I don't have any numbers to back this up, but I just have a feeling that some of our site's answer and voting rates may be slipping. It may just be a symptom of a maturing site, or perhaps an influx of software questions that just aren't all that interesting.

Does anyone know if these stats are available and if they are, as I suspect, on the decline?

I sort of agree with you, and can suggest a reason; Where are the good questions? I haven't seen a single interesting, though-provoking question in weeks! –  Devdatta Tengshe Mar 2 '13 at 15:58
@Devdatta "Interesting" is in the eye of the beholder. Among interesting recent questions I noted gis.stackexchange.com/questions/53217 (of cartographic and analytical interest), gis.stackexchange.com/q/52949 (somewhat technical but revealing), gis.stackexchange.com/questions/52244, and gis.stackexchange.com/questions/51929 (raster version of a site FAQ), gis.stackexchange.com/questions/53274 (what average to use?), and gis.stackexchange.com/questions/53163. Perhaps you could contribute a good question? :-) –  whuber Mar 3 '13 at 19:06
I agree that interesting is highly subjective. Raster statistic questions may be interesting -- though I don't know anything about, but software, apis, dbs and programming is the arena of gis implementation and extremely valuable to me and many others. It's like having a physics Q&A and trying to exclude math related questions. –  awesomo Mar 5 '13 at 18:39
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Yes, voting has dipped about 20% since mid-January.

It did that in 2011 and 2012, too. :-)

I, too, have an impression that we are receiving a spate of poor and uninteresting questions. Such trends should not be a surprise, since others have noted that some FOSS developers are referring users to our site for support: that virtually guarantees we will get an increasing load of mundane, duplicated, one-off, and poorly researched software-specific questions in proportion to the rate at which that software is adopted. But if we were to ban all such questions, site traffic would slow to a trickle and then where would we be?

Interesting pattern if this happens every year, does that mean that people start out in new jobs/courses and in over their head? –  underdark Mar 3 '13 at 19:43
@underdark its true : ) –  Sunil Mar 6 '13 at 13:15
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