To be clear, the stats on Area 51 are not the gold standard in how a site is measured. Different sites have different criteria for "success," but that said, there is a stat that is bothering me.
Percent Answered currently stands at 84%. That means 16 out of every hundred questions goes completely unanswered.
When people come here, if they ask questions that don't get answered, they don't come back.
Now, as someone with economic training, I tend to assume that if a thing isn't happening, there is either a problem with incentives or feedback. Put another way, systemmatically, something isn't happening to get more questions answered.
So, within our system, what is causing what I at least consider to be a poor answer rate? Are there additional incentives that could be employed to raise that number? Looking for ideas that would get our answer rate into the high 90s.