StackExchange is a pretty popular site around the world. If you consider the entire StackExchange network, it is well within the world's top 50 most visited platforms.

However I found it very interesting that this page judaism.stackexchange.com, has so much content, especially when you compare to a much larger religious group's page, like Islam.stackexchange.com.

The current stats are

Islam                         Judaism

questions   12k               questions 34k        
answers     19k               answers   52k
answered    82%               answered  84%
users       27k               users 15k

The proportion of users between islam and judaism (27:15) roughly matches the proporiton of Muslims to Jews in North America (assuming nobody else in the world uses StackExchange)

What then explains the massive difference in the number of questions and answers?

Does it demonstrate that Judaism has more rules and therefore more confusion? Does it demonstrate that Judaism is more open to interpretation? Could it simply be that there's another far more popular forum about Islam but not something similar for Judaism?

I'm interested to hear theories

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    How old is each site?
    – Double AA Mod
    Mar 14, 2021 at 12:20
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    @DoubleAA Mi Yodeya is one year older: stackexchange.com/sites#oldest
    – Glorfindel
    Mar 14, 2021 at 14:24
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    One possible reason: Q&A about Islam could be more prevalent in Arabic than Q&A about Judaism in Hebrew. Stack Exchange is English only.
    – Glorfindel
    Mar 14, 2021 at 14:28
  • There are also presumably many more Muslims than programmers, yet Stack Overflow has something like 2,000 times as many questions as Islam Stack Exchange.
    – Alex
    Mar 14, 2021 at 15:09
  • @Alex but StackOverflow is four years older
    – robev
    Mar 14, 2021 at 19:01
  • @robev 1.5x as old hardly accounts for the additional 20 million questions.
    – Alex
    Mar 14, 2021 at 19:03
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    @Alex Religions don't have new version updates every day. Also StackOverflow includes ALL programming languages Mar 14, 2021 at 19:11
  • @CodyBugstein So perhaps Judaism has more version updates than Islam?
    – Alex
    Mar 14, 2021 at 19:14
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    @Alex Depends on who you ask. Most Christians will say it's had at least one major revision since release, and most Muslims will say at least two.
    – goldPseudo
    Mar 14, 2021 at 19:17
  • 1. Can you link to an SEDE query? 2. How do these stats compare with others like christianity.stackexchange.com, buddhism.stackexchange.com, and hinduism.stackexchange.com ?
    – Zev Spitz
    Mar 21, 2021 at 21:58

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As a moderator on Islam.SE, I suspect the reason for that is highly cultural. A lot of Muslims who are actively studying the religion — those people who really tend to propel questions on a Stack Exchange site — are strongly disinclined to self-study, or studying outside of strictly regulated channels: You can't learn your religion from just anyone, it's important to learn it from people who are both knowledgeable and firm in belief until you have the skills and experience to differentiate good answers from bad yourself.

We do have a good core of knowledgeable people on Islam.SE, but they're far more likely to answer questions than to ask any.

As a result, Islam.SE still tends to get a lot of basic beginner and peer-support questions, which are typically not interesting to experts and often end up closed and/or roomba'd due to low quality. The sort of expert-level questions that really tend to make a Stack Exchange site thrive have been slow in coming, even after eight years.

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    I would venture to say that the Jewish approach to learning isn't that different from this, though.
    – Daniel
    May 3, 2021 at 18:01

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