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The answer is simple I think: The people who can, i.e. those with at least 5 points, are not voting up questions and answers very much.

I've noticed that the people with 1000 to 10000 points answer questions a lot, but almost never give points to the questioner for the question (i.e. they don't hit the up arrow on the question). I can only guess they think the answer is worth something, but the question is not. I think this is short sighted. Every good answer started with someone asking questions. I think our goal here should not be to build points for ourselves, it should be to build the community. And this can best be done by helping motivate people to grow and become responsible problem finders and solvers.

So I think the solution is also simple: Anyone here who has at least 5 points should vote for good questions (by hitting the up arrow on the question).

This is especially important if the questioner only has 1 point because that will turn the questioner into a voter, who can then vote other questions up.

I've also noticed that new people (those w/ 1 point) almost never thank the answerer by either voting up answers or selecting an answer as "the answer". I think this could be fixed by more often reminding people to do this, to teach them the how an ask site works. It's clear to me from the questions that there are a number of students here.

???? It makes me wonder if people are getting an email when their question is responded to with an answer or a comment, or if they must manually check back here to find the answer (which wouldn't work very well). Perhaps many people are never seeing that their question was answered. That would be a shame. But I'm still collecting more info, to see if this is true or not. So standby on this question.