This is more of an announcement than a question, but there's really no other way to get this out there.

A couple of years ago we went to great effort to revamp this site and dramatically alter its scope in order to rescue it from what seemed like certain demise. So the name was changed from Health.SE to Medical Sciences.SE, and along with the name change more rigorous policies were implemented to bring it more in line with other science sites like Biology, Chemistry, History, etc. Questions had to demonstrate prior research, answers had to provide supporting references, medical advice questions would be strictly forbidden, and so forth.

The hope was that the quality of questions would improve, and that in turn would draw in more knowledgeable answerers. Toward that end I took a very proactive role in moderating. I actively read almost every question and answer every day and acted on them (if needed) rather than waiting for people to raise flags and cast close votes. I did that because we don't have enough high-rep users here to deal with bad questions and answers. Without a moderator voting it's almost impossible to close a question here, and even harder to reopen one.

But after two years I don't think it's working. You can see my thoughts on that in this answer.

So the point of this post is I want the community to be aware that you're going to have to start voting, flagging, casting close votes, and taking a stroll through the review queues now and then if you want this group to survive. I will still respond to flags and close votes (as all the mods always have), and I'll keep an eye out for spam and medical advice questions, but I'm not going to be as proactive as I have been. I simply have to reduce the time I spend here.

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    Thanks for your efforts on this site!
    – Narusan
    Jan 20, 2021 at 13:15
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    Thanks for all the time you've put in, Carey, and for all the nonsense you've had to endure along the way. Also appreciate you making this announcement to keep the community informed.
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Jan 22, 2021 at 7:15

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The hope was that the quality of questions would improve, and that in turn would draw in more knowledgeable answerers

This Stack Exchange has many issues that deter knowledgeable users from sticking around. E.g.:

If you look at https://medicalsciences.stackexchange.com/users?tab=Reputation&filter=all there is a very concerning amount of users with a fair amount of reputation that left the website.

Questions had to demonstrate prior research

Demonstrating prior research doesn't make the question good: I believe we should instead close questions whose results are straightforward to get in Google, and remove the prior research requirement.

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    We've heard your litany of complaints many times, Frank. Duplicating your answers on multiple questions is not helpful.
    – Carey Gregory Mod
    Jan 19, 2021 at 21:50
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    @CareyGregory the core of your announcement was that this stack exchange lacks good contributors. I'm indicating some reasons why. Jan 19, 2021 at 22:03
  • The thread for that is the one I linked to in my question. medicalsciences.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1258/…
    – Carey Gregory Mod
    Jan 20, 2021 at 0:29
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    I'm not asking here what's wrong with the group or how to fix it. I'm simply letting everyone know that I won't be as proactive as I have been and so the community needs to become more proactive.
    – Carey Gregory Mod
    Jan 20, 2021 at 0:33

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