We all know that Meta Stack Overflow gets a bunch of off-topic questions that should have been posted on Stack Overflow in the first place.
Whenever I ask these users how they even came here, they fail to respond. Here's just one example — couldn't find others, as they've been deleted:
i am doing programming in c on usb..n i mn not able to understand this code..so i thought of taking help from this side.. –
priya lall10 mins ago
So, there's obviously no way to ask them how they got here. If they don't manage to understand what we're asking them, or read what the gazillion messages (next to the forms, banner about the FAQ) say, we'll need to find another way.
Therefore my question: For all first visitors on meta.stackoverflow.com, what is the #1 referrer link?
To be more precise, I'm really talking about the referring pages that link to
meta.stackoverflow.com, the front page. I guess this data should be easily available to the developers. My suspicion is that this particular link named "ask it on meta" is the culprit.
What do the stats say?
Obviously, visiting the site does not necessarily imply asking a question here. If it's possible to track the number of visitors that clicked the "ask it on meta" link and asked a question, that would be an awesome statistic to have.