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It took me a long time before I figured out what the two different number columns on the tag-stats page meant. There is also a question about it here on meta.

I suggest that a legend for the columns should be added somewhere on the page, to improve the usability.

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If you hover over the numbers, it summarizes at what each number represents. The left column is "total score", which is a value equal to upvotes - downvotes on all non-CW answers where upvotes > downvotes. The right column is "number of answers provided", which is the number of answers posted that qualify for your score; it shows how many non-CW questions have positive score.

A legend may help usability better, perhaps. All I know is that the hover is quite consistent with a fair amount of the rest of the numbers on the site. I've never been to that page before, so I just guessed to hover in order to figure what they were.

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I'm pretty sure "total score" is phrased that way because it's the total of upvotes minus downvotes. – Jon Seigel Apr 27 '10 at 15:56
Thanks. I still find it can be a bit confusing. Score just as easily implies votes as it does reputation. – Grace Note Apr 27 '10 at 15:58
Thanks, I hadn't discovered this. – Jonas Apr 27 '10 at 16:03
Yeah, that's true. It may be a bit of an artifact due to Meta discussion about terminology. Maybe my recent discussion should have been a feature request. ;) – Jon Seigel Apr 27 '10 at 16:04
I think it's bad design to rely on tooltips for a page to make sense, and two columns of unlabelled numbers does not make sense. – skaffman Aug 30 '10 at 17:15

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