There was recent concern on the Statistics on upvoting. Maybe one way to push the decreasing rate of votes towards a higher level again, might be something special:

They had the "Philosophy Topic of the Week" over there at philosophy.stackexchange.com. Why not having something like that, here as well? (Ok, it didn't work that well at philosophy.)

EDIT Ok forget about the vote statistics...

What do you think?

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Just so that we know, I looked at the recent voting patterns, and though there was a brief lull in voting earlier in the year, there are more votes now on average than ever before. –  mixedmath Dec 11 '12 at 23:12
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"More votes now on average" --- does that mean more votes per average answer? per average question? per average day? per average voter? –  Gerry Myerson Dec 11 '12 at 23:42
    
@Gerry: It means more votes per day on average. We also have more posts per day on average and more very-quickly-closed-posts per day on average, so counting votes per post seems very hard. Perhaps one explanation for an apparent slow-down of votes is that the voting base itself is not perhaps growing as fast as the number of questions/answers, given how many people use the site for a very small number of questions. But that is speculation. All I really know is that there are far more votes per day on average than ever before. –  mixedmath Dec 12 '12 at 0:51
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@mixedmath, thanks. If, just to make up some numbers out of thin air, posts per day are up 50% since January, and votes per day are up only 20%, people will feel that as a decreasing rate of votes. Questions will get fewer votes (on average), answers will get fewer votes (on average). –  Gerry Myerson Dec 12 '12 at 6:43
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@mixedmath it's just been 14 days since Matt asked: "Has there recently been statistically less upvoting than usual?" and Phira answered: "...there has been a recent drop by half a vote per answer in the last two months...". –  draks ... Dec 12 '12 at 8:08
    
@mixedmath, do you think that's enough support for the topic of week? –  draks ... Jan 7 '13 at 11:26
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I'm all in favour of a topic of the week, but I am not sure it will actually increase votes per post.

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No, we don't need it. ${ }$ ${ }$ ${ }$ ${ }$ ${ }$ ${ }$ ${ }$

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