Reviewing the site's health statistics, I notice considerably low user participation. Here are several key points¹ of concern that look troubling for me:
- Edits are critically low: Only 13 users have edited someone else's posts more than 10 times in their life;
- Voting is very low: barely 100 users have voted 10 times;
- Meta participation is also low: we have only 78 questions, most of which are actually discussed among maybe 10 users;
- Close-voting and flagging: Most closed questions are being closed single-handedly by a moderator, only a few receive 1-2 close-votes prior to moderator's closure, almost none get closed by 5 regular users' close-votes;
- Review activity looks troubling:
- Close Votes:
- Statistics show very low activity;
- Vote history one, two, three show that some users automatically vote for Leave Open — allegedly, without actually reviewing the post;
- Reopen Votes:
- Statistics indicate that only few users participate at all;
- Vote history one, two, three show that some users simply vote for Reopen — allegedly, without actually reviewing the post;
- Close Votes:
- Tag synonyms have been suggested, approved, and merged by a single person (92 of 100);
- Moderation activity: one Moderator has not logged in since December 2017, and two others (including myself) are not sufficiently active (the above open issues remain unsolved);
- Personal concern: due to changes in my personal life, I'm going to resign from moderation in the near future.
Now, to the question: what practical steps can be taken to increase the users' participation?
In addition to the concerns above, we have some options eliminated due to an extreme pressure by colleagues. For instance, it prevents me from posting advertisement-like Meta posts because they become heavily criticized — that much so I have given up getting myself involved in such kind of discussions.
Is there another way to address the users (especially new users) to encourage them into a more active site participation?
¹) Some links require a certain reputation to access; I hope I have not posted any links to Mod-only pages.