I've been discovering Software Recommendations Stack Exchange and although I kind of like the topic, my impression is that this SE is not doing great

Apparently there's just not enough regular active members for the flow of questions (48% answered). Crucially there are very few votes being cast, and this is quite bad given that the SE model relies on votes.

My question is that why Software Recommendations SE least answered site?


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In my limited experience, this is at least to some extent due to an extremely negative attitude on the part of high-reputation StackOverflow users.

On StackOverflow, it's a big no-no to ask for recommendations for some library or app to solve a problem you have. That gets your question closed and likely downvoted; on a good day, you get directed to go here and ask. But there's still a sense that questions requesting software recommendations are somehow base and dirty and inappropriate. Maybe for this reason and maybe for others - high-reputation SO users don't come here on the site to try and answer questions relevant to their field of expertise. Even I, who have asked quite a lot here, have mostly answered my own questions - and I'm all for SR.SE

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    Thanks for your post. I wasn't aware of this, and I find it a bit funny (and sad) that anyone would ever feel like it was "base and dirty" to ask for a software recommendation. Then again, I'm a lizard, so I thrive in "base and dirty". ;) Commented Dec 17, 2020 at 18:13
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    @RockPaperLz-MaskitorCasket: Perhaps you should consider opening a discussion about this on meta.stackexchange.com . I don't know how much good that will do, but maybe some. After all, programmers tend to like Lizards.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 10:22

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