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Do not neglect the degree to which the "level" of a question determines the audience that will be interested. There are more laymen than beginners that journymen than masters, and than means that there are more people to be impressed by basic questions than by esoteric, expert level questions. The result is that it is the really good basic questions and the ...


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Nice graphs! I personally thought this would be obvious though. If we use votes as a way of measuring "best" (far from accurate), then the posts with the most votes will be the ones that more people can understand and appreciate. Popular posts cater to this perfectly, and thus get the most votes. Really good higher level questions are (a) hard to find as ...


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It's important to note that the number of upvotes on a question or an answer are not necessarily a sign of quality, but rather of popularity. You could write a great question or answer, but if nobody pays attention to them, they won't get upvoted. I noticed myself that some of my most-upvoted answers took me the least effort to write, and conversely some ...


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Training and expertise change how your neural circuitry processes data about the world, causing your interpretation of much of the data about the world to become so rapid and automatic that it can become very difficult even to see why certain questions are even meaningful, let alone "interesting." This is not just a training issue. The ability to discard ...


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So, I took the tour through my old answers and assigned qualities to every one of them as Chris suggested. Since I couldn't bring myself to assign a 5 to any of my answers, my scale is effectively one point shorter than his original scale, and I also deleted all of the answers I assigned 0 to except for those I couldn't because they were accepted answers, ...


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If you observe the top/highest voted questions (https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=votes, Cooling a cup of coffee with help of a spoon, A mirror flips left and right, but not up and down, Why don't metals bond when touched together?) I believe it is safe to presume that these questions are not those which would be poupular just amongst ...


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