I think that soon my account will be banned due to several harshly downvoted questions. I doubt I will be back, but when I look at the Sites questions in general, there are not many new questions, and many are closed/downvoted.
This is just a smurf account, I am active in several stack exchanges on my "real" account, so I know a little bit about community vibes. I just thought I would mention some things I have noticed, and you can do what you want with it, you can even just skip to downvoting this post.
- There is a common misconception I have seen repeatedly that if a person doesn't know the criteria, or how to solve a question, that a criteria does not exist and/or there is no solution.
I have a serious problem with this. Just because you and the "usual first responders" don't know a solution, and you pile on the upvotes on each others comments, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Secondly, it seems to be said the most by people whose accounts say they are coders/developers. Maybe folks who do computer work all day (heck, I do ;) ) think the same, but the thing is, it is no surprise that a developer doesn't know how to spot, for example, a satanic ritual, and 5 minutes of googling won't get you any nearer to knowing. If this site is just for easily google-able answers, count me out anyways.
My point here however also has another subtlety - there are alot of the same people - you should consider that perhaps your structure only works for a certain type of person, possibly by unintended design. Over time, the only people willing to put up with this site were i.e., computer type people used to following an almost binary logic. Of course, not everyone is a coder/developer... just 9/10 profiles I checked. 10 is an incredibly small sample size.
- Another point I have found is that for some reason, the comments seem to affect the voting. This is bloody stupid in my opinion. But I found that by digging myself a hole in the comments, the downvotes came in faster. There seems to be a sinister amount of bias related to perceived impressions of the question asker. What does anyones personality or mentality have to do with your answer to their question? Many times a downvote would come in instantly after a comment I made. Now, I may not have much data for many things, but I have enough downvotes to almost make a Gaussian distribution (will stick to Student t-test for now). It certainly could be chance, but, it happened a lot.
Maybe there are a lot of trolls here, or just too many innocently off topic questions, but jaded would describe the atmosphere. I don't care about fuzzy bunny sentiments, but this site is not a welcoming one, and I think some people have to some degree, found themselves susceptible to a Skeptic echo chamber.
Do with this what you will, I could just be out to lunch, but I am tired of trying. I will say that this site has many very interesting questions, and also, incredibly well articulated answers.
If I had any advice it would be to downvote less and just move along to the next question. What is the purpose of being the 8th downvote. It crushes the legitimate question asker, and a troll doesn't give a fuck.