November 16, 2013. In response to a not-so-shiny Stack Exchange Community Managers' review of our favorite Stack Exchange site and seeing that about 10% of the site's content consisted of zombified posts, the Mug formerly known as retailcoder invited the then-tiny CR community to counter the zombie invasion. How? By answering unanswered questions and, equally important, by voting.
And we succeeded, with numbers to back it up: from 88% answered, CR went up to 96% and stabilized at or around 95% for pretty much a whole year now, and in the mean time we had our long, long-awaited graduation announcement - what more could we ask for?
95% answered is something to be proud of. But Code Review has literally doubled in size since September 2013, and that means the missing 5% is, in absolute figures, pretty much exactly the same amount of zombifying questions as the missing 10% we had back then: a whole army of a thousand zombies is walking - and growing every day:
The number of Quick Answers per week has dramatically improved, and that's thoroughly awesome. But the light blue-ish purple series ("10's of Zombies Still Walking") is what we're looking at. That trend cannot be allowed to keep going, we must do something!
Great, let's do something. But what exactly?
Simple. Kill zombies. If every single avid user (per Area51's standards, users with > 200 reputation - that's 2,088 users) shot a zombie tonight, they'd be exterminated.
- Fire at will. Most zombies are easy to take down: all they need is an upvoted answer. Find your zombie here.
- VOTE. Is your profile on this page? Don't just pile-up-vote on the hot questions and great answers; look for zombie-killers - good answers without upvotes on old questions. Votes are your ammunitions, and you get 40 per day, everyday. Spend them!
- Have FUN! Reviewing code is fun all by itself, but there's more: join the regulars in The 2nd Monitor, earn imaginary Internet points, badges, race someone to the next privilege level, or better, race someone to collecting 10 Necromancer badges as fast as possible!
Any ideas on what else we can do as individuals? As a community?
2015-03-13 (ooh, Friday 13th!) - \$1,187\$ walking zombies at the time of this writing. The highest registered zombie population ever.
- \$170\$ incoming zombies (new questions asked) | \$24.3\$ per day
- \$286\$ answers given | \$40.9\$ per day
- \$1,252\$ answer votes spent | \$178.9\$ per day (~4.5 users running dry on ammo)
2015-03-27 - \$1,240\$ zombies...
Last 2 weeks:
- \$365\$ incoming zombies (new questions asked) | \$26.1\$ per day
- \$531\$ answers given | \$37.9\$ per day
- \$1,187+365-531 = 312\$ zombies down | \$22.3\$ per day (+3.8 zombies daily)
- \$2,054\$ answer votes spent | \$146.7\$ per day (~3.7 users running dry on ammo)