While agreeing with @Chenmunka's answer 100%, I'd like to add a few more thoughts.
- Our site is literally full of tumbleweeds.
I don't agree with this statement. Italian Language SE has 0.9 questions per day which has 2.4K users while Korean Language Stack Exchange (Korean SE) has the same number of questions per day (as of today, it is 0.9 questions per day) with only 385 users. Portuguese has 1.0 questions per day, Russian has 1.1, Latin 2.0, Spanish 2.3, Chinese 3 with 9.6K users, French 4.2 with 10K users, German 4.7 with 17K users (I excluded English and Japanese).
What more can you expect? Korean SE is the newest and has the lowest user base among all the SE language sites.
- During both the proposal and commitment phases, although it looked
like the site was doomed, we managed to survive and pull through.
To have managed and pulled through the proposal and commitment phases has nothing to do with surviving the beta phase in the future. There are some sites that have been closed without succeeding in graduating from beta. We can never know what would happen to Korean SE. Based on this Mets SE post, Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites, Korean SE could be closed
if a public beta site does not produce consistently helpful content,
and lacks the caretakers needed for flags and spam to get handled and
our Be Nice policy to be upheld.
In other words, we need to (1) produce consistently helpful content, (2) take care of flags and spam and (3) uphold Be Nice policy.
- And yet, here we are, from 50 something questions per day during the
private beta to an embarrassing less than 1.
We've never had 50 something questions per day. The total number of questions is only 230 (as of now) for 59 days. I don't think it is a dismal or discouraging number.
To do list:
Korean SE needs more active members who can ask quality questions and answer them with proper research and reference. It is relying on a very small number of users, especially in asking questions. If they stop asking, that might be the end of this site.
It needs to pay more attention to low-quality questions and answers. Members should upvote when a post is useful and helpful with research and downvote when a post is not. There are some questions and answers that have been blindly upvoted even though they don't show any research effort or proper reference. Sadly enough, there are some questions that don't even belong on Korean SE. We need to differentiate Korean SE from other general reference Korean Q&A sites. Quality comes first before quantity. There are many Korean-related sites. How can Korean SE compete with them if we can't show the difference in quality?
It needs more dedicated leadership who can well-manage the site. Who will lead this site?
I don't expect Korean SE will suddenly be swamped with questions in the foreseeable future no matter what we do now and I believe it will have the same path as other language sites in terms of number of questions and visits per day as the Korean language itself is not as popular as other languages.
- Any thoughts on how to bring our site back up?
(1) Ask and answer good questions.
(2) Respond to your comments.
(3) Edit a post which needs editing.
(4) Upvote good posts and vote to close, flag, downvote when you find a low-quality post.
It all boils down to your voluntary participation and how you contribute. Korean SE needs more members who can lead by example. What have you done so far?