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Since many off-topic questions on other SE sites are suggested to migrate to this site (At least 2/3 of my off-topic questions are), I suppose this site should have a big answer rate.

But the fact is just the opposite.

I saw the community summary in Stack Exchange and chose "sort by answer rate", then it was a huge surprise to me that Software Recommendations hit the lowest among all these nearly 100 sites. The answer rate is 46%, even lower than half.

Most of the communities are above 70%, just a few are lower than 70% answer rate. But this 46% really surprised me - Why is it that low?

46% answered rate in this site (Software Recommendations) seems to be implying people that they are not likely to get their questions solved (or at least, solved soon) on this site compared to the other SE sites.

Is this a result of "Askers are too more than Answerers", or "It's hard to find a software that fits"? Or I have some misunderstandings about the answer rate? Suggestions and critics to me are welcomed.

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  1. There are many questions coming in, therefore they are not seen (enough) before they disappear out of sight. It's not as bad as on SO or SU, but substantial.
  2. This number has increased a lot since the question wizard on Stack Overflow got implemented, and a lot of those redirected from thye wizard are off-topic - they are essentially off-loading garbage to other SE sites. Handling the off topic questions already takes a lot of effort.
  3. Answering software requests may not be very sexy.
  4. There is a lot of different software, and for different OSes as well.

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