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What are the top tags, ordered by the number of users that have applied them at least once?

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You can see the numbers next to each tag, sorted from most to least popular (well, only the top x tags).

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Those are the number of instances of the tag, not the number of unique users that have used the tag at least once –  Michael Mrozek Aug 19 '10 at 1:31
    
Sorry, that was not how I had read your question. –  MPelletier Aug 19 '10 at 1:47
    
sth's query's 2nd column would answer it, though. Right? –  MPelletier Aug 19 '10 at 1:51

I would have guessed that this would be the same order as the number of questions by tag ranking you see on the tags page, but it turns out there are some significant differences.

A data explorer query for example shows that [javascript] users on average only ask 2.26 question on SO, while [php] users ask 3.06. So there are actually less Php users than Javascript users, they just ask more questions. There are several such rather big differences in the top tags.

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Nice; I tried writing one and couldn't get it right –  Michael Mrozek Aug 19 '10 at 1:34
    
@Michael Mrozek: In pseudo-SQL, it would be SELECT Count(tags) AS times_used FROM tags JOIN questions JOIN users GROUP BY users.id ORDER BY times_used –  Tom Aug 19 '10 at 12:51

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