I feel that we have very few actual voters on the site. Most members do not bother to vote too much. However voting in SE sites is essential. In my opinion, among other reasons (help good questions/answer distinguish, help keep the unanswered questions number low, etc), it also creates engagement and motivation and people want to visit and revisit and offer more to the community.
I compare our stats and votes with craftcms SE, which is a similar to ours website (similar age, number of users). They may have more daily questions, so more reasons to vote, but their community seems more passionate about voting, therefore crediting answers and questions - they overly seem to be more engaged. Their number of votes is a lot higher than the analogy of the number of daily questions they have compared to us.
So, I am wondering if here at JSE we should become a little bit warmer about voting.
What do you think?
Shall we encourage users to be more generous with their votes?
How could we make users be aware of the importance of voting?
I have seen so many good questions and answers left with 0 votes in our site.
Another stat from our site: There are about 5000 questions + 7000+ answers. This means that for each user there are about 12000+ reasons to vote. However, it's only me with about 4000 votes, then 5 users with 1000-2000 votes, 1 user with ~850 votes and all the others have voted less than 500 times.