Our question/answer ratio is comparable to other SEs. There are a lot of variables to what gets votes and what doesn't get votes, but we could definitely improve in our voting in general.
Let me start out by saying that voting is a very important part of any SE. Looking at the overall community voting patterns yields results we can utilize and learn from especially when seeing where our strengths and weaknesses are on a site. We also should separate "being mean" from "not having enough voting". Voting should not have much to to with being mean or being nice, the content should be the sole indicator on weather or not content is voted on. There will be zero vote questions and answers sometimes due to the quality of the content, but if we're missing voting on content that is a big problem we need to address.
Comparing one site to another is always tricky for many reasons including different activity levels, different user bases, different objectives, ect.. For this reason looking at just raw numbers isn't very useful, but looking at ratios for gives a much better results. Math and Music are very different in many of these fields so looking at more than just two will also help identify if there is a serious problem on the site. The next few graphs will compare three SEs, Math, Music, and Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding was chosen because it has a similar QA distribution slope to us along with having a comparable size.
The first thing to look at in general is the question/answer vote ratio as it will give an good indicator of how our site compares to other regardless of the amount of votes cast. These graphs specifically show the question/answer ratio the past 52 weeks with the query that produced them being shown above.
Music SE QA Vote Ratio
Math SE QA Vote Ratio
Worldbuilding SE QA Vote Ratio
While we do have a lower ratio in general compared to Math SE (besides for the 2 week spike), we have a higher ratio compared to Worldbuilding SE. Other SEs fall into similar ranges. This at least shows that compared to other SE's we split our votes between questions and answers similarly. This does not say conclusively though if we consistently vote on new content which
Questions and Answers Per Week
To gauge how well the ratio fits with the number of questions and answers per week, the number of questions and answers per week needed to be examined. This query looks at the raw number of questions and answers per week. I would have preferred a ratio like above, but I'd just rather get the results out.
Music SE QA Vote Ratio
(TODO post graphs here and others)
Looking at the raw voting data, one thing jumps out as a specifically is how the votes cast per week stack up to the actual number of questions and answers asked. While Music SE has about 2-3 ratio of question votes to questions per week, Worldbuilding has a 6-8 ratio. Math is comparable to Music in this aspect, but the sheer size and traffic of Math is much greater which shouldn't necessarily be the case in this situation. Another query better outlines the issue of voting on this site. The results are suppose to show the top 200 voters in a year, but in our site we only have 153 above the threshold of 0.05 votes per day which is not a good stat. Those numbers translate to 1 vote every 20 day. Our highest is just under 5 votes per day and it drops off rather fast. The other sites have much higher votes per day which I think shows off the real issue which is we need people to vote.
(TODO post graphs here)
While this post is not complete yet and several more things should be looked into like new user question and answer posts per week and how many votes per week older questions and answers get, a basic pattern is starting to emerge which is we as a community should be voting more.