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To bring some data to the table (with the aid of SEDE):

Questions

  • The average score of a question is 2.15, considering all questions.
  • If we consider only questions posted in 2017, that drops to 0.56 average score.

  • Counting only questions after August 2017, the average score is 0.37.

Answers

  • The average score of an answer is 2.14.
  • For posts in 2017, that drops to 0.84.
  • For posts created after August 2017, that drops to 0.55.

Note that these figures may be a little misleading, as newer posts don't get as much chance to pick up votes as they are found organically via Google.

Comparing this to a more established Stack Exchange site, you find that the average answer score is slightly higher at 2.62, and the average question score is a little lower at 1.88.

The average question score on Stack Overflow for questions after August 2017 is a mere 0.15, whereas for answers it's 0.68 (slightly higher than RPi).

So, in terms of means, Stack Overflow and Raspberry Pi are not too dissimilar... But there are three kinds of lies, and in this case I suspect using the mean makes little sense as it's distorted by answers that are heavily upvoted and downvoted on either side.

Some pretty box plots (if you're not familiar with the format, the furthest lines—whiskers—represent the maximum and minimum, and the box's lines represent the lower quartile, median and upper quartile respectively):

Voting on Questions


Voting on Answers

Voting on Answers

Note: data for posts created after mid-September 2017, because the query wouldn't run for posts before that on Stack Overflow (too much data!)


Anecdotally, I must say that it feels as if there is little voting activity, both on questions and answers. It's often difficult to tell from a question's score if it's actually very interesting, as poor posts don't seem to be as aggressively downvoted as on Stack Overflow, and good posts don't seem to be upvoted as much (perhaps simply because there are fewer eyes on the post).

To bring some data to the table (with the aid of SEDE):

Questions

  • The average score of a question is 2.15, considering all questions.
  • If we consider only questions posted in 2017, that drops to 0.56 average score.

  • Counting only questions after August 2017, the average score is 0.37.

Answers

  • The average score of an answer is 2.14.
  • For posts in 2017, that drops to 0.84.
  • For posts created after August 2017, that drops to 0.55.

Note that these figures may be a little misleading, as newer posts don't get as much chance to pick up votes as they are found organically via Google.

Comparing this to a more established Stack Exchange site, you find that the average answer score is slightly higher at 2.62, and the average question score is a little lower at 1.88.

The average question score on Stack Overflow for questions after August 2017 is a mere 0.15, whereas for answers it's 0.68 (slightly higher than RPi).

So, in terms of means, Stack Overflow and Raspberry Pi are not too dissimilar... But there are three kinds of lies, and in this case I suspect using the mean makes little sense as it's distorted by answers that are heavily upvoted and downvoted on either side.


Anecdotally, I must say that it feels as if there is little voting activity, both on questions and answers. It's often difficult to tell from a question's score if it's actually very interesting, as poor posts don't seem to be as aggressively downvoted as on Stack Overflow, and good posts don't seem to be upvoted as much (perhaps simply because there are fewer eyes on the post).

To bring some data to the table (with the aid of SEDE):

Questions

  • The average score of a question is 2.15, considering all questions.
  • If we consider only questions posted in 2017, that drops to 0.56 average score.

  • Counting only questions after August 2017, the average score is 0.37.

Answers

  • The average score of an answer is 2.14.
  • For posts in 2017, that drops to 0.84.
  • For posts created after August 2017, that drops to 0.55.

Note that these figures may be a little misleading, as newer posts don't get as much chance to pick up votes as they are found organically via Google.

Comparing this to a more established Stack Exchange site, you find that the average answer score is slightly higher at 2.62, and the average question score is a little lower at 1.88.

The average question score on Stack Overflow for questions after August 2017 is a mere 0.15, whereas for answers it's 0.68 (slightly higher than RPi).

So, in terms of means, Stack Overflow and Raspberry Pi are not too dissimilar... But there are three kinds of lies, and in this case I suspect using the mean makes little sense as it's distorted by answers that are heavily upvoted and downvoted on either side.

Some pretty box plots (if you're not familiar with the format, the furthest lines—whiskers—represent the maximum and minimum, and the box's lines represent the lower quartile, median and upper quartile respectively):

Voting on Questions


Voting on Answers

Voting on Answers

Note: data for posts created after mid-September 2017, because the query wouldn't run for posts before that on Stack Overflow (too much data!)


Anecdotally, I must say that it feels as if there is little voting activity, both on questions and answers. It's often difficult to tell from a question's score if it's actually very interesting, as poor posts don't seem to be as aggressively downvoted as on Stack Overflow, and good posts don't seem to be upvoted as much (perhaps simply because there are fewer eyes on the post).

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To bring some data to the table (with the aid of SEDE):

Questions

  • The average score of a question is 2.15, considering all questions.
  • If we consider only questions posted in 2017, that drops to 0.56 average score.

  • Counting only questions after August 2017, the average score is 0.37.

Answers

  • The average score of an answer is 2.14.
  • For posts in 2017, that drops to 0.84.
  • For posts created after August 2017, that drops to 0.55.

Note that these figures may be a little misleading, as newer posts don't get as much chance to pick up votes as they are found organically via Google.

Comparing this to a more established Stack Exchange site, you find that the average answer score is slightly higher at 2.62, and the average question score is a little lower at 1.88.

The average question score on Stack Overflow for questions after August 2017 is a mere 0.15, whereas for answers it's 0.68 (slightly higher than RPi).

So, in terms of means, Stack Overflow and Raspberry Pi are not too dissimilar... But there are three kinds of lies, and in this case I suspect using the mean makes little sense as it's distorted by answers that are heavily upvoted and downvoted on either side.


Anecdotally, I must say that it feels as if there is little voting activity, both on questions and answers. It's often difficult to tell from a question's score if it's actually very interesting, as poor posts don't seem to be as aggressively downvoted as on Stack Overflow, and good posts don't seem to be upvoted as much (perhaps simply because there are fewer eyes on the post).