On a user-page, in the info tab (which shows 'name', 'member for', 'seen' etc) add a line which shows the number of days elapsed since the user ased a question. To purpose of this is to raise user awareness about the frequency with which they ask questions, and hopefully increase the question contribution rate for IT Security.

Edit: I made this suggestion because currently (mid-2011) Area 51 shows that the IT Security 'questions per day' could use improvement. Area 51 shows the 'answer ratio' as excellent.

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    Nice idea. To generalize, I would also add "last answer".
    – AviD Mod
    Jul 4, 2011 at 6:51
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    Driving up the question rate just to increase a number isn't usually a good idea. Far worse than having a trickle of questions is a flood of bad questions...
    – Shog9
    Jul 4, 2011 at 20:15
  • @Shog9 I am confused. The Area 51 site gives five statistics and some comments about each. I want IT Security to progress out of Beta. When I see a statistic that could use improvement, what should I do?
    – this.josh
    Jul 5, 2011 at 4:44
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    @this.josh: work to promote the site. Get more users involved, and you'll get more questions. Getting a small handful of users to post questions when they don't actually need answers isn't a good long-term solution.
    – Shog9
    Jul 5, 2011 at 5:16

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I think this is not a good idea. We have people here that are good to answer questions and people who ask good question. These two groups do not necessary have an intersection.

Besides, we will/have attract(ed) experts here. Those people do not necessarily need to ask questions, or just a few. This statistic could be seen as devaluing. Maybe if we had a page dedicated to statistics, this would have its place on it. But I do not think it's a good thing to display publicly and prominently.

  • What about if this information was visible only to the user? How about something a bit more "stats"-ish, like "Last question asked on <date>, Last answered on <date>"?
    – AviD Mod
    Jul 4, 2011 at 9:11
  • Well if it's only statistical and clearly stated, thus having no impact on the user, I'm ok with this. But we do not want to create a "question-aked"-rate thing.
    – M'vy
    Jul 4, 2011 at 9:29
  • I agree - this shouldnt be a score-type of thing.
    – AviD Mod
    Jul 4, 2011 at 11:03

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