Since important policy decisions regarding Ask Ubuntu's scope are taken using voting in Ask Ubuntu Meta, it's important that as many people as possible participate in the discussion related to changing policies of AU in AU meta (by voting/commenting/some other way).
I created some SEDE queries to get the total number of posts per year and the number of posts per year with a score more than 10 in AU meta. You can check the results here:
|Creation Year||No. of posts||No. of posts with a score of 10 or 10+||% (rounded)|
Here are the above results as a graph to make things more clear:
Credits to BeastOfCaerbannog for the nice graph!
Note: As 2021 is not done yet, the 2021 bar in the graph might not be accurate when you see it. So please bear with it.
I might be judgemental to compare the state of AU meta just based on votes. But I feel that the active users of AU meta do know that other forms of interaction (like comments, answers) too have decreased substantially in the recent past.
There is a complaint being raised by some users regarding accepting the policy change as the votes were low. How do we deal with the issue of declining participation in AU meta? Should we perhaps have the featured tag for more than a month for posts regarding a policy change? Should we invite more people to meta? (and how do we invite them?)
Thanks to Zanna for sharing this wonderful post: What is considered a community consensus on Meta?. It is a good question IMO.
Thinking about votes in meta made me think about election statistics. I could not find any SEDE data about this (or I didn't search properly). So, I found the data manually from https://askubuntu.com/election.
|Election year||Number of people who voted|
Let's look at the data graphically:
We can clearly see a huge growth in the number of people who voted in the election since the past few years. But votes in meta have decreased over the past few years. Does this indicate that there is no correlation between these two facts?
I have never participated in an election. According to information shared by a fellow user, I got to know that notifications are sent to users regarding the election.
So, wouldn't it be a good idea to send notifications to users regarding voting in policy change proposals in meta? Maybe the staff can help with that.
Regarding making child meta more accessible, there have been some requests made in MSE like these: