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I've been playing with our awesome data site and wondering how frequently it's updated, and of course the FAQ says:

How frequently is Stack Exchange Data Explorer updated?

Data is updated monthly.

Great. When's that? Tomorrow? The 19th? First of each month? Whenever the manual process takes place? After second breakfast?

I don't need to know down to the second, but something with more resolution than 1/12th of a year would be awesome, or even something that tells me which dump I'm looking at.

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I don't think "Data is updated monthly whenever the manual process takes place" adds much info to the FAQ answer.... ;). –  Matt Mar 5 '12 at 17:58
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I'm sure there's a (good) duplicate out there, but it's updated via a manually-initiated process powered by waffles. It also doesn't directly correlate to the data dump; the last update for a given site is listed on the front page. –  Tim Stone Mar 5 '12 at 18:00
    
Hmmm I'm sure there was a blog post saying that SEDE data are now updated every couple of months... Can't find it though. –  Yannis Mar 5 '12 at 18:02
    
    
@YannisRizos The data dump is now only released on a quarterly schedule. –  Tim Stone Mar 5 '12 at 18:07
    
@Tim I might have confused the post on the data dump with the SEDE update... For most sites SEDE data were last updated on Feb 2, if they don't get updated in the next couple of days, I'll start searching for that blog post. –  Yannis Mar 5 '12 at 18:10

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Data dumps are still a (mostly) manual process. We run them once every 3 months, and get an upload to clearbits.

Originally we published everything monthly, and then bi-monthly. The scale of getting these backups together (in particular, the final upload step is really finicky) has pushed the schedule back.

We do, however, try and keep data.se to a monthly schedule. It's still a manual process however, and is basically "whenever waffles has the time this month".

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Hmm... I wonder if my Data Server could be adapted to spit out XML files similar to the data dumps. If it was able to do that, then we could generate up-to-date data dumps on command. Any Qt developers around that would be interested? :) –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Mar 5 '12 at 22:39
    
Now that waffles has moved on, is this still manual? –  Shadow Wizard Dec 25 '12 at 13:51

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