The rate of visitation of Politics SE seems to be fairly low, as is to be expected with a new stack. It seems that there are a few community members who account for almost all of the traffic, with a few other "drive by" questioners, who ask one question, and often never hang around or revisit to see if there is an answer.
This has several consequences:
- We're not really generating a variety of content that will draw in traffic.
- Only a narrow type of questions are getting asked and answered, which reinforces the narrowness of Politics.SE
- There are few opportunities for newer community members to answer questions, or participate in other forms of community development.
One tactic I have been considering is asking questions which, in all likelihood, I could find out the answer to with a little Google-fu because politics is my day job and I already have a pretty good understanding of the issues, not because the question is trivial, or in some cases already have an answer in mind. If the question isn't answered in, say 14 days, I might even answer it myself, just to increase content, but let others answer to give them opportunities to contribute to the community. With a topic as broad as politics, there are hundreds of thousands of simple questions which are not available here, and which could make good SE Q&As, but waiting for those things to arise organically may allow the Stack to die on the vine.
Would this be helpful or unhelpful? Is there some norm on SE against this?