Here are some statistics I put together from the main page:
- 16 of the 50 newest questions were asked by users with over 200 reputation.
- 10 of the 50 questions were either closed or migrated.
- All of the closed or migrated questions were asked by users with less than 200 reputation.
- 8 of the 10 closed/migrated questions were asked by new users with less than 21 reputation.
- These stats do not include deleted questions. There is only one that I know of offhand; it was deleted by the owner.
- Most of the visits that we have to PMSE are from casual, drive by visitors who find PMSE through search engines. This means most of the people who view this content are not members. This is a good thing as it means Google ranks the content as high.
Regulars Ask Great Questions:
It appears that when a regular member of our community asks a question -- statistically speaking -- it's going to get great answers. Our main source of issues seem to come from new users with little to no experience with Stack Exchange, who need more guidance.
New Users Need Hand-Holding:
This isn't anything we didn't already know. New users with less than 100 rep -- who aren't members of other Stack Exchange sites -- generally ask questions that shouldn't be answered until someone steps in and helps that person clarify their question. With community involvement up, there is an increasing number of people who are likely to be hanging around to ask the new user some clarifying questions in comments and turn the posted question into a positively-scored post! :)
I don't have a question at the moment, but I wanted to share these stats with you. (They're public stats. I just simply counted what I saw on the "newest" tab on the main page.)
Feel free to comment or post your thoughts, ideas, or general reaction to the stats if you'd like.