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This question as been ask before here by Aleadam and answered by Marek. I am sorry I am asking again but the answer is from May.

Should be updated more frequently?

  • every week?
  • every 2 weeks?

Thank you very much

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Is there a reason to think the answer is wrong now? – Michael Mrozek Oct 17 '11 at 14:11
Well maybe I should ask something different, I updated my answer – Tech4Wilco Oct 17 '11 at 14:15
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Unless you're after something specialized, see if the API will suit your needs. It allows you to access the current data, albeit with some rate limits.

There's a help document for the SO version that gives more details, and there are versions that can be used for any site except and Area51.

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That is more what I am looking for thanks – Tech4Wilco Oct 17 '11 at 18:42


The data is always out of date - this is simply a consequence of the way the data explorer works (it queries against the data dumps rather than the live database).

Given that its always going to be out of date, what benefit is there to having the data being at most 1 week out of date (for example) as opposed to at most 1 month out of date?

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Well, 1 day out of date is better than 1 year out of date, surely? So why wouldn't 1 week be better than 1 month? – Widor Oct 17 '11 at 15:03
@Widor If the data was 1 year out of date then it significantly reduces the usefulness of the site if you want to use it for looking at recent trends (e.g. how has X changed over the past year). Yes 1 day out of date is much better for such queries, but 1 month out of date is almost as good while being a lot less effort to keep updated. I've just shown why once a year is too infreuquent, now I'm asking why is once a month too infrequent? – Justin Oct 17 '11 at 15:07
Because I like the fact you can query data and not ask anyone – Tech4Wilco Oct 17 '11 at 15:20

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