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I find Stack Overflow is a great place to measure programming statistics. If I want to look at the popularity of Scala vs Clojure vs Groovy, you can just look at the number of questions tagged of each. Could we see a line graph of how many questions a tag had over time? :D

It would be cool.

(Of course, there are tons of things to take into account. Looking at just Stack Overflow, you would think C# is way more popular than Java, but other statistics say otherwise. Still, it would be a nice feature to have.)

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I think this is what you want:

Interactive tag trend comparison page

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It would be great feature to have. On the other hand it is also very suitable for a separate site that uses the Creative Commons Data Dump. Lagging a maximum of one month behind is probably acceptable.

I may construct such a site. But I don't promise anything.

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I am not sure if such a statistic necessarily represents the popularity of something. It could also be taken as a hint that something has more questions because it is harder to understand.

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how the statistics should be interpreted is a slightly different (but relevant) issue. Its still information I would like to see. :D – Gordon Gustafson Dec 5 '09 at 1:03

It would also be cool if someone would relate the relative frequency of a tag to the weekday. I have the impression that we get more JavaScript and PHP questions during the weekend...

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