Proposal: Quantum Computing

Recent questions are getting little or no upvotes... I am wondering whether this is because no one with remaining votes (i.e. they used up their 5 votes) looks at the proposal, or just because those questions aren't good examples?

I'm also unsure if other proposals are also like this: a few questions with score of 10+ and many questions with 0. Is this normal on a51 proposals?

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    That's a good question. If there were more comments on the questions it would probably help clear that up, whether they're good or could be improved. I imagine if they were poor, someone would've down voted, assuming people are still revisiting after they followed the proposal :)
    – snulty
    Jul 31, 2017 at 11:45
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    @snulty True. But we rarely have comments (I asked this question here in an attempt to jolt people into action ;)) Jul 31, 2017 at 11:48
  • @snulty well, that worked. Aug 3, 2017 at 10:04
  • @ItamarGreen I wasn't really watching whether the situation improved or not, are you saying it had no effect?
    – snulty
    Aug 7, 2017 at 13:58
  • @snulty it worked temporarily. Aug 7, 2017 at 14:58

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It does look odd. You should perhaps encourage people to vote normally and naturally. This will fix both actual and perceived issues.

I will explain further.

Quantum Computing has 98 followers and only around 250 upvotes on its questions. That is half of the overall allowance, 98 users × 5 votes each = 490 total. Eyeballing a couple of other proposals at random, they have far fewer questions than expected and also far fewer votes than allowed. In that respect you are doing well.

"Natural" voting has a(n approximately) Pareto distribution. When everything is at 10 or 0, it seems a lot like fraud to get a beta started, which would be very bad.

There is an obvious plateau of questions with score of +10. This makes me think that a number of followers are being tactical with votes. However there is some tail below and head above this plateau, so I do not think a risk of being refused beta for this reason exists at this point.

I would expect that once beta started, votes will move much more naturally, and some of these +10 questions will end up above or (more likely) below that mark, to better resemble the expected distribution.

  • I had no idea about the Pareto dist. thing... Aug 12, 2017 at 7:13

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