (special thanks to Mark C. Wallace - mod from History.SE for allowing us ...
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Should we further qualify which software questions are on topic?

We have specified in our welcome message that software questions related to economics and econometrics software are on topic, and it's been a topic discussed before. This question, however, left me ...
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